Referendum

Following yesterday’s referendum announcement, most of the media go into the detail of the plans, analysing every point.

ITV brands its explanation ‘What you need to know’ and answers six questions:

A referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union has been called by the Prime Minister.

Here’s what you need to know.
When is the referendum?
What’s the question?
Who can vote?
How do you vote?
Who are the official Remain and Leave campaigns?
What are the rules on campaigning?

Other media have similar guides.

The Sunday Times asks which side London Mayor Boris Johnson will support, as he hasn’t yet declared his hand.

THE prime minister has launched a last-minute offensive to get Boris Johnson to back him over staying in Europe, as friends of the London mayor said: “His heart is for ‘out’.”

David Cameron is exerting an “enormous amount of pressure” on Johnson amid fears that he will become the most high-profile Brexit backer.

The Tory leader’s move comes days after the mayor had dinner with Michael Gove — the cabinet minister who has since joined the “leave” campaign — during which both men discussed Cameron’s negotiations in Brussels.

Johnson will declare which way he is voting at 10pm this evening. Allies said he was close to deciding that he would back Brexit on Friday, but that the decision was now “finely balanced”.

Breitbart points out that those from all parts of the political spectrum have united.  Nigel Farage says:

So the battle has been joined and the great fight for the future of our country has begun. On June 23rd we will make the most important political decision in our lifetimes.

I am determined to do all that I can within my powers to win.

The Grassroots Out (GO) event at the QE2 centre on Friday night in Westminster was a remarkable occasion. Over 2,000 people were crammed into the venue, with 300 shut outside due to fire regulations.

I have never felt such an electric buzz at a political meeting. These people want change. They want their country back.

From the formation of GO, we have sought to be a genuine cross-party campaign and pledged to put aside all of our previous quarrels and differences. The British media too often portray the Eurosceptic camp as being purely a Tory right of centre debate.

It is no such thing. The traditional differences between left and right are irrelevant. This is about right and wrong.

The Morning Star says train drivers will be voting to Leave.

TRAIN drivers have become the latest group of workers to swing behind a vote against EU membership, the Morning Star can reveal today.

Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to scrap his planned victory Cabinet meeting last night after being snubbed by top European officials as he sought his “renegotiation” of Britain’s common market membership.

The TUC and a number of its largest affiliates, including general unions Unite and GMB, are set to support a vote to remain in the EU.

But drivers’ union Aslef has passed policy saying that workers’ rights offered by Brussels are “far outweighed and undermined by the benefits given to big business and banking.”

And Breitbart claims young people hold the key to the referendum.

An alarming report has found an estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the Electoral Roll since the government introduced changes to the voting registration system.

With nearly half a million young people not currently registered to vote, students in university towns are even more unlikely to vote than young people living at home, with students living in university towns – including York, Cambridge and Dundee – being among the worst affected by the changes.

With many young people not interested in the upcoming In/Out EU referendum at the moment, and others being spun misinformation from the In campaign, the lack of interest in the most important vote in a generation is a sad reality.

Sky News claims even if we leave the EU, we would still get mass migration into the UK.

David Cameron has fired the first salvo in his crusade to keep Britain in the EU, by claiming the flow of migrants into the UK would not be halted if Britain voted to leave.

The Prime Minister’s comments come after he announced yesterday that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU will be held on 23 June.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Mr Cameron said the EU would insist upon continued free movement of labour as the price of a free-trade deal if Britain left.

And in the Mirror, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott calls the Prime Minister’s deal ‘a sham’.

Back in 1975 Harold Wilson sought a better deal for Britain in Europe , claimed that he got it, and then fought a ­referendum to stay in.

Forty years on and Cameron ’s tried to follow in Harold’s footsteps.

In the 1970s I campaigned to come out. But we lost because many people feared that jump into the unknown.

I believe that fear will be just as ­effective in this second referendum .

But Cameron’s efforts aren’t about making Britain stronger in Europe.  It’s about weakening the role of the welfare state and protection for workers by undermining the support a social Europe brings us.

The Express reports that the Government has been accused of snubbing Commonwealth war heroes in favour of EU migrants.

THE British Government has been accused of ostracising Commonwealth countries in favour of the European Union (EU).

Commonwealth leaders are becoming increasingly concerned over their countries’ futures as Prime Minister David Cameron pushes for Britain to remain in the EU.

This week 80 business and community leaders from across the 31 Commonwealth countries sent the Tory leader an open letter urging him to take back its “autonomy in the fields of migration and commerce”.

The letter read: “The descendants of the men who volunteered to fight for Britain in two world wars must stand aside in favour of people with no connection to the United Kingdom.”

The in-fighting within the Tory party has already begun, says the Independent.

The battle over Britain’s future in the European Union has exploded into life after Michael Gove attacked David Cameron’s central claim that the country’s national security would be endangered by a vote to leave.

And the Mail reports the victory of Polish people.

Poland’s prime minister has claimed victory after David Cameron failed to stop EU migrants claiming benefits while in Britain.

Beata Szydlo said the deal struck by European leaders would ensure Poles living and working in Britain could continue to receive welfare payments.

‘Good agreement for Europe, we protected rights of Poles claiming social benefits across EU,’ she tweeted afterwards.

Insiders say her resistance to Cameron’s demands had been one of the main reasons why the Brussels summit dragged on for 31 hours.

The Telegraph claims Cameron thinks Britons are stupid enough to accept his deal.

The events of recent days followed the script exactly. Recalling his facile training as a public relations man, the Prime Minister talked up a drama, put his head into the jaws of defeat, to withdraw it when the Germans told their satrapies to do what they were told. The whole nauseating performance was useful on two counts: it made Mr Cameron appear virile; and it created a distraction from the fundamental issue.

The fundamental issue, as you know, is that tens of millions of us wish to regain the right to govern ourselves – notably in the matter of immigration controls – and Mr Cameron never even asked for it: which is why his “renegotiation” was not a renegotiation at all, but a fraud on the public. The performance may obscure this for a moment, as bluster often does: but the truth will out, and has indeed been out for months.

There are a few other stories that make the headlines.

Health

The NHS has been ordered to speed up compensation payouts for families of stillborn babies, reports the Mail.

Hospitals should automatically offer compensation to parents of babies left stillborn or brain-damaged due to poor care, an official review will recommend this week.

At the moment parents often have to fight for months or even years before the NHS agrees to compensation. Health bosses frequently deny liability until forced to do so by lawyers, and bereaved couples regularly say they have to call on solicitors to find out what went wrong.

Now Tory peer Baroness Cumberlege is expected to call for an independent scheme to investigate tragedies in childbirth, which would quickly decide whether compensation should be paid.

And the Mirror claims A&E patients are being told ‘go home unless you’re dying’.

Stricken NHS patients were left waiting for up to SEVEN HOURS on hospital trolleys leaving medics with no option but to say: “Go home if you’re not dying.”

In a disturbing new low for our over-stretched health service, the Sunday People can reveal a hospital put a message over a Tannoy advising people to go home.

Patients were told: “We would ask anyone who doesn’t have a life-threatening illness to go home and come back in the morning.”

The extraordinary situation unfolded at the North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton, north London on Friday night.

ITV News reports a doctor saying the NHS 111 helpline may not be ‘safe and effective’.

The “safety and effectiveness” of the NHS 111 helpline has been called into question by the country’s most senior paediatrician.

Professor Neena Modi said there was concerns over whether 111 call handlers – who are not medically trained – should be carrying out assessments, which even a doctor would struggle with over the phone.

And she criticised the process of assessing children without seeing them, as well as the fact that some doctors do not have access to notes detailing a child’s medical history.

Railways

The Independent claims Network Rail may privatise 18 major stations in a bid to tackle its debt.

State-backed Network Rail is preparing to sell its biggest stations to developers and shopping centre landlords in its first substantial act of privatisation since moving on to the government’s books nearly 18 months ago.

Bankers at Citigroup have been hired to look at options for 18 major stations, such as London Waterloo, Reading, Leeds and Edinburgh Waverley, which most eye-catchingly include either outright sales or the handing of concessions to big firms that would last decades. Any sales, which could raise billions according to industry sources, would help to reduce Network Rail’s crippling debt, estimated to top £50bn by 2020, as well as streamline what is considered an overly complicated organisation.

And the Mirror claims British passengers pay SIX TIMES more than in Europe

Commuters in Britain pay up to six times as much as their European neighbours to travel on trains that are all too often miserably overcrowded.

The second week of a Sunday People investigation into rail travel reveals more evidence that UK travellers are getting a raw deal.

Last week we showed that many passengers in the UK are overcharged when using confusing station ticket machines – sometimes by hundreds of pounds.

Today we can reveal that Britain’s railways are not only too expensive – it is also much more simple and comfortable to take a train in other countries.

Parliament

The Sun reports that the Parliamentary watchdog could name senior MP who break the law.

A BAN on naming arrested MPs could be lifted if they hold key positions.

Commons watchdogs are considering a proposal to identify politicians with roles that may lead to “a conflict of interest”.

MPs were accused of hypocrisy a fortnight ago when they passed new rules to keep their arrests secret. They used human rights laws to argue the public has no right to know if a politician is held by cops until charged.

But now the Home Secretary, Police Minister and MPs on the powerful Home Affairs select committee all face having the right of anonymity removed.

Windfarms

The Express claims wind farmers are being paid £4m a week not to use their turbines.

ENERGY giants have been paid a record £4million a week in subsidy this winter to turn off wind turbines.

While people struggled to pay energy bills compensation was handed to wind farm owners because the power they generate could not be used.

In November, December and January a total of £51.5million was paid to mainly Scottish-based producers.

Under a complex compensation scheme the wind farm owners are given “constraint payments” for electricity they could have generated and sold if there was a demand for it or there had not been a grid blockage.

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