Government right to U-turn on law breaking Northern Ireland plans

Government right to U-turn on law breaking Northern Ireland plans

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Responding to the news that the Government has abandoned the international law breaking elements in the Internal Market bill, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “This is welcome news but let’s not forget how we got here: the Government wasted months threatening to break international law before spectacularly back-pedalling, damaging Britain’s international reputation in the process. “Now Boris Johnson must focus on securing a good deal that avoids creating barriers to trade with Britain’s closest economic partners and protects British businesses, with an adjustment period to avoid yet another wave of redundancies.”
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Government faces first defeat in the Lords over Internal Market Bill

Government faces first defeat in the Lords over Internal Market Bill

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Responding to the vote on Lord Judge's motion to the Internal Market Bill in the House of Lords, with the Government being defeated by 395 votes to 169 votes, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords Dick Newby said: “For a long time now we have known that Boris Johnson and his Ministers have little regard for the rule of law, but this Bill goes far beyond what any Prime Minister should even contemplate – let alone pursue. "How can this Government seriously expect to condemn other countries, like Russia and China, for failing to respect international law if they plan to flout it themselves when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement? "However, there is still time to ditch the Bill and prevent it from becoming law.…
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Lib Dems condemn Tories’ attacks on rule of law

Lib Dems condemn Tories’ attacks on rule of law

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In a policy motion passed this evening at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference, the Party has condemned "Dominic Cummings’ long history of attacking the rule of law". The motion stated "the rule of law is fundamental to our society", calling for the Government to drop plans "to restrict judicial review, weaken the Human Rights Act or undermine the rule of law in any way". Following the motion being passed, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “This Conservative Government have revealed time and again their disregard for the rule of law. From their recent determination to flout it with the Internal Market Bill, to their attacks on lawyers as 'activists' or judges when they disagree with their rulings, it is clear that part of Johnson's and Cummings' strategy is to…
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Lib Dems will continue to fight for the rule of law

Lib Dems will continue to fight for the rule of law

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Speaking after the votes on the Internal Market Bill, where 255 MPs voted against the Government breaking international law, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney Said: “Liberal Democrat and Alliance MPs took a clear stand for the rule of law and for stability in Northern Ireland against Boris Johnson’s tactics to violate the EU Withdrawal Agreement. “With members across the house joining to stand for what’s right and voting against the Government, Boris Johnson must take this as a clear message: there is no consensus in Parliament about his disregard for the rule of law and the UK’s international standing. “Liberal Democrats will continue to hold the Government to account and work across party lines to protect the UK’s interests.”
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Accepting rule of law appears optional for Ministers under Boris Johnson

Accepting rule of law appears optional for Ministers under Boris Johnson

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Responding to the Lord Chancellor's comments on The Andrew Marr Show that he would resign “If I see the rule of law being broken in a way that I find unacceptable”, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “As Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland swore an oath to respect the rule of law. It is utterly appalling to see him shrug his shoulders like this when the Conservative Government is preparing to break it. It seems that under Boris Johnson, accepting the rule of law has become optional. “For the sake of the future of our country, Ministers must stop playing fast and loose with the rule of law. Far from protecting the national interest, Boris Johnson's Government seem content to see the UK's international reputation trashed. “The Liberal Democrats will…
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Lib Dems call out PM’s “brazen hypocrisy” on rule of law

Lib Dems call out PM’s “brazen hypocrisy” on rule of law

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The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Prime Minister explain his “brazen hypocrisy” given his Government's readiness to break international law with the Internal Market Bill, while expecting “everybody in this country to obey the law”. The accusation follows an exchange at Prime Minister’s Questions where Liberal Democrat MP Munira Wilson asked: “If Ministers think it is acceptable for this Government to not obey the law, how on earth can the Prime Minister expect the public at home to do so?” Despite confirmation yesterday from the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis that the proposed Northern Ireland customs legislation “does break international law”, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that he expects “everybody in this country to obey the law”. The Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham has called on the…
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Lib Dems condemn Government for “destroying” UK reputation on world stage

Lib Dems condemn Government for “destroying” UK reputation on world stage

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Responding to comments from the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis that the proposed Northern Ireland customs rules legislation will “break international law”, Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:  “The UK Government should focus on making laws, not breaking laws. But the Northern Ireland Secretary's admission that the Conservative Government stands ready to break international law shows just how far we have fallen under Boris Johnson. “His Government are tearing up the UK's proud history of promoting the rule of law and in the process destroying our reputation on the world stage. It is unforgivable. "The Liberal Democrats unequivocally condemn this reckless approach."
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