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Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 14:25Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:15
But the judges refused to give the green light for the challenge, saying they would give their reasons later.
But the judges refused to give the green light for the challenge, saying the judicial review was "premature".
The government claimed the case, which was heard by Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Lewis, was unarguable since the existing EEA agreement would automatically cease to exist once the UK left the EU.
The government claimed the case was unarguable since the existing EEA agreement would automatically cease to exist once the UK left the EU.
A government spokesman welcomed Friday's decision.
Dismissing the case, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Lewis said the government had not made a decision "as to the mechanism by which the EEA agreement would cease to apply within the UK".
"As the prime minister has said, we will not be a member of the single market and we will be seeking a broad new partnership with the EU including a bold and ambitious free trade agreement," a spokesman said.
As a result, they said it was not clear at this stage what issues, if any, would fall within the jurisdiction of the courts.
  
In a joint statement, Mr Wilding and Mr Yalland suggested the government had "used procedure" to thwart them.
  
They said they would not rule out bringing further proceedings to give all those who would be directly affected by Brexit some form of legal certainty about their rights.
  
"It is intolerable that those who depend upon their EEA rights to trade with the EEA, or those who are married to EEA citizens, or are EEA citizens resident in the UK, are being used as a negotiating pawn by a government who can choose to act unilaterally to clarify our legal position, but will not," they said.
  
"The government must stop playing poker with our rights and stop taking liberties with our freedoms."
  
But a government spokesman welcomed Friday's decision.
  
"As the prime minister has said, we will not be a member of the single market and we will be seeking a broad new partnership with the EU including a bold and ambitious free trade agreement," he said.

Flood-hit Tadcaster bridge opens to reunite town

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:00Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:45
A short time ago, the final stone was laid and now engineers resurfacing the carriageway have put the final layer of tarmac onto the road.
A short time before the bridge opened, the final stone was laid and engineers resurfacing the carriageway put the final layer of tarmac onto the road.
Road traffic will be allowed to drive over the bridge for the first time about an hour after the official reopening.
Road traffic was allowed to drive over the bridge for the first time shortly after the official reopening.

Michael Buble: Son Noah's cancer treatment is 'progressing well'

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 14:20Fri, 02/03/2017 - 14:50
Singer Michael Buble has said his three-year-old son Noah's cancer treatment is "progressing well" and that doctors are "very optimistic".
Singer Michael Buble has said his son Noah's cancer treatment is "progressing well", three months after the three-year-old was diagnosed.
The Canadian star and his Argentine wife Luisana Lopilato, a model and actress, revealed their son's diagnosis in November.
The Canadian star and his Argentine model and actress wife Luisana Lopilato issued an upbeat update on Friday.
"We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy," they said in a statement on Friday.
"We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment," they said.
"He has been brave throughout and we continue to be inspired by his courage.
They added that the "doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy".
  
It is the first official statement since Buble and Lopilato broke the news of Noah's diagnosis in November.
  
"He has been brave throughout and we continue to be inspired by his courage," the couple said in the statement on Facebook.
After the diagnosis, the couple said they were "devastated" and that they were giving up work commitments to concentrate on "helping Noah get well".
After the initial diagnosis, the couple said they were "devastated" and that they were giving up work commitments to concentrate on "helping Noah get well".

Woman is charged with murder after a man was attacked with acid

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 13:45Fri, 02/03/2017 - 14:15
Berlinah Wallace, 47, from Redland, Bristol, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and has been remanded in custody until 27 March.
Berlinah Wallace, 47, of Ladysmith Road, Westbury Park, Bristol, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and has been remanded in custody until 27 March.
  
She was previously charged with throwing/casting a corrosive fluid with intent, but the charge was changed to murder during the court hearing, Avon and Somerset Police said.
He was injured on Ladysmith Road, in the Westbury Park area of the city, and spent two months in intensive care at Southmead Hospital before being moved to its burns centre.
He was injured on Ladysmith Road and spent two months in intensive care at Southmead Hospital before being moved to its burns centre.