Lib Dems call for an emergency session of Parliament this weekend

Lib Dems are calling for an emergency session of Parliament this weekend to pass legislation to sanction oligarchs who are in the process of selling off their assets in the UK.

Layla Moran is our Foreign Affairs spokesperson and here she is explaining why it is necessary.

The i picks up the story:

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans claimed Britain was trailing behind the EU and suggested that Russian funding of the Conservative party was responsible.

It also quotes Layla:

New legislation must be brought forward immediately – with an emergency session of Parliament over the weekend if necessary.

This ties in with Alistair Carmichael’s call to seize mansions held by oligarchs in the UK and use them to house Ukrainian refugees.

 

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/a-huge-convoy-of-british-military
    Hope you can open, largish column of British armoured vehicles etc heading for the Estonia / Russian border, part of the 1800 battle group being supprted by 300 French tomorrow.
    I know sanctions are important but in the end it is only armed force Putin understands, Cuba and Berlin taught us this.
    Hope all this isn’t too late.

  • The sad thing, is the UK government’s response has been to form – indecisive and begrudgingly late. clearly they haven’t learnt from Brexit and CoViD…

    I wonder how much Russian money has been funding the Conservative party, for Boris to be worried about his backbenchers…

    In circumstances such as this the response should have been swift and decisive: namely, freeze the assets of all Russian nationals in the UK with assets over £10m. If there is a manpower shortage, just put the enforcement contracts to the UK’s Debt Recovery industry.

    @theakes – I knew something was going on as a couple of weeks back there were several large military convoys heading down the motorway network to Southampton. You don’t shift that amount of armour without reason…

  • john oundle 4th Mar '22 - 7:46pm

    Roland

    ‘The sad thing, is the UK government’s response has been to form – indecisive and begrudgingly late. clearly they haven’t learnt from Brexit and CoViD…’

    The first country to ban Aeroflot from UK air space, to push for SWIFT block, weeks ago supplying anti tank weapons to the Ukraine when Germany was blocking its airspace for armaments shipments & offering the Ukraine 5,000 helmets?

  • john oundle 4th Mar '22 - 7:48pm

    Roland

    ‘In circumstances such as this the response should have been swift and decisive: namely, freeze the assets of all Russian nationals in the UK with assets over £10m. ‘

    Do you believe in due process or should that just be discarded?

  • @john – Do you believe in due process or should that just be discarded?
    My understanding of due process in the UK, is that the Westminster Executive can invoke emergency powers, only consulting Parliament after the event – they don’t need to consult you or I…

    I think, in this case, due process is satisfied, by simply including a straightforward mechanism that enables those who have honestly made their multi-million-pound fortunes to reclaim their assets. Ie. the application of a firm hand, to a heavy hand.

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