Government chief legal officer resigns over PM's Brexit plans

Government's law officer for Scotland Lord Keen resigns over Boris Johnson's plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal Lord Keen of Elie serves as the Government's Advocate General for Scotland  He offered his resignation to Boris Johnson this morning over PM's Brexit plans Downing Street announced this afternoon Lord Keen had left the Government  It comes after he clashed with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 14:34 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 17:46 BST, 16 September 2020

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One of the Government's chief legal officers has resigned over Boris Johnson's controversial Brexit plans.  

Lord Keen of Elie, the Advocate General for Scotland, is said to have offered to quit because he is deeply unhappy with Mr Johnson's proposals to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal which ministers have said will break international law.  

The resignation offer from Lord Keen, who serves as the UK Government's law officer for Scotland, is said to not yet have been accepted by Number 10.

The peer reportedly told the Press and Journal newspaper: 'I tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister first thing this morning, I've not yet heard back from the Prime Minister.' 

There is speculation that the Government is trying to persuade Lord Keen to stay in his post. 

Mr Johnson appeared to confirm that was the case this afternoon as he gave evidence to the Liaison Committee. 

Asked whether Lord Keen was still in his Government role, Mr Johnson said that 'conversations on that matter are continuing'. 

Lord Keen’s decision to offer his resignation is likely to increase concerns among senior Conservatives who are dismayed at the idea that the UK could row back on its international treaty obligations. 

The peer was thrust into the spotlight in September last year when he represented the Government in its Supreme Court case over Mr Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament.  

Lord Keen clashed with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis this week over the legality of the Prime Minister's Brexit plans. 

Lord Keen of Elie, the Advocate General for Scotland, has reportedly offered his resignation to the Prime Minister over the Government's Brexit plans

Lord Keen of Elie, the Advocate General for Scotland, has reportedly offered his resignation to the Prime Minister over the Government's Brexit plans

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