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No-deal Brexit would & # 39; be serious & unavoidable damage & # 39; to the NHS in Wales, Welsh Assembly told
The Welsh assembly schedule has been largely approved to give ministers the time to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit. Ministers outline the risks of a no-deal for health, economy, transport and agriculture.
The first minister of labor Mark Drakeford said:
In a series of statements, ministers outline the risks we face – for public services, the economy and society. The consequences are potentially widely divergent and will be felt by everyone. These are not theoretical or hypothetical problems, but the reality of where we are now. The series of today's statements is part of our determination to ensure that members of the meeting are kept informed of this work.
The truth is that nobody really knows what will happen in the case of a no-deal Brexit. It follows that neither Wales nor the United Kingdom as a whole can really be prepared for all possible circumstances.
Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, was the first place. He said:
I remain concerned about the future delivery of radioisotopes to Wales in the event of a no-deal scenario. Radioisotopes are essential for diagnostic and therapeutic use by our NHS. There are no sources in the UK and imports are routinely imported from other EU countries through the main cross-channel ports. Disruption of customs controls in our ports will probably make radioisotopes useless for health care.
No deal The Brexit will have a profound impact on all professions and on all staff in health care and social care. The effects of changes in migration policy, particularly policies that promote high skills and wages, will be felt most strongly in those parts of the health and social care sector that depend on lower-paid workers, such as employees providing home care or residential care, who have essential roles to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Let us be clear, disruption of our social care sector would inevitably lead to delayed discharges and increased pressure on our hospitals.
The Welsh government was clear that a no-deal Brexit would cause serious and unavoidable damage to our health and care services. This damage would extend to all sectors, including at least 1,400 EU citizens known to work in our NHS.
Vaughan Gething. Picture: Dimitris Legakis / Athena Pictures
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Verhofstadt says that Article 50 can be extended after the summer, despite the reserves of MEPs
Guy Verhofstadt has opened the door to Brexit negotiations that extend to the next session of the next European Parliament.
The Liberal MEP, MEP of the European Parliament on Brexit, said it would be more difficult to extend Article 50 after 2 July, the first day of the new European Parliament. However, he did not exclude an extension after the summer, as he did on previous occasions. "Certainly, I think this is only possible in case the UK can indicate for how long and for what," he said, adding without a clear plan "to break the deadlock, seems to me very difficult to do."
Commenting on specific amendments in the House of Commons, Verhofstadt said that MEPs should follow developments in Westminster closely. But he excluded changes to the withdrawal agreement, including the backstop, and said:
There are limits to what we can accept. For us the backstop is not negotiable.
The EU could consider making changes to the non-binding political statement that maps the future, he said.
We are open to a deeper and closer relationship than the relationship in the political statement.
Verhofstadt spoke with MEPs about the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament, which are responsible for examining the withdrawal agreement. The committee chairman Danuta Hübner said the work would start next week, despite the uncertainty about whether Westminster will ratify the deal.
If the UK remained a member of the European elections in May, the UK had a duty to organize European elections in accordance with the treaty and the electoral act, Hübner said. "Any failure to do this means a violation of the treaties and can of course be brought to court."
But other MEPs protested against suggestions that the United Kingdom could be granted an extension, an indication of the pressure faced by EU leaders and finally agreeing to any expansion of the talks.
Veteran French MEP Alain Lamassoure said that the EU should support its expansion. He said:
Let me tell you this. If we accept this idea to extend the deadline without serious political reasons and prolong it after June 30, the European Union will pay the price, because we will never get out of this mess.
Guy Verhofstadt Photo: Francisco Seco / Good Politic
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Tory MP offers No 10 potential life line with relocation to enable Commons to demand expiry date for backstop
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Commons to vote next Monday on the introduction of proxy votes for MPs on maternity leave, says Lindsom
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