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The devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have united to raise serious concerns about the status of European citizens after Brexit. In a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, ministers called for an urgent meeting to discuss the impact of EU Exit Settlement Scheme for EEA (European Economic Area) citizens.…
Issuing identity cards would help avert a larger Windrush-style scandal post-Brexit, ministers have been told. Leading academic Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve argued of the need for "robust identification documents", demonstrating a person's entitlements during a debate in the House of Lords. The independent crossbencher said the inability to produce documentary…
Brexit could drive up the cost of medicines for UK patients and the NHS and put at risk access to treatments, a parliamentary report has warned. The UK pharmaceutical industry also risks losing its status as a world leader in the sector unless a good deal is secured, the Commons…
Westminster has been urged to "respect the will" of the Scottish Parliament and make further changes to key Brexit legislation, after MSPs refused to give their consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill. While the UK Government could force the Bill through against the wishes of Holyrood, such a move could…
Immigration policy should be devolved to UK nations and regions after Brexit to cater for different labour needs, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking in London, she hit out at Theresa May's government for a "frustrating" lack of openness to the idea. She said it was time to…
Health care staff in Northern Ireland are uncertain and concerned about the ability to retain and hire EU colleagues post-Brexit. Nurses and doctors who live across the Irish border but currently work in the region are "anxious" and want reassurance, the findings of a workforce engagement exercise found. The feedback…
Ministers have been urged to adopt a "health in all policies" approach after Brexit to help tackle inequality. Labour's Luciana Berger said it was a "terrible indictment" on society that income determined how healthy people were, as she proposed a major change in policy making. Draft legislation tabled by the…
Nursing leaders have expressed "major concern" as rising numbers of nurses from the EU continue to leave the UK. New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - which maintains a register of nurses practising in the UK as part of its regulatory duties - show a significant rise…
Failure to replace a £500 million EU fund for deprived communities post-Brexit would be "disastrous", the Government has been warned. The European Social Fund provides half a billion pounds a year for employment and skills training in communities that are poorly served or neglected by "mainstream" support. In a report…
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned. Scottish Care, the organisation that represents independent care providers, said it was already “experiencing unprecedented difficulties in terms of viability and sustainability”. With European citizens making up…
Almost four-fifths of British workers expect to become poorer over the coming year, as wages fail to keep pace with inflation, according to a new report. Released on the same day as labour market statistics expected to show continuing high levels of employment, the report by left-leaning think tank Class…
Boris Johnson's comment that the Leave campaign under-estimated when it claimed Brexit would allow an extra £350 million to be spent on the NHS weekly has been branded "ridiculous". Leading health expert Professor Sir Michael Marmot said the Brexit campaign's highly controversial claim has already been confirmed "a lie". The…
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