Lord Geidt has gone to more in detail about why he left, giving more secure account of why he stepped down as ethics adviser to Boris Johnson.
In a letter to the chairman of the Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs, William Wragg, Lord Geidt said that he “could not be party advise on potential violation of the law.
He admitted his resignation letter perhaps he was too careful.
In a letter to Mr. Wragg, Lord Geidt explained that on Steel tariffs reason for his departure by others is a “distraction”.
“Since my letter of resignation was made public yesterday there was some confusion about the exact cause of my decision,” he said.
“My letter has been interpreted to suggest that an important issue of the principle was limited by some narrow and technical considerations of steel rates.
“Careful language of my letter may failed adequately explain the much broader scope of my objection.
Lord Geidt continued: “Accent on the question of steel tariffs is a distraction.
“It was easy one example of what else could constitute intentional violations by the United Kingdom of its obligations under international law, given the government’s widely publicized openness to it.”
He concluded by saying that “the conscious of my own obligations according to the seven principles of Public life (including honesty), I couldn’t be party advise on any potential violation of the law.”
Lord Geidt unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday evening in Letter to the prime minister.
Prior to standing down, Lord Geidt admitted earlier this week that he was considering resigning. over Mr Johnson’s response to his party okay for violation COVID-19 rules.
Explaining why he was leaving, Lord Geidt said prime minister he considered “very small margin” what was it possible “continue to work reliably as an independent advisor” after partygate.
In a letter, Lord Geidt said that this week he was asked to offer view on “measures that risk intentional and purposeful violation of ministerial code.
“This request made me in impossible and odious position,” he said.
“The idea that prime minister may be to some extent in in business of intentionally violating one’s own code is an insult.”
Letters from Lord Geidt and Boris Johnson in full
Lord Geidt said that even the intention to deliberately violate the ministerial code “would suspend the provisions of a code that meets political goals”.
He added: “That would make a mockery of not only of respect for code but license suspension of its provisions in regulatory behavior of Ministers of Her Majesty.
“I can’t have parts in this is.”
Mr Johnson said in reply that the letter “came as a surprise” after the adviser told him on Monday that he was happy to stay on to end of in year.
After Lord Geidt left, Johnson said he would “thoroughly consider” whether to hire new ethics advisor.
Lord Geidt’s departure came after his predecessor Sir Alex Allan stepped down. in 2020. Labor described it as “a sign of shame” for in government.