With his single market law, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to undo agreements with the EU – a breach of the law, as the government itself says. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is therefore retiring as a special envoy for media freedom.
In protest against the British government’s new Brexit plans, human rights attorney Amal Clooney has resigned her post as special envoy for media freedom. In a letter to Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Clooney referred to the planned internal market law that would undermine the agreements with the EU on Northern Ireland and is therefore seen as a violation of international law.
The violation of the Brexit agreement could be taken as confirmation by “autocratic regimes that violate international law with devastating consequences all over the world,” criticized Clooney, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney.
It is also “regrettable” that the government wanted to violate a treaty that Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed less than a year ago.
Great Britain left the EU on January 31st. A transitional phase is currently running until the end of the year, in which future relationships are to be regulated.
Johnson administration admits violation of law
Last week, the British government surprisingly announced that it would unilaterally change the Brexit agreement concluded with the EU. Johnson wants to overturn several key provisions in the Brexit treaty on Northern Ireland with a new single market law. This concerns the suspension of customs regulations in trade in goods for Northern Ireland and of requirements on state aid for British companies.
The EU sees the change plans as a clear violation of the Brexit agreement. Even the British government admitted a breach of international law, but described it as only “very specific and limited”.
Johnson’s plans weigh on the ongoing negotiations on future relations and a trade deal between the EU and the UK. They have to be concluded by mid-November at the latest so that an agreement is in place by the end of the year if Great Britain also leaves the internal market and the customs union. Otherwise the customs barriers will go down again in mutual trade.