20th June 2016

13 Reasons to Stay in Europe

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REASONS WHY BRITAIN’S FUTURE IS IN THE EU 1. Jobs Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs. 2. Exports & investment The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services). Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets. American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market. 3. Trade The EU negotiates trade agreements with the rest of the world. Outside the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone. While the EU is the world’s largest market, a UK outside the […]

EU referendum polls suggest Remain is taking back the lead after Brexit surge

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YouGov says it has detected a shift in opinion, with more undecided voters backing Remain The latest polls will be a boost to David Cameron and the Remain campaign Getty Images The first opinion polls on the EU referendum since the killing of the MP Jo Cox have suggested the ‘Remain’ campaign is pulling back into the lead. There has been widespread speculation that the Labour MP’s death could result in a shift in public opinion against the Leave campaign. On Saturday, an exclusive Comres poll for The Independent that was carried out either side of the killing suggested there may have been a swing in support towards the pro-EU camp. Of the 2,046 interviews carried out in the poll, 200 were done after the news of the attack emerged. READ MORE Will […]

Top bosses move to back Remain ahead of EU vote

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Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionPremier League boss Richard Scudamore says he believes the UK should remain in the EU Top bosses including Sir Richard Branson, the Premier League chair and car industry executives have backed Remain ahead of Thursday’s EU vote. Premier League chair Richard Scudamore said the 20 clubs in the top tier wanted to remain and that leaving would be “incongruous” in the context of the league’s commitment to “openness”. Meanwhile, Sir Richard warned a British exit from the EU would be “devastating” for the UK’s long-term prosperity. Vote Leave rejected the comments. Follow the latest updates with BBC EU referendum live Immigration target ‘impossible’ in EU Guide: All you need to know about […]

‘Brexit’ harmful to Tamils’ cause! says GTF spokesperson

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) hadn’t influenced voters of Sri Lankan origin in the run-up to the EU referendum to decide UK’s future in the organisation, the grouping’s spokesperson Suren Surendiran told The Island yesterday. Surendiran said that it would be the prerogative of each individual to vote for or against ‘Brexit’ on Thursday (June 23). Asked whether the GTF had covertly influenced voters, Surendiran said: “Like I always said, GTF is an organization solely about Tamils in Sri Lanka. All Tamils in the UK must use their democratic right of franchise to vote after assessing merits and demerits of leaving and staying in. GTF will not get involved in influencing each individual’s thinking in this regard.” Diaspora Tamils inaugurated GTF in February […]

Rs. 16.3 billion – the reward of obeying EU rules

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The lifting of the European Union (EU) ban on the export of fishing products from Sri Lanka will bring in about 100 million euros – Rs. 16.3 billion – in annual revenue, the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Christy Lal Fernando, said. Prior to the ban, the country had earned nearly 78 million euros in revenue from fish exports to the EU. Following the sanction, earnings had plummeted to 19 million euros. “Today we can earn approximately 100 million euros, primarily because the cost of fish is high and also because we can earn more from foreign exchange,” Mr. Perera said. His comments followed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s disclosure that the EU was satisfied with Sri Lanka’s improved compliance with international […]

Lankan ministers in London campaign against Brexit

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Sri Lanka’s two main ruling parties have joined the chorus of global voices urging British citizens to vote to remain in the European Union at next Thursday’s crucial referendum. As opinion polls indicate that British support for leaving the European Union has surged, Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando told the Sunday Times last night that several ministers and deputies who would be visiting Britain in the next few days on official matters would meet British citizens of Sri Lankan origin to urge them to vote to remain within the union. During visits to London last week, Mr. Fernando, Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva and former UNP MP Rosy Senanayake addressed Sri Lankans living in the UK, explaining the implications to Sri Lanka if […]

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Hang your heads in shame

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A day, we the people living on this planet, need to hang our collective heads in shame. For even as this editorial is being written, 65.3 million of our fellow-dwellers on this planet have been forced from their homes and forced to flee their cities and countries. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under 18 years of age.    According to statistics of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, one in every 122 humans is now a refugee, an internally displaced person, or seeking asylum.  It said the number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago. […]

SLGTI established at Kilinochchi with Euro 8.7 million funding from Germany

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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and German Ambassador Dr. Juergen Morhard addressing the media in Colombo. by Steve A. Morrell The Sri Lanka German Training Institute (SLGTI) will be opened at Kilinochchi July 18 with Euro 8.7 million funding from the Federal Republic of Germany. Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the establishment of the SLGTI is sequel to bilateral relations between the governments of Sri Lanka and Germany. This Training Institute will be opened by President Maithripala Sirisena. The war ended in 2009 resulting in the development of the North and East. The Kilinochchi Training Institute was clearly an area of integration and normalization to afford opportunities for young people who could be trained in skills subject to their aptitudes and interests, […]

Queen to honour young person from Sri Lanka next week

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Queen Elizabeth II will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London next week. As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, 28-year-old Nushelle De Silva, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, she will be representing Sri Lanka as she joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work. Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of […]