THERESA May has reportedly warned Tories of a Labour plot to stop Brexit if MPs vote down the deal she gets back from Brussels with an ancient Parliamentary procedure. Ministers say Number 10 have instructed them to warn colleagues the opposition plan to use a “humble address” in the Commons. This would block the UK leaving without a deal, thereby tying the UK to bloc if the Prime Minister cannot get her agreement with the EU approved. The warning, reported in the FT, is intended to pressure Eurosceptic Tory MPs to support Mrs May’s Chequers compromise. It has been blasted as the latest aspect of a new version of “Project Fear” – the dire warnings the Government under David Cameron put out about voting to the leave the EU - and labelled "scaremongering" by Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. One minister told the paper: “We’ve been told by Number 10 that Labour would try to use the ‘humble address’ as a means to stop us leaving without … [Read more...] about Theresa May warns Tories of Labour plot to stop Brexit if MPs vote down her Brussels deal with ancient Parliamentary procedure
Fcpa opinion procedure release
BBJ Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:30 The European Commission (EC) is launching an infringement procedure against Hungary over recent Hungarian legislation that criminalizes the promotion or support of what it terms “illegal immigration.” At the same time, the EC is referring Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for non-compliance of its asylum legislation with EU law. According to an official press release dated Thursday, July 19, the EC is sending Hungary a “letter of formal notice” - the first step in an infringement procedure - because of concerns about the legislation, which it says “criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.” The press release recalls that the Council of Europeʼs Commission for Democracy Through Law (the ‘Venice Commissionʼ) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights … [Read more...] about Update: EC starts infringement procedure over ‘Stop Soros’
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has asked the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) to set the deadline for the debate on amending the Criminal Procedure Code after Venice Commission issues its opinion. “Considering the tradition of good cooperation between the Romanian public authorities and the European body that contributes to the development of a common constitutional patrimony in Europe and which supports states wishing to bring legal and institutional structures in line with international standards and good practices in the field of democracy, I am requesting that the term of the unconstitutionality debate be set so that the Venice Commission’s opinion can be capitalized”, the President’s letter to the Constitutional Court states. The letter was sent by President Iohannis to the Constitutional Court President Valer Dorneanu. The President has 33 objections of unconstitutionality regarding the amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, which refer to … [Read more...] about Iohannis asks CCR to set deadline for debate on amending Criminal Procedure Code after Venice Commission issues opinion
''Have you ever drawn lots, not knowing but guessing the cards? And when you find these cards within a story of the other, you have to choose either 'yes' or 'no' ''… These are the first lines of Kristiina Ehin's song ''A waltz of fate''. Many prosecutors have experienced this very feeling when in the early 21st century, the Prosecutor's Office in Estonia became responsible for communication in pre-trial criminal proceedings. Having no idea how the media functions, and remembering anecdotes from the '90s, when the reporting of crimes to the public was actually a Police duty, suddenly, it had become paramount to decide which direction to take. Major changes took place back when prosecutors started directing pre-trial proceedings. In that respect, the legislator predictably considered prosecutors to be a bridge between the operational police and the independent courts of justice, who fulfill an open state obligation and supply the public with information in such a way that ensures … [Read more...] about Opinion: Prosecutor General on criminal proceedings and public interest
IRELAND has voted on whether to legalise abortion in a historic referendum. Thousands of women from Ireland had been forced to seek terminations in Britain because they were prohibited from obtaining them in Ireland unless their lives are in danger. The exit polls suggest this vote will change everything. When was the abortion referendum in Ireland? The polls officially opened on May 25, with many Irish citizens around the world flying home to cast their votes. Around 2,000 residents on islands off Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway went to the polls on Thursday, a day ahead of the rest of the country. They are voting on a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which prevents the Irish Government from legalising the procedure. The Government intends to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks in the event of a yes vote. Counting began on the morning of Saturday May 26, with a result expected later in the day. What do the Exit Polls say? Two … [Read more...] about When are the Ireland abortion referendum results released, what do the exit polls say and is abortion illegal in Northern Ireland?