Article 4FQ20 May close to abandoning Brexit bill amid growing cabinet backlash - live news

May close to abandoning Brexit bill amid growing cabinet backlash - live news

by
Andrew Sparrow
from World news | The Guardian on (#4FQ20)

Rolling coverage of the day’s political events as they happen as the UK votes in the European elections 2019 and pressure continues on Theresa May to resign

1.04pm BST

During an urgent question in the Commons earlier Caroline Dinenage, the care minister, apologised on behalf of the NHS for the abuse of people with learning disabilities and autism at the specialist hospital Whorlton Hall. The abuses were exposed in a harrowing report by an undercover reporter working for the BBC’s Panorama which has led to a police investigation, 16 staff being suspended and the hospital being closed.

Dinenage said:

On behalf of the health and care system, I am deeply sorry that this has happened.

Where it is essential that somebody has to be supported at distance from their home, we will make sure that those arrangements are supervised.

We won’t tolerate having people out of sight and out of mind. Where someone with a learning disability or an autistic person has to be an inpatient out of area, they will be now visited every six weeks if they are a child or every eight weeks if they are an adult.

12.47pm BST

There are a lot of reports on social media of EU nationals being denied a vote in today’s European elections.

EU nationals can vote in the UK in European elections. They have to register, like UK nationals. But they also have to fill in a form, known as the UC1 or EC6 form, saying they will only be voting in the UK, and not in other EU countries.

Related: Many EU citizens will be unable to vote in UK, campaigners warn

Just been to polling booth in London Tower Hamlets where two German nationals denied vote. They returned their UC1 form by hand on 2 May. I witnessed Kat phone the no she was given by officials and she was told the form was not processed until 16 May - 9 days after deadline.

EU citizens denied their legal right to vote because local council did not process their forms...man on phone told them they could no nothing about it

#deniedmyvote
EU citizens - please do contact me. I am doing story on this today and want to hear your stories. lisa.ocarroll@theguardian.com

Knew about UK expats being denied a vote today. https://t.co/qGgoDjQftR
But now hearing EU citizen are being turned away from polling stations & told 'vote in your own country' - if this has happened to you email us at info@remainunited.org as a breach of your rights@remainutd

Turned away from polling station this morning. Told I should vote in my EU member state. Called local council yesterday, they confirmed I could vote. Called again today. Apparently council had no time to send out forms to all EU residents. Nothing they can do now #DeniedMyVote

To clarify, I registered before the deadline. Have been here since 2005. Voted many times before. This is ‘my’ EU member state.

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