Referendum

Several of today’s papers quote a poll showing the majority of UK voters are now backing exit from the EU

Sky News says:

A majority of Britons now favour leaving the European Union amid concerns over immigration, according to an opinion poll.

The survey, by polling firm Survation for the Mail on Sunday, found that if a referendum was held tomorrow 51% would vote to quit the EU against 49% who would vote to remain.

The findings contrast with a previous comparable poll carried out in July which gave the “in” camp a 54% to 46% advantage.

The survey is likely to set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street ahead of David Cameron’s promised referendum, which is due to take place before 2017.

But it will provide a boost for the “out” campaign ahead of a possible Commons rebellion by Eurosceptic Tories when MPs return to Westminster following the summer break on Monday.

The Mail reports:

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum were to be held tomorrow on whether to remain a member of the EU, 51 per cent of British people would vote ‘No’.

It follows a string of polls over recent years which have given comfortable leads to the pro-European camp. Significantly, it is the first measure of public opinion since the Government changed the wording of the referendum question, lending weight to claims that the new phrasing boosts the chances of victory for the ‘Out’ campaign.

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

The survey also found strong backing for David Cameron’s stance in standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wants the UK to take in a greater share of migrants.

Growing public support to cut all ties with Brussels came as it was revealed the Prime Minister told Merkel to her face: ‘I could walk away from the EU.’

At a private dinner in Downing Street, Merkel accused him of being ‘too forceful’ in demanding concessions from the rest of the EU. That was why ‘we all hate you and isolate you,’ she said.

The Express says the poll is a ‘huge blow’ for the Prime Minister.

MORE than half of voters want Britain to LEAVE the European Union, a shock opinion poll has revealed.

The survey found that 51 per cent of Britons plan to vote to quit the 28-nation bloc in a huge boost to the ‘no’ campaign.

It is the first time that the eurosceptic camp has been ahead in the opinion poll ratings, and the result will come as a hammer blow to David Cameron.

The Prime Minister has promised to hold an in/out referendum by 2017, but wants Britain to remain part of the EU.

He believes that he can secure meaningful reforms from other European leaders which will persuade the British public to vote to stay in the bloc.

But the new poll appears to show that his efforts are failing to have the desired effect, meaning Britain is now on course to quit.

And Breitbart claims the migrant crisis has contributed to voters’ views.

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum were to be held tomorrow on whether to remain a member of the EU, 51 per cent of British people would vote ‘No’.

It follows a string of polls over recent years which have given comfortable leads to the pro-European camp. Significantly, it is the first measure of public opinion since the Government changed the wording of the referendum question, lending weight to claims that the new phrasing boosts the chances of victory for the ‘Out’ campaign.

The survey also found strong backing for David Cameron’s stance in standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wants the UK to take in a greater share of migrants.

Growing public support to cut all ties with Brussels came as it was revealed the Prime Minister told Merkel to her face: “I could walk away from the EU.”

At a private dinner in Downing Street, Merkel accused him of being “too forceful” in demanding concessions from the rest of the EU. That was why “we all hate you and isolate you,” she said.

The Mirror claims Labour MPs and Tory rebels will join forces to scupper MrCameron’s plans.

Labour MPs and Tory rebels will join forces on Monday in a bid to scupper David Cameron’s EU referendum arrangements, writes Nigel Nelson in the Sunday People.

They will accuse the PM of trying to get round election rules governing the handling of next year’s campaign to ensure a yes vote.

Eurosceptic Tories are furious because they want a no result.

And Labour – which wants to keep Britain in Europe – says there will be no public confidence in the result if the campaign is not conducted fairly.

As the Commons comes back for the first day after Parliament’s Summer break, the unlikely allies will try to vote down Mr Cameron’s proposals in Monday’s key EU debate.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said: “It’s really important we have a full national debate.

“That’s why the rules governing the fair conduct of the referendum are important.”

The row is over public money being spent during the campaign on ministers, aides and officials putting the Government’s case.

Mr Cameron has agreed they will not be able to speak out on the referendum question directly.

But he says they could still talk about subjects associated with it like immigration, climate change and fisheries without breaking the law.

Migration

In other news, many of the papers continue to report on the refugee crisis.

Sky News claims Britons are stepping in to help

The suffering of those affected by the refugee crisis gripping Europe has galvanised tens of thousands of Britons into raising funds and gathering supplies to help the humanitarian relief effort.

People across the UK have come together to sign petitions, collect food and clothing, donate money, and offer up their homes to people displaced by conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

A convoy of about 20 cars has taken £6,000 worth of vital supplies of food, clothing and shelter to a camp in Calais, France, today.

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of organisers Stand Up To Racism, told Sky News: “I believe as human beings we should offer support to everybody else. Britain has a long tradition of welcoming people.

“Let’s keep that tradition alive and let’s make sure that all those people are welcomed into Britain as they have been in Germany.”

The Guardian claims Cameron’s moral failure over refugees ‘will cost him Europe negotiation’

Britain’s failure to live up to its “moral obligation” to accept a fair quota of refugees from Syria will damage David Cameron’s hopes of achieving a successful renegotiation with Brussels, a former president of the European commission has claimed.

As the first group of what is expected to be some 10,000 people was greeted in Munich, Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister and EC president,condemned Britain’s stance on the crisis and warned of dire consequences for Cameron ahead of the UK’s in/out EU referendum.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called on EU states to accept their fair share of asylum seekers, based on factors such as population, GDP or jobless rates.

New data from the UNHCR showed that 366,402 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean this year, with 2,800 dying or going missing en route.

However, Cameron has rejected any involvement in the compulsory quota scheme, saying it would encourage “dangerous journeys” across the Mediterranean.

Following the outpouring of emotion after the death of Aylan Kurdi, found washed up on a Turkish beach, the prime minister merely pledged to take in an unspecified number of further refugees from camps in Turkey.

And our own Nigel Farage says the EU’s policy on migration will lead to more children drowning, reports the Express. 

NIGEL Farage has warned that Europe’s response to the migrant crisis will lead to even more children drowning at sea.

Last week Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian, drowned after a boat travelling to the Greek island of Kos capsised.

And a shocking image of a police officer carrying his body prompted Britain to take in more refugees.

But Mr Farage claimed that the European Union’s “misguided” approach to immigration will only lead to more tragedies.

In an emotional interview, the Ukip leader said: “I share with everybody the horror, the abomination that is that picture.

“But we have to let our short-term emotional reaction be overcome by a more considered view.

“Which is, how do we stop more pictures of three-year-old kids being dragged dead out of the Mediterranean?

“Do we do it by a European policy that says that anyone who comes can be accepted?”

The Independent claims Isis is threatening to capture a vital highway in Syria which could push millions of people out of government-held areas.

Islamic State (Isis) forces in Syria are threatening to capture a crucial road, the loss of which could touch off a panic and the exodus of several million refugees from government areas, in addition to the four million who have already fled. Isis fighters have advanced recently to within 22 miles of the M5 highway, the only major route connecting government-held territory in Damascus to the north and west of the country.

The beginnings of the latest crisis for the government of President Bashar al-Assad came with the capture by Isis on 6 August of the strategically placed, largely Christian town of al-Qaryatain, north-east of Damascus. Since then, Islamist units have advanced further west, capturing two villages closer to the M5. The Syrian Army has so far failed to retake Qaryatain, where Isis has demolished the St Elian monastery, parts of which were 1,500 years old.

The four million Syrians who are already refugees mostly came from opposition or contested areas that have been systematically bombarded by government aircraft and artillery, making them uninhabitable. But the majority of the 17 million Syrians still in the country live in government-controlled areas now threatened by Isis. These people are terrified of Isis occupying their cities, towns and villages because of its reputation for mass executions, ritual mutilation and rape against those not obedient to its extreme variant of Sunni Islam.

The Times says Britain will take 15,000 refugees.

DAVID CAMERON is prepared to accept 15,000 refugees from Syria and wants military action against Isis militants within a month, senior sources say.

In a clear signal that the government is preparing for bombing in Syria, George Osborne, the chancellor, said the solution to the crisis required action against the “evil” regime of Bashar al-Assad and Isis.

Senior officials say the prime minister has ordered aides to draw up a plan to tackle the migrant crisis that will:

  • Dramatically expand the vulnerable persons relocation programme under which Britain has taken 216 Syrians from refugee camps

  • Launch a military and intelligence offensive against the people traffickers

  • Divert foreign aid to the crisis as part of the Whitehall spending review

  • Persuade Labour MPs to back airstrikes in Syria in a Commons vote in early October.

Sky News claims a senior Tory has said airstrikes on Syria may be needed.

A senior Conservative MP has told Sky News that airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria may not be enough to restore peace – and political leaders may have to consider sending in troops on the ground.

Colonel Bob Stewart, a former UN commander in Bosnia, said: “I wonder whether in the end someone – I hope it’s not the British – is going to have to go in on the ground with military forces to sort out the country.”

The MP, who is a member of the Commons Defence Select Committee, said he hoped such a military effort would be a broad coalition under the auspices of the UN.

His intervention comes as the Chancellor George Osborne spoke of the need to “deal with… the evil Assad regime and the ISIL (IS) terrorists”.

Speaking at a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Turkey, he admitted that restoring stability was a “huge challenge”.

ITV has a similar story.

The British government appears to be edging closer to backing air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, after the plight of desperate migrants from the region received global media coverage.

In an interview with Reuters, Chancellor George Osborne hinted that Britain had to do more to tackle the Syrian crisis “at source”, as newspaper reports suggested a vote could be called to extend military action next month.

“You’ve got to deal with the problem at source, which is this evil Assad regime and the ISIL (Islamic State) terrorists, and you need a comprehensive plan for a more stable, peaceful Syria,” Osborne said.

“A huge challenge of course, but you can’t just let that crisis fester. We’ve got to get engaged in that.”

The comments come amid pressure on David Cameron to take further action – with the former Archbishop of Canterbury lending his voice to calls for an extended military effort.

Breitbart has a video showing an emotional Nigel Farage speaking about the death of a young Syrian child found washed up on a beach in Turkey earlier this week.

Nigel Farage talks about his own children, and how the German and broader European response will likely lead to more incidents such as the one featuring Aylan Kurdi and his family.

In the longer interview, Mr Farage discusses the EU referendum campaign, Jeremy Corbyn, and his views on the European migrant crisis. 

Hospital weekend deaths

There has been reaction to a study showing more people die after being admitted to hospital at weekends than during the week.

The BBC reports:

NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh called for action as research by him and others linked the “weekend effect” to 11,000 excess deaths.

It is not clear exactly how many of these could have been avoided.

But the study in the British Medical Journal said the findings raised “challenging questions” about weekends.

The study has been published as the government is trying to push ahead with its policy of extending the services available seven days a week.

The research – carried out by seven leading doctors and statisticians, including Sir Bruce – looked at hospital records during 2013-14.

It follows on from similar research published three years ago.

ITV has a similar story.

Patients are more likely to die if admitted to NHS hospitals on weekends, a new report claims.

The study found that around 11,000 more people die every year within 30 days of admission to hospital on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday compared with other days of the week.

The findings – blamed partly on a lack of consultant cover and “reduced” services – were described by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as a “wake-up call”.

It found that, even when taking into account the fact that patients admitted on weekends tend to be sicker, people remained 10% more likely to die if admitted on a Sunday compared to a Wednesday.

For Saturday admissions, the likelihood was found to be 7%, the study claimed.

And Sky News claims it is because of a lack of hospital resources at weekends.

Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more ill and have a higher chance of dying than those admitted at other times, according to a study.

Researchers at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts and University College London analysed hospital data from almost 15 million patients for the study, published in the British Medical Journal.

They found that on an average weekday 2.7 million people were admitted to hospital, 1.2 million on Saturdays, and one million on Sundays.

Those admitted on Sundays were 10% more likely to die than those taken in on Wednesdays, and Saturday admissions had a 7% higher chance of dying.

Some 11,000 more patients admitted between Fridays and Mondays went on to die within a month than those admitted on other days.

Even the Sun runs the same story.

SICK people admitted to hospital on a Sunday are more than twice as likely to die as those who arrive during the week, a study says.

Going in on a Saturday is also less safe, and the “weekend effect” causes 11,000 NHS deaths a year.

One reason is a shortage of experienced doctors and nurses on Saturdays and Sundays, the British Medical Journal found.

The findings will stoke the row between ministers and doctors on seven-day services.

Researchers found 1.6 per cent of patients died if admitted on a weekday, rising to 2.6 per cent on a Saturday and to 3.4 per cent on a Sunday.

The main reason is weekend admissions tend to be sicker.

But up to 15 per cent could not be explained, said the BMJ, who analysed almost 15million cases from 2013/14.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the disparity must act as a “wake-up call”.

He said: “We urgently need to make sure NHS patients do not have to worry about a lack of senior clinical presence if admitted to hospital on a Saturday or Sunday.”

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