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TODAY’S INSTALMENT [28 November] of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the possible legal challenge facing the UK over single market membership, trade union leaders mocking Scottish Labour and the meaning of Ed Balls in 2016.
News: UK faces legal tussle over single market membership
The UK may be automatically ejected from the European Economic Area
UK Government are preparing a legal case to maintain the country’s place in the single market. The Government wants the UK to remain part of the European Economic Area following Brexit, and for parliament to decide on the future of the UK’s relationship with the free trade area. However, there are suggestions that the UK would be forced to leave automatically upon Brexit. Both the SNP and Labour have said they want the UK and Scotland to remain in the single market.
Politics: Trade union leaders trash besieged Scottish Labour
Unite and GMB leaders attack Scottish Labour for
The leaders of the Unite and GMB trade unions have launched unprecedented attacks upon Scottish Labour. Unite chief Len McCluskey said Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale’s leadership was a “disservice” to the party, while GMB leader Gary Smith said that the party had “nothing” to say on the question of Scottish independence.
Corruption Investigation finds massive over-spend at North Lanarkshire council
An investigation into corruption at North Lanarkshire council has found that there was a massive overspend of around £20m on council contracts. The revelations have shaken the traditional Scottish Labour stronghold council ahead of local elections in 2017.
Sport: UK culture secretary calls on Fifa to “see sense” and drop poppy disciplinary action
Scottish and English football teams wore poppy armbands in Armistice match
The UK culture secretary Karen Brady has called on Fifa to “see sense” and abandon disciplinary proceedings against Scottish and English national football teams for wearing poppy armbands during their Armistice day fixture in November.
Culture: T in the Park boss wants to return festival to Strathallan for 2018
Famous Scottish music festival’s future in doubt
The head of T in the Park has announced plans to relocate the iconic music festival to Strathallen in 2018, following its cancelation for 2016.
Weather: Cool and dry
Frosty in the North
It will be cool and dry across most of Scotland today, with small outbreaks of showers and sun. The North East will see frostier temperatures.
And another thing: Thank you for the memories?
Just a good laugh, or monument to social decline?
Watch this pastiche of former shadow chancellor Ed Balls extravagantly, and some might say poorly, finishing his dance routines on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show is either a political big beast endearingly taking the piss out of himself at the twilight of his career, or a sign the 2016 is indeed the end of days. You decide.
The above pastiche of former shadow chancellor Ed Balls extravagantly, and some might say poorly, finishing his dance routines on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show is either a political big beast endearingly taking the piss out of himself at the twilight of his career, or a sign the 2016 is indeed the end of days. You decide.
Picture courtesy of Kevin Harber, Ron F., Tijl Vercaemer, Aaron Bassett, merra marie
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