News in 5 Minutes: Fresh hope for shipbuilding on the Clyde and national parliaments demand Brexit voice


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (8 December) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the fresh hope for Clyde shipbuilding and the national parliaments demanding a say on the course of brexit.

News: Two more ships scheduled for construction on the Clyde

Boon for the Clyde still reeling from loss of UK ship commissions

The Clyde will benefit from the construction of two extra Royal Navy ships at its yards. The two new vessels will be added to the eight Type 26 frigates already promised to the Upper Clyde.

Politics: Devolved parliaments demand Brexit voice

Stormont asserts article 50 sovereignty

The Scottish Government’s leading lawyer has told the UK Supreme Court that Brexit will impinge upon the devolved function of the Scottish Parliament, and that Holyrood must therefore have a an input on the nature of disentanglement from the EU. Representative from the Northern Ireland assembly also told the Supreme Court that their formal ascent would be required for Brexit, as the process could disrupt the peace settlement established by the Good Friday agreement.

Sport: Former Celtic coach charged with sexual activity with a child

Former youth coach also worked for Hibs and Falkirk

Jim Cafferty, a former youth coach with Celtic has been charged with sexual activity with a child in Northern Ireland. Recent weeks have seen many former footballers come forward with allegations of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of coaches.

Culture: Value of film and television production doubles on back of Outlander

Success of television franchise attracts investment

The filming of the US television series Outlander in Scotland has provided an enormous bost to the Scottish film world. A doubling of the value of television and film production in Scotland to around £50m has been largely attributed to the international success of the historical drama.

Weather: Unseasonably warm weather continues

Warm and humid throughout Scotland

Scotland is seeing the continuation of warm if humid and cloudy weather across the country. There are highs of 12 degrees in the east.

Pictures courtesy of Diego Portelapopturf.comJamie AndersonRobert YoungRoyal Navy Media Archive

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