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Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody today as part of a widely-criticised deal between the two countries.

Credit Suisse pension research chief Amlan Roy just published a devastating analysis of the UK's population demographics. He concludes, in part, that the ageing population of the UK is making the economy unsustainable, absent of some major change in demographics.

Doctors and teachers working in immigration detention facilities could face up to two years in prison if they speak out against conditions in the centres or provide information to journalists, under sweeping new laws to gag whistleblowers.

There’s good news for tourists and other travelers who go to Mexico a lot, and who belong to the U.S. Global Entry Program: The Mexican feds have come up with a way for you to skirt those long, long lines snaking up to the immigration desks at big airports south of the border. It’s already up and running at three terminals: the airport serving Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the airport at Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) and at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport.

Cesar Vargas was born in Mexico, and he immigrated to the United States without documentation when he was 5. The 31-year-old graduated from City University of New York Law School in 2011 and then passed the bar, but when he applied to join the New York bar he was declined due to his immigration status.

The Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), Abdellah Boussouf, met Wednesday in Rabat, with a delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to discuss the Moroccan model of migration.

The twelfth Franco-Moroccan meeting of Heads of Government held in Paris May 28, 2015 under the joint chairmanship of Messrs. Manuel Valls and Abdelilah Benkiran announces new perspectives for the social rights’ issue that affect Moroccan pensioners residing in France.

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing chain because she wore a headscarf for religious reasons.

Dozens of asylum seekers whose boat became stranded off Indonesia's Rote Island are being transferred to immigration authorities, after they were reportedly turned away at sea by Australian authorities, Indonesian officials said.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) will be receiving from 2 to 5 June 2015, a delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a study mission, under the Support Programme for the National Strategy of Migration Management (SNGM) adopted by the government in June 2011.

Participants in the International Meeting on "Islam in Europe and the challenges of the living together" pleaded in Marrakesh for the renewal of Islamic religious discourse and its adaptation to the European context and to its new realities.

A grassroots network of young Americans just pioneered Twitter’s first “Immigrant Parents Appreciation Day,” prompting in one day over 8,000 tweets using the hashtag #WeAreSeeds to speak out against racism and share personal stories.

They left Libya in 25 boats, and were picked up by vessels and aircraft from several European countries

The leader of France's far right National Front party said on Sunday that a visit to Egypt to meet with the country's religious and political leaders had no effect on her views on Arab and Muslim immigration to France.

This might come as a shock, but far fewer people are sneaking into the country across our southern border now than at any time in recent memory.

Hundreds of African migrants living in a shantytown in northern Paris, women and children among them, have been told to leave their tent camp after authorities said they posed high risks of epidemic sicknesses spreading in the French capital.

WARSAW — Volodymyr Zelenyuk knew it was time to bolt when the pro-Russian separatists came to the carwash he owned in the eastern Ukrainian coal town of Antratsyt and demanded his help making and repairing weapons.

Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,‘‘ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her journey in 2002.

BANGKOK – Representatives from 17 countries and international organizations will meet in Bangkok on Friday to discuss Southeast Asia’s illegal immigrant crisis, as thousands remain stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal.

As Europe grapples with the stream of people risking their lives on the Mediterranean to reach its borders, Hungarian authorities have stood out for their especially virulent anti-immigration rhetoric.

Final adjustments to the port of Motril (Granada) are being made for the launch of the Transit operation 2015. The President of the Port Authority of Motril, Francisco Alvarez de la Chica, and Morocco consul in Almería, Sellam Berrada, held a meeting in the port of Motril to prepare the next operation Transit (June 15 to September 15) for Moroccan expats.

The Moroccan sociologist Mustapha Saha will present his new book "Haim Zafrani, thinker of Moroccan diversity" during a tribute that will be made next Sunday in Paris, to this tireless explorer of the Jewish-Arab memory, who died in 2004.

The Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and business migration, Anis Birou said Tuesday in Rabat, that 97 Moroccans resident in Yemen have been repatriated since May 11.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) is organizing a conference on "the Imam and the challenges of the European context" on 30 and 31 May 2015 in Marrakech. This conference marks the beginning of a series of meetings planned by the CCME on "Islam in Europe and the challenges of the living together."

European Union countries are to take in 40,000 asylum seekers who flee to Italy and Greece, under proposals from the EU executive in Brussels. It is seen as the first step in a plan to introduce new immigration quotas across the union.

LONDON — Nick Evlogimenos came from Greece to Britain three years ago and now wants to see limits on both illegal and legal immigration into the country he now calls home.

For decades, Canada has been considered an international leader in integrating newcomers. It’s a proud part of our national narrative. But new data shows this long-established wisdom may no longer hold true.

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a new immigration plan which aims to tackle the challenges of migrants seeking illegal entry into Europe.

Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,’’ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her 2002 journey.

One of the most troubling concerns for any democracy is the extent to which sub-populations of its citizenry "live in the shadows." Living in the shadows or social exclusion (i.e. lack of access to a state identification card, bank accounts and healthcare) is the process in which individuals are reluctant to fully engage in public life in order to avoid scrutiny because of their minority status (ethnicity, citizenship, religious beliefs and/or sexual orientation).

We examined Latino populations living in the shadows within the United States, and to the extent to which they may be avoiding public life because they do not want to be discriminated against due to their citizenship status, and/or the citizenship status of their loved ones. Our analyses rely upon the groundbreaking National Latino Health and Immigration Survey, a new survey sponsored by the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico and implemented by Latino Decisions. We recently showcased this dataset on a webinar for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital Network blog as well as a previous post here showcasing the content more focused on the Affordable Care Act.

The survey of 1,505 Latino adults was fielded from January 29 to March 12, 2015, and provides some of the most comprehensive data on Latinos' attitudes related to health care and immigration in the ACA era. Although there is tremendous depth to this study, we focus specifically on a selection of questions that address the notion of "living in the shadows."

Are Latinos Living in the Shadows?

The question that we wanted to pursue with this line of inquiry is essentially: How many Latinos are "living in the shadows," and among Latinos, who are most likely to be reluctant to step out of the shadows and fully engage in public life? To get an answer we started by simply asking: "Have you ever avoided the following activities because you don't want to be bothered or asked about your citizenship status?" We asked specifically about daily life activities like taking public transportation, renewing or applying for a driver's license, talking with teachers and school officials, reporting crime to police and visiting a doctor or clinic.

Results from the survey indicate that the majority of Latinos, 70 percent overall, are not concerned by inquiries about their immigration status. This figure makes sense, given that the majority of Latinos in our sample are U.S. citizens, and a majority of Latinos who are not U.S. citizens are lawful permanent residents. Nevertheless, we do find evidence that a substantial percentage of Latinos do report adjusting aspects of their day-to-day life because they do not want to be bothered or asked about their citizenship status. In fact, we learned that overall, about seven percent of Latino adults shy away from contact with educators, nine percent avoid taking public transportation, nine percent steer clear of visiting health care providers, and 13 percent pass on reporting crime to police.

One of the most important sources of variation in this battery is language use. We find that Spanish-dominant Latinos (58 percent of the sample) are more likely to avoid certain aspects of life due to fears of being harassed about their immigration status. More specifically, 15 percent of Spanish dominant Latinos responded that they avoided contact with educators, 19 percent avoided taking public transportation, 16 percent avoided going to a doctor, and 19 percent avoided reporting crime to the police because they did not want to be bothered or asked about their citizenship status. These results signal a deep-rooted problem in our society and should be of concern for public servants and health care service delivery personnel interested in eliminating social and health disparities.

What does immigration mean for Latino access to health care?

Given our emphasis on the health care industry, we unpack how our findings affect the community of stakeholders in health care. Looking at the average count of self-reported visits to health care providers, we find that those living in the shadows -- measured as having avoided at least one of the activities that we ask about -- systematically report fewer health care visits. And this contrast appears sharpest for Latinos who are 30-34 years old, precisely the age demographic most needed in the risk pool to make health insurance through the ACA affordable for everyone.

Another important component of this survey is that we are able to provide perspective on an important question: Does fear of being tracked by the government for immigration reasons impact Latino take-up of health insurance through the ACA marketplaces or exchanges? We know that privacy and sharing personal information was a concern raised by Latinos during the launch of the website. The administration addressed this very concern in March of 2014 in an interview on Univision, the Spanish language cable news network. In that interview, President Obama assured Latinos that the website, and the version in Spanish, is not to be used to collect information for immigration enforcement agencies, such as U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. To assess Latino reactions, we asked respondents which statement they agree with more:

1) "Personal information I provide to my doctor and health care providers is secure and kept private" or;

2) "Personal information I provide to my doctor and health care providers is sometimes shared and not always secure."

Approximately 24 percent of respondents stated that the personal information they provide their doctors and health care providers is sometimes shared and not always secure. However, if respondents personally knew someone that has been detained or deported (36 percent of the sample), this sentiment of feeling that your personal information is notsecure increases to 29 percent. Our interpretation of these results suggests that the externalities and consequences of immigration enforcement through mass deportations are spilling over to the health care arena and are undermining much of the hard work going into the administration's key domestic policy program.

One of the key lessons that we have gleaned from our investigation based on the 2015 National Latino Health and Immigration Survey is that Latinos may not view government as compartmentalized by policy area. Their lived experiences are much more complex. Latinos are simultaneously the targets of two of the largest bureaucracy developments in history: one charged with the provision of health care, the other for the purpose of enforcing immigration law.

There is already clear indication that health care practitioners are customizing their outreach and delivery systems to address the spill-over effects of immigration to health care provision. This is wise of physicians and nurses because the daily lives of many of their Latino clients are located at the confluence of the immigration and health policy streams. Whether policy makers and immigration enforcement officials modify their approach to take into account the collateral impact of their policies on the health of their fellow countrymen and women remains an open question.

For better or worse, the take-away from our study is that immigration policy is health policy, and health policy is immigration policy. This is directly in line with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new priority of establishing a culture of health, where health and well-being is thought of comprehensively. Our findings suggests the need for public servants (teachers, police officers, school administrators) and health care providers to better understand the role social stigma plays in pushing hard to reach populations in the shadows to better engage our collective concerted effort to reduce health disparities.

Source: The Huffington Post

Human rights activist Nawal Soufi, 26, born in Morocco and raised in the Sicilian city of Catania, coordinates support for migrants and refugees through a Facebook page. Migrants lost at sea contact her on the phone, as she speaks Syrian, asking for the help of coast guards.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) has received, Tuesday, May 26 at the Council headquarters, Moroccan historians and researchers in order to produce a book tracing back the Moroccan identity through the course of iconic historical figures of Morocco.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) hosted this Tuesday, May 26 at the Council headquarters, the Franco-Moroccan Circle Eugène Delacroix.

The Year of Morocco in Canada, which became an annual event, has managed to "radiate Morocco in its diversity" among Moroccan and Canadian communities, said Saturday night in Montreal, the Ambassador of the Kingdom in Ottawa Nouzha Chekrouni.

An Islamic center in the US southeastern state of Florida has opened a free health clinic to offer medical services for locally uninsured and needy people in the area.

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue.

One of Switzerland’s largest and most influential political parties says it may call for a national re-vote on an initiative to curb immigration.

Nationalist monks are behind new powers enabling authorities to ‘organise’ family planning among groups with high birth rates such as Rohingyas.

GENEVA: Hungary's survey of its citizens' views on immigration is "extremely biased" and "absolutely shocking" because of questions that suggest a link between migrants and terrorism, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

CANNES: A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, “Dheepan”, captured the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

The United Nations refugee agency welcomed today the commitment announced by the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to resolve the issue of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Southeast Asia.

Visitors pack up New Zealand (L) and Australian flags at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, which is the main event to commemorate Australian soldiers who died during the Gallipoli campaign, on the campaign's centenary on 25 April 2015 near Eceabat, Turkey.

It's been more than 60 years since Ellis Island closed as a station for inspecting and detaining immigrants. But you can still take a ferry from New York City and cross the Hudson River along the old routes, right to the dock outside a red brick building trimmed with limestone.

Following the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' (CHC) calls for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end the immigrant family detention program, national organizations have focused the concerns toward the White House.

Money transfers to Morocco by Moroccan expats continue to grow despite the ongoing economic crisis. The ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad has unveiled interesting figures: this year, the total amount transferred is close to 60 billion dirhams, an increase of 7.6% over the previous year.

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) received Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Council headquarters, the delegation Circle Eugène Delacroix (CED) comprised of Moroccan –French Mps for a working session on the living together. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, General Secretary of CCME.

Secretary-General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad, Mr. Abdullah Boussouf, received on Thursday, 21 May 2015 at the headquarters of the Council in Rabat, an Italian delegation made of representatives of a number of Italian Protestant churches.

 A prominent immigration activist has joined Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, bolstering the candidate’s early efforts to win Latino support just two weeks after she visited Las Vegas to call for a pathway to citizenship.

Lorella Praeli leaves a job as policy director for United We Dream, a Washington-based group with a broad national network that advocates for young immigrants.

France gave broad backing on Wednesday to an EU scheme to share out asylum-seekers among EU states to deal with a surge of migrants, after a week of ambiguity that reflected growing public opposition to immigration.

LONDON — Amid rising concern across Europe over immigration, Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a plan on Thursday that seeks to cut the numbers of migrants coming to Britain and make it harder for foreigners to work here illegally.

Wednesday evening, in Arlon, after a roundtable on the living together with representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and secular beliefs, the Association of Muslims of Arlon gave a check for 2,405 euros to Rabbi Jacob Jean-Claude to save the synagogue.

After nearly two years of training, I am finally ready to become a pilot for commercial flights " writes the young woman on her Facebook page while expressing her feelings of happiness for this achievement:." I feel very happy and blessed! ".

The Moroccan Association of unity and solidarity comes to see the day in Nouakchott, with the aim to establish a communication bridge between Moroccans living in Mauritania and strengthen ties between members of the community.

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) reached 8.64 billion dirhams at the end of April 2015, against 7.70 billion dirhams a year earlier, an increase of 12.2 pc, according to the Exchange Office.

The Ivorian delegation includes representatives from a number of Ivorian ministries that operate on the immigration issue who came on a working visit on Tuesday, May 19, to the council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME).

Islam in the United States, between the past and the present, is the theme of a conference organized this past Friday in Rabat, with the participation of Moroccan and American researchers.

BRUSSELS — European foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to use naval forces to intercept and disrupt ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa, a far more assertive attempt to combat the swelling migration crisis that has led to thousands of deaths at sea.

As illegal immigrants continue to seek legal status under President Obama's executive actions, the waiting list to enter the United States legally grows longer, as does the waiting time for those in the pipeline.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who started a state visit to Germany on Monday, said after meeting with German President Joachim Gauck, that to understand the attitudes of Estonia towards immigration quota, one must also take into account the Soviet-era mass immigration, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

As authorities grapple with the threat posed by Islamic State, there are calls from within the Muslim community to tighten Australia's immigration policies.

Several shelters are to open in Niger in an attempt to curb illegal migration to Europe, the French interior minister has said.

L’afflux des migrants vers l’Europe éveille des craintes chez certains Européens. Plusieurs citoyens ou représentants politiques affirment qu’il faut limiter cette migration, voire renvoyer les Africains dans leur pays d’origine. Pour certains Européens, les migrants prennent leurs emplois, abusent du système social et sont dangereux. Ces peurs sont-elles fondées ?

EU ministers are expected to back moves for a new naval force to intercept people smugglers before their boats reach European waters.

Overseas students are quickly becoming the new standard of immigration here in Canada, notes Instec International Student of Hamilton, Ontario. The opportunities that now exist for foreign students are likely to continue as visiting students become the country’s new immigrants.

The GOP wanted to talk differently about immigration in 2016. Instead they're trying to avoid talking about it at all

The already backlogged federal immigration courts have reportedly reached an all-time high with more than 445,000 pending cases.

Republicans continue voting against immigration efforts, despite party's efforts to appeal to Latinos

MIAMI - The number of Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States ballooned in early 2015, partly driven by uncertainty over the future of special immigration consideration for Cubans after the two countries announced efforts to improve ties.

Moroccan authorities said Tuesday that they had foiled a fresh bid at illegal immigration by 22 sub-Saharan Africans.

Prague - The Czech Republic wants to help refugees on the basis of sovereign government decisions, not of EU mechanisms, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said today, insisting on the Czech Republic's rejection of the compulsory quotas for the immigrants.

President Rafael Correa urged the entire international community to examine discriminatory immigration policies. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced Saturday that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will provide assistance to the thousands of Asian immigrants stranded off the coast of Thailand.

Lithuania must be ready to share the burden of immigration together with other European Union member states, Algirdas Butkevicius, Lithuania's prime minister, said on Thursday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a new set of "reforms" to its detention facilities on Wednesday for families and children (the ones they created to "respond" to influx of unaccompanied minors and women from Central America) as they wait for their immigration hearings.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has offered the Malaysian government support and expertise to help deal with the ongoing migrant humanitarian crisis in the region, while urging the country to pay particular attention to the plight of the Rohingyas.

More than 3,900 people -- including 1,650 illegal immigrants -- have been arrested in South Africa during a controversial police crackdown after April's deadly xenophobic violence, authorities said Sunday.

"We are satisfied that we have stabilised the situation and further loss of life has been prevented," a government statement said.

At a time when a growing number of French nationals join the lands of jihad, the Islamic scholar Rachid Benzine goes back to the social roots of the phenomenon. And the dangers of the current radical Salafism.

The Crans Montana Forum (CMF) will bring together next June in Brussels, the religious leaders of the world around the theme of world peace, announced the Swiss organization.

Jesse Klaver has succeeded to Bram van Ojik (60) as the head of the Green Party (GroenLinks). He has pulled off the impressive feat of being the youngest political leader ever elected in the Batavian kingdom.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), is launching a call for applications for 10 international fellowships at the University of Cagliari and the University of Sassari (5 scholarships each), for the upcoming academic year of 2015 -2016 in the framework of the "terra di mezzo Sardegna" program.

The terrible challenge of thousands of migrants endangering their lives to cross the Mediterranean has increasingly shaken the international community in recent years.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies at a Senate Appropriations hearing on the Obama administration's "Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters" in Washington, on July 10, 2014. Reuters/Yuri Gripas

An anticipated flood of illegal immigrant children crossing the U.S. southeastern border, similar to the surge of crossings seen last summer, has yet to materialize this year. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says unaccompanied children were crossing in 2015 at rates that are staggeringly lower than in 2014 and 2013, the Washington Times reported.

A huge influx of foreign workers is threatening the economy by holding down wages, the head of the Bank of England warned yesterday.

Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:31

Malaysia govt's migrant deluge woes

Putrajaya has been forced into overdrive as it prepares to cope with a sudden deluge of illegal immigrants, a situation Malaysia has not faced in a long time.

Terry Garcia plays with his son, Eli, 1, at the Festival Viva Mexico 2013 on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in advance of Mexican Independence Day at a former greyhound racetrack in Corpus Christi.

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement attempted on Wednesday to mitigate growing complaints over its detention of women and children. But critics of the policy, including House Democrats, weren't satisfied.

The institute "Maurice de Hond" has just published the results of a recent survey of the Dutch population. The question was: "Who do you want as the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands?".

New asylum data showing unequal distribution of asylum grants across European Union hands George Osborne, the Chancellor, new argument against Brussels

Hillary Clinton has spent her nascent campaign staking out positions to the left of where President Clinton stood on free trade, crime prevention and same-sex marriage. As of last week, we can add immigration reform to the list.

Pope Francis could wade into the American immigration debate during his visit to the U.S. in September, when he is expected to comment on a report on immigration detention centers by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The 44-page report released Monday called for the government’s immigration detention system to be dismantled, arguing that the facilities “undermine families and harm children.”

In a 3-to-2 vote, Los Angeles County supervisors voted to cancel a 2005 agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and release 12 deputies from duty.

 “UK Border” is the sign that greets passengers arriving at Heathrow. The airport is not on the border. It is in a west London suburb. But the wording carries a message: “You are approaching a barrier. Do not expect an easy time.”

Japan should fix its shrinking workforce by enabling women to work, before turning to the ‘Pandora’s box’ of immigration, the country’s minister for the empowerment of women said in an interview last week.

The legislative elections of May 7 allowed 13 Muslims including 8 women MPs to enter the British House of Commons, more than in 2010 where only 8 MPs were Muslim.

The plan, driven by Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, is “practically seen as a declaration of war”, senior EU official says

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions revealed two of west London's areas have some of the highest levels of immigration in the UK

WASHINGTON— Immigration activists are trying to use Hillary Rodham Clinton's stance on immigration to pressure President Barack Obama to do more for immigrants.

A proposal which would require all 28 members states of the EU to accept a mandatory quota of migrants has divided opinion, with experts warning it could provide a boost for anti-immigration parties across Europe.

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa is threatening the African National Congress' tenuous hold on power. The most recent wave of attacks has resulted in the deaths of at least seven African immigrants. Attacks on immigrant-owned shops across the country started in April in poorer townships around Durban and spread to other cities in the eastern provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Though this year's outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa has killed fewer than a similar surge in 2008, it is indicative of widely felt frustration in the face of an economic downturn.

LONDON — As Europe struggles to address a worsening migration crisis, the executive arm of the European Union is expected this week to submit a proposal to distribute migrants across the 28-member bloc, officials said on Monday, a plan that would encounter fierce resistance from some national governments.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 12:50

Cameron bares teeth over EU migration

The first days in office are challenging for any new government and this will certainly be a busy week for UK Prime Minister David Cameron - who, amongst other things, says he has already rolled up his sleeves to change the UK's relationship with Europe.

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