MPs and peers clash over refugees, protests and voting restrictions on crucial days in parliament

MPs and colleagues will scrap controversial plans for offshore refugees, ban “noisy” protests and restrict voting in four critical days in parliament.

Boris Johnson faces a nail-biting Thursday deadline to pass the highly contested legislation, with battles also ahead over restrictions on court reviews and residents’ bills in dangerous apartments in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.

The government has been accused of cruelty to asylum seekers and attacks on democracy and the right to protest, through bills not yet passed as the parliamentary session draws to a close.

Any bills without royal consent when the curtain comes down automatically, which would be a huge embarrassment.

Ministers want to end the session on Thursday, ahead of a further speech by the Queen on 10 May, but are still stuck in disputes with the House of Lords over:

* THE Nationality and Borders Bill — where peers are demanding proper scrutiny of Rwanda-style deals to send refugees abroad, after Priti Patel refused to reveal the cost.

Lawmakers are also being urged to accept amendments to expand family reunions for children seeking asylum elsewhere in Europe and set an annual resettlement target.

* THE Law on Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts – where the Lords have repeatedly rejected an “undemocratic” move to allow the police to ban protests deemed too noisy.

The legislation will also allow police to stop and search unsuspecting protesters and commit the crime of “locking up” structures as part of a protest.

* THE Election bill – which was condemned by the independent Electoral Commission as an “unprecedented” government takeover in Western democracies.

The Lords are still arguing against the requirement to show ID when voting – which should target the young and the poor – advocating that more documents such as birth certificates and city tax requirements be accepted.

* THE Judicial Review and Courts Bill – which will strip immigrants and refugees of the right to challenge deportation orders in the Supreme Court.

Peers want the government to maintain so-called Cart revisions in immigration cases and give bereaved families publicly funded legal representation in inquiries when public bodies do so.

* THE Land security bill – designed to give residents and landlords more rights and ensure that developers, rather than “innocent tenants”, pay for historic building defects.

The Lords want to go further, reduce residents’ post-Grenfell liabilities to zero and have protections extended to apartment blocks of any size.

Traditionally, peers give way to the House of Commons – like the elected house – in such parliamentary ping-pong, particularly if the measures were manifesto promises.

But they’ve dug so far, the Borders Bill being perhaps the most bitter confrontation, after Lord Judge, a former chief justice, argued that the legislation is illegal.

Five other bills – covering health, education, animal welfare, recognition of professional qualifications and post-Brexit subsidies – also need to receive royal approval.

Johnson said: “The 10 bills due to pass this week will protect our borders, tackle Covid delays, keep our streets safe and ease pressures on household budgets by equipping people with the skills to secure high-paying jobs.” .

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