Responding to news that the Government is to drop clauses in the Internal Market Bill that would have put the UK in breach of international law, Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council said:
“We are very pleased that the Government has pulled back from its plans to breach international law, which flew in the face of a principle that is central to the very fabric of our society. This U-turn should not have been necessary. We are disappointed that the initiative was ever adopted, but this course of action should demonstrate to all – including our potential trade partners – that Britain holds itself to the rule of law.
"We hope that any damage to our reputation and global position that may already have been done, is limited. I am confident that our country’s long-standing support for the rule of law will remain a core strength of the UK and that we can be a credible voice on the international stage.”