BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has hit out at the government’s plans to by-pass the Brexit treaty.

The former Home Secretary and Chancellor says he cannot support the Internal Market Bill which is on its way to becoming law.

The controversial plan could change the terms of a Brexit agreement with the EU, which Boris Johnson believes could give Brussels the power to stop food exports from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland.

The treaty was agreed with Europe in December but last week Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis caused consternation in the House of Commons when he admitted the new Bill would break international law in a “limited and speecific way”.

Mr Javid said: “It is not clear to me why it is necessary for the UK to break international law. I am regretfully unable to support the UK Internal Market Bill unamended.

“One of Britain’s greatest strengths and traditions is respect for the rule of law. Breaking international law is a step that should never be taken lightly.

“Having carefully studied the UK Internal Markets Bill it is not clear to me why it is necessary to do so.”

Last night (Monday) the bill was passed in the Commons by 77 votes however a number of Tory backbenchers had already indicated they would not vote.

Mr Javid said: “I cannot support the UK pre-emptively reneging on that agreement. I will therefore regretfully be unable to support the Bill at its second reading, and urge the government to amend it in the coming days.” 

Mr Javid added he remains optimistic a final exit deal with the EU can be reached before December when Britain’s transitional EU leaving period ends, and the Prime Minister continues to have his full support.

Boris Johnson says the Bill is an insurance policy should there be no deal with the EU and it should be welcomed by everyone who cares about the sovereignty and integrity of the UK.

All five living former Prime Ministers are among a number of high-profile politicians and lawyers who have expressed reservations about the Bill.