A certain Mr Murphy getting very high horse here:
A government that breaks the law ceases to have purpose or function. It is illegitimate.
The last time the UK government did this?
There are clear precedents for the UK and other countries needing to consider their international obligations as circumstances change. I would say to honourable members here, many of whom would have been in this house when we passed the Finance Act 2013, which contained an example of treaty override, it contains provisions that expressly disapply international tax treaties to the extent that these conflict with the general anti-abuse rule.
That’s right. The last time the UK government said “Sod you international law” was when they enacted the very tax change that Richard Murphy worked upon.