News in 5 Minutes: Scottish Brexit minister to insist on Scottish voice, another blow the EU, and big meaty face attached to the tiny hands


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (5 December) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Scotland’s voice in Brexit negotiations, further uncertainty for the EU, and meat chops.

News: Scottish Brexit minister insists on Scottish voice ahead of court judgement

UK Supreme Court to hear on Wednesday that the Holyrood parliament must be consulted before Brexit

Scotland’s minister for Brexit has said that Scotland must be entitled to its own say on the circumstances of the UK leaving the EU. The statement from Mike Russell MSP comes before four days of appeal by the UK Government at the court, which will see the Conservatives attempt to overturn an earlier judgement that asserted parliamentary sovereignty and insisted that MPs had to be consulted on leaving the EU.

Politics: Further Uncertainty for the EU after Italian referendum

Matteo Renzi announced his resignation following loss of vote

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced he will stand down after a referendum he launched on constitutional reform was defeated by a twenty point margin. The loss of Renzi has caused concern among Eurozone leaders, as he is a leading pro-Europe political figure and Italy is the third largest economy in the Eurozone. Elsewhere in the Eurozone, far right Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer lost to Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen.

Sport: Mark Selby wins both world and UK snooker titles in the same year

Snooker star rebuffs criticisms of his inelegant style

Mark Selby has become only the sixth snooker player to win both the world and UK snooker titles in the same year by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK championship. He used the opportunity to rebuff criticisms of his slow playing style.

Culture: Robbie Sheppard awarded traditional music awards

Voice of Take the Floor awarded at “trad music” Oscars

Robbie Sheppard, the voice for 35 years of Take the Floor received a special honour including a dedicated performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday (3 December). Take the Floor, which features Scottish traditional music, is BBC Radio Scotland’s longest running program.

Weather: Getting icy in the central belt

Highs of 7 degrees in more remote parts of the country

Parts of central Scotland see temperatures as low as 0 degrees today, meaning an icy feel for many in the central belt. Elsewhere in Scotland temperatures will rise as high as 7 degrees.

And another thing: Is it human, or is it spam?

Trump sausages? Any takers?

We all know that Donald Trump has a head like one of those big kebab rotisseries. But that doesn’t prepare you for the sight of his massive face transposed onto processed meat products.

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