Sweden set to ditch Öresund Bridge closure
TT/The Local · 8 Dec 2015, 15:00
Published: 08 Dec 2015 13:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2015 15:00 GMT+01:00
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The body is purely advisory and does not have the power to block legislation, but it has an important role in advising whether proposed legislation is compatible with existing laws and the constitution.
"It is important to analyze the criticism that the Council on Legislation comes up with," Interior Minister Anders Ygeman told TT.
However he said that he still favoured the bridge closure measure as a "last minute measure" and wanted to continue discussing the possibility.
Police have already been carrying out spot checks in Malmö of people crossing the Öresund Bridge – made famous by the Nordic Noir television series 'The Bridge' – into Sweden since the government moved to stall the influx of refugees in mid-November.
Draft legislation outlining the government's plans to introduce tougher checks on public transport is still expected to be put to parliament, despite controversy over the idea.
Swedish train operator SJ last week described the proposal as likely to have a "heavy impact" on both staff and passengers, describing the demands as "unreasonable".
Meanwhile public transport operator Skånetrafiken warned that mandatory ID checks could cause delays of up to an hour.
"These types of changes are unfortunate in a commuter and busy job market region," traffic director Linus Eriksson told the Sydsvenskan regional newspaper on Friday.