The European Commission has proposed a draft EU budget for 2019 in the amount of 166 billion euros, which is 3% more compared to the current year.
This is stated in a message on the EC website.
“We offer an ambitious budget that continues to support our priorities, in particular investments, jobs, youth, migration, solidarity and security. We need stability for the EU, and I look forward to reaching an agreement with Parliament and the Council as soon as possible, ”said European Commissioner Gunter Oettinger.
The proposal is based on the fact that the United Kingdom, after leaving the EU on March 30, 2019, will continue to participate in the implementation of EU budgets until the end of 2020.
Almost 80 billion euros are planned to be allocated from the budget to support economic growth.
Scotland will again try to start the separation process
After a year-long hiatus, the Scottish head of government is about to return to the debate on independence. A new referendum will be announced when negotiations on Brexit are completed. The first Minister of Government of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that she plans to restart debate over separation from Britain in the coming weeks. About it on Sunday, May 20, reported the publication Independent.
According to Sturgeon, the only obstacle to determining the date of the second secession referendum is the lack of clarity regarding future relations between the UK and the European Union after Brexit. In the autumn, as soon as such clarity appears, the discussion on the second referendum will also take on more specific outlines.
In March 2017, the Scottish Parliament supported the holding of a new referendum on independence from the UK. The proposal of Nikola Sturgeon was supported by 69 deputies, 59 voted against. Independent Scotland, according to Sturgeon’s plan, will seek full membership in the European Union, but at the same time should maintain the pound as a national currency.
However, in June 2017, Nicola Sturgeon temporarily refused to prepare a second referendum on the country’s independence from Great Britain. Speaking to the deputies of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, she said that the issue of a referendum should be decided after it became clear on what conditions the UK was leaving the European Union.
Sturgeon’s decision may have been linked to the crushing defeat of her SNP in parliamentary elections in the UK. Scottish nationalists lost 21 of the 56 seats in parliament.
Irish decide on the legalization of abortion
The “Right to Life of an Embryo” has been enshrined in the country’s constitution since 1983. A woman may face up to 14 years in prison for abortion. A referendum has begun in Ireland on Friday, May 25, with participants deciding on the legalization of abortion in the country. Termination of pregnancy in Ireland is currently prohibited by law. After the 1983 referendum, the “right to life of the embryo” was enshrined in the constitution. At the same time, the 8th amendment was introduced into the Basic Law, according to which the unborn child and mother have the same right to life.
A woman who has an abortion can face up to 14 years in prison. Since 2014, abortion is permitted only if pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s life. However, Irish women are not prohibited from having an abortion abroad. From 1980 to 2016, 170 thousand residents of the country took advantage of this opportunity.
The campaign against the prohibition of abortion was further developed after the Irish Amanda Mellet had to travel to the UK to have an abortion. Her fetus was diagnosed with heart disease, the doctor said that he was not viable. But she was refused a termination of pregnancy in Ireland. After that, Mellet filed a complaint with the UN Commission on Human Rights, which in this case found a violation of fundamental rights.
In the Irish parliament, most MPs support the lifting of the abortion ban. If the Irish approve of legalization, the government is ready to introduce a draft law that allows abortion in the first 12 weeks.