Amal Clooney has quit as Britain’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the UK government’s “lamentable” decision to override the Brexit divorce settlement, in breach of international law.
In a letter to British foreign secretary Dominic Raab, the prominent human rights lawyer said she had no alternative but to resign after he made clear the UK government would not change its position.
“Although the Government has suggested that the violation of international law would be ‘specific and limited’, it is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago,” she wrote.
“Out of respect for the professional working relationship I have developed with you and your senior colleagues working on human rights, I deferred writing this letter until I had had a chance to discuss this matter with you directly.
“But having now done so and received no assurance that any change of position is imminent, I have no alternative but to resign from my position.”