Minister says he would resign over Brexit bill if law is broken ‘in way I find unacceptable’

Justice secretary says he doesn’t believe international law will be broken, as discontent grows among Conservative backbenchers

The UK justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has said he would resign if the law was “broken in a way that I find unacceptable”, as Downing Street continued to come under pressure over planned legislation that would override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

In a remarkable scene in the Commons last week that astonished Conservative backbenchers, the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, admitted the internal market bill “does break international law in a very specific and limited way”.

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