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NHS Action Day helps to get the message across
Hundreds of grassroots campaigners from all over the country came together on Saturday as the European Movement UK, Open Britain, Best for Britain and Healthier IN the EU teamed up for an NHS Action Day. Volunteers highlighted the threat Brexit poses to the NHS; and the particular issue of Euratom membership which, if ended, risks disrupting the supply of medical isotopes for medical imaging and other treatments. Over 50 local groups took part - our Reading branch was filmed by Channel 4 News; whilst local radio and print coverage has also been gained. Thank you to all who supported the widespread events.
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UK News Round-up: 22-28 January 2018
Brexit's most toxic fallout: Euratom, the NHS and treatments [New European]
Dr Mike Galsworthy, founder of Scientists for EU, writes that plans to leave Euratom were announced in the small-print of the Article 50 Bill. No one in the nuclear or scientific industry had been forewarned. He suggests that ministers have since failed to address the consequences of withdrawal from Euratom and there has still been no government impact assessment. This could have dangerous consequences. For example, he states that leaving Euratom next year would threaten the supply and cost of medical isotopes that provide half a million scans in England and treat 10,000 patients across the UK annually.
Poll shows second referendum favoured by 16 point margin [Guardian]
Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote. The ICM survey found that 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK's departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question. Excluding the roughly one-fifth who do not have a view gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum, showing rising interest in the idea, as concern grows over the direction of recent negotiations.
Democracy rules OK in the European Union [Yorkshire Post]
Richard Corbett MEP looks at claims made by some Brexiteers that we have lost or diminished our democracy by being part of the European Union. He notes that we determine our own laws through our national parliament - but that same parliament has chosen to make some laws (about 12%) jointly with our neighbours. This is done where it makes sense to have common rules, such as rules to protect consumers buying goods that are sold across our common market, or on air transport across our borders. He concludes that the Brexiteers' claims that 28 democracies have somehow ceased to be democratic, because they work together on subjects where they are interdependent, is spurious.
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