The famous lawyer Amal Clooney on Friday resigned her title of special envoy of the United Kingdom for press freedom, considering it “regrettable” that the British Government wants toevoke provisions of the ‘Brexit’ agreement signed with the EU and, in force since January.
Boris Johnson’s Executive has angered the European Union by presenting a bill, currently being debated in Parliament, reversing some of the commitments made in the EU Withdrawal Treaty, in an open violation of international law.
“It has become untenable for me, as a special envoy, to ask other states to respect and fulfill their international obligations while the United Kingdom claims that it has no intention of doing so,” explained the British-Lebanese lawyer, specializing in human rights, in his letter of resignation to Chancellor Dominic Raab.
“It is regrettable that the UK says it intends to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago,” he added. “This threatens encouraging autocratic regimes to violate international law with devastating consequences around the world. “
The activist, wife of American actor George Clooney, was appointed in 2019 to this position, which she described as “helping the UK to defend press freedom around the world.”
He controversial British domestic market bill in particular it revokes the special provisions established for Northern Ireland to avoid having a border with the Republic of Ireland again, threatening the fragile peace established in 1998 after three decades of violent conflict.
The Europeans demanded that Johnson withdraw his plans before the end of the month, which Brussels sees as a blow to mutual trust in the framework of the already difficult negotiations to try to reach a free trade agreement that avoids an abrupt breakout on January 1, when the ‘post-brexit’ transition period ends. So far, Boris Johson has won a first vote in the House of Commons.