Editorial Comment

Hannah Scott


The UK is currently gripped by the latest Brexit discussions. May is set to open a five-day debate in the commons starting today.

Tony Blair, on GMB said the issue with May’s Brexit is that it doesn’t really please the people who voted for Brexit. Nor pleasing people like himself who voted against it.

The PM will focus on three main points in her discussions – to take control of borders, laws and money.

On 11 December MPs will vote for or against the Brexit deal. The likes of Labour are threatening to cast a vote of no confidence because they want more time to discuss the deal with Brussels.

Many on social media are now asking if the UK can legally back out of Brexit. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC Political editor, tweeted this morning: “EU court advocate general rules that UK CAN unilaterally revoke article 50 – in other words, in theory, we could just say – stop the Brexit bus, we want to get off (long running case and European Advocate General has just released ruling”.

Now, the public discuss how to get out of a deal that they, as a democracy originally voted for.

The next five days will hopefully make it clearer to a confused Britain what is going to happen with the Brexit deal.

And where we go from here.


New research has emerged from Cancer Research that 4.4 million soft drinks are being consumed weekly by children in Scotland.

There is now a demand for Scottish Ministers to change laws, cracking down on supermarkets multi-buy offers on sugary drinks. 

Official NHS figures for the school year 2016-17 found almost a quarter (22.9%) of pupils in P1 were at risk of being either overweight or obese.

The sugar tax that saw full-fat coca-cola go up in price and Irn Bru to change their recipe, has been praised by the UK government but is not yet enough.

A Scottish Government spokesman has said that the delivery plan also includes actions to tackle childhood obesity. This will start pre-pregnancy and continue throughout school years and into adolescence. It includes more support for children, young people and families to achieve a healthy weight, and training for frontline staff in services that work with them.

Scotland is taking the health of its young people into considerations and tackling the problem head on.


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