The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland has said the UK government risks undermining respect for the rule of law.
Rowan White was referring to the suggestion that the UK government may consider breaching international law by passing its controversial United Kingdom Internal Market Bill.
The House of Commons backed the bill on Monday night (14 September), though it still has to get through the House of Lords.
Mr White said that upholding the rule of law, both domestically and internationally, was a core responsibility of democratic government.
Referring to comments made by the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis in the Commons last week, Mr White said the introduction of legislation which breaches an international agreement in a ‘limited and specific way’ offends this principle.