David Cameron has become the fifth former prime minister to criticize a new bill attempting to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
He says he had “misgivings” about the government proposals to override the withdrawal deal agreed on last year with the European Union.
David Cameron has joined all other former prime ministers to criticize the new bill and expressing disagreeing concerns about Boris Johnson’s plan.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Cameron said: “Passing an act of Parliament and then going on to break an international treaty obligation is the very, very last thing you should contemplate.”
“It should be the absolute final resort.” – The former prime minister added.
Mr. Cameron’s comments come after Geoffrey Cox, Boris Johnson’s former Attorney General, urged the minister to use the “clear and lawful” options.
A key part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which is now an international treaty, was the Northern Ireland Protocol, designed to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland.
The Internal Market Bill proposed by the government would override that part of that agreement when it came to goods and would allow the UK to modify or re-interpret “state aid” rules on subsidies for firms in Northern Ireland, in the event of the two sides not agreeing on a future trade deal.
David Cameron said the “bigger picture” was about trying to get a trade deal with the EU, urging the government to “keep that context [and] that big prize in mind.”
Last week, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the bill would “break international law” in a “specific and limited way”, leading to lots of criticism from all sides of the political spectrum.
Mr. Geoffrey Cox said it was unconscionable that the UK should seek to break international law by rewriting the agreement with the European Union.
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