Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over ‘lamentable’ government plans to break international law

Amal Clooney has quit her role as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the government’s “lamentable” intention to “break international law”.

The high-profile human rights lawyer said “it is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago”.

In a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab, Ms Clooney writes that she cannot urge other nations to respect international obligations “while the UK declares that it does not intend to do so itself”.

She was, she said “dismayed” to learn of the Brexit legislation, which would, by ministers’ own admission, “break international law”.

The lawyer adds that she put off resigning the role until she spoke to Mr Raab directly about her concerns “out of respect for the professional working relationship I have developed with you and your senior colleagues working on human rights.

“But having now done so and received no assurance that any change of position is imminent, I have no alternative but to resign from my position.”

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