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Short Update: UK renews Coronavirus Act

FairTrialsAdmin - October 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law

The UK Parliament has renewed the Coronavirus Act which gives the Government emergency powers to tackle the spread of the virus. The powers under the Coronavirus Act was passed in March at the beginning of the pandemic and has to be renewed by the Parliament every six months. 

The motion to extend the act, which governs the laws around lockdowns, restrictions and enforcement, was voted for by 330MPs, with 24 against.  

The vote came after an afternoon of debate, with several MPs angered by the 90-minute time limit which had been put on the discussions. The Coronavirus Act has been criticised for allowing the government to adopt restrictive emergency measures with little parliamentary oversight. 

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