Lord Keane: Law officer resigns over Brexit bill column

Lord Keane: Law officer resigns over Brexit bill column

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Lord Keane, legal officer for the UK government in Scotland, has offered to resign as prime minister.

BBC Scotland understands that it is difficult for the Advocate General to reconcile plans to invalidate the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the law.

Lord Keane’s resignation has not yet been acknowledged by Downing Street.

The BBC Scotland Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Campbell said there had been an attempt to persuade the legal officer to remain in the post.

Senior Advocate to the Government – Sir Jonathan Jones, Permanent Secretary to the Government Law Department – He has already resigned from the legislatureMonday passed its first parliamentary exam.

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Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis This line focuses on the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill. He told MPs that international law could be violated By revoking the withdrawal agreement signed with the European Union.

Lord Keane later argued in the House of Lords that his view was that the Bill was not a violation of international law or the rule of law.

He said Mr. Lewis had answered the wrong question.

But the Northern Ireland secretary doubled. His statement is a “very straightforward answer” and is “perfectly consistent” with legal advice.

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Media captionWhen asked if the Domestic Market Bill violates international law, Brandon Lewis says he gave the “correct” answer.

The BBC’s political editor, Laura Queensberg, has said that Prince Keane’s resignation has been rumored for days and that it was ultimately because of Brandon Lewis’ conflict with him.

Until his appointment as Advocate General in 2015, Richard Keane was chairman of the Scottish Conservatives – making him the lifeblood of Baron Keane.

QC has represented the UK government in court in a number of high-profile cases, including the extension of Parliament in 2019 and the “Article 50” Brexit case in 2016-17.

As a legal official in the UK government, Lord Cord is defending plans to empower ministers to change the EU withdrawal agreement in the event that a trade agreement cannot be approved by both parties.

He argued that while this part of the UK Domestic Market Bill was creating tension with the UK’s international obligations, it was not unprecedented and that domestic law should prevail.

The problem is that Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has already said that the annulment of the Brexit divorce agreement would violate international law in a “very clear and limited way,” and he rejected Lord Keane’s suggestion that the answer be wrong.

This makes it more difficult for Lord Keane to bring the government’s plans into line with the law. He wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning.

It was not immediately approved, and the government appeared to be making efforts to persuade him to stay.

Lord Keane will be the first member to abandon the government’s approach to the issue, which has drawn criticism from the former attorney general and five former prime ministers.

What is the Internal Market Bill?

After the end of the Brexit transition period in January, the UK domestic market – trade between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – is being drafted by bill rules.

It suggests:

  • No new inspections of cargo moving from Northern Ireland to other parts of Great Britain
  • It gives UK ministers the power to amend or “reject” the laws relating to the movement of goods, effective January 1, if the UK and the European Union are unable to reach an alternative agreement through a trade deal.
  • Powers to void pre-agreed liabilities for state aid – Government support for businesses

The Bill makes it clear that these powers apply even if they do not comply with international law.

Ministers say legislation is needed to prevent tariffs “damaging” travel from other parts of the UK to Northern Ireland if negotiations with the European Union over a free trade agreement fail.

But some senior Conservatives – including former Prime Minister John Major – have warned that it could undermine the UK’s reputation for upholding international law.

There is also legislation Controversial with divided administrations, The UK “domestic market” is concerned about how it will operate after the Brexit and who sets the rules and regulations.

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Media captionLane: The UK and the European Union have agreed on a withdrawal agreement

Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula van der Lane warned that the withdrawal agreement could not be postponed unilaterally by the UK.

She said on Wednesday that the agreement was the only way to ensure the peace process in Northern Ireland. He warned that replacing it would weaken confidence in the UK.

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The eighth round of Brexit trade deals between the UK and the European Union began last week.

Both sides are trying to secure an agreement before the end of the transition period on December 31. If no agreement is reached, the UK will engage in WTO rules.

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