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Lib Dems challenge Alicia Kearns MP to oppose PM’s plan to break international law

September 16, 2020 1:03 PM


The Liberal Democrats are challenging Conservative MPs to oppose Boris Johnson's attempts to break international law.

The move comes after MPs, including Ms Kearns, backed the UK Internal Market Bill at the first hurdle. The new law would give the Government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU, breaking international law.

Rutland and Melton Liberal Democrats warned that the UK "cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement."

The Government's decision to break international law over Brexit has been criticised by five former Prime Ministers and senior former diplomatic and security officials. Several prominent Conservatives, including the former Attorney General, have said they could not support the final Bill unless it is amended.

The Liberal Democrats have tabled amendments to the Bill that would remove controversial clauses breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol, in addition to further amendments calling for the devolved administrations to be represented in the new "Office for the Internal Market" instituted by the Bill.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Rutland and Melton, Dr Carol Weaver, said:

"The excuses we have heard for breaking international law from the mouth of the Prime Minister show the depths to which the Conservative party has plummeted.

"The UK cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

"Conservative MPs have a duty to show Boris Johnson that his reckless approach will not be tolerated."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:

"With our reputation around the world on the line, we must stand up for what is right.

"The Liberal Democrats will continue to work with others to remove the aspects of the Bill which would break international law and trash the UK's reputation.

"We will also keep pushing to ensure the devolved administrations have a say when it comes to the UK internal market."