Brexit policy paper leaves open possibility of Europe’s highest court retaining say on UK law. What does this mean for Britain?
The Luxembourg-based court of justice of the European Union is the highest court in Europe. Panels of judges from member states sit to interpret whether EU law is being fairly applied and can issue binding rulings over national courts.
The Trump administration has adopted measures making a bad situation worse: seeking to deport in large numbers, but without resources for fair hearings
The deportation system verges on lawlessness. The rule of law requires that functioning tribunals arbitrate disputes fairly, efficiently and accurately. The immigration court system, which decides who will be deported and who may remain in the US, fails this test.
Take a recent case handled by the immigration clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Our client was a radio journalist from Honduras, where speaking out against government misdeeds is very likely to get you killed.
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A country of laws should not allow Kafkaesque immigration court proceedings to decide life and death cases
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West Midlands police secure two-year order aimed at reducing violence between Burger Bar Boys and Johnson Crew
The largest ever gang injunction has been granted, banning 18 men from parts of Birmingham and compelling them to register phones and vehicles with police.
West Midlands police have secured the two-year order against the men, aged 19 to 29, after a spate of firearm offences in the city in 2015 and 2016.
Dominic Raab’s comment comes on day that policy papers repeat government’s insistence that authority of ECJ ends in March 2019
Justice minister Dominic Raab has conceded the UK would keep “half an eye” on rulings by the European Union’s highest court after Brexit as the government appeared to soften its stance on how heavily the bloc would influence UK law.
However, Raab played down the idea that a government document ruling out the European court of justice holding “direct jurisdiction” on UK matters left room for the ECJ to exercise influence on British law.
The Luxembourg-based ECJ rules on disputes over EU treaties and legislation; cases can be brought by governments, EU institutions, companies or citizens. Leaving the ECJ’s jurisdiction has been one of the government’s requirements for Brexit. See our full Brexit phrasebook.