The Daily Populous

Friday February 18th, 2022 day edition

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British voters were not fully informed on the implications of Brexit during the referendum in 2016, a European Parliament report has concluded.

“British citizens had scant knowledge about the European Union and were not adequately informed about the far-reaching consequences of the decision to leave the union,” the report said.

“Citizens were never given a clear picture of the relationship that their country would have with the EU once it left, and were often misled about the implications of the withdrawal, especially as regards Northern Ireland.”.

In order to avoid another Brexit, member states and EU institutions should “consistently provide wide-reaching information to EU citizens on the functioning of the European Union […] and the consequences of leaving the EU”, the report said.

The report said Brussels had achieved its “key aims” in the Brexit talks through EU unity in the face of a British “rejection of the obligations linked to EU membership”.

“These were not genuinely and fully assessed by the UK prior to its decision to withdraw.”.

A UK Government spokesman said: “The British people voted to leave the European Union, and this government delivered on that result. »

Convoy class action claim increased to $306M as downtown restaurateurs join lawsuit

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Convoy class action claim increased to $306M as downtown restaurateurs join lawsuit The lawsuit also names donors who gave money through GiveSendGo, the alternate fundraising platform organizers turned to when GoFundMe shut them down.

Article content A class action lawsuit against the “Freedom Convoy” in downtown Ottawa has added 31 new named defendants and ballooned to a $306-million claim for the disruption to lives and livelihoods from the now three-week old occupation.

Henry Assad, owner of the Happy Goat, and Ivan Gedz of Union Local 613, joined the lawsuit along with server Geoffrey Devaney. »

US has suffered more than 1m excess deaths during pandemic, CDC finds

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There have been more than 1m excess deaths in the US during the pandemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Excess deaths cuts through that, because it’s about reporting whether the total number of deaths is out of the ordinary.”.

The global number of excess deaths may be millions higher than the official count of Covid deaths. »