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Minister resigns over law-breaking Brexit bill

A minister has announced his resignation today in protest of the government’s Internal Market Bill, which will break UK law.

Rehman Chishti, who will now no longer be the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, shared a copy of a letter he had sent to Boris Johnson about the bill.

He wrote alongside the image: ‘I can’t support [the] Internal Market Bill in its current form, which unilaterally break UK’s legal commitments.

‘As an MP for 10 years and former barrister, values of respecting rule of law and honouring one’s word are dear to me.’

In the letter, Chishti stated that he is ‘committed to delivering Brexit’ and described himself as a ‘firm supporter’ of Johnson. He then went on: ‘I have real concerns with the UK unilaterally breaking its legal commitments under the Withdrawal Agreement.

‘During my 10 years in Parliament, and before that as a barrister, I have always acted in a manner which respects the rule of law.


‘I feel strongly about keeping the commitments we make; if we give our word, then we must honour it. Voting for this bill as it currently stands would be contrary to the values I hold dearest.’

Chishti also noted that he had resigned from ‘all party and government positions’ in November 2018 due to his concerns over the backstop in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

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