Amal Clooney, the prominent human rights lawyer married to George Clooney, concluded as the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy on Media Freedom over the introduction of a “regrettable” Brexit bill.
Clooney took the significant step due to the Internal Market Bill, which gives the UK government the power to override parts of the UK’s Brexit agreement in the EU withdrawal agreement, and which some claim signals the government’s intention to violate international law and waiver of essential parts of the Brexit agreement.
“I am appalled to hear that the government intends to pass legislation – the Internal Market Bill – which, if passed, would, by the Government̵
“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 fulfill its treaty obligations in good faith,’ the United Kingdom’s Parliament is sovereign as a matter of on domestic law and may adopt legislation in breach of the Treaty obligations of the United Kingdom. ‘
“Although the government has indicated that the alleged breach of international law is ‘specific and limited’, it is regrettable for the UK to talk about its intention to breach an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago,” the letter continued.
Clooney withdrew when she “received no assurance that any change of position is imminent, I have no choice but to resign my position,” he added: “I am disappointed to have to do so because I always has been proud of Britain’s reputation as a champion of the international legal order and the culture of fair play for which it is known. But very sadly, it has now become untenable for me as a special envoy to call on other states to respect and enforce international obligations, while Britain declares that it does not intend to do so itself. ”
Clooney’s resignation, seen as a direct reprimand by Boris Johnson’s government, is the latest in a revolt over the bill
This week, Lord Richard Keen, the British Government’s lawyer for Scotland, resigned due to his opposition to the bill, and last week the government’s top legal adviser, Jonathan Jones, resigned from the pre-release.
“It is humiliating that Britain’s special envoy for media freedom has felt unable to continue in his role. This shows that by threatening to break international law instead of getting Brexit done as we were promised, the government is destroying the UK’s reputation worldwide, ”Shadow Media Minister Chris Matheson told the Guardian.