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EU Insider Briefing: 26 June-2 July 2017 UK News Round-up

by derekdeedman on 4 July, 2017

The following is a sample from the weekly EU Insider Briefing sent to full European Movement UK members every Monday. Please consider joining us to receive the full briefing and help support our work.

The European Movement UK, founded in 1949, provides a voice for those who believe the UK’s interests are best served from inside the EU.  EMUK’s vision is of a future side by side with our European partners.

“Do we really want to sacrifice our EU citizenship for a life in Britain?” [Guardian]

A Deloitte study has revealed that nearly half of all high skilled EU workers are considering leaving the UK within 5 years.  The drip-feed of well-educated EU nationals, with the global job market at their feet, has already started. Many EU nationals simply cannot afford to wait and see how Brexit turns out.

“Now all of us are at the mercy of this careless cavalier” [Times]

Jenni Russell is alarmed at David Davis’ “deluded” attitude. In contrast to Davis’ assertions, nobody with experience of government, Europe or trade negotiations seriously believes that disentangling the UK from the EU and creating a new relationship is going to be simple, quick and all to Britain’s benefit.

Poll suggests Remain would win a Brexit Referendum if it were held now [Evening Standard]

A Survation poll has revealed that 54% of Britons would vote to remain in the EU if another referendum were held, and just 46% would back Leave. Less than a quarter of those polled support the Government’s current strategy of leaving the Customs Union, in order to strike free trade deals with other countries.

60% of voters want to keep their EU citizenship says poll [Guardian]

According to research led by the London School of Economics, 6 out of 10 Britons want to keep their EU citizenship after Brexit, including the rights to live, work, travel and study in the EU.  Many would be prepared to pay large sums to do so – often far more than UK citizens currently pay per head to the EU budget.

Quitting the European Medicines Agency would be “nothing short of madness”[Independent]

A health economics consultant warns that Brexit could have a “catastrophic” effect on access to new life-saving drugs for decades, if the UK quits the European Medicines Agency – which is the option favoured by hard-line Brexiteers.

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