"Like many citizens of our Republic, I agree that the Universal Corporation deserves consequences for attempting to undermine our elections and democratic ideals," said Bricks. "However, the bill violates the separation of powers laid out in the Constitution."
The president argued that by taking action to punish Universal without hearings or a trial, Parliament acted unconstitutionally.
"It is not the job of Parliament to decide whether a business acted in accordance with the law – that is the courts' duty. This act threatens to skew our system of checks and balances and would establish a dangerous precedent," Bricks said.
Bricks also added that she would be supportive of less-extreme measures if they were passed by Parliament.
In response to Bricks's veto, Parliament passed the less-extreme Universal Corporation Act, which Bricks readily signed into law. This legislation freezes all Universal Corporation assets in Lego Republic banks until Vito Fontana's trial is over – by temporarily suspending Universal's access to its accounts, the government hopes to prevent bribery of Lego Republic officials. In addition, the law bars all government agencies, including the judicial branch, from doing business with Universal. That measure was promoted by Speaker François Tremblay as "necessary" to prevent any conflicts of interest when Vito Fontana and Stephen Studsbury go to trial in the coming weeks.