Boris Johnson’s push towards the international illegality of the United Kingdom It has sparked a revolt among conservative parliamentarians that goes beyond the dispute with the European Union over customs controls or state subsidies. The prime minister has unleashed an internal uprising against his plan to violate international law and deny part of what was signed with the EU. Johnson wants to take a step that would put the UK in the club of countries so unreliable in their international commitments such as Russia, Iran or China. “If we lose our reputation for keeping the promises we make, we will lose something priceless that we will never get back & rdquor;, the former conservative prime minister has warned, John Major. Johnson’s predecessor at the head of the Executive, Theresa May, he also criticizes the maneuver.
Damage to reputation
A thirty conservative deputies has presented an amendment to prevent the Government from invalidating part of the content of the agreement on the ‘Brexit’, without the approval of Parliament. The internal market law will begin to be debated next week in the House of Commons. Johnson has a large majority, 80 deputies, to approve the proposal. The amendment, however, will hinder its processing and promulgation. Several prominent conservatives, as the chairmen of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, are among those who oppose. One of the most radical Brexiters, Bernard Jenkin, a member of the European Research Group (ERC), has recommended to Johnson “to pay more attention to the damage that to reputation involves playing so hard”.
In the House of Lords, where the Conservatives do not have a majority, there is also a strong resistance. The former Conservative leader, another prominent Brexiter, Michael Howard, now in the Upper House, has strongly condemned Johnson’s plan. “I never believed that I would listen to a British minister, much less a Conservative minister, say that the Government will invite Parliament to violate international law & rdquor;. Howard was referring to the alleged admission of illegality made by the Minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis. “It is going to be very difficult to persuade the House of Lords, of which I am a member, to accept this argument & rdquor; For his part, pointed out former Finance Minister Norman Lamont, another Eurosceptic, who alluded to the “terrible desorden” the government is in.
Johnson did not read carefully
Johnson has several open fronts and is currently trying to quell another rebellion in its ranks, due to the latest restrictions imposed before the advance of the coronavirus. On Friday he held a virtual meeting with the parliamentary group to defend the law, which will begin to be debated on Monday and could be put to a vote throughout the week. With it, the Government grants itself the right to “alter or cease to apply & rdquor;, the provisions of the protocol included in the Withdrawal Agreement on the customs regime between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain and the subsidies to companies that trade in Northern Ireland, a region that will continue to be part of the European common market. Johnson’s justification for rewriting the pact is that the Withdrawal Agreement is “Agreed very quickly in very difficult political circumstances & rdquor;according to a spokesperson. Now it seems that the prime minister did not read carefully what he was signing.