Northern Ireland's most senior judge is "disappointed" by the British Government's announcement that it is prepared to break international law to override parts of the Irish Brexit Protocol.
Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan was speaking to BBC Northern Ireland in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow night.
"An indication that you're going to break international law, albeit in only a small way, it seems to me, again, is something that may well undermine trust in the government and certainly may undermine trust in the system of the administration of justice," he said.
Asked if the comment by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis in the House of Commons yesterday that the UK intends to break the law made him uncomfortable, Mr Morgan replied: "It does, because it seems to me that it enables others to take the view that they can choose which laws apply to them.
"We need to have a public which is confident that the law will be applied as it is, and that it will be implied with integrity and independence."
He added: "International law is much more grounded on trust and confidence between nations, and where there is an indication that a state intends to break international law, it seems to me that it may have a domestic effect on the confidence that the public may have in the legal system generally."
Presenter Mark Carruthers puts it to the Lord Chief Justice that the comment must have "annoyed you very much" for him to enter the political debate and state his opinion so clearly.
"Well, it disappointed me that [this] should have happened and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't make my disappointment, and the reasons for it, public," he replied.
The full interview will be broadcast on The View on BBC 1 Northern Ireland tomorrow night.