We must ‘hold our nerve’ on Brexit, May to tell MPs : Reuters


The United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed in November and then sell it to sceptical British lawmakers.

“The talks are at a crucial stage,” May will tell parliament’s House of Commons on Tuesday, according to remarks supplied by her Downing Street office. “We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House has required and deliver Brexit on time.”

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected May’s withdrawal deal last month, with the major sticking point being the Irish ‘backstop’ – an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Critics say the policy could leave Britain subject to EU rules for years or even indefinitely after leaving the bloc.

The EU says the backstop is vital to avoiding the return of border controls in Ireland and has refused to reopen the Brexit divorce deal, though May insists she can get legally binding changes to replace the most contentious parts of the backstop.

“By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers’ rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support,” May will say.

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday the bloc would agree to tweak the political declaration on EU-UK ties after Brexit that forms part of the package, to reflect a plan for a closer future relationship that could obviate the need for the contentious backstop.

“It’s clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement but we will continue our discussion in the coming days,” Barnier said.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said lawmakers would back May’s deal if there were assurances the backstop was time-limited or the United Kingdom was allowed to leave it unilaterally, suggesting the deal itself did not need to be renegotiated.

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Source: We must ‘hold our nerve’ on Brexit, May to tell MPs : Reuters

Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice


Due to years of austerity cuts to Local Authorities, these authorities are having to spread more thinly, each year the amount of money they have all over the many areas of their responsibilities and Social Care is one of those areas.

But each year with an aging population and more persons with disabilities living longer, the people needing Social Care is increasing while the money available to help care for these needs is reducing.

In addition there is an increasing need for employed carers to provide the care the people with these needs require. But there is a shortage of people wishing to come into care and why is this?

The rate of pay within the care industry is abysmal for most employed carers receive a wage based on the *National Living Wage, currently £7.83, which will increase to £8.21 on the first of April 2019.

While the Living Wage is £9.00.

Being an employed carer is more than, cleansing, washing, dressing and meal preparation, as they are, in many instances, one of the few people that the people with care need see.

Also there could be instances where the employed carer needs to deal with financial responsibilities, provide emotional support, manage prescriptions and administer medication, monitor Safeguarding and many more areas of responsibility and paying just the National Living Wage is not sufficient to cover all these responsibilities.

It is therefore, that the Living Wage would be more near a level to pay, but Local Authorities do not have the finance to pay this, currently and therefore this current Government needs to take this on board and increase the funding to Local Authorities.

With this in mind, FLASh (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield) have created an EPetition, Pay All Employed Carers the Living Wage.

Please see the following

 

Source: Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice

Breaking: May’s legal advice confirms UK can only exit with EU’s ok | The SKWAWKBOX


Theresa May has published information on the legal advice the government received on the implications of her withdrawal ‘deal’ with the EU.

Two sections of the information made available are likely to spell the end of her career and probably of her government.

Page 26 of the document spells out that the agreement has no firm end date or ‘any provision for its termination’ – and that the UK has no power to extricate itself from the agreement without the EU’s agreement:

 

Source: Breaking: May’s legal advice confirms UK can only exit with EU’s ok | The SKWAWKBOX

Will Brexit change the UK constitution? | Hansard Society


Whilst the Miller case may be seen as a victory for Parliament, it simultaneously highlights significant constitutional weaknesses on issues such as devolution and the role of referendums. Is it time to consider whether the UK constitution needs more legal as opposed to political regulation?

 

Source: Will Brexit change the UK constitution? | Hansard Society

Will the article 50 ruling stop Brexit? | The panel | Opinion | The Guardian


Judges interpret the law as they see it and do not need to follow public opinion.

However, it is my view that MPs are the voice of the people as they are elected by a majority of those that could be bothered to vote, as to those that did not vote, who knows what therir opinion be. A referendum is a means of indicating the voice of the people and again those that did not vote, who knows what their views be. So MPs should follow the voice of their own electorate.

If they decide not to how can we respect the results of a General Election or a By Election, for they again are the voice of the opinion of the public. However, with regards to a General Election there are no MPs who can respect the vote or not, as Parliament is not in force during the election process and all persons standing for election are purely candidates.

If this ruling means that a referendum result is not binding, how is it that with regards to the Scottish Independence Referendum, which did not go as expected for the SNP and the Scottish parliament, does this mean the SNP majority could have disregarded the Scottish result and therefore they could have proceeded with the indpendence of Scotland from the UK.

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other major rights merely “glossed over” by the government’s arguments. I don’t see

Source: Will the article 50 ruling stop Brexit? | The panel | Opinion | The Guardian

Ongoing failure to tackle “national scandal” of female genital mutilation – News from Parliament – UK Parliament


Home Affairs Committee report on female genital mutilation calls for mandatory reporting duty

Source: *Ongoing failure to tackle “national scandal” of female genital mutilation – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

 

*Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.

 

 

 

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Hitler, Trump and Political Threats


Worrying times.

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A few days ago I blogged about how Trump had threatened the Republican party with riots if they took the presidential nomination away from him with a brokered convention. The parallels between Trump and the Nazis have been made over and again, particularly in regard to violence. And this is no exception. Adolf Hitler made the same threat on the 23rd March 1933 at the Kroll Opera House during the meeting of the German parliament to debate the Enabling Bill, the piece of legislation that gave Adolf absolute power as Germany’s dictator.

Hitler first of all tried to reassure the assembled delegates that the bill would not permanently impair the presidency, the two houses of the German parliament, the Christian churches and the individual federal states. He then warned that if he wasn’t given the majority he was ‘prepared to go ahead in the face of the refusal and the…

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