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Government admits new Brexit bill 'will break international law' - Guardian

The government has admitted that its plan to reinterpret the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland will break international law.

The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, astonished backbenchers when he told the House of Commons: "Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way. We're taking the powers to disapply the EU law concept of direct effect ... in a certain very tightly defined circumstance."

In a new internal market bill, the government is expected to unveil plans for domestic powers to govern part of the Northern Ireland protocol, something that has threatened to torpedo Brexit talks that resumed in London on Tuesday.

It reportedly led to the resignation of the UK's top legal civil servant, Jonathan Jones, on Tuesday morning.

by Bernard on Tue Sep 8th, 2020 at 08:57:50 PM EST
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