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Amal Clooney Resigns From Special Envoy Role Over Brexit Bill

Amal Clooney Resigns From Special Envoy Role Over Brexit Bill

Amal Clooney has exited her role as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest.

The 42-year-old human rights lawyer announced her resignation of her role due to the government’s intention to breach international law through the internal market bill.

What the bill is designed to do is to ensure barrier-free trade between the four U.K. nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after the Brexit transition period concludes at the end of December.

But because Northern Ireland shares a border with the Republic of Ireland, which is part of the European Union, an aspect of the bill could see the U.K. break international law.

“I have been dismayed to learn that the government intends to pass legislation – the internal market bill – which, if enacted, would, by the government’s own admission, ‘break international law’,” Amal wrote in her resignation letter, which was sent to foreign secretary, Dominic Raab.

She continued, “I was also concerned to note the position taken by the government that although it is an ‘established principle of international 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 obligations’.”

“Although the government has suggested that the intended violation of international law is ‘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.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that while he does not intend to use the powers in the bill, he deems them necessary to give the government the power to protect the UK and, particularly, Northern Ireland if trade talks fail and the EU acts “unreasonably”.

Amal added in her letter that she was “disappointed to have to do so because I have always been proud of the UK’s reputation as a champion of the international legal order, and of the culture of fair play for which it is known. However, very sadly, it has now become untenable for me, as special envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the UK declares that it does not intend to do so itself.”

Just recently, Amal and her husband, George Clooney, donated a generous sum to the relief efforts in Lebanon.

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