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Former head of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, said parliament "gave up" its powers


Former head of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, said Parliament “gave up” its powers when “sweeping, draconian” emergency laws were passed to deal with the coronavirus

  • Baroness Brenda Hale criticized the "extensive" powers that are placed on the public
  • She called on ministers to restore a "properly functioning constitution" to Britain
  • Comes as government tries to extend coronavirus powers for another six months in an emergency

The first president of the Supreme Court said parliament "handed over" its powers to the government amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Baroness Brenda Hale, who served as President of the UK's highest court from 2017-2020, criticized the draconian measures and "sweeping" powers that are being placed on the UK public without the scrutiny of Parliament.

Your comments come as the government tries to extend the coronavirus emergency powers for another six months to control a second devastating wave of coronavirus.

Baroness Brenda Hale, who served as President of the UK's highest court from 2017-2020, criticized the fact that the public had extensive powers without Parliament's scrutiny

In an essay for The Guardian, the Baroness wrote: "It is not surprising that the police were as confused as the public about what was law and what was not."

Referring to the Prime Minister's Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings, Baroness Hale described how confused the Ministers themselves were about the rules.

She continued, "A certain government adviser apparently knew what the regulations were and what they were saying."

Baroness Hale also stated that Parliament "gave control to the government at a crucial time" and urged ministers to restore a "properly functioning constitution" now.

She added: "My plea is that we get back to a properly functioning constitution as soon as possible."

The Baroness's demands come as senior Tories plan a parliamentary lockdown to prevent Boris Johnson from having the final say on new lockdown measures after restrictions on public freedom like the rule of six were introduced without debate in the House of Commons.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Conservative Backbench Committee, plans to table an amendment that would force ministers to vote on new measures first.

It was revealed this week that Tories are planning a parliamentary lockdown to prevent Boris Johnson from having the final say on any new lockdown measures

It was revealed this week that Tories are planning a parliamentary lockdown to prevent Boris Johnson from having the final say on any new lockdown measures

Sir Graham Brady (pictured) wants to force MPs to vote on coronavirus emergency response

Sir Graham Brady (pictured) wants to force MPs to vote on coronavirus emergency response

The move comes when Boris Johnson announced that anyone in England who refuses to obey an order to self-isolate could face a fine of up to £ 10,000.

The Altrincham and Sale West MP told The Sunday Telegraph that he would take the opportunity to try to change the legislation if the government renews emergency powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The move is likely to receive significant support from Conservative MPs who are unhappy with the extensive powers of ministers with little or no parliamentary scrutiny.

Sir Graham told the Telegraph: "In March, Parliament gave the government full emergency powers at a time when Parliament was about to break and there were realistic concerns that Covid-19 could overwhelm the NHS 'supply capacity.

“We now know that the NHS has handled the challenge of the virus well and that Parliament has largely met since April.

"There is now no justification for ministers who rule from emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes."

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