EU Referendum and UK poverty
No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit have been published to gov.uk - the Home Secretary has also issued a written statement outlining decision to provide acesss to a new temporary immigration status.
Scottish appeal court judges have declared Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful.
The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the power to interfere in the prime minister’s political decision to prorogue parliament.
Lawyers acting for 75 opposition MPs and peers argued Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was illegal and in breach of the constitution, as it was designed to stifle parliamentary debate and action on Brexit.
The British government will appeal at the UK supreme court against the latest decision, which also contradicts a decision in Johnson’s favour by senior English judges last week.
The supreme court has already scheduled an emergency hearing on both the Scottish and English cases for 17 September, alongside a third challenge brought in the courts in Belfast.
... and here’s the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 for your reading pleasure:
Scottish appeal court judges have declared Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful.l
Further to today’s Court of Session news, the High Court’s judgment in Gina Miller -v- The Prime Minister & Others is also now available online:
- availability and choice of food will reduce.
- low income groups will be disproportionately affected by price rises in food and fuel.
- medical supplies will be particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays, and it will not be practical to stockpile to cover expected delays of up to 6 months.
- already fragile social care market would be significantly impacted by increases in inflation which could lead to provider failure.
According to the Sunday Times journalist Rosamund Urwin:
What’s different about the new Yellowhammer document that the government has just published compared with the one I got hold of last month? The heading. What did the version I had say? BASE SCENARIO Now what does the new one say? HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions
And the redacted paragraph 15 reads:
“15. Facing EU tariffs makes petrol exports to the EU uncompetitive. Industry had plans to mitigate the impact on refinery margins and profitability but UK Government policy to set petrol import tariffs at 0% inadvertently undermines these plans. This leads to significant financial losses and announcement of two refinery closures (and transition to import terminals) and direct job losses (about 2000). Resulting strike action at refineries would lead to disruptions to fuel availability for 1-2 weeks in the regions directly supplied by the refineries.”
Guidance on social housing and homelessness assistance if there’s no deal has been updated ‘to reflect the no deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit’
The high court in Belfast has dismissed claims that a no-deal Brexit and the imposition of a hard border would damage the Northern Ireland peace process.
Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey said the applications were a matter of politics and that was not an area in which courts should intervene.
His decision follows the reasoning of the high court in London, which concluded that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen to prorogue parliament for five weeks was lawful. By contrast the Scottish appeal court on Wednesday ruled that Johnson acted illegally in proroguing parliament in order to stifle debate in the Commons.
.... Northern Ireland’s appeal court will hear appeals against the decision on Friday. The Northern Ireland cases will eventually reach the supreme court in London next week when claims from London, Edinburgh and Belfast will be joined together in a three day hearing.
The new judgment is at: https://judiciaryni.uk/judicial-decisions/2019-niqb-78
The Supreme Court starts to hear the Brexit-related judicial review cases at 10.30 this morning - here’s the Court’s information about the hearing including the written cases of the parties and a link to the live stream -
Judgment to be handed down tomorrow at 10.30 - https://twitter.com/UKSupremeCourt/status/1176106921180508161