Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over `lamentable` international law breach

Amal Clooney stepped down from the position for which she was appointed last year in April

Amal Clooney stepped down from the position for which she was appointed last year in April

"Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said she is quitting her role as the UK's special envoy over her opposition to the British government" s suggestion it could break worldwide law in the event it fails to agree on a trade deal with the European Union.

She said she had failed to get the reassurances she was seeking following a conversation with foreign secretary Dominic Raab.

Boris has already been warned of the consequences of unilaterally breaking a binding worldwide treaty by five former Prime Ministers while Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said there is little chance of a UK-US free trade agreement being signed under his presidency if pledges on Northern Ireland contained in the agreement are flouted.

"As the President of the Bar Council of England and Wales has affirmed, undermining the rule of law that "this country is built on ... will fatally puncture people's faith in our justice system". I am not surprised that she resigned because, like others, she concluded that there is a conflict between the violation of worldwide law - which the government seems bent on - and our reputation as a country in the world that adheres to the rule of law".

Undermining the rule of law "threatens to embolden autocratic regimes that violate global law with devastating consequences all over the world", she wrote in a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and seen by AFP. But having now done so and received no assurance that any change of position is imminent, I have no alternative but to resign from my position'.

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Senior legal advisor to the government - Sir Jonathan Jones, Permanent Secretary, Government Legal Department - He has already resigned, as has the UK's envoy to protect religious freedoms, Conservative MP Rahman Chishti.

But former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the prime minister needed to move forward, saying it was a matter of principle and questioning whether Lords would support the bill as it is.

In a statement to The Guardian, shadow media minister Chris Matheson added, "It is humiliating that the UK's special envoy on media freedom has felt unable to continue in her role".

"This shows that by threatening to break worldwide law instead of getting Brexit done as we were promised, the Government is trashing the UK's reputation around the world".

When appointed to the Foreign Office special envoy role in April past year, Clooney had said she welcomed the opportunity to build on her legal defence of persecuted journalists by working with the United Kingdom to champion a free press around the world.

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