Local Barrister Judith Rogerson Implores Andrew Jones MP To Reject Internal Market Bill Tonight

By Conor McKenzie, Sep 14, 2020 5:09

Local barrister and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Judith Rogerson, has written to Andrew Jones MP asking him to oppose the Government's plans to break international law through the Internal Market Bill tonight.

In her email to Harrogate & Knaresborough's MP, Judith Rogerson says:

"As one of your constituents, I want you to know how thoroughly appalled my colleagues across the legal profession are at what the Government is proposing. The explanations and justifications that have been given by representatives of the Government and some of your fellow Conservative MPs are, at best, confused and legally unsound."

Judith Rogerson continues:

"Last year you backed the Conservative manifesto that sold the deal negotiated with the EU as in the best interests of the country. The consequences of that deal were the same then as they are now. Those of us who seeked to warn of its implications were dismissed as ‘remoaners’ or attempting to talk down our country. It is unacceptable to now seek to renege on that deal which won the Conservatives a large majority in Parliament.

"All living former Prime Ministers from across the political spectrum have expressed their concern at the implications of the Internal Market Bill. This morning the former Attorney General, a respected QC, has also spoken of why he cannot support this legislation. I would urge you to join him and vote against the Internal Market Bill."

Judith Rogerson has asked that, if Andrew Jones is minded to vote for the Bill, he provide an "explanation as to why you consider it acceptable to break international law in this way".

Andrew Jones has not yet responded to the email.


FULL COPY OF THE EMAIL:

Dear Andrew,

I hope you are well.

I am writing with regards to the Internal Market Bill that you will be asked to vote upon in the coming days.

As one of your constituents, I want you to know how thoroughly appalled my colleagues across the legal profession are at what the Government is proposing. The explanations and justifications that have been given by representatives of the Government and some of your fellow Conservative MPs are, at best, confused and legally unsound.

How can we be expected to hold to account countries like Russia, Iran or North Korea if we seek to argue that international law obligations can be overridden by domestic legislation? And how can we expect other nations to take Britain by its word if we are willing to renege on treaties less than a year after they have been negotiated?

As a representative of the Harrogate & Knaresborough Liberal Democrats I have been contacted by many local residents who are furious at the prospect of Conservative MPs supporting this Bill. They have asked me in the strongest of terms to pass on their views to you.

Last year you backed the Conservative manifesto that sold the deal negotiated with the EU as in the best interests of the country. The consequences of that deal were the same then as they are now. Those of us who seeked to warn of its implications were dismissed as ‘remoaners’ or attempting to talk down our country. It is unacceptable to now seek to renege on that deal which won the Conservatives a large majority in Parliament.

All living former Prime Ministers from across the political spectrum have expressed their concern at the implications of the Internal Market Bill. This morning the former Attorney General, a respected QC, has also spoken of why he cannot support this legislation. I would urge you to join him and vote against the Internal Market Bill.

If you are minded to vote in favour, I would be grateful for your explanation as to why you consider it acceptable to break international law in this way.

Yours sincerely,

Judith

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