UK Government Admits It Will Break International Law Over Brexit Treaty



George Parker | Sebastian Payne | Peter Foster | Jim Pickard | Financial Times

Boris Johnson was engulfed in a row with senior figures in his own party and Brussels on Tuesday, after a minister said the government intended to “break international law”.

The admission by cabinet minister Brandon Lewis that the government was going to override an international Brexit treaty with the EU relating to Northern Ireland, astonished Tory MPs and caused alarm in Brussels.

The Financial Times revealed on Tuesday that Jonathan Jones, the head of the government’s legal department, had quit in protest at plans to redraw the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Theresa May, former prime minister, led warnings that the move would damage Britain’s standing in the world.

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