LONDON (Reuters) – Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney left her role as the UK’s special ambassador for press freedom in protest against the country’s intention to violate an international treaty on Brexit-related legislation.
The British government has drafted a bill in which it recognizes that it would violate its international legal obligations and harm parts of the European Union exit agreement it signed before the United Kingdom formally left the EU in January.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the bill is essential to contain “absurd” threats from Brussels, but the move has led to resignations and the threat of rebellion on the part of parliamentarians that seems to have been avoided after an agreement was reached .
“It is unfortunate that the UK is talking about its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago,” said Amal Clooney, who is married to actor George Clooney, in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. , Dominic Raab.
“This can encourage autocratic regimes that violate international law with devastating consequences around the world,” he wrote.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas)