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Lib Dems challenge Woking’s MP to oppose PM’s plan to break international law

September 17, 2020 1:49 PM
By Cllr Will Forster

Woking's MP - Breaking International Law

Lib Dem Will Forster has today written to Woking's MP and challenged them to oppose Boris Johnson's attempts to break international law.

The move comes after MPs yesterday backed the UK Internal Market Bill at the first hurdle, including Woking's Jonathan Lord. The new law would give the Government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU, breaking international law.

The Government's decision to break international law over Brexit has been criticised by five former Prime Ministers and senior former diplomatic and security officials. Several prominent Conservatives, including the former Attorney General, have said they could not support the final Bill unless it is amended.

The Lib Dems have tabled amendments to the Bill that would remove controversial clauses breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol, in addition to further amendments calling for the devolved administrations to be represented in the new "Office for the Internal Market" instituted by the Bill.

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster, said:

"The excuses we have heard for breaking international law from the mouth of the Prime Minister show the depths to which the Tory Party has plummeted."

"The UK cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we do not do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement. Conservative MPs have a duty to show Boris Johnson that his reckless approach will not be tolerated."

"According to one local resident, Jonathan Lord recently removed his previous statements in support of the Withdrawal Agreement from his website. He is clearly trying to erase that he was ever in support of the deal."

Lib Dem Leader, Ed Davey MP, added:

"With our reputation around the world on the line, we must stand up for what is right. The Lib Dems will continue to work with others to remove the aspects of the Bill which would break international law and trash the UK's reputation."