UK Government to Break the Law

By Reading Liberal Democrats, Sep 11, 2020 9:09

Scales of Justice in a courtroom.

Reading Lib Dems are calling on Reading’s MPs, Matt Rodda (Labour) and Alok Sharma (Conservative), to clarify their stance on adherence to international law. 

Following the Government's decision to introduce legislation which would undermine key aspects of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Reading Liberal Democrat Chair Jo Ramsay said: (Insert picture of Jo)

“Boris Johnson is preparing to rip up the rule-book so I am writing to Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma today to request their assurances that they, as the representatives of all of Reading’s constituents, will uphold our international commitments. Will they vote for credibility or chaos?”

"This government is playing fast and loose with our international commitments and Boris Johnson has a long track record of flouting laws and regulations.”

"Any attempt to tear up commitments made to Northern Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement and confirmed in the Withdrawal Agreement could have very serious consequences for the UK. These could include international legal action and a downgrading of our reliability as a trading partner around the world, threatening our businesses at an already difficult time; as well as a potentially catastrophic destabilisation of relationships on the island of Ireland.”

The Lib Dem’s Brexit Spokesperson, Christine Jardine MP, has said:

"The head of the Government’s own legal department quitting over Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit should signal how serious a situation this is.”

"For Johnson to think it is acceptable to row back on international agreements and assurances made to Northern Ireland shows he has no respect for international law or the UK's obligations.”

"How can the UK expect other countries to respect the international treaties we hold with them if we don’t do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement?”

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