How UK judge dissected Brexit international law row: ‘It’s Crown’s sovereign right!’
BORIS JOHNSON’s proposal to break international law “in a specific and limited way” has sparked widespread condemnation – but according to precedent set by a British judge, the Crown has a sovereign right to change its policy, even if this involves breaking international convention.
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Earlier this week, MPs voted on a controversial new bill published by the Government. The UK is currently in a transition period that keeps it bound to the EU’s rules until December 31. The two sides have been trying to negotiate a new trade deal that would come into effect once this period ends, but talks have been characterised by deadlock.
With less than five weeks to go, Downing Street is essentially seeking to prevent disruption to trade between the four nations of the UK if no deal is reached with the EU.
The Government described the Internal Market Bill as a “vital legal safety net”.
However, the move has enraged Brussels and prompted a fresh rebellion within the Conservative Party.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has set Prime Minister Boris Johnson a three-week deadline to ditch his plans or face financial and trade sanctions.
EU contempt: UK has ALREADY broken international law without facing ANY consequences
Speaking in Brussels, Ms von der Leyen said: “This withdrawal agreement took three years to negotiate and we worked relentlessly on it, line by line, word by word. And together we succeeded. And the result guarantees our citizens’ rights, financial interests, the integrity of the single market, and crucially the Good Friday Agreement.
“The EU and UK jointly agreed it was the best and only way for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland. We will never backtrack on that. This agreement has been ratified by this House and by the House of Commons.
“It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”
While it is true that if Mr Johnson goes ahead with his plan, Britain would essentially break international law, according to Steven Barrett, a Commercial Chancery barrister, the country can do so as “the Crown has a sovereign right to change its policy”.
Mr Barrett wrote for the Spectator: “Do you remember when the UK broke the Geneva Convention?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
“Oh, well, we did.
“The Government ratified the Geneva Convention on the Sea on September 20, 1964. From then the UK was bound forever by the treaty and bound by international law.
“On September 25, 1964, we were not.
“No explanation was given. No explanation was asked.”
The judge who ruled in favour of the Government when it broke the Geneva Convention of the Sea, is quoted as saying: “The Crown [The Government
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