Suella Braverman has once again provided ample evidence to support her removal from the post of Attorney-General.
See if you can watch her ridiculous response to Labour’s shadow solicitor general Ellie Reeves without feeling the bile rise:
When I challenged the Attorney General on what she has done to defend the rule of law in the face of the Govt’s intention to break international law she retaliated to calling me ‘emotional’. Disappointed to receive personal attacks for trying to defend the rule of law. pic.twitter.com/B7c1j9fE4d
— Ellie Reeves (@elliereeves) September 24, 2020
All Ms Reeves did was to ask what Braverman had done to defend the rule of law, considering that the Johnson government intends to break it – at an international level – with its Internal Markets Bill.
So why did Braverman start her answer by accusing Reeves of being “emotional”? Was she just throwing a dead cat on the table at the start, because she knew she didn’t have anything to say for herself?
Braverman went on to say that the Bill “protects our country and it safeguards the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, which is saying the same thing twice without explaining why.
Then she appealed to patriotism – the refuge of the jingoistic airhead. There is nothing patriotic about breaking the law. Quite the opposite, in fact.
“How can she call herself an MP,” demanded Braverman, “and at the same time vote against a Bill that defends the unity of our country…”
“… maintains peace in Northern Ireland…”
“… and enables the United Kingdom… to thrive.”
The breach of international law means other countries will not trust the UK and will not want to do business here. Already the US Congress has indicated that it will not support a free trade agreement with the UK if the Internal Markets Bill is approved.
And the body language defies belief. Methinks the lady doth protest too much, as Shakespeare once wrote.
Reeves’s response was restrained, under the circumstances.
Others have been less so:
As someone who grew up during The Troubles, hearing a UK minister (worse, a law officer) claiming their breach of international law is to preserve peace in Ireland is sickening beyond belief. The Attorney General is a disgrace. https://t.co/edtyxzHCuM
— Martin McKee (@martinmckee) September 24, 2020
Unfortunately Suella Braverman as Attorney General is what happens when mediocre politicians are chosen for their loyalty rather than their intelligence or ability.
She's the Johnson/Cummings regime's Franz Gürtner. https://t.co/DimAsXV2d5
— trevorw1953 (@trevorw1953) September 24, 2020
The Attorney General @SuellaBraverman showed today why she's completely unfit for the office she holds, when asked a reasonable question by Labour justice spokeswoman Ellie Reeves on breaching International Law, she reverted to naked nationalism and insults, despicable individual
— Loz Argyle ⚓ (@ArgyleLoz) September 24, 2020
I heard myself quietly, under my breath, saying 'My God' as I listened to this – it was involuntary. How this country has fallen. This is the Attorney General for England and Wales and head of my profession. https://t.co/9hRr4cY9AF
— Jessica Simor QC (@JMPSimor) September 24, 2020
The SNP’s justice spokesperson went further than Ellie Reeves – he called for Braverman’s resignation over the plan to breach international law.
In response, she actually said it was lawful to break the law. See for yourself:
SNP calls for Attorney General to resign over Brexit bill, accusing Suella Braverman of "putting her loyalties, her Brexit fanaticism ahead of her loyalty to the rule of law"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 24, 2020
It might be possible to do it – to pass a law that makes a breach of international law inevitable – but that doesn’t mean that it is permissible to do so.
Stuart C McDonald is therefore entirely correct: Braverman should resign.
She won’t – but she should. The fact that she is in that post at all is a shows Boris Johnson’s contempt for the law.
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