(LONDON) JUST IN: Allow all Scots the right to vote in future independence referendum, PM Boris Johnson has urged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.22: The prime minister is reportedly drawing up plans to allow the 800,000 Scots living in England a right to vote, as well as the 50,000 living in Wales:

Boris Johnson is reportedly weighing up plans to allow 800,000 Scots living in England the right in any future Scottish independence referendum, the leader of the All for Unity party has told GB News.

Charlie Bayliss Senior Digital Producer 

Published monday 21 June 2021 – 10:40 Last updated monday 21 June 2021 – 11:22

But Jamie Blackett said the government should go further and ensure all Scots, whether living in the UK or abroad, should be given the right to vote.

He said: “I don’t think it’s inevitable at all there will be another referendum. Nicola Sturgeon had 31% of the electorate voting for her on May 6 and that to my mind is not a mandate.

“The unfortunate thing is that the unionist vote was split, which allow the SNP to win the majority of the seats.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.Russell Cheyne

He added: “I do think we need to clarify matters. We cannot have in Scotland this toxic neveredum which is dividing communities, dividing families, and holding back the economy.

“We’ve urged the government to pass a Canada-style clarity act. One of the sections of that would be to sort out the franchise, not just to allow 800,000 Scots living elsewhere in the UK, but to allow all Scots to vote. Its part of the Scottish condition to go off and seek your fortune, before returning to Scotland.

“My own children are in London but they have ever intention to come back to live in Scotland.

“It’s manifestly unfair that just those Scots living in Scotland are given a vote. Goerge Galloway always points out that the captain of Lithuania would have a vote, but the captain of Scotland would not be able to as he’s playing in England.”

The Times is also reporting that Ruth Davidson could be ready for a return to frontline politics – being offered a ministerial role co-ordinating policy to keep the union together.

Last week former prime minister Gordon Brown warned of 50 years of conflict between England and Scotland if the country was partitioned.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.22: 2021:

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(ZURICH) JUST IN: Swiss citizens are voting in a referendum which could see their country become only the second in the world to ban synthetic pesticides #AceNewsDesk report

SWITZERLAND: Swiss voting in pesticide ban referendum: One initiative proposes to end subsidies to farmers who use such pesticides, while another one would ban them altogether within 10 years but farmers warn the proposals will put many of them out of business

Cattle grazes on pastures at Muottas Muragl, Switzerland. File photo
Switzerland is a byword for pristine nature – but environmentalists say that image is flawed


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57457384

Supporters point to worrying levels of pesticides in water, and damage to plants, animals and insects.

Pesticides are chemical or biological agents used to control pests.

Voting is also taking place on Sunday on other initiatives: anti-terrorism legislation, a new tax on fossil fuels and emergency Covid-19 funding.

Switzerland’s system of direct democracy means all major decisions in the Alpine nation are taken at the ballot box.

Campaigners simply have to gather 100,000 signatures to ensure a nationwide vote.

‘Intense debate won’t go away’

If approved, the pesticide initiatives would go much further than the handful of towns and regions around the world that have already banned all synthetic pesticides. 

It would also be of greater global significance than the ban imposed by Bhutan in 2013, as Switzerland is the home of the world’s biggest pesticide manufacturer, Syngenta.

“I’m going to vote ‘Yes’ – we have to think about the future. Pesticides damage our health,” Geneva resident Marie Lenbaus said.

Both proposals are widely backed by young urban voters.

But Swiss farmers say they are already complying with some of the strictest rules in Europe. They have seen their jobs and income decline over the last 20 years, and now they are furious, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Bern reports.

“You find a lot of people, especially in the cities, they have not even a clue what farming means,” said Martin Haab, president of Zurich Farmers Association. 

“So, if they have two tomatoes in their garden in front of the window, they think they understand farming and they know how to do organic farming,” he said.

Switzerland’s farming lobby is strong, and the latest polls show they might just have the edge, our correspondent says. 

But she adds that even if voters reject a ban, this debate over pesticides has been so intense that it will not go away. Everyone agrees the country’s pristine environment must be protected – they just do not agree on how.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.14: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) SNP/Greens Report: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been discussing a formal co-operation agreement with the Scottish Greens #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: She told MSPs that the SNP and the Greens were exploring different policy areas where they could work together:

SNP/GREENS DEAL: Discussing formal co-operation deal with Greens so why are the SNP and Greens wanting to do a deal?

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Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie
SNP/GREENS REPORT:

Informal talks had begun after the election, she said, and these would now become structured talks with a view to agreeing a formal arrangement. 

Although a full coalition deal is not likely, Ms Sturgeon said ministerial jobs for Green MSPs was a possibility.

“Exactly what the content, extent and scope of any agreement will be is what the talks will focus on,” she added.

The SNP won 64 seats in the Holyrood election – one short of a majority – and Ms Sturgeon would have a stable majority if she could also rely on the seven Scottish Green MSPs. 

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the parliament had to choose between spending the next term focused on delivering on voters’ priorities or being “distracted about independence”. 

And Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the Scottish government had to be more “bold and ambitious” in its plans for recovering from the pandemic, and that his party would work to be a “credible alternative” for voters. 

‘Exploratory discussions’

Ms Sturgeon said she has had “a series of exploratory discussions” with the pro-independence Greens since the election, and that these informal discussions would now become “structured talks”, supported by the civil service, with a view to reaching a formal cooperation agreement. 

The talks are expected to conclude before the next parliamentary recess, which is in a month’s time. 

The first minister said the two parties would discuss specific policy areas where they could cooperate, including the climate emergency and how Scotland could accelerate its progress towards net zero. 

She added: “As we embark on this process, we are setting no limits on our ambition.

“So in that vein let me be clear that while this is not a guaranteed or pre-agreed outcome, it is not inconceivable that a cooperation agreement could lead in future to a Green minister or ministers being part of this government.

“The key point for today is that we are both agreeing to come out of our comfort zones to find new ways of working for the common good”.

Scottish Greens’ co-leader Patrick Harvie said that Green parties across Europe and in countries such as New Zealand had “rolled up their sleeves and worked with other parties to deliver a better future”.

This showed that “there is more than one way for government and opposition parties to work together, without losing the ability to challenge one another,” he said. 

Mr Harvie added: “We believe the people of Scotland want to see grown-up politics like this, and will approach the forthcoming talks in this spirit.” 

What are opposition parties saying?

Douglas Ross said there were some areas where parties across the chamber could agree and work constructively. 

But he added: “Ultimately, as always, this comes down to independence for the SNP”. 

The Scottish Conservative leader added that the parliament had to choose between “wasting” another five years on independence or using its existing powers to “get things done”.

And Mr Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s leader, said he was willing to work with anyone in the national interest or on the issues they agreed on. 

But, Mr Sarwar said, a “bold and ambitious opposition and a credible alternative” was needed, and called for the Scottish government to be more “bold and ambitious” in its plans for recovering from the pandemic. 

This is not a done deal yet but both sides clearly think a formal cooperation agreement is possible. 

Weeks of hard bargaining lie ahead as the two sides prepare to enter formal talks. 

The SNP will want to maximise the range of areas where they are guaranteed Green support in parliament. 

In exchange, the Greens will want to push Nicola Sturgeon to go further and faster in key policy areas like tackling climate change. 

With 64 SNP votes and seven from the Greens a cooperation agreement between the two parties would give the Scottish government a very comfortable majority. 

That would protect them from ambush in confidence votes, at budget time and when passing other key pieces of legislation. 

It would also underline the majority that exists at Holyrood for another independence referendum. 

But if they stop short of a full coalition, there would be areas where the Greens could still vote against the government it otherwise supports. 

The talks emerged shortly before Ms Sturgeon set out her government’s plans for its first 100 days in office.

She told MSPs that recovering from the Covid pandemic would be the immediate priority. 

Over the next three weeks, the first minister said, the government would set out its expectations for how the Covid restrictions levels system would be wound down after the pandemic, allowing a return to “a much greater degree of normality”. 

Tackling climate change was another priority, she said, and the first minister also outlined policies to tackle child poverty and inequality. 

And she said legislation to create a national care service will be introduced in the next 12 months, with a view to having the service operational by the end of this parliament.

“This will be, in my view, the most important public sector innovation since the establishment of the National Health Service,” she said. 

Ms Sturgeon also repeated her pledge to hold an independence referendum once the pandemic is over. 

She said the election result had delivered a “substantial majority” in parliament for an independence referendum within the current parliamentary term, adding that there could be no justification for the UK government seeking to block that mandate. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: May.28: 2021:

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Winning the Vote for YES the Independence Debating Way on Social Media’

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 16 – In the campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum every share, comment and like counts – and according to Facebook, the Yes campaign has the edge.

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Vote YES to Scottish Referendum ‘

The social networking site revealed new figures today detailing more than 10 million interactions surrounding the referendum in a five week period, with the Yes campaign claiming more than 2.05 million interactions to the No campaign’s 1.96 million.

Similarly, while the Yes campaign page on Facebook currently has more than 258,000 likes the No campaign’s has just over 182,000 and in the five week period that Facebook’s study covered (August 1st to September 8th) the former grew by 27 per cent while the latter by only 17 per cent.

Interactions surrounding the two campaigns’ leaders revealed a similar picture, with First Minister Alex Salmond drawing 700,000 likes, shares and mentions in the UK as a whole while Better Together leader Alistair Darling only attracted 250,000

Speaking to Sky News, a senior strategist for the Yes campaign said that Facebook was the most effective campaigning tool available as it offers access to nearly every voter and allows individuals to spread the messages they want to hear.

The independent reported: 

There are no better opinion-formers for someone than the friends and family they like and trust,” the anonymous strategist said, adding “Facebook is more effective than Twitter. You put something on Twitter and you reach people within the political bubble. With Facebook, you tap into a far bigger community.”

Facebook will also be rolling out it’s “I’m a Voter” button ahead of the referendum. This banner – which first made its appearance during the 2010 American midterms – will appear on Scottish news feeds on election day, reminding users to vote, and giving them a chance tell their friends when they have (although users can’t specific which way they voted – leave that to a status update). 

#ANS2014

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Value of Pound in UK Falls in Wake of YES Vote Fears ‘

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – The value of the pound has fallen in the wake of an opinion poll which suggested the pro-UK campaign had lost its lead ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

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Sterling fell by about 1.3% against the US dollar to a ten-month low of $1.61.

Shares in some firms with Scottish links have also fallen.

The SNP has dismissed a promise by the Chancellor to unveil a timetable for further devolution if voters reject independence as a last-minute “bribe”.

George Osborne had said on Sunday that a “plan of action” would be set out in the next few days to give “more powers to Scotland; more tax powers, more spending powers, more powers over the welfare state”.

BBC Scotland’s political correspondent Glenn Campbell has reported that a new body will also be set up to hammer out more powers for Holyrood if there is a “No” vote on 18 September.

It came in the wake of a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times over the weekend which was the first mainstream study to put the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign narrowly ahead

#ANS2014

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#AceBreakingNews DONETSK April 16 12:51 GMT The Donetsk…

#AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 12:51 GMT: The Donetsk Region has defined the questions to be put on the May 11 referendum, stated regional Councilor Irina Popova.

There will be just two of them:

1) Do you support the creation of an independent Donetsk Republic?

2) Of which state should a Donetsk Republic be part of: Ukraine or the Russian Federation?

The Central Election Commission of Donetsk Region has already been allocated a headquarters building next to the regional government administration and is currently forming the list of members.

#ANS2014

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` Crimea’s ‘ Four largest parties signed a ` Memorandum ‘ agreeing to vote for `Crimea to join Russia ‘

#AceWorldNews SIMFEROPOL, Leaders of Crimea’s four largest parties have signed a memorandum on joint actions to successfully hold the March 16 referendum and agreed to vote for Crimea to join Russia.

Chairman of the Crimean organization of the Party of Regions Volodymyr Konstantinov, Chairman of Russian Unity Sergey Aksyonov, Deputy Chairwoman of the republic’s Union party Svetlana Savchenko and First Secretary of the republic’s committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party Oleg Solomakhin had signed the memorandum, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported.

Representatives of all the political parties will ensure free expression of will by Crimeans in the referendum, the document reads.

#ANS2014

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` Crimean Referendum 2014 website is hit by ` Cyber Attacks ‘ from the USA and Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL, – The website of all-Crimean referendum dubbed “Referendum 2014” came under cyber attacks from USA and Ukraine, according to /ITAR-TASS/. .

At present, the site is restored under a new address, referendum2014.ru. Kryminform news agency reported this with reference to information policy directorate of the Council of Ministers of the autonomous republic on Tuesday.

#ANS2014

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#UK : “Cameron warns `Scotland Breakaway’ would Imperil UK Stability”

#AceWorldNews says Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain’s stability and foreign direct investment would be at risk if Scotland votes to leave the UK in a referendum later this year, Reuters reported.

“We are quite simply stronger as a bigger entity as an open economy of 63 million people with the oldest and most successful single market in the world,” Cameron said. He was speaking in London in a speech urging Scotland to remain part of the UK.
“Last year, we were the top destination for foreign direct investment in Europe,” he said. “That is a stamp of approval on our stability.”

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Egypt; ” Day After Referendum on Constitution Violence Erupts Between Muslim Brotherhood and Security Forces”

#AceWorldNews says that Doctors have confirmed the death of at least two people in clashes between pro- Muslim Brotherhood activists and security forces in Egypt. Witnesses on the ground report at least 6 deaths. Dozens of others have been wounded as violence erupted in Suez, Fayoum and Cairo with protesters throwing gasoline bombs, firing bird-shot and hurling rocks, while police responded with tear gas. Authorities reported the arrest of 125 demonstrators. The unrest took place a day after a referendum on a new constitution.

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Spain: “Lawmakers in Spanish Region of Catalonia Vote to Seek a Referendum on Breaking away from Spain”

#AceWorldNews says Lawmakers in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Thursday voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43 in favour of a referendum, with 3 abstentions, Reuters reported. A petition will be sent to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s future. Polls show roughly half of Catalans want independence. As many as 80 percent want the right to vote on the matter.

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Egypt: “Voters Back New Constitution”

#AceWorldNews says about 90 percent of Egyptians who voted in a referendum approved a new constitution, the state news agency and a government official said. Early results of a ballot could allow army chief General Abdel Fattah Sisi to declare his candidacy for president. The constitution will replace one signed into law by Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president who was overthrown by the military in July. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott of the two-day vote and anti-government protests.

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