Amal Clooney steps down as UK Special Envoy for Media Freedom — MercoPress


Breaking international law: Amal Clooney steps down as UK special envoy for media freedom

Saturday, September 19, 2020 – 08:00 UTC

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In a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Amal Clooney said she had no choice but to resign after making it clear the government would change its position.

Another high-profile figure has quit working for or with the UK government following its decision to break international law over the Brexit deal to leave the EU. The government’s top lawyer for Scotland resigned on Wednesday amid reports he was unhappy with plans to overturn the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Lord Keen of Elie QC, the Advocate General, has tendered his resignation to Boris Johnson. He was reportedly deeply unhappy after ministers admitted that the provisions of the UK Home Market Bill would breach international law.

Amal Clooney today resigned as Britain’s special envoy for media freedom in protest at the government’s ‘dismal’ decision to overturn the Brexit divorce deal in breach of international law.

In a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the prominent human rights lawyer said she had no choice but to resign after making it clear the government would change its position.

“Although the government has suggested that the breach of international law will be ‘specific and limited’, it is unfortunate that the UK is talking about its intention to breach an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago. year,” she added. wrote.

“Out of respect for the professional working relationship I have developed with you and your senior colleagues working on human rights, I have deferred writing this letter until I have had the opportunity discuss this issue directly with you.

“But having now done so and having received no assurance that a job change is imminent, I have no choice but to resign from my post.”