The resignation yesterday of the head of the Government’s legal department, Jonathan Jones, may not be a matter of war and peace. But the principle is the same: the dangers for Britain of a Prime Minister making up international law as he goes along are clear.
Ireland’ prime minister Leo Varadkar said: “I’m glad that it now has been [published] and it really sketches out the very large number of areas where there is north-south cooperation, co-operation between Northern Ireland and Ireland. That cooperation is so much deeper than trade issues it applies to so many other things.
It added that people “close to Sir Jonathan said he was ‘very unhappy’ about the decision to overwrite parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, part of the 2019 withdrawal agreement, with new powers in the UK internal market bill.”
But anger was intensified after Miss Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, said she would exempt children under 12 from a similar law north of the border – because they are at lower risk of transmitting the disease.It means grandparents will be able to spend the festive season with their grandchildren in Scotland, but not in […]
So-called bubbling with one other household Caring responsibilities including childcare Essential maintenance Supported living arrangements Visits required for legal or medical purposes A marriage or civil partnership ceremony in a private dwelling where one partner is terminally ill How are schools and travelling to work affected?The advice is that these restrictions do not affect children […]
However legal experts including Lord Anderson, former terror watchdog and member of the House of Lords justice committee, said the code still mandated ministers to uphold international law following a court of appeal ruling in 2018, which concluded there was an “overarching” duty of ministers to comply with international law.
Friends of Jones suggested he had felt dissatisfied for some time. They pointed to a tweet of which he referred to the lawyer David Allen Green, who had criticised the Home Office for blaming “activist lawyers” for stopping deportation flights. Green noted that “activist lawyers are only as effective as the law enables them to […]
Downing Street says it is the last chance to clarify the situation in law before the end of the year. Some Tories believe the timing of the move is part of a broader tactic designed to put pressure on the EU to cut a deal now or risk the UK acting independently in even more […]
“It’s the chaos theory of negotiating,” Darroch said. “Making your negotiating partner think that you’re so crazy that you’d better give him what he wants, because who knows what he will do next. And I just wonder if there are some echoes of that” in the government’s Brexit approach.
But Mr Johnson only has himself to blame for the most controversial element, his decision to go back on the agreement with the EU concerning Northern Ireland. Last November, when he was trying to woo Ulster Unionists to back his Brexit deal, he promised there would be no customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland […]