‘Completely unacceptable!’ Boris Johnson braces for Tory revolt in Brexit Commons showdown

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A Tory former Cabinet minister has said it would be “unacceptable” to breach international law with legislation to override the Brexit divorce deal. Andrew Mitchell hit out at clauses in the Government’s Internal Market Bill. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The proposition that we should march through the Lobby as lawmakers and say that we are going to ignore and disavow a law that we have passed, to do with the rule of law, that is completely unacceptable.”

Mr Mitchell said he backed large parts of the Bill, but would not back it unless it was amended, stating: “To ask members of the parliamentary party to walk through the Lobbies quite deliberately voting to breach international law is something which I cannot do.

“And which is causing very considerable anxiety and worry on the backbenches.

“We all want to help the Government with these negotiations, but to do that flies in the face of all British tradition.”

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