Uk news PM loses fight to stop Lord Keen quitting over illegal Internal Markets bill MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Advocate General walked out as the row over Government's 'law-breaking' Brexit Bill deepened.

Uk news PM loses fight to stop Lord Keen quitting over illegal Internal Markets bill MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Advocate General walked out as the row over Government's 'law-breaking' Brexit Bill deepened.

Uk news  PM loses fight to stop Lord Keen quitting over illegal Internal Markets bill MetiNews.Com
16 September 2020 - 17:16

Breaking News ! Boris Johnson has suffered a humiliating setback after failing to stop his chief Scottish law officer quitting over the UK government’s plan to breach international law. Lord Keen, the Advocate General for Scotland, tendered his resignation on Wednesday morning after being contradicted over the illegality of Johnson’s controversial Internal Market Bill. Downing Street refused to formally accept the decision for hours as officials made desperate attempts to keep the government's senior Scottish law officer in post. Speaking in front of a Commons committee the Prime Minister told MPs “conversations on that matter are still continuing” on Wednesday afternoon. But by 5.30pm Downing St accepted the inevitable and confirmed Lord Keen had resigned and that the Prime Minister thanked him for his service. Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish politics headlines with our new daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Blow to Boris Johnson as Scottish Law officer Lord Keen resigns over trade bill fiasco Joanna Cherry QC MP, the SNP’s Justice spokeswoman, said: "I am pleased that Lord Keen has finally decided to do the right thing and offer his resignation. "No Scottish law officer could possibly reconcile the lack of regard Boris Johnson and his government has for the rule of law with his or her obligation as an officer of the Scottish Courts.” Keen said he had been left in limbo for most of the day. The government’s senior Scottish Law officer earlier said: “I tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister first thing this morning, I’ve not yet heard back from the Prime Minister.” Asked whether Johnson could do anything to persuade him to stay, Keen repeated, “I tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister first thing this morning, I really can’t say any more.” As the fiasco continued a senior government source said Keen had not resigned “formally”.

. But there was no compromise to be had and the drawn-out resignation was confirmed after the Prime Minister's appearance in front of the Commons Liaison committee ended on Wednesday evening. Read More Related Articles Tory MPs urged to stop Boris Johnson's 'act of madness' over Bill that breaks EU treaty Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson's government 'too dysfunctional' to deal with Brexit, SNP minister claims Lord Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, said: “This has been a week of chaos from the government’s own law officers, whose legal advice has been renounced by its own government and the voice of the law officers has been muted, and their authority is completely shot. This has been a farce that shames the entire government.” Keen had told the House of Lords on Tuesday the government’s post-Brexit internal trade plan does not “constitute a breach of international law or of the rule of law”. But Northern Irish Secretary Brandon Lewis insisted on Wednesday that the bill would break the EU in a “specific and limited” way, as he said last week. Veteran Tory MP Sir Bob Neill proposed a change to the bill that would give MPs in the Commons, not Ministers, a final vote on whether the government should defy the EU Withdrawal Agreement on deciding which goods would flow to Northern Ireland without customs checks or tariffs. Read More Related Articles Scottish Secretary defends UK breaking international law as Boris Johnson's Internal Markets Bill is savaged in the Commons Read More Related Articles Fury as Tory admits Brexit bill will breach international law Keen’s resignation is be a body blow to the Johnson government. The office of Advocate General for Scotland was created in 1999 by the Scotland Act to be the chief legal adviser to the UK Government on Scots Law. Downing Street fears no other member of the Faculty of Advocates, the Scottish Bar, would be willing to replace him if the government continues to pursue the Internal Market bill in its current form. The head of the UK government’s legal department quits the civil service last week over the plans to override parts of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.

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Uk news PM loses fight to stop Lord Keen quitting over illegal Internal Markets bill MetiNews.Com


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