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Interview: Jonathan Jones—breaching the EU deal “would be disastrous”

The former head of the government legal service resigned when No 10 threatened to break an international treaty. With the difficult reality of Brexit now upon us, I asked whether we risk a repeat offence

By Alex Dean  

Photo: Institute for Government

The UK government is having a crash course in the strictures of international agreements. Last year No 10 panicked that it had signed up to unacceptable commitments and threatened to break international law rather than implement them. The offending provisions of the Internal Market Bill were eventually withdrawn after further talks with the EU, but not before the resignation of the government’s most senior legal official, who was later followed by the law officer for Scotland.

In the months since, there has been a new treaty with Europe on the future relationship. Yet with Brexit finally kicking in…

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