Archiv: Attorney General

05.12.2018 - 16:51 [ ]

Theresa May Accused Of ‘Misleading’ Public Over Brexit Deal As Secret Legal Advice Reveals ‘Indefinite’ Link To EU

Theresa May has been accused of “concealing” the downsides of her Brexit deal after secret legal advice revealed that the UK could be “indefinitely” tied to the EU.

The DUP, SNP and Tory Brexiteers reacted with fury as the confidential advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox laid bare that the country would be trapped in a possible customs union for “many years”.

05.12.2018 - 16:41 [ ]

Read the full Brexit legal advice document (don’t worry, it’s only six pages)

These six pages are the source of the battle that saw MPs find the Government in contempt of Parliament for the first time in modern history.

05.12.2018 - 16:35 [ Sun ]

THE TRUTH’S OUT: EU could keep Britain locked in customs union FOREVER even if Brexit talks completely break down, according to secret legal advice PM tried to hide

Buried in the small text it confirms that even if Britain is still negotiating with the EU years later and both parties think talks have broken down, then the UK still can’t get out of the customs union backstop

05.12.2018 - 16:30 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Release of full legal advice sparks political row

Newly published documents show the PM was told an arrangement designed to prevent a hard Irish border could last „indefinitely“ and the UK could not „lawfully exit“ without EU agreement.

The Democratic Unionists said this would be „devastating“ for the UK.

But Mrs May rejected SNP claims she has misled Parliament on the issue.

05.12.2018 - 12:27 [ ]

House of Commons: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Oral questions – Wales

Prime Minister’s Question Time

Ten Minute Rule Motion – Immigration (Time Limit on Deportations)

Tulip Siddiq MP (Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour)

Debate – Section 13 (1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Day 2)

05.12.2018 - 12:25 [ Simon Deane-Johns ‏/ Twitter ]

Can’t wait to see the legal advice at 11:30 – Tories clearly terrified: took it to a vote, first government to be guilty of contempt of Parliament, Cox blubbing in Parliament, failed to release it immediately, Leadsom promising MPs will regret… popcorn time!

04.12.2018 - 19:08 [ Clare Hepworth, Socialist Trade Unionist / Twitter ]

MPs have voted in favour of the #ContemptOfParliament motion ! MY GOODNESS This is unprecedented in modern times ! The Legal Advice will now be published.

04.12.2018 - 18:39 [ ]

UTTER CONTEMPT: Government forced to hand over ALL Brexit legal advice after humiliating Commons defeat sees it found in contempt of Parliament for first time ever

The full details on the hated Brexit deal will come out tomorrow, laying bare the extent of how awful Mrs May’s agreement really is

04.12.2018 - 18:36 [ ]

Government agrees to publish FULL Brexit legal advice after it is dealt a humiliating defeat as MPs vote to hold ministers in contempt of Parliament

– MPs hold ministers in contempt of Parliament for the first time ever today
– Theresa May lost the vote by 311 to 293 in a humiliating defeat for Number 10
– Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said the full advice will be published now
– Caved amid fears minsters could be suspended just as crunch Brexit vote held
– Labour, SNP, Tory rebels and DUP joined forces to inflict the historic defeat
– PM had told Cabinet ministers are defending an ‚important point of principle‘

04.12.2018 - 18:14 [ Sky News ]

Government found in contempt of parliament for first time in history

Six parties – including Labour and the DUP – claim ministers are in contempt, despite denial from the Conservatives.

04.12.2018 - 18:12 [ Labour Whips / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Extraordinary, the Government have been defeated and go down in ignominy as being the first Government found in contempt of Parliament. Theresa May’s in contempt and incompetent Govt must now publish the full and final legal advice from the Attorney General. Lost by 4

04.12.2018 - 14:25 [ BrexitCentral ‏/ Twitter ]

Jonathan @Isaby on @BBCRADIOKENT: „Today we’ve got the government being accused of contempt of parliament – well these people campaigning for another referendum are in contempt of the British people and the democratic process“

Listen to the rest here:

04.12.2018 - 14:07 [ Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Attorney General finally turns up to chamber looking like he’s been finishing his lunch off… extraordinary. #Brexit #Contempt

04.12.2018 - 14:02 [ Emma Ross-Thomas / ]

Brexit Bulletin: In Contempt?

Today in Brexit: May’s big Brexit debate is overshadowed by more parliamentary guerrilla tactics.

04.12.2018 - 13:17 [ Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Busy day ahead – don’t remember seeing a contempt motion before Parliament before! Well done @Keir_Starmer @NickTorfaenMP @labourwhips for forcing this crucial issue. Outrageous behaviour by Tory Government. #Brexit #Contempt

04.12.2018 - 12:56 [ BBC Parliament ‏/ Twitter ]

Today’s Commons motion on contempt of Parliament – @DArcyTiP looks at what it might mean

04.12.2018 - 12:45 [ ]

House of Commons: Monday 3 December 2018

Speaker Statement

04.12.2018 - 12:44 [ ]

‚Arguable case‘ the government is in contempt of parliament over Brexit legal advice, says speaker John Bercow

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said there is an „arguable case“ that the Government committed contempt of Parliament over the legal advice on Brexit.

Senior MPs from six parties wrote to Mr Bercow asking him to begin contempt proceedings against the Government after full publication of the attorney general’s findings was withheld „in the public interest“.

03.12.2018 - 08:59 [ ]

Theresa May’s Brexit vote could be scrapped as Government plans to reopen talks with EU in hope of further concessions

THERESA May’s crunch Brexit vote in the Commons next week could be abandoned, The Sun can reveal.

Government whips have discussed plans to seek further concessions from the EU before putting the deal to MPs.

03.12.2018 - 08:03 [ BBC ]

UK faces constitutional crisis over Brexit legal advice, Labour warns

Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson has joined calls for its publication, which critics say could sink the PM’s deal.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement about it on Monday.

He is set to publish a reduced version of the legal advice – despite calls from MPs from all parties to publish a full version.

02.12.2018 - 17:38 [ Times ]

Revealed: Brexit legal advice could sink Theresa May

Senior ministers say the prime minister is refusing to publish the advice because it contains a stark passage that makes clear the UK could end up locked in a “backstop” arrangement with the European Union.

In a letter to cabinet ministers last month, the contents of which have been disclosed to The Sunday Times, Geoffrey Cox declared: “The protocol would endure indefinitely.”

02.12.2018 - 17:35 [ ]

Britain could end up trapped in Brexit backstop ‘indefinitely’, attorney-general warns

The documents, which have been seen by the Cabinet, have been withheld from MPs despite parliament demanding their publication in full.

In a letter, obtained by the Sunday Times, Geoffrey Cox said of the controversial Brexit ‘backstop’: “The protocol would endure indefinitely.”

08.11.2018 - 05:55 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just seized control of the Russia probe

In firing Sessions — by tweet, natch — Trump announced that Matt Whitaker, Sessions‘ chief of staff at Justice, would become the acting Attorney General, a post he can hold for roughly 200 days because he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate.

But even having Whitaker in the job for the next 100 days could be enough for Trump. Whitaker has been openly critical of the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and even mused on this chain of events in a 2017 interview with CNN:

29.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Ben White ‏/ Twitter ]

„It seems that Shin Bet thinks participating in a protest of a tour of the West Bank are an existential threat to the state of Israel,“ [@acri_online’s Dan] Yakir said. „Instead of the Attorney General crying foul over these things, he embraces them.“

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Gets Backing From AG’s Office: Left-wing Activists Detained to ‚Prevent Illegal Activity‘

Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber backed Shin Bet detentions and interrogations of left-wing activists entering Israel. In a letter issued Friday to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Zilber wrote…

04.09.2018 - 07:20 [ Times of Israel ]

AG decries attacks on media, in veiled criticism of Netanyahu

Speaking at a conference organized by Hadashot TV news, Mandelblit said, “A free press is an essential component of a democratic society and it is of utmost importance to protect and guard it.”

He added that the role of the media was similar to that of the police and law enforcement.

28.06.2018 - 10:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s AG Says He Won’t Delay Netanyahu Probe Even if Elections Called

The attorney general also said there’s a feeling that the Knesset is trying to undermine the law enforcement system. “At times it seems the law enforcement system is standing alone,” he said, pledging to continue with the struggle against corruption.

07.06.2018 - 09:33 [ Haaretz ]

Public Security, Justice Ministers Snub Meeting of Police Brutality Lobby in Knesset

(4.6.2018) The lobby brings together groups from the whole political spectrum, from minority communities such as the Arabs and Ethiopians, the ultra-Orthodox, LGBTQs, settlers, the disabled, representatives of people slated for eviction from the Tel Aviv neighborhood Givat Amal, and more.

At the meeting on Monday, protesters, their families and representatives of social organizations testified on cases in which police officers allegedly used excessive force.

06.06.2018 - 15:49 [ Bloomberg ]

Wooing Trump Pays Off for Netanyahu as His Popularity Soars

(31.5.2018) Netanyahu’s grip on power is still potentially in jeopardy, and his political successes shouldn’t have a bearing on Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s decision whether to indict him in the corruption cases — in theory at least. But it would take an especially aggressive attorney general to indict a popular, sitting prime minister for the first time in Israel’s history, said Eran Vigoda-Gadot, a political science professor at Haifa University.

06.06.2018 - 15:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Only the A-G will decide whether to indict me

(7.2.2018) “So don’t worry,” Netanyahu said sarcastically. “There will be recommendations [to indict], and also signs reading ‘Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,’” he said, criticizing signs that were spotted at the ongoing Saturday night anti-corruption protests in Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s neighborhood in Petah Tikva and at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

29.05.2018 - 10:55 [ Times of Israel ]

AG to Sara Netanyahu: Give back state funds, then I’ll decide on indictment

Rejecting an offer made by Sarah Netanyahu’s legal team for the prime minister’s wife to pay back state funds she allegedly diverted for personal use if criminal charges against her are dropped, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has reportedly told her lawyers that she must first give back the money, and only then will he decide on whether to indict her.

10.04.2018 - 03:29 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s tirade after the Michael Cohen raid, annotated

TRUMP: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys — a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given, I believe, over a million pages‘ worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we’re talking about a lot of serious things. We’re the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now — and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

And it’s a disgrace. It’s, frankly, a real disgrace. It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense.