UK Government Says It Will Break International Law Over Brexit

09 Septembre, 2020, 14:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • UK Government Says It Will Break International Law Over Brexit

The Republic of Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs said Northern Ireland "is too fragile and too important" to be used as a pawn in the broader Brexit negotiations. London has repeatedly said it will respect the withdrawal agreement and Northern Ireland protocol, saying its bill contained only "clarifications".

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that trust is "fundamental" in the conduct of negotiations.

European Union negotiators will not do anything to appease the British government in the wake of its "gravely concerning" threat to break worldwide law, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

The controversy centers on the Withdrawal Agreement's requirement that Northern Ireland continues to be bound by the EU's customs rules after Britain leaves the EU's single market and customs union on December 31.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The decision we've made is to put the peace process first, first and foremost as our absolute top worldwide obligation".

MPs reacted angrily after Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said on Tuesday that legislation to change the Withdrawal Agreement would go against worldwide law in a "very specific and limited way".

"There are clear precedents for the United Kingdom and indeed other countries needing to consider their global obligations as circumstances change", Lewis said.

"Time is short and action is required now", a Government spokesperson said.

Mr Lewis replied: "I would say to (Sir Bob) that yes this breaks worldwide law in a very specific and limited way".

Everton confirm the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from relegated Watford
However, it is time for a new chapter for James now as he is set for a third stint alongside Ancelotti. I've also come here to help the team to win, to play good football - entertaining football.

Off-form England struggle in goalless draw with Denmark
But the 18-year-old has been accused of breaching the country's quarantine rules after inviting two girls back to his hotel room. As a outcome I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts.

Vince McMahon No Longer On Forbes’ List Of The 400 Richest Americans
It took at least $2.1 billion to make the top 400, which left McMahon off the list with a reported net worth of $1.8 billion. The president's golf properties have also seen their net value drop, falling about $137 million since last September.

Removing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland was a key part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that brought an end to 30 years of violence in the British-ruled province.

However Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted the changes were necessary to protect the Northern Ireland peace process if they failed to get a free trade deal with the EU.

"I think that we will and it is in everybody's interest to do so as we did last time, but I also understand why ministers have chosen to prioritise at the absolute top of that the importance of protecting the peace process in Northern Ireland".

But a series of senior Conservatives have expressed dismay, warning the move risks undermining Britain's standing and reputation as an upholder of global law.

Tobias Ellwood, Johnson's Conservative colleague who chairs the House of Commons defence committee, told BBC radio that breaching the Brexit treaty meant Britain would "lose the moral high ground".

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long tweeted: "The Secretary of State for NI has just conceded in Parliament that Govt are about to break global law".

Mr Lewis told MPs it would be in a "very specific and limited way", adding there are "clear precedents" for the United Kingdom and other countries which need to consider their global obligations as circumstances change.

"I'm not sure you can be a little bit illegal".



Incendie sur un pétrolier, crainte d'une marée noire — Océan Indien
Le pétrolier se trouvait à une soixantaine de kilomètres à l'est des côtes srilankaises quand il a lancé son signal de détresse. Il avait dérivé sur 25 km en direction des côtes du Sri Lanka .

Meghan and Harry hand back €2.6m for renovations of luxury cottage
The Duke characterized the choice as "very difficult" anyway the greatest reasonable and most secure alternative. The Sunday Times confirmed that the article is subject to a legal complaint .

Oscars introduce diversity guidelines for Best Picture
They include having at least one "lead or significant support actor" from an "underrepresented racial or ethnic group". Starting in 2024 - for the 96th Oscars - a film must meet two out of four standards to be considered.

Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway
A struggle ensues before Reed is taken to the ground and struck multiple times in the head while another deputy holds his feet. Reed can be seen standing up as Pizzo runs up on him, and the deputy immediately lunges at Reed and grabs his throat.

US, European COVID-19 vaccine developers pledge to uphold testing rigour
Participants and those working on the trial must not know which group they belong to, according to the pledge. The development race has intensified safety concerns about an inoculation, polls have shown.

Des "intérêts politiques" dans l’affaire — Mort d’Elisa Pilarski
Deux jours après le décès de la jeune femme, Christophe Ellul s'est présenté avec Curtis devant le comportementaliste. Le chien s'est montré si agressif qu'il en a déchiré le pantalon de Christophe Ellul, le compagnon d'Elisa.

Prince Harry repays taxpayer money for United Kingdom home renovation
The contribution "fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage ", the spokesman said. How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Cuomo Announces New Tracking Website for Public Schools
NY was the epicenter of the nation's COVID-19 pandemic in April, with almost 800 people dying a day from the virus at one point. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state's hospitalizations from the virus have dropped to a new low since March 16.

Actor Jaya Prakash Reddy Passes Away At 73; Condolences Pour In
Guntur: Veteran Telugu stage and film actor Jayaprakash Reddy died of heart attack at his residence in Guntur on Tuesday. Here's how other film industry celebrities paid tribute to Jaya Prakash Reddy after his death on Tuesday morning.

US Open: Erratic Alexander Zverev beats Borna Coric to reach semi-finals
The disqualification of top seed Novak Djokovic on Sunday blew the men's competition at Flushing Meadows wide open. Gilbert, who had been discussing Zverev's nine double faults to that point in the match, sheepishly apologised.