Morning briefing: Doctors back a People's Vote - No Deal - Tax Rises
Britain’s doctors are backing a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. The British Medical Association passed a motion to "support the idea of the public having a final say on the Brexit deal". As Dr William Sapwell, who proposed the motion, put it: “Brexit is bad for Britain’s health. Let’s put that on the side of a big red bus and once we have made that clear, the public should vote on the deal”.
Far from a Brexit bonanza for the NHS, Labour MP Dr Paul Williams said “we have had cuts and closures as the NHS loses staff and struggles with budgets that are limited by the Brexit economic squeeze”.
The NHS cannot afford to lose European doctors; around 10% of doctors are from the European Economic Area, with 40% of those making plans to leave because of Brexit uncertainty. Leaving Euratom would risk the supply chain for radiotherapy and medical imaging services, and losing reciprocal healthcare would threaten Brits abroad with “crippling medical bills”.
The BMA, representing 160,000 UK doctors, joins the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives in calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. With the prospect of a no-deal Brexit still very much on the table, the best safeguard for the NHS is to give voters the final say on whatever terms the government manages to negotiate by the 29th of March next year.
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“We need to speak out about the damage Brexit will do to our patients and to healthcare professionals”
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WATCH: Alison McGovern warns that highly skilled jobs are at risk from Brexit.
‘Very worst’ Brexit - May’s former chief of staff
We may end up with the “very worst” Brexit, according to Theresa May's former chief of staff. Writing in The Telegraph, Nick Timothy says: “[The EU] want a deal on the best terms for them, and the very worst for Britain. As things stand, they might well succeed.”
He directs his fire at the Chancellor for blocking “no-deal planning” and the business secretary for advocating “labour mobility”. Nowhere does Timothy acknowledge his former boss played a weak hand terribly by triggering Article 50 without a viable plan, and still doesn’t have one.
He is right, though, that we are going to get a really bad Brexit. All the more reason for a People’s Vote on the final deal.
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This in response to Leaver complaints that Brexit is going badly because David Cameron and George Osborne didn't have a good enough plan for Brexit in place... The blame game will only get louder the more Brexit crumbles.
No deal risk increases
After two years of May telling us that no deal is better than a bad deal, European leaders are set to turn the tables at tonight’s EU summit dinner, with the Danish PM commenting that “it is the first time we are saying clearly to the British that we can end, in the worst scenario, [with] no deal”. Showing it means business, the FT reports that the EU is “stepping up work on emergency plans to cope with the first days of a hard Brexit”.
Such an outcome would be a disaster for the Irish border, which in turn is one of the major points of contention with one EU official commenting that there’s been “frankly no progress” on a backstop.
For her part, May is insisting that talks are still on track. Presumably tied to it, with a train rapidly approaching on March 29th.
Tough choices for public finances
The Institute for Fiscal Studies is warning taxpayers that they face another “20 years of hard choices”. As there’s no such thing as a Brexit dividend, the government’s pledge of a £20bn rise in NHS funding will have to come from taxes or spending cuts; long-term borrowing won’t be a sustainable source.
And as we’ve spent the last eight years cutting other budgets to the bone, it’s hard to see how we could “significantly” find savings elsewhere. So, it’s tax rises unless we find a big boost to predicted growth somewhere - by avoiding an act of economic self-harm, for instance.
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Part of OFOC's "fast facts" series: roaming charges could come back after Brexit - making your holiday more expensive.
Top Brexit comment
Andrew Grice: Labour is fast becoming the new party of business - and Brexiteers have done all the hard work for them (Independent)
Sarah Gordon British strawberry patches are an unlikely Brexit battlefield (Financial Times)
Anthony Barnett: Why Brexit won’t work: the EU is about regulation not sovereignty (Open Democracy)
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