The ex-Supreme Court president has warned that the new Brexit legislation made by Britain`s government could push the country towards dictatorship.
Lord Neuberger, who presided over the country’s highest court from 2012 to 2017, suggested that the government`s latest legislation sought to eradicate “one of the most important aspects of any democratic society”.
The judge expressed disapproval of the Internal Market Bill which allows the government to “freely breach its obligations under international treaties” as well as “make regulations which it would appear the courts are not entitled to review”.
At a virtual meeting of eminent lawyers, the judge emphasised the need to get the better of the offending clauses of the bill.
In a statement, Lord Neuberger said: “This country has a remarkable unbroken history of 350 years of observing the rule of law, and has an enviable reputation for that: it gives us authority abroad when we criticise other countries for breaking international law”.
He went on: “Quite how often and to what extent judges should interfere with ministers’ acts if a matter of opinion and judgement … but the rights of citizens to go to courts and protect their rights and ensure that the government complies with its legal obligations is fundamental to any system.
“The fact that this particular right is proposed to be taken away by legislation is a very fundamental problem. It is the beginning, it can be feared, of going down a very slippery slope.”