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Council on Legislation rejects proposal to allow closing Öresund bridge

Published måndag 7 december 2015 kl 17.57
Bilar på väg att köra över Öresundsbron. Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The Council on Legislation, Lagrådet, has advised against a draft bill that would have given the government the power to close the bridge that links Sweden with Denmark, Swedish Radio News reports.

The government presented the draft bill last week and said that having the power to close the Öresund bridge temporarily could help handle a large influx of refugees and argued that it would help maintain public order and internal security if the situation ever got out of control. 

The proposed law would also force bus, train and ferry operators to carry out ID checks of passengers travelling into Sweden.

The Council on Legislation, however, argues that the proposed law would "not be appropriate if you still want to preserve the right to seek asylum" and writes in a statement that the proposal has been put together in a haste.

The council is composed of current and former justices of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court. Its function is to scrutinise and assess the legal validity of proposed laws, but the government is not obligated to adhere to the Council's recommendations.

The government wanted the law to come into effect on December 21 and Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson's press secretary, Erik Bromander, tells Swedish Radio News that they will still try to get it passed.

"The Council on Legislation makes a different assessment of how serious the current refugee crisis really is and why this law is needed," Bromander says.

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