EU referendum: Vote Leave sets out post-Brexit plans

Source: BBC, Sky

Vote Leave campaigners have recently set out a ‘roadmap’ for the UK to ‘take back control’ if it votes to leave the EU. The following is taken from BBC news.

Vote Leave believe Parliament should act to end free movement and curb the power of EU courts however, the government has warned of a ‘decade of uncertainty’ as the UK attempts to disentangle itself from Brussels and form new trade deals.

Vote Leave said a new settlement – including a UK-EU free trade deal – would be possible by May 2020.

Vote Leave have also said in the BBC article that the government should ‘invite figures from other parties, business, the law and civil society to join the negotiating team to “get a good deal in the national interest”.’

It called for immediate legislation in the current session of Parliament to “end the European Court of Justice’s control over national security and allow the government to deport criminals from the EU”.

Leader of the House of Commons and Vote Leave campaigner Chris Grayling has outlined in a BBC interview that: “After we vote Leave, the public need to see that there is immediate action to take back control from the EU”.

Furthermore, he claims “We will need a carefully managed negotiation process and some major legislative changes before 2020, including taking real steps to limit immigration, to abolish VAT on fuel and tampons, and to end the situation where an international court can tell us who we can and cannot deport.”

So what are vote leaves main ideas if the UK were to leave the EU?

Over subsequent sessions of Parliament it wanted to introduce:

  • Finance Bill – This would abolish the 5% rate of VAT on household energy bills by amending the Value Added Tax Act 1994. It would be paid for by savings from the UK’s contributions to the EU budget, Vote Leave said
  • National Health Service (Funding Target) Bill – The NHS would receive a £100m per week real-terms cash “transfusion”, to be paid for by savings from leaving the EU
  • Asylum and Immigration Control Bill – “To end the automatic right of all EU citizens to enter the UK”
  • Free Trade Bill – The UK leaves the EU’s “common commercial policy” to “restore the UK government’s power to control its own trade policy”
  • European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Bill – The European Communities Act 1972, “the legal basis for the supremacy of EU law in the UK”, will be repealed. “The EU Treaties will cease to form part of UK law and the European Court’s jurisdiction over the UK will end,” said Vote Leave.

What do you make of these outlines plans by Brexiters? 

Are these realistic goals to achieve? Can the UK afford to wait until 2020 to negotiate a UK-EU trade deal if one can be achieved? Will the NHS be ‘saved’ if the UK were to leave the EU?

Here’s what David Cameron’s idea of a UK in a ‘Reformed European Union’ would like.

Comment below YOUR views of Vote Leaves ideas and where you stand in the European Referendum.


Vote Leave: Brexit ‘could boost NHS by £100m a week’

Source: BBC

Leading Eurosceptic Brexit campaigners have said that ‘leaving the European Union could allow the government to spend an extra £100m a week on the NHS by 2020’.

More specifically, the Justice Secretary Michael Gove called on the government to pledge the money in the event of an EU exit – saying it could come from the UK’s EU budget.

It came after Mr Gove took part in a televised Q&A, urging voters to ‘take back control’ from ‘Europe’s elites’.

The PM said the Leave campaign was ‘writing cheques it knew would bounce’.

According to the BBC, David Cameron has said: “Nine out of 10 economists say there’ll be a profound shock if we leave the EU. That means there will be less money – not more.

“It’s also why so many doctors and nurses support remaining in the EU.”

Leave campaigners said that money would be over and above the prime minister’s election commitment to an £8bn real terms increase in spending.

What’s YOUR view of Brexit members statements about funding the NHS further outside the EU?

Will the UK be able to revitalise the NHS if it we’re to exit the EU? or can it be done within the EU as well? Do you believe the UK spends £350 million per week towards the EU? Do you believe the UK is better off in the EU or outside of it?

Comment below your views of the NHS, EU and Brexit ideology 

Queen’s Speech: The Key Points

Source: The Guardian

As many know, the Queen has recently informed the nation of the new parliamentary business agenda for the foreseeable year coming, in front of parliament itself.

Within the article, its states that the Prime Minister David Cameron has described the speech as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government”, using the opportunities presented by Britain’s strengthening economy to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Below are some of the key points highlighted from the queens speech:

  • High speed broadband: The rights for families to have automatic compensation if their broadband fails is proposed, under measures announced in the Queen’s speech.
  • British Bill of Rights: David Cameron risks a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations, by trying to push ahead with plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’. Furthermore, the Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore “common sense” to human rights legislation.
  • Better Bus services: The Bus Services Bill will give elected mayors powers over buses nationally.
  • Education and Young People: Currently, councils are responsible for moving pupils who have been excluded from school into other arrangements but there are concerns that this leads to students being forgotten about. Now schools will consequently be responsible for this themselves and the hope is it will lead to specialist centres being set up to help pupils back into mainstream education.
  • Justice and Prisons Reforms: Prisons will have to compile data on education and reoffending under a new drive for openness.
  • Sugar Tax: A new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks will be introduced from April 2018.

These are the key factors that ThePoliticsView has chosen from the Guardians article, however many additional factors were covered in the Queens speech that are also a major part of the Governments new agenda, including:

  • Tackling Extremism
  • International Development
  • National Security
  • National Citizens Service
  • Spaceports, Driverless Cars and Drones
  • NHS
  • Pensions and Savings
  • Welsh Devolution Settlements

What did you make of the Queens Speech?

Is their enough depth to the new Agenda? Will it be carried out successfully by the Government? What’s the biggest issue to address first on the Agenda? What do you disagree with most about the Agenda?

Comment YOUR views about the Queens Speech and the New Governnment Agenda below

MPs: NHS short of vital front-line staff

Source: BBC

This article is written amidst the ever on-going NHS ‘crises’.

According the BBC’s article, recent ”bad planning and cost-cutting have left the NHS in England short of vital front-line staff, MPs are warning.”

The report looks at clinical staff – those who provide care, including doctors, nurses, midwives and ambulance crews. These account for more than 800,000 jobs – two-thirds of the entire NHS workforce.

It said working out the exact shortfall was difficult, but said estimates made two years ago suggested the NHS was short by about 50,000.

Committee chairman Labour’s Meg Hillier has stated there were “serious flaws” in the approach of government.

“Front-line staff are the lifeblood of the service, yet the supply of these staff in England is not keeping pace with demand.”

What are your views on the NHS currently? 

How damaged do you think it is? Will the NHS improve by 2020? Will the junior doctors strikes be sorted eventually? Should Jeremy Hunt consider his position as health minister?

Comment below your views on the NHS and UK health below

David Cameron: Junior doctors must not block NHS progress

Source: The Guardian

Prime minister repeats threat made by Jeremy Hunt to impose new contract on striking doctors without their consent (Guardian 2016)

The Guardian have written about the ever growing tensions about the Junior Doctors strike over wages and working hours.

They quote within the article that ”David Cameron has repeated the threat to impose a new contract on junior doctors without their consent, arguing they cannot be allowed to “block progress in our NHS”

”In comments that risk further infuriating junior doctors, the prime minister said the government needed to reserve the right to bring in changes opposed by medics.”

The Guardian finally state that ”His position echoes that of Jeremy Hunt; the health secretary said last week that the contract could be imposed as a last resort but he would prefer to come to a negotiated settlement.”

What’s your view of this?

Are the Junior doctors strike finally making parliament and Cameron think about negotiating a fair outcome? How long will it be until they finally create a cause for action? Why did Cameron and Parliament even create this issue in the first place? Are junior doctors ‘holding back the NHS’ as Cameron quotes?

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NHS Bosses fear that elderly patients will continue on refusing to leave hospitals, due to high care costs

Source: The Telegraph

As the Telegraph States in its article title, ”Elderly patients are refusing to leave hospital because of care costs, NHS bosses fear”

This is causing ”A bed-blocking crisis is gripping NHS hospitals because pensioners do not want to pay for care, senior NHS bosses have warned, as figures show all-time high”(The Telegraph 2016).

In fact, ”In November last year, there were 153,000 days of delays in NHS hospitals lost to “bed blockers”, who were medically fit to leave, which is …the second highest figure on record.” (The Telegraph 2016)

What’s your view on this? Do the Government need to change the costs of care rates for the elderly, to free up hospital space and decrease so called ‘bed-blockers’? How much does this effect the NHS? 

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Scientist makes case to edit embryos

Source: The BBC

As the BBC quotes, ”A scientist has been making her case to be the first in the UK to be allowed to genetically modify human embryos.”

Dr Kathy Niakan within the article, states ”the experiments would provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life and could reduce miscarriages.’

What’s your view of this? Is this right to fund edits of human embryo’s? Do you feel funding should be spent elsewhere in health, on aspects such as curing Cancer for example?

Comment Below your view on Editing Human Embryo’s

President Obama vows America will be the country that cures cancer ‘once and for all’

Source: Yahoo, The White House.Gov

In an article by Yahoo Politics, and within Obamas final state union speech addressed on Tuesday evening, President Obama ”promised to launch a major initiative, to cure cancer.”

Yahoo delve further within their article that President Obama quoted in his speech, “We (America) can do so much more, and last year Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources that they’ve had in over a decade”

Whats your view of this? Can America be the ‘one’ to finally cure cancer? How long do you feel it will take until the miracle of curing cancer will finally be achieved? How much funding (realistically speaking) should be funded into this, alongside charitable cancer funds? Is this task of curing cancer potentially to hard to achieve, or can it be done?

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Junior doctors strike: Thousands of operations cancelled as the government re-enter talks

Source: The telegraph

The telegraph state that ”Talks over a new junior doctors’ contract will resume on Friday, but even if a deal was struck, it could come too late to stop thousands of operations being cancelled ahead of next week’s planned strike”

What is your view? Should doctors engage in a strike? Are they at a victimised standpoint, in order to fulfil a strike? Will a strike be effective into voicing their opinion, and will it change governments minds?

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Cameron urged to boost NHS and social care by Charities

Source: BBC

According to the BBC, charities have clarified that the Prime Minister David Cameron must take “bold” action over growing pressures on health and social care.

Almost 40 organisations, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, want an independent commission to review how the system works.

They have written a letter to the PM, warning that there is “no room for complacency” and calling for an NHS that is “fit for purpose”.

The Department of Health said it would be investing £10bn into the NHS.

What’s your view of the NHS crises? What can be done to help improve the NHS and create more funding to keep it going?

Comment below YOUR views on the NHS