News / UK by Press Association 28/09/2018, 12:04 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region’s restrictive laws. During a day of meetings, Anna Soubry, Huw Merriman and Nicky Morgan will also speak with midwives, doctors, politicians and lawyers challenging the current regime in the courts. The visit comes on the same day that senior figures in Sinn Fein, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionists and the Alliance Party issued a joint statement urging reform. Abortions in Northern Ireland are illegal in all but exceptional medical and mental health circumstances. The Government has resisted calls to step in to legislate for reform in the wake of a recent Supreme Court judgment that found the current legal framework incompatible with human rights laws. In June, a majority of Supreme Court … [Read more...] about Tory MPs join campaign to ease abortion laws in Northern Ireland
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IRELAND has voted on whether to legalise abortion in a historic referendum. Thousands of women from Ireland had been forced to seek terminations in Britain because they were prohibited from obtaining them in Ireland unless their lives are in danger. The exit polls suggest this vote will change everything. When was the abortion referendum in Ireland? The polls officially opened on May 25, with many Irish citizens around the world flying home to cast their votes. Around 2,000 residents on islands off Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway went to the polls on Thursday, a day ahead of the rest of the country. They are voting on a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which prevents the Irish Government from legalising the procedure. The Government intends to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks in the event of a yes vote. Counting began on the morning of Saturday May 26, with a result expected later in the day. What do the Exit Polls say? Two … [Read more...] about When are the Ireland abortion referendum results released, what do the exit polls say and is abortion illegal in Northern Ireland?
IRELAND has already gone to the polls for a referendum giving voters the chance to relax its strict abortion laws after a citizens' assembly called for reform back in April. Thousands of women seek terminations in Britain because they are prohibited from obtaining them in Ireland unless their lives are in danger. When is the abortion referendum in Ireland? The polls officially open today, with many Irish citizens around the world flying home to cast their votes. Around 2,000 residents on islands off Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway went to the polls on Thursday, a day ahead of the rest of the country. They are voting on a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which prevents the Irish Government from legalising the procedure. If people vote Yes in the referendum, the Government intends to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks. What are the opinion polls predicting? Opinion polls showed a strong lead for Yes soon after the referendum was … [Read more...] about When is the Ireland abortion referendum, what does ‘repeal the eighth’ mean and is abortion illegal in Northern Ireland?
A “backstop” option keeping the UK aligned with the EU’s Customs Union after Brexit represents the bottom line to safeguard stability, pro-Remain parties in Northern Ireland have said in a rare joint statement.The proposal was drawn up to avoid a hard Irish border if the EU and UK cannot agree a deal before next year’s withdrawal.The backstop would mean the UK matching EU customs duties to avoid checks on goods passing between Northern Ireland and the Republic.SDLP Brexit Spokesperson @ClaireHanna : Dublin & Brussels are working hard to limit damage of Brexit, but only UK Gov can opt to stay in Customs Union & Single Market, which is the only way to ensure no borders anywhere in these islands. We need to aim higher than the backstop pic.twitter.com/ZzsHFI9yj0— SDLP (@SDLPlive) May 14, 2018 A joint statement by Sinn Fein and several smaller parties opposed to Brexit said: “The political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly wish to … [Read more...] about Backstop option is bottom line for Northern Ireland stability, pro-Remain parties say
Furious Tory MPs last night threatened a fresh backbench revolt, accusing ministers of “appeasing Sinn Fein” over their refusal to grant veterans an amnesty over killings in Northern Ireland. Backbench Conservatives lined up to let rip in a heated debate on the Government’s decision not to include a time limit on a new £150million five-year probe into Army shootings during the Troubles in the 1970s and 1980s. But SNP defence spokeswoman Carol Monaghan sparked further outrage for appearing to compare the actions of British soldiers during the Troubles to the Israeli army’s massacre of 58 Palestinians in Gaza on Monday. Supporting the decision not to offer any amnesties, she said the Israeli army’s actions on Monday night was a “timely” reminder that military does not always “behave in a manner that we would consider exemplary”. Ex-defence minister Mark Francois slammed the proposals published by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) … [Read more...] about Tory MPs threaten revolt over Government’s refusal to grant amnesty to veterans who fought in Northern Ireland