The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 18th, 2023 evening edition

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The proportion of Britons who say Brexit was a mistake hit a new record high this month, a survey from pollsters YouGov showed on Tuesday.

With few economic benefits to show for the June 2016 vote to leave the European Union, 57% of Britons said the decision to leave the European Union in 2016 was the wrong one, compared with 32% who thought it was correct.

More than half - 55% - said they would vote to remain in the EU, against 31% who said they would stay out, if the referendum were to be held again.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in May that Brexit is delivering benefits, citing his flagship policy of freeports and VAT cuts that he said would make beer and sanitary products cheaper.

Economists say freeports - special zones containing tax and customs reliefs and simplified trade regulations - are unlikely to boost Britain's economy but may have limited value as a regional development tool.

British business investment has barely grown since mid-2016, in contrast with other advanced economies.

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 British people showed 63% now regard Brexit as more of a failure than a success, compared with 12% who saw it as more of a success. »

Ukraine Parliament Votes 268 to 137 to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) has passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana through its first reading.

The measure received a 268 to 137 vote in the parliament.

The measure has been stalled in the parliament for around two years, but gained momentum earlier this year as Zelenksyy increased calls for medical marijuana legalization. »

Universal Pictures Prunes Trees Along Summer Picket Line Sidewalk

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Intentionally or not, the trees happen to run along the sidewalk where picketers are striking.

“Quick shoutout to the good people at @UniversalPics for trimming the trees that gave our picket line shade right before a 90+ degree week,” Stephens wrote.

“Whoever ‘trimmed’ those trees may have just killed a bunch of trees on city property, that weren’t theirs to trim,” Steven Burke, another user, said. »

Ron DeSantis event interrupted by protester with Pride flag

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A protester was escorted out after they unfurled a Pride flag during Florida governor Ron DeSantis's presidential campaign event in Tega Cay, South Carolina.

Mr DeSantis was addressing a gathering at the Philip T Glennon community center on Monday when an LGBT+ activist unfurled a Pride flag and reportedly began shouting slogans.

The activist, wearing a T-shirt with the pride flag printed on it, was promptly escorted out of the centre as they held the bundled flag high. »

Medvedev calls for attacks on Ukraine housing as revenge for Crimean Bridge

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He then called on the Russian military to blow up housing in Ukraine as revenge for the bridge incident.

In the early hours of July 17, explosions occurred on the Crimean Bridge, after which all traffic on the bridge was stopped.

This is the second case of explosions on the Crimean Bridge, which Russia uses to deploy armored vehicles and manpower to the front in southern Ukraine. »