George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney, a stunning human rights lawyer who met the actor through their shared passion for activism, has resigned from a kinda-sorta-job working for the British government as an envoy to the European Union over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to violate an international treaty to try and gain negotiating leverage over the EU27 as talks over a trade deal head into their final months.
According to an "exclusive" from the Guardian, Clooney quit her role over the Intermarket Bill because the bill would, "by the government's own admission, 'break international law' if enacted."
She expressed her misgivings in a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
"Although the government has suggested that the violation of international law would be 'specific and limited,' it is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago," she wrote in a letter to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
Her resignation comes one day after Presidential Candidate Joe Biden threatened to scuttle a UK-US trade deal if Johnson pushed ahead with the so-called "Intermarket Bill", which would effectively allow the UK to ignore customs and border checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, potentially forcing the EU to erect a new land barrier in violation of the 'Good Friday Accord', the landmark peace agreement that brought an end to 'the Troubles'.
Clooney added that while she is "proud of the UK's reputation as a champion of the international order", the new bill had made it "untenable" to continue urging other states to "respect and enforce these international obligations" since the UK has declared that it "does not intend to do so itself."