Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May has slammed Boris Johnson’s decision to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement while issuing a serious warning to the Government in a fiery House of Commons rant.
Theresa May said the government’s current Brexit legislation is capable of jeopardising the unity of the UK while laying stronger emphasis on Mr Johnson’s Internal Market Bill, which seeks to override parts of the UK’s Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU, a move she described as reckless while alleging that the move was only created to make the UK appear tough to the EU.
While addressing the House of Commons Theresa May said, “I believe that the Government’s willingness unilaterally to abandon an international agreement it has signed will lead to some questioning about the willingness of the Government to fully uphold the measures in the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.
“That in turn will lead to some communities having less willingness to trust the United Kingdom Government. That could have a consequence on the willingness of people in Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom. It is far from acting to enforce the integrity of the United Kingdom.”
“In pursuit of trying to appear to be tough to the European Union, I think the Government is putting the integrity of the United Kingdom at risk. These reasons alone I think should be sufficient for the Government to abandon these clauses.
“But perhaps the most compelling reason is my third, and it is this Government’s wish to break international law, and taking powers to do so.
“As the Law Society and the Bar Council have said, these provisions enable UK minister to derogate from the obligations of the United Kingdom under international law in broad and comprehensive terms, and prohibit public bodies from compliance with such obligations.”
“They represent a direct challenge to the rule of law, which includes the country’s obligations under public international law.
“I cannot emphasise enough how concerned I am that a Conservative Government is willing to go back on its word, to break an international agreement signed in good faith and to break international law.”
Although Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis agrees with the fact that the bill would break international law, he said it would only be “in a very specific and limited way”.
Currently, the bill is at its next stage in Parliament after MPs voted 340 to 263 to back it.
The European Commission has slammed the move claiming that has seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK, while demanding that the Government withdraw measures from the bill that override the Brexit deal by the end of the month.