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  • Who’s who in the EU – a guide to key players in the negotiations

    They will be steering the ship for Britain during the negotiations, but who are the EU’s key players and power-brokers?

    #indyref2 – where are we now?

    Yesterday the Scottish Parliament voted for a motion supporting a second referendum on Scottish independence. This comes as no surprise given the nationalist majority in the Scottish Parliament – 63 SNP MSPs and 6 Green MSPs.

    Brexit begins

    So it begins. After the political upheaval, court battles and parliamentary rows of the last nine months, Article 50 has finally been invoked and the UK is leaving the European Union. Just after midday, Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU, hand-delivered a letter from Theresa May to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

    The world’s toughest job?

    The new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres of Portugal, took office on 1 January 2017. It is no wonder that one of Guterres’ predecessors described the role of Secretary-General as “the most impossible job in the world.”

    How will our health and pharmaceutical sectors cope with Brexit?

    A demographic timebomb. “Without that safety net many may feel they have no choice but to return." That’s how Age UK described Brexit putting an end to the reciprocal healthcare agreements with our European neighbours. The charity believes that ageing expat Brits will return to these shores because they cannot access EU healthcare post-Brexit.

    The shape of negotiations once Article 50 is triggered

    Victoria Dean discusses with BBC Newsnight the Article 50 process, what happens next, and the likely shape of negotiations once it's triggered.

    Testing times for pharma

    Once again, the financial pressures facing the NHS reared their ugly head. NHS England (NHSE) and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) made their recommendations in response to their joint consultation into the way drugs are evaluated and funded.

    Ready to be the next Dr WHO

    The work of WHO affects the health, happiness and general wellbeing of each of the seven billion people in our world. WHO helps countries respond to infectious disease outbreaks and ensures that they do not get out of control. It alerts everyone about risks of illness and shows how diseases can best be controlled.

    All employees have the potential to be influencers

    Portland’s Research and Insights team looked at the concept and relevance of employee advocacy in more detail. We surveyed over 2,000 employees across all sectors in the UK and the US and included a range of organisations which had over 50 employees.

    Rising humanitarian needs call for a new way of working

    Today, a record 135 million people across 35 countries need humanitarian aid to survive. The scale of humanitarian suffering continues to grow exponentially as complex, inter-connected conflicts last for years without resolution, and protracted natural disasters, compounded by climate change, throw vulnerable people into a state of perpetual crisis.

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