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- “No deal” Brexit may result in credit card fees
Reported by Dan James
Dominic Raab, the current Brexit Secretary, has laid out what he views as “practical and proportionate” advice, should the UK leave the EU in a no-deal scenario.
Such advice includes warnings to businesses which will most likely face extra paper work at customs along with contingency plans to prevent medicine shortages.
Britons who visit the EU in the future may also face fees on their credit card transactions.
Ministers have said that although a no-deal Brexit outcome is unlikely, short-term disruption is possible should it come to it.
There has been twenty-four documents released outlining contingency plans should a no-deal outcome be reached. Such documents include what will happen to the pensions of Britons living in the EU (they could be lost), and that new UK safeguards will have to be put in place for the use of nuclear energy.
Brexit campaigners have described the warnings as stemming from “project fear”, stating that the UK would not come to any harm should the country have to fall back on to World Trade Organization Rules. MP Jacob Rees-Mogg went on to say that such rules would “suffice” if it was necessary to follow them in the circumstances.
Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary has said that an outcome is more likely than a no-deal Brexit.
The Brexit Secretary would not deny that a no-deal result would likely end in cost increases seen up and down the UK along with a rise in red tape that businesses and individuals would encounter.
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- Alex Salmond fights back against the Scottish Government over sexual misconduct claims
Reported by Nathan Gore
Salmond is taking Scotland’s top civil servant, Leslie Evans, to court over an inquiry opened into him surrounding sexual misconduct allegations.
He has described sexual misconduct allegations against him as “patently ridiculous”.
These alleged misconduct complaints, which have since been passed onto the police, date back to 2013 and took place when he was First Minister.
He is now taking the Scottish government to challenge these complaints, stating that he has exhausted all other avenues. This is consistent with his robust and consistent denial of the allegations levelled at him.
He stated that he had “tried everything, including offers of conciliation, mediation and legal arbitration to resolve these matters both properly and amicably”.
The Scottish government said it would “defend its position vigorously”, and pursue all allegations that were concerned the whole way, regardless of the profile of the person(s) involved.
- Saudi terrorist tribunal to prosecute the first woman activist with death penalty
Reported by Jutha Cheewat
Saudi prosecution is seeking to punish five human rights activists, among them is the first woman Israa al-Ghomgham to face capital punishment. They will be tried in Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court, the terrorism tribunal despite the fact that their actions were non-violent. The court has been criticised for violations of fair trial in the past.
Since 2011, Ghomgham became well known as a Shia activist who participated in a mass demonstration protesting against the systematic discrimination that Saudi Shia citizens face in the majority-Sunni country
The Human Rights Watch director Sarah Leah Whitson said “Any execution is appalling, but seeking the death penalty for activists like Israa al-Ghomgham, who are not even accused of violent behaviour, is monstrous,”
Furthermore, Ghomgham’s charge “do not resemble recognisable crimes”. This includes participating in protests in the Qatif region, incitement to protest, and attempting to inflame public opinion. These charges are based on the Islamic law principle of ta’zir, that judge has discretion over the definition of crime and punishment.
Having said that, the Arab Charter on Human Rights, ratified by Saudi Arabi, states that a death penalty will be an option only with the most serious type of crime in exceptional circumstances.