A unionist legislator has dropped plans to take Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai to court for rejecting his attempt to table two labour-related bills. Lee Cheuk-yan's decision came after he sought independent legal advice. The conclusion was that he did not have a good chance of winning even if the court granted him leave to file a judicial review, said Mr Lee of the Confederation of Trade Unions. He was advised that judges would be reluctant to get involved in questioning the relationship between the executive and the legislature. 'The outcome is very uncertain as it's not the case that Mrs Fan's ruling was irrational,' Mr Lee said. Last July, Mrs Fan ruled that Mr Lee's bills went beyond the Basic Law restrictions on private member's bills. She said both bills would incur public expenditure and were related to government policies. Article 74 of the Basic Law and the Legco Rules of Procedure say bills not incurring public expenditure may be introduced. Those related to government policies require the Chief Executive's written consent. Mr Lee's bills, passed before the handover and repealed by the now-defunct provisional legislature, sought to give unions collective bargaining rights and outlaw discrimination against union activities. 'The biggest problem is the huge legal bill to be incurred should I go ahead with the challenge and lose,' he said. Mr Lee said he would continue to pursue the issue via international pressure.