Amal Clooney quits UK role over 'lamentable' Brexit plan

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2020

Amal Clooney has quit her role as the United Kingdom's (UK) special envoy on media freedom in response to the British Government suggesting it could break worldwide law if a trade deal with the European Union (EU) is not reached.

Clooney made the momentous move due to the Internal Market Bill, which gives the British government the power to override parts of the UK's Brexit agreement in the European Union withdrawal agreement, and which some claim signals the government's intention to breach worldwide law and reneges on significant parts of the Brexit agreement.

In a letter Friday to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the human rights lawyer said she is quitting her role as the U.K.'s special envoy on media freedom over the government's "lamentable" suggestion.

" I was likewise anxious to keep in mind the position taken by the federal government that although it is an "established principle of worldwide law that a state is obliged to discharge its treaty obligations in good faith", the UK's "parliament is sovereign as a matter of domestic law and can pass legislation which is in breach of the UK" s treaty responsibilities'".

The prominent human rights lawyer stepped down from the position for which she was appointed a year ago in April in order to curb the perils faced by journalists worldwide, reported BBC.

"It has become unacceptable for me, as a special envoy, to urge other countries to respect and implement worldwide obligations while the United Kingdom declares that it has no intention of doing so on its own".

"As the President of the Bar Council of England and Wales has affirmed, undermining the rule of law that "this country is built on. will fatally puncture people's faith in our justice system". Having "received no assurance that any change of position is imminent, I have no alternative but to resign from my position", she writes. "I'm not surprised that she has quit because, like others, she's concluded that there is a conflict between a breach of global law - which the government seems intent on - and our reputation as a country in the world that abides by the rule of law", he said.

He said in his resignation letter to Johnson that he had "found it increasingly hard to reconcile what I consider to be my obligations as a law officer with your policy intentions with respect to the UKIM Bill".

Last week, Jonathan Jones, the top government lawyer, Backed down Ministers have prepared the bill for publication.

But former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the prime minister needed to move forward, saying it was a matter of principle and questioning whether Lords would support the bill as it is.

Even if the Bill gets through the Commons unscathed next week, there are likely to be further attempts to amend the legislation when it gets to the House of Lords.

The Labour Party's shadow media minister Chris Matheson called Clooney's departure "humiliating".

Getty Images Amal Clooney quits as UK's special envoy on media freedom in protest to the government's willingness to override the Brexit agreement.

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