Morning Briefing: NHS suffers from unforeseen effects of Brexit
The Government confirmed that the Euro elections would go ahead on May 23, creating the perfect platform for all supporters of a People's Vote to get their message across.
EU nurse numbers down: the unforeseen effects of Brexit
It was the most infamous lie of the referendum, £350m a week for the NHS. But the reality is that far from receiving a Brexit dividend, the health service is suffering from a reduction in the number of registered nurses and midwives from Europe.
Figures published today by the Nursing and Midwifery Council show the number from EU27 countries decreased by 5.9% between March 2018-March 2019. Almost 5,000 have quit in the past two years with many blaming Brexit fears.
The number of EEA nurses and midwives registering for the first time was just 968 between April 2018 and March 2019, up from the 805 who registered in 2017-2018 but a massive decrease compared to the 9,389 who registered in 2015-2016, before the Brexit referendum.
"The referendum result has made many EU nationals feel unwelcome," said Sara Gorton, head of health at the union Unison.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign said: “We now know that Brexit is already causing huge damage to our NHS, with far fewer nurses and midwives arriving from Europe. This is intensifying an already serious shortfall in qualified healthcare staff and is putting our health service into a critical condition.
“No-one voted for a Brexit that leaves our NHS worse-off, with a huge shortfall of the qualified staff it so desperately needs. With so many of the promises about Brexit now broken, especially the promises Brexiters made about our health service, we need a People’s Vote so the public can have the final say.”
More Conservatives recognise need for People’s Vote
A growing number of Conservatives are going public with their backing for a People's Vote as the only way to resolve the Brexit crisis: many are supporters of Brexit and their support for our campaign is essential, welcome and vital.
At the end of last week former party chairman Lord Eric Pickles backed calls for a second public vote and yesterday Tory Brexiter Daniel Kawcynski predicted it could become the only option “to break the gridlock.”
He said: “If we cannot do this, if this is beyond us, and if we fail, then another referendum is inevitable.”
Former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey agreed, saying he was “warming to the idea” of a People’s Vote.
He said: “I’ve always been against a second referendum, but I think what is changing my mind is this talk about any agreement reached by parliament being seen as illegitimate.”
They and their colleagues are welcome to join the People’s Vote campaign as the only solution to the Brexit nightmare.
Euro elections are definitely on – but rumours continue of a stitch-up deal
The Government confirmed – and Mrs May apologised – that the European elections will definitely take place on May 23 as time has run out to get a deal through.
It means votes for People’s Vote parties at the polls will become even more important to demonstrate the strength of feeling across the country and block Farage’s Brexit Party.
Any potential exit from the EU has now been put back to the summer, perhaps even August, but there were still rumours around Westminster that Labour could do a backroom deal with the Conservatives.
Both main parties are well aware that another big shift to People’s Vote parties, similar to last week’s local elections, would be incredibly damaging to their support.
It's clear that Brexit must be put to the people. Now is a crucial time to get involved with the People's Vote campaign. Sign up to volunteer today.
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