Brandon Lewis, our current Secretary of State, is probably one of the few politicians who is in danger of being sacked not for telling untruths, but for being too truthful with his answer about the proposed new Internal Market Bill in the House of Commons last week. He said about the new Bill in a quote that will dog this Government forever: "This does break international law in a very specific and limited way."
The nonsense of trying to qualify this breaking of international law brought nothing but ridicule and scorn upon Lewis and the rest of Boris Johnson's Government.
Alliance leader Naomi Long jokingly but robustly responded by saying: "I'm not sure you can be a little bit illegal. It's a bit like being a little bit pregnant."
The shocked and angry reaction by the European Union, and in particular Taoiseach Micheal Martin, to Johnson's unilateral decision to interfere with the already signed Withdrawal Agreement on Brexit was profound.
Mr Martin strongly emphasised the undermining of trust that this unilateral decision by the British Government created. It had the potential to drag Northern Ireland once again centre stage and had the potential to be divisive here.
In an unusual public comment, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan also reacted, saying on BBC Northern Ireland's The View that he was "disappointed" at the move by the UK Government.
He stated: "It seems to me it enables others to take the view that they can choose which laws apply to them."
This criticism was unusually blunt, coming from a currently serving Lord Chief Justice, but marks out the gravity of the situation that the UK Government has got itself into.
His piercing criticism has been matched by many others, particularly former Tory leaders like Theresa May and Lord Howard.
Neither of these could be described as Remainers. Howard declared that the Bill would damage the UK's reputation as a protector of the rule of law.
Therefore, by unilaterally introducing the Internal Market Bill to Parliament with all the finesse of an elephant in a china shop, Johnson has reignited the Brexit debate that had supposedly been put to bed last November.
In doing so he has excited the hopes of unionists - particularly Eurosceptic DUP MPs - of getting rid of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is now their number one bogeyman.
As a result he has sent shockwaves through the Assembly, which is vulnerable enough without the added complication of a deep-seated row over the divisive issue of Brexit.
In addition he has provoked an extremely negative response from Brussels, not just over the details of outstanding issues such as fisheries and state aid, but also at a much deeper level about the innate trustworthiness of this British Government and the genuineness of its commitment to honouring any future deal.
No wonder the old accusation of "perfidious Albion" readily springs to mind.
Some commentators have interpreted all of this as tactical positioning before a deal is finalised with the European Union.
Others take the more sombre view that this is to prepare the way for a "no-deal" with the EU, which may suit Johnson more than a deal with Brussels falling short of that which would satisfy the militant Brexiteers within the Conservative Party.
Whatever interpretation is true, Johnson's move has stirred up a hornets' nest in Belfast, Edinburgh and London, never mind Brussels.
To make matters worse he has now said (with Orwellian irony) that "Brussels could carve up our country" and "seriously endanger peace and stability in Northern Ireland".
Johnson clearly misses the point that the greatest threat to the Union lies with Brexit itself, which critically undermines the link between Scotland and the rest of the UK, never mind its destabilising impact here.
The fact is that Europe has worked extremely hard to preserve the peace and stability of Northern Ireland through its careful protection of the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement. The creation of the Northern Ireland Protocol is the evidence of that abiding concern.
The Protocol is specifically designed to allow us to trade freely in goods within the EU, especially with our southern neighbours. At the same time it protects trade between Northern Ireland and the internal British market.
Up until now Johnson has shown scarce interest in the Good Friday Agreement, or Northern Ireland for that matter.
The DUP, whose past support in Parliament he cynically exploited, are completely deluded if they think he has changed.
Despite the condemnation of his Internal Market Bill by no less than five former Prime Ministers, Johnson, driven by his insatiable political ego, is leading the UK into an even greater political sinkhole.