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The Pagoda Perspective

26th June 2017

BREXIT / INDEPENDENCE

  • Following Theresa May’s offer of a ‘settled status’ to EU migrants, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has cautioned that “the devil will be in the detail” of the UK Government’s Brexit strategy.
  • Nicola Sturgeon is expected to put on hold her plans for a second independence referendum after a spokesperson confirmed a statement is “likely” before Holyrood breaks up for the summer this Thursday.
  • Brexit Secretary David Davis has warned the SNP not to disrupt the passage of critical legislation at the heart of the Brexit process which would risk opening up a “black hole” in British law.

EDUCATION

  • A US programme that aims to prevent conflict in young schoolchildren is to be rolled out across 14 Scottish primary schools.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

  • The state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting 443 UK jobs as it shifts many business advisor roles to India.
  • The UK is leading the way in the financial technology (FinTech) sector among developed nations according to a new study by accountancy firm EY.

HEALTH

  • A report by the Scottish Drugs Forum has warned drug treatment services in Scotland should be refocused to take account of the increasing number of older users, which are estimated to cost £51m in hospital stays.
  • Scotland is faring worse than similar sized countries when it comes to delivering end of life care according to experts who will gather in Glasgow later this week.
  • Scotland’s first ever street pharmacy service to help the homeless and prescribe medicine for them on the spot is to be rolled out after the Scottish Government has awarded the scheme £60,000 of funding.

ENERGY

  • Scottish Labour’s environment spokeswoman Claudia Beamish will announce today that she will press ahead with a Member’s Bill that would ban fracking in Scotland. The Scottish Government introduced a moratorium barring the controversial method of extracting gas in January 2015, but ministers have still to decide if this should be made permanent.

TOURISM

  • Businesses on the Isle of Skye have said the island requires a 30 year strategy to cope with the destination’s increased popularity with tourists.

TRANSPORT

  • Scottish holidaymakers are most likely to face flight delays if they travel to or from Edinburgh Airport, according to consumer rights group Which?

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Snapchat’s latest feature has caused controversy over the risk to users’ privacy. Introduced last week, The Snap Map broadcasts a user’s exact location to anyone on their friend list.

COMING UP

  • A confidence and supply deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party is expected to be announced today following a meeting between DUP Leader Arlene Foster and Theresa May.
  • The Scottish Parliament will break for recess this Thursday, 29 June.