Abiding by law is about right and wrong, not Leave or Remain – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Coun Simon Daubeney (Lib Dem), Westfield Ward, City of York Council.

Boris Johnson can only blame himself for the Government's many difficulties, argues a Lib Dem councillor.
Boris Johnson can only blame himself for the Government's many difficulties, argues a Lib Dem councillor.

THIS week saw the Government, assisted by our own local MP Julian Sturdy, argue for breaking the law.

Whether a negotiation tactic or not, the Internal Market Bill introduced in the Commons on Monday breaches international law, lays the ground for much more extensive breaches of international law and attempts to insulate Ministers from judicial scrutiny at home.

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The UK has always stood up for international law on the world stage and has traditionally been proud to do so. To witness countless Commons members downplay what this endorsement of law-breaking would mean for our country’s standing on the international stage was truly extraordinary and greatly disappointing.

Fresh political tensions have emerged over Brexit.

Whilst some, most notably members of the Government, still aim to frame this debate within Leave-Remain lines, unfortunately the path that the Government seems to be taking us down now seems to be, rather more accurately, a simple case of right and wrong.

It is hard to point to the most distressing part of the impact of this Bill, but clearly the Government has accepted the loss of public confidence as an acceptable trade-off in order to create a deeply flawed negotiation tactic.

Public health experts are already warning of the consequences of loss of public confidence in Covid rules, as ministers rush to introduce new coronavirus rules at the same time as pushing ahead with plans to breach international law.

For this the Prime Minister won’t be able to blame the EU, the judges, the Remainers, the media or anyone else abstract enough to be made a scapegoat. Although, assuredly, he will try.

From: Barry Foster, High Stakesby, Whitby.

I AM sorry that quite a few people seem to be knocking Boris Johnson all the time.

Presumably it is many of those the Government is now helping to pay and those who seem to be spending most of their time out and about on beaches, moors and beauty spots when, in my opinion they should be back at work and helping to get the country back to some fighting spirit again.

Surely some of the unemployed could help collect litter?

A few weeks ago Boris was seriously ill and yet has managed to get back to work.

Personally I feel he has done well and it is high time the moaners shut up and used their energy better.

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James Mitchinson