My six-year-old son is trapped in his room. It’s been 18 days now. He begs me to let him out. But it is too dangerous for him to even step into the corridor. My son has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. He is in semi-isolation because his white blood cell count is so low that he is at extreme risk of infection. We are not at home in London. We’re in a paediatric haematology hospital in Italy. He was diagnosed here almost four weeks ago, soon after we’d arrived for a holiday. My husband and I have much be grateful for despite this devastating situation. Our gratitude extends far and wide: the paediatric doctor working in a remote and mountainous region who did some rapid blood tests; the transfer without delay to a world-class hospital where my son’s diagnosis was confirmed; and the right of my son to receive immediate and expert health care through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It is currently the right of every UK resident, my son included, to receive … [Read more...] about ‘My son’s life was saved because we’re still in the EU – but what happens after Brexit?’
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Overall 43 per cent said they thought Brexit would make Scottish independence more likely, with six per cent saying it would make it less likely. In 2016 Scotland voted to stay in the EU by 62 per cent to 38 per cent, with every local authority area seeing a vote for Remain. YouGov found 48 per cent of voters in Scotland want a public vote on the outcome of Brexit negotiations, with 31 per cent opposed. While Nicola Sturgeon has stopped short of backing calls for a second vote on Brexit, the First Minister has previously suggested it would be “hard to argue against” the idea of a vote on the terms of leaving the EU. Speaking to Holyrood last year, she said: “I think there’s a lot of water to go under this bridge but when you hear the case for, not a second Brexit referendum on the principal, but a referendum on the outcome, sometimes it’s quite hard to argue against that because people – and this is very different to the independence referendum … [Read more...] about Support for remaining in the EU rises in Scotland, finds YouGov
The European Commission put forward a proposal on Tuesday (24 July) to provide financial support to the member states in setting up “controlled centres” on their territory, whose aim is to expedite the assessment of asylum claims in the EU. In line with the conclusions of the June European Council, the Commission proposed today to speed up the screening of people who arrive in the EU by setting up disembarkation platforms in frontline countries and controlled centres in member states. The aim of the centres is to ensure the “rapid, secure and effective” process to differentiate between irregular migrants and asylum seekers, the Commission said in a non-paper. People rescued in the Mediterranean will be assessed within 72 hours to determine whether they might be subject to international protection or not. If a migrant does not seek asylum or is not eligible, Frontex will provide escort officers and will help to facilitate both forced and voluntary returns. … [Read more...] about Commission proposes to speed up asylum screening in ‘controlled centres’ in the EU
RUSSIA caused outrage when it vetoed plans to set up an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Its the 12th time Russia has used its vetoing powers - but where does the world come from and who else has that authority? What does veto mean? Veto derives from Latin and the literal definition is: "I forbid." In terms of international affairs or a democratic body, it refers to the power used to stop an official action. Vetoing authority can be absolute, as in the United Nations Security Council, or limited. For instance two-thirds of the US House Senate can overrule a presidential veto. In the UK, the royal veto - or "withholding Royal Assent" - was last exercised in 1708 by Queen Anne with the Scottish Militia Bill 1708. How does veto power work in the EU? There are two broad ways of voting in the Council of the European Union: Unanimity - where everyone has to agree - and qualified majority voting (QMV). With QMV, the most common method of decision-making, each member … [Read more...] about What does veto mean, how does veto power work in the EU and which countries have veto rights in the UN security council?
A NEW “Museum of Brexit” will commemorate Britain's historic decision to quit the EU and go it alone. Set up by prominent Eurosceptic they want to gather campaign memorabilia from the past 40 years and tell the story of our decision to leave the bloc. Campaigners are looking for as many documents about the movement to free us from Brussels as possible – so that when historians look back at the referendum it will not be ‘told by the side who lost’. But while items like the “original Ukip fruitcake” could end up in there, they say it is a serious endeavour with an “academically scrupulous” sentiment. Gawain Towler, until recently Ukip’s longstanding head of communications, is one of those behind the plans –saying if he and others don’t so this “then nobody will”. Speaking to The Sun he said he is worried without a digital trail historians will only have one side of the Brexit story to go on – … [Read more...] about A new ‘Museum of Brexit’ will commemorate Britain’s historic decision to quit the EU and go it alone by gathering campaign memorabilia from the past 40 years