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Stubborn EU must act to break Brexit deadlock – EXPRESS COMMENT – Express

This newspaper also has no doubt that Mrs May has, after long months, come up with a deal which she believes is the best available for this country and delivers on the Brexit vote. Despite a torrid week, Mrs May is still fighting hard to persuade both sides of the EU debate – Leavers and Remainers – that her deal is the best way forward. Worryingly, we do still have to consider the reality that it may not be passed by MPs in the so-called meaningful vote.

This puts the ball firmly in the EU’s court.

The reason we have got to where we are is because of the intransigence of Barnier, Juncker and Tusk, and their lack of respect for the will of the British people.

Like everybody, we want a deal but if the EU continues to be stubborn and insists on something that cannot be accepted in Parliament, then the idea of “no Brexit” is unacceptable and the Government must still prepare to leave without a deal instead.

Respect blood victims

THE tainted blood scandal was already a national disgrace which shamed Britain and one of its great institutions the NHS.

But it seems that now those meant to hand out benefits are adding insult to injury by denying the victims of infected blood supplies the financial support they need.

Today we reveal that as many as 1,600 people given infected blood in the 1970s and 80s have or will be reassessed by outside contractors for the new Personal Independence Payments, which replaced Disability Living Allowance.

We accept the need to slash the benefits bill in this country and spend it on useful things like defence or policing but the victims of tainted blood are not scroungers.

They were badly let down and we now have a duty to support them as they live with the consequences of institutional failure.

Tug our heartstrings

AS A nation we have always prided ourselves on being animal lovers and willing to give a helping hand to somebody who has been treated badly.

So the tragic tale of Tug, Britain’s loneliest dog, will pull the heartstrings of anybody who reads it.

Badly mistreated in his first home and then nursed back to health by the RSPCA in Coventry, it seems cruel that people overlook him because of his bat-like ears.

Hopefully, somebody this Christmas will see the loyal friend behind the looks and give Tug the loving home he and so many thousands of other rescue dogs deserve.


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