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Monday, August 08, 2016

Update of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA

With notice The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated the "Electronic System for Travel Authorization" (ESTA) and modified the scope of the system by adding Somalia, Libya and Yemen to the list of countries of concern for heightened ESTA enhancement questions and included an additional data element.

The purpose of that step is to assist DHS and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in determining eligibility to travel under the Visa Waiver Program and identify ESTA applicants who may pose a security risk to the United States. The updated system was effective June 16, 2016.

Nevertheless DHS will accept and consider comments from the public and evaluate the need for any revisions to this notice.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Who will push the (Br)exit button - Maybe no one at all?

A London hairdresser, who considers himself to be an "ordinary guy," reaches High Court with the first legal attempt to stop the BREXIT. The hairdresser, Mr. Deir Dos Santos, is of the opinion that the Prime Minister is not able to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without the approval of the Parliament. Article 50 is the clause which starts the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union. Mr. Santos argues that the Members of Parliament must vote before that step can be taken. There were other claimants in the same matter; however, they withdrew their claims after receiving multiple threatening messages.
The High Court will decide the case in October of this year. The significant duty of the judges will be to figure out the true scope of the Prime Minister's executive powers. During the first hearing at the High Court, the government lawyers informed the Court that Theresa May does not intent to trigger the article before the end of 2016. Thus, the High Court-as well as the Supreme Court in case of an appeal-will have more time for its ruling.
It is considered "the most important constitutional law case in living memory," because if Mr. Santos succeeds, it lies in the hands of the Members of Parliament to delay Britain's (Br)exit from the European Union.