One of the UK’s most revered diplomats has accused Boris Johnson of planning three separate breaches of worldwide regulation, warning that belief within the UK overseas is being shredded.
Kim Darroch, a former nationwide safety adviser and US ambassador, has attacked plans to neuter commitments to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), arguing they are going to violate the Good Friday Agreement.
In an interview with The Independent, he mentioned the menace sits alongside strikes to tear up the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland and to deport refugees to Rwanda, breaking the Geneva Convention.
“I think you can argue that this government is breaching international law in three areas,” Lord Darroch argued.
Seizing on Dominic Raab’s plans to permit the UK to disregard ECHR rulings, the crossbench peer warned: “The ECHR is enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement as a guarantee of the rights of all individuals in Northern Ireland.
“Now they want to effectively disapply, by domestic law, some parts of the ECHR, and that looks to me to be in danger of breaching our commitments in the Good Friday Agreement”.
Pointing to the harm to the UK’s status overseas, Lord Darroch added: “Everything I pick up from people in the Brussels institutions is that trust in the British government has broken down.”
In the interview, the chair of the internationalist marketing campaign group Best for Britain additionally argued that voters would welcome Mr Johnson sitting down with the EU to strike a greater Brexit deal to ease extreme financial harm to the UK.
He dominated out an early return to the only market or customs union – regardless of the advantages that may carry – “certainly not in this parliament and perhaps not in the next one either”.
However, calling for aspect offers to melt the ache for exporters, scientists shut out of the Horizon venture and the City of London, Lord Darroch mentioned: “I think people would see agreements of this kind as common sense.”
The peer, who can also be a former UK ambassador to the EU, argued that almost all voters by no means backed “the hardest of Brexits that satisfies a section of the Conservative Party”.
And he urged that the prime minister is likely to be keen to compromise however for the disaster surrounding him – turbocharged by two devastating by-election defeats final week.
“It’s just hard to know what he really, personally believes. It’s a bit of a mystery to me,” Lord Darroch mentioned.
“I don’t rule out him doing deals, but at the moment he feels his position as prime minister is sufficiently under threat that he needs all the support he can find.”
On the strain to not soften the Brexit phrases, the peer identified: “Brexiteers are walking around now looking pretty gloomy about the way it’s panned out. Wouldn’t it help them to make it less damaging?”
Lord Darroch additionally chided Sir Keir Starmer, saying: “I think Labour could be a bit braver and make the case more publicly for a different, better form of Brexit.
“As the impact of Brexit becomes more apparent, I wonder if they might be forced to take more of a position – because we are in for a really bad time on inflation, a recession maybe. It’s looking very bleak.”
The invoice to override the Northern Ireland protocol, which Mr Johnson hailed as “fantastic” when he signed it in 2019, cleared its first Commons hurdle on Monday.
The authorities admits it breaks the Brexit withdrawal settlement, however argues that the “doctrine of necessity” trumps that due to Unionist opposition to the Irish Sea commerce border the Protocol created.
Lord Darroch mentioned: “On the Northern Ireland protocol, you just cannot unilaterally disapply and revise and rewrite parts of an international agreement through domestic legislation.”
The United Nations excessive commissioner for refugees has attacked the Rwanda deportations, pointing to the UK’s dedication within the 1951 Refugee Convention to take accountability for asylum seekers.
Lord Darroch mentioned: “We have international commitments on the treatment of refugees through the Geneva Convention. I just don’t think what we are doing with Rwanda is compatible with that.”
The Good Friday Agreement, the landmark 1998 deal that ended the Troubles, is a global settlement between the British and Irish governments.