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World Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over 'lamentable' international law breach

02:45  20 september  2020
02:45  20 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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LONDON (Reuters) - Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has quit her role as Britain's special envoy on media freedom in protest at the country's intention to breach international law over Brexit-related legislation.

Amal Clooney posing for the camera: Global Conference for Media Freedom in London © Reuters/PETER NICHOLLS Global Conference for Media Freedom in London

The British government has drafted a bill which it acknowledges would violate its international legal obligations and undercut parts of the divorce deal it signed before Britain formally left the European Union in January.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the bill was essential to counter "absurd" threats from Brussels but it has prompted resignations and the threat of a rebellion by lawmakers, which appears to have been averted after a compromise was reached.

"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," said Clooney, who is married to actor George Clooney, in a letter to foreign minister Dominic Raab.

"It threatens to embolden autocratic regimes that violate international law with devastating consequences all over the world," she wrote.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Sarah Young)


Video: 'Shocking': Blair, Major chide UK plan to breach international law (Reuters)

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