"An extremely dangerous moment": Anti-racism campaigners respond to #EUref
Commonspace speaks to anti-racism campaigners to find out what impact the referendum campaign has had on Scotland’s migrant and ethnic minority communities, and what might happen when Britain leaves the EU
THE UK has voted to leave the European Union by 52 per cent to 48 per cent, after a campaign dominated by anti-immigration campaigns.
Following an Out vote, CommonSpace spoke to leading anti-racist campaigners about the future for migrants and their rights in the UK.
Richard Haley, director of Scotland Against Criminalising Communities
Experts split on Scotland’s future in EU
CommonSpace spoke to four constitutional experts and found opinion divided on Scotland’s future in the EU
CALLS HAVE been made this morning for Scotland to pursue its own EU membership in the face of a UK ‘Brexit’, but there is no clear agreement on whether this would be possible.
Cameron resigns in wake of Brexit vote
Fresh leadership by October conference, PM says
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has announced his resignation this morning after losing his campaign to keep the UK in the European Union.
Speaking on the steps of Downing Street, Cameron said it was time for “fresh leadership” and promised to hand over to a new leader by October, at the time of the Conservative party conference.
Cameron said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly, but I do beleive it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then new leadership is required”.
Police Scotland refusing to disclose how many children it detained in 2015
No way of knowing if situation has improved since 2013 when police accused of breaching human rights
SCOTLAND’S single police force has refused to tell journalists how many children it detained in 2015, sparking fresh criticism around human rights.
Mixed reactions to BBC Scotland 'limited' shakeup as Scotland 2016 axed
Scotland 2016 to go as average audience falls to 30,000 a night
PLANS TO shake up BBC Scotland programming, including cancelling Scotland 2016, and ‘bolstering’ Reporting Scotland, have been met with mixed reactions.
Having lost the ratings battle to STV’s popular Scotland Tonight current affairs programme, the BBC’s nightly Scotland 2016 is being axed, along with radio programmes The Big Debate and Business Scotland.
Leading tax and anti-corruption campaigners warn against Brexit
Potential increase in financial deregulation highlighted
CRACKING DOWN on tax havens and avoidance would be much harder in the event of a Brexit vote, leading campaigners have warned.
Offshore tax havens, financial secrecy and corruption would be harder to tackle if the UK votes to leave the European Union, the Tax Justice Network [TJN] has said.
Pictures and tweets: First day of strike on Scotrail trains
Union members voted for strike action by 75 per cent
THE FIRST of several planned strikes by ScotRail workers began this morning over plans to extend ‘driver-only’ operations – here we round up a selection of tweets and pictures.
One in six still not contacted by EU campaigns
Real engagement lacking, campaigners say
THE ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY has hit out at the ‘top-down’ EU referendum campaign after their polling showed one in seven people had still not been contacted by either side, and the majority have only received a leaflet.
The danger that the referendum debate is confined to the media rather than face-to-face discussion was highlighted by the poll, which found that while 72 per cent had received a leaflet, just 8 per cent had been approached in the street, and two per cent had been visited at home.
STUC urges last-minute Scottish Government action over rail strike
Transport Scotland says strike action ‘disappointing’
THE SCOTTISH Government should step in to ‘force’ operator Abellio into negotiations ahead of tomorrow’s planned strike, trade unionists have said.
With talks having broken down between the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Scotrail Abellio ahead of the union’s planned strike, the Scottish Trades Union Congress general secretary has called on the Scottish Government to bring the operator back to negotiations.
#WorldRefugeeDay sees highest ever number of people displaced
2,500 died in 2016 alone trying to cross the Mediterranean
THE NUMBER of people displaced by conflict has reached 65.3m – the highest number ever – the UN has reported.
Marking World Refugee Day, the UN has said that there are now more refugees and internally displaced people than ever before, with 1 in 113 of all people on earth having fled conflict or persecution.
More than half of all these people come from either Syria, Afghanistan or Somalia; and half are children.