Public Policy Bulletin, 17 June 2019

Jun 17, 2019

Read about the public policy issues making headlines which include the first series of votes in the UK to elect a new Prime Minister and a warning from the EU that the UK must settle its bill even if it leaves without a deal. 

The race to be PM: Boris Johnson tops first round of votes

Boris Johnson topped the ballot in the first round of voting in the race to become Conservative Leader and therefore Prime Minister. In a vote last week, Mr Johnson received 114 of the total 313 votes, followed by the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 43 votes, Environment Minister Michael Gove on 37 and former Brexit Minister Dominic Raab who won 27 votes.

Mark Harper, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom have been eliminated from the contest.

The second round is scheduled for tomorrow (June 18) and further ballots will take place on Wednesday and Thursday until there are just two candidates remaining. A postal ballot among the Conservative Party membership will then take place to pick a leader and a new Prime Minister should be chosen by the end of July.

UK must settle its bills even if no Brexit deal says EU

The European Commission warned last week that the UK will have to pay its outstanding share of the EU budget even if it leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

In a statement confirming the EU’s Brexit preparedness remains fit for purpose, the Commission said it would not enter talks on the future trading relationship until the UK honours "the financial obligations the UK has made as a member state".

Research on the cost of disability in Ireland

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, announced this week that Indecon International Consultants has been commissioned by her Department to carry out research into the cost of disability in Ireland.  This follows a commitment made as part of Budget 2019 measures.  People with disabilities may incur additional costs for heating, equipment, medicines, care and transport and it’s hoped the study will enable a reform of disability services in Ireland.

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