LONDON (AP) – Amal Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit an official job over her opposition to the British government’s suggestion that it could break international law in the event it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union (EU).
In a letter on Friday to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the human rights lawyer said she is quitting her role as the United Kingdom (UK) special envoy on media freedom over the government’s “lamentable” suggestion.
She said she was “dismayed” to learn that the government intends to pass legislation that would effectively override sections of the Brexit withdrawal agreement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had himself negotiated.
“Although the government has suggested that the violation of international law would be ‘specific and limited’, it is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago,” she said in her letter.
The Internal Market Bill, which is currently being debated by British lawmakers, has led to a furious outcry within the EU as it would diminish the bloc’s previously agreed oversight of trade between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland if a UK-EU trade agreement isn’t secured.