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First Minister of Scotland will fly to Belgium to discuss EU future

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REMAIN: Nicola Sturgeon wants her country to stay put in the European Union

REMAIN: Nicola Sturgeon wants her country to stay put in the European Union

Brussels bound

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Stugeon, revealed her objective was to not follow Westminster’s lead as Britain breaks from the bloc, stating she wants her country to remain in the Union.

She will travel to Brussels on 29th June to discuss the options for her country.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has said the meeting will not take place.

Sturgeon was set to meet European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, to press for continued inclusion with the EU for her country, which largely voted to remain during the June 23rd referendum.

Sturgeon will also set up a panel of financial, legal and diplomatic experts to advise her on her options of staying in Brussels.

The panel could include political grandees and former political foes like Jack McConnell and Jim Wallace.

But if Scotland gets the knockback from the EU – which traditionally demands members are fully independent – the country will be headed for a second referendum.

The First Minister addressed the Scottish Parliament in an emergency debate following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, where she revealed she is seeking a mandate to defend Scotland's interests.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland spoke clearly for Remain and I am determined that Scotland's voice will be heard."I want to be clear to parliament that whilst I believe that independence is the best option for Scotland - I don't think that will come as a surprise to anyone - it is not my starting point in these discussions.

“My starting point is to protect our relationship with the EU...During the independence referendum, we were told that staying in the UK meant we could benefit from having guaranteed access to the EU - that was a driving factor in many people's votes. That is no longer true.”

Following the Brexit vote, former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt tweeted on Friday: “It’s wrong that Scotland might be taken out of EU, when it voted to stay.

“Happy to discuss with Nicola Sturgeon next time she’s in Brussels.”

Opposition leaders said they would work with Sturgeon to keep Scotland in Europe.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “Leaving the EU is already sending shockwaves through the economy. As an internationalist and pro-European, I will do everything I can to find a way through this.

“I will not be a pawn in a new campaign for independence. However, I was given a guarantee from the First Minister that this was not the case and that she genuinely wanted this process to succeed.”

Rumbling power

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McLaren 570S Coupe Launch 2015 Portimao

McLaren 570S Coupe and 675LT fully loaded for adrenaline rush

McLaren is represented exclusively by Ginion Group in Belgium and Luxembourg

McLaren will showcase the Sports Series and Super Series at the 94th edition of the Brussels Motor Show, 12-24 January 2016.

McLaren Brussels will present examples of the 570S Coupé and the now sold-out 675LT Coupé. Both models were unveiled last year – in New York and Geneva respectively – and this will be the first time the two models have been displayed together at a European motor show.

The 570S Coupé is the first – and most powerful – model to be launched in the Sports Series, establishing the third and final model tier for McLaren. The all-new, mid-engine sports car brings McLaren race-derived technologies to the segment for the first time, while offering a greater focus on everyday usability and refinement.

The 570S Coupé features a highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine which generates 570PS (562bhp), accelerating from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 328 km/h (204mph). Prices for the McLaren Sports Series start from £122,000 in Belgium.

The 675LT Coupé is the most powerful, fastest and most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, and resurrects one of the most revered names in modern-day GT racing – the ‘Longtail’ Strictly limited to only 500 examples worldwide, it is now sold out.

The 675LT was developed with a clear focus: to deliver maximum performance, engagement and excitement. 100kg lighter, power of the newly-developed M838TL 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine is 675PS (666bhp) at 7,100rpm, with a torque figure of 700Nm (516 lb ft) at 5,500-6,500rpm.

From Bradford to Dunkirk

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CONVOY: The SKT Welfare team distributed goods to refugee camps in France and Belgium

CONVOY: The SKT Welfare team distributed goods to refugee camps in France and Belgium

Yorkshire convoy return from the Jungle

A convoy of ten fully-loaded vans set off from Bradford to France last weekend as 35 volunteers made the 300-mile journey over the English Channel to distribute aid to refugees.

The team, representing the SKT Welfare Charity, drove to the Grand-Synthe Refugee Camp in Dunkirk, where over 300 fleeing people are currently staying in cramped conditions.

Distributing food, clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and other essential items, the team met with Syrian and Iraqi refugees and witnessed the ‘shocking’ accommodation, some were living in.

Makeshift tents were propped up with cardboard boxes and pallets, whilst wind blew through the sheets.

With winter months coming up, the distribution team also delivered ‘winter warmer packs’ – including hats, gloves and warm clothing, to fight against the cold.

AID: The Little Brussels Camp was visited by the group on their three-day aid mission

AID: The Little Brussels Camp was visited by the group on their three-day aid mission

Food items were also delivered in Dunkirk to the Al-Salam Charity’s warehouse, where a French team of volunteers will cook and distribute the goods to two refugee camps in the region.

During the three-day trip, the SKT Welfare team also drove over to Brussels, Belgium, after hearing of further Syrian refugees who were in need of ‘urgent help’ in a separate camp.

Upon arrival at the Maximillian Park Refugee Camp, the team once again witnessed crowds in huge number with almost 1,000 refugees from middle-eastern and African countries.

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Once again, food, winter warmer and aid packs were handed out before the team visited the smaller ‘Little Castle Refugee Centre’ to complete their aid mission.

Worldwide figures suggest that the number of refugees currently stands at over 50million for the first time.

Syria, which has been at the centre of much news in recent years, has seen more than four-million refugees flee, with 12.8 million people still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside the country.