Im April 2018 waren nach einem angeblichen Angriff mit chemischen Waffen in der Stadt Douma die Leichen von rund 50 Zivilisten geborgen worden. Die USA, Großbritannien und Frankreich bombardierten bereits wenige Tage nach den Ereignissen – noch während der OPCW-Ermittlungen – Einrichtungen der Assad-Regierung und der syrischen Armee.
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Wann kaufen Russland, China, Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien dem Iran endlich das angereicherte Uran ab?
(05. Juli 2019)
Im Mai verhängten die U.S.A. Sanktionen auch gegen den Kauf von angereichertem Uran aus dem Iran. Zweck dieses zynischen Schachzugs war den Iran dazu zu zwingen das internationale Atomabkommen (J.C.P.O.A.) nicht mehr einhalten zu können, um ihm dann dessen Bruch vorzuwerfen, nachdem man es in Washington selbst gebrochen hatte (was von Anfang an durch einen Trick folgenlos möglich war).
Anstatt nun auf die in Washington erklärten einseitigen Sanktionen der Trump Administration zu pfeifen und dem Iran das angereicherte Uran einfach abzukaufen bzw gegen gebrauchsfähiges Uran für dessen Atomkraftwerke einzutauschen – wie es das Atomabkommen vorsieht – tun nun die Regierungen in Moskau, Peking, Paris, Berlin und London wie üblich wieder einmal nichts, sitzen rum und erzählen Dreck daher.
Brexiteers almost lost everything — now they have almost won everything
It is hard to underestimate how close this country came to throwing away the 2016 referendum result. As deadline after deadline was missed, those who lost the referendum received more and more concessions. From European Court of Justice oversight to commitments to remain chained to the EU’s failed economic model – a virtual colony trapped within the Brussels regulatory orbit. On this side of the Channel, Brexiteers were confronted daily by the scheming of a thoroughly rotten Parliament abetted by a partisan speaker and activist legal establishment.
It is from this context that we must view today.
The REAL reason Boris Johnson is so fearful of ditching two-metre rule: Doom-monger advisers led by grim private polls, and the terror of being blamed for a new spike are paralysing the PM, write ANDREW PIERCE and RICHARD KAY
If Boris is to rediscover the vim and vigour that brought him into Downing Street then the role of the new committee examining the distancing rule is crucial. It is being chaired by a civil servant, Simon Case, the new permanent secretary at No 10, who until a month ago was working for Prince William.
A former private secretary to both David Cameron and Theresa May and a one-time director of strategy at GCHQ, Mr Case was brought in to coordinate the Government’s pandemic response – a sure sign that it had not been working well.
The Cambridge-educated mandarin is used to the trickiest of political problems.
Tony Blair lobbied EU for Brexit delay as he led new referendum calls
Tony Blair personally urged the EU’s chief negotiator to delay Brexit beyond March 29 as Theresa May was insisting to European leaders that she wanted the UK to leave on time, The Telegraph can disclose.
The former prime minister held a private meeting with Michel Barnier in February in which he declared that an extension of the Article 50 notice period would „provide the time required“ for „clarifying“ the type of relationship Britain wanted with the EU.
Olly Robbins, the EU’s chief negotiator, has not only been granted a knighthood by May, he’s just taken a job with Goldman Sachs – who bankrolled the Remain campaign. Maybe May just hopes he’ll keep his mouth shut.
Theresa May leads fight to reinstate Remainer rebels as she emerges as the leading critic of Boris Johnson’s ‚brutal‘ decision to purge 21 Tories
Mrs May has raised the issue directly with Party chairman James Cleverly and Chief Whip Mark Spencer on behalf of the group that includes former Chancellor Philip Hammond, ex-Justice Secretary David Gauke and Tory grandee Ken Clarke.
She approached Mr Cleverly behind the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening to raise concerns about the legality of blocking any of the rebels from being candidates at the next Election.
Brexit votes result: Bid to resurrect Theresa May’s deal passes by default
Moments before the vote on Wednesday night, Stephen Kinnock asked MPs to vote on his amendment, which would create a vote on Mrs May’s long-dead deal.
Then, in bizarre scenes, the Labour MP’s amendment was approved automatically because nobody from the government volunteered to count the ’no‘ votes.
This means that due to a technicality, the amendment is now part of the Bill and will become law if it is passed by the House of Lords.
Billions of pounds worth of weapons have been licensed by the UK to Saudi Arabia since start of Yemen war
Government figures show that export licences worth £6.2bn have been granted to members of the Saudi-led coalition in the four years since the conflict began in March 2015.
The figure includes £5.3bn to Saudi Arabia, £657m to United Arab Emirates, £85m to Egypt, £72m to Bahrain, £40m to Kuwait and £142m to Qatar before it withdrew from the coalition in 2017.
Die-hard Remainer Philip Hammond’s camp is blamed for leaking Project Fear 2.0 dossier as its predictions of No Deal Brexit chaos on October 31 are dismissed as ’not believable‘ and ’scaremongering‘
Former Tory former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson claimed the leak of documents on ‚Operation Yellowhammer‘ was an example of the ‚establishment‘ plot to ’sow fear in people’s minds‘.
In a joint statement, they said: ‚This Operation Yellowhammer leak is the version of what the contingency executive put together. We remember attending a briefing on privy council terms which they said was not worst case but reasonable worst case. Theresa May had asked for this to be done. It was obviously Project Fear dressed up.
Queen ernennt Boris Johnson zum neuen Premierminister
Der Brexit-Hardliner Boris Johnson wurde am Mittwoch offiziell von Königin Elizabeth II. zum neuen Regierungschef Großbritanniens ernannt. Unmittelbar zuvor hatte Theresa May ihren Rücktritt bei der Queen eingereicht.
Well thank goodness she’s gone. Whatever the numerous failings of her successor, at least there can now be a change of approach on Brexit, rather than toeing Brussels‘ line
Theresa May’s final speech as PM
BORIS Johnson will be Britain’s next Prime Minister after defeating Jeremy Hunt in a landslide victory to be declared the new Tory leader.
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Deutschland in den Iran-Krieg? Gauland kriecht voran
„A.f.D.“-Vorsitzender folgt Trump-Regierung und noch amtierendem britischen Außenminister: Bundeswehr-Flotte soll in den Persischen Golf, zum „Tanker-Schutz“.
Good riddance to these anti-democrats
Philip Hammond and Alan Duncan are among the most duplicitous politicians in Britain today.
London schmiedet Marinebündnis gegen Iran
„Wir haben darüber schon in den vergangenen zwei Tagen konstruktive Gespräche mit einer ganzen Reihe von Ländern geführt. Und wir werden später in der Woche besprechen, wie das am besten auf die neuesten US-Vorschläge für diese Gegend abgestimmt werden kann.“
Strait of Hormuz incident: Foreign Secretary calls with French and German foreign ministers
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt discussed the incident with Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.
Ex-minister denied vote to test new British PM’s support: BBC
Ex-foreign office minister Alan Duncan quit his post on Monday to try to force an emergency vote testing parliament’s confidence in a new Conservative prime minister but the speaker John Bercow turned down the request, the BBC reported.
So long, and thanks for all the gifs
May leitet Dringlichkeitssitzung zu Tanker-Krise mit dem Iran
Im Konflikt mit dem Iran wegen der Beschlagnahmung eines britischen Tankers in der Straße von Hormus kommt das britische Krisenkabinett heute zu einer Dringlichkeitssitzung zusammen. Das Gremium werde unter dem Vorsitz von Premierministerin Theresa May über die „Wahrung der Sicherheit für die Schifffahrt im Persischen Golf“ beraten, teilte Mays Büro gestern Abend in London mit.
„Collective violence, such as torturing a publisher for journalism, requires more than persecuting authorities, mobbing states and media smear campaigns to survive… Atrocity does not take place without passive, complacent, compliant bystanders“
Netanyahu accuses Europeans of appeasing Iran like they did Germany in the ’30s
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for its scaling back of parts of its nuclear program until 2025.
The United States, which under former President Barack Obama was the driving force behind the deal, pulled out last year under President Donald Trump and snapped back sanctions on Iran and third parties that do business with the Islamic Republit.
The Guardian view on Britain and Iran: a game for losers
he risk is that the president may be goaded into a war by those around him, particularly if things go wrong on the ground – and that Britain will be dragged in by a White House-appeasing prime minister.
Meanwhile the slow slog of diplomacy continues, with European foreign ministers due to meet again on Monday. The EU says that more members, and non-member states too, are buying into the Instex barter-style system created to enable trade. But it still needs proper funding.
UK, France, Germany call for dialogue with Iran
Ahead of the foreign affairs council on Monday 15 July, the foreign ministers of the UK, France, and Germany issued a joint statement calling for dialogue between all parties involved.
Gemeinsame Erklärung der Staats- und Regierungschefs Frankreichs, Deutschlands und des Vereinigten Königreichs
Wir, die Staats- und Regierungschefs Deutschlands, Frankreichs und des Vereinigten Königreichs, erinnern – geeint durch gemeinsame Sicherheitsinteressen, insbesondere die Aufrechterhaltung des Nichtverbreitungsregimes – an unser fortgesetztes Bekenntnis zur Wiener Nuklearvereinbarung (JCPoA), die vor vier Jahren, am 14. Juli 2015, mit Iran geschlossen wurde.
Iran tanker row: UK to send second warship to the Gulf
HMS Duncan is currently in the Mediterranean and is expected to join HMS Montrose in the region next week.
Iran fordert von Großbritannien Freigabe von Tanker
Die USA verzichteten Insidern zufolge indes vorerst auf Sanktionen gegen den iranischen Außenminister Mohammed Dschawad Sarif. Was genau die US-Regierung zu dem Schritt bewogen hat, sagten die beiden mit dem Vorgang vertrauten Personen nicht.
Jeremy Hunt promises more spending on the Royal Navy to boost ‚hard power‘ in response to Iran crisis
Jeremy Hunt has said the Royal Navy has been “run down too much” as he cited a skirmish between Britain and Iran in the Persian Gulf as proof that more warships are needed.
The Foreign Secretary said the “deeply troubling” events in the Middle East showed that the Navy must be “expanded to meet the threats we face”.
Brexit: Furious Tory insider accuses Theresa May of letting parliament lay ‘elephant traps’ for Boris Johnson
Speaking to The Independent on condition of anonymity, the government insider said there was frustration in Conservative ranks that Downing Street was allowing opponents of Brexit opportunities to tie the future prime minister’s hands.
Johnson under fire as Kim Darroch quits as UK ambassador to US
After the ambassador submitted his resignation, explaining that he felt that speculation over his future was “making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like”, Johnson faced sharp criticism over his role in the affair, with one minister accusing him of throwing the ambassador “under the bus”.
And in language that will be viewed as an implicit criticism of Johnson’s failure to back Darroch, Theresa May told MPs: “I hope the house will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles, particularly when they are under pressure.”
Noam Chomsky on the US attempt to extradite Assange: „But why should the United States have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world? I mean, it’s an outlandish situation. It goes on all the time. We never even notice it.“
Iran risks UK following US in pulling out of Iran nuclear deal warns Jeremy Hunt
The Tory leadership hopeful made the announcement after Tehran said it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 agreement with major powers. The Foreign Secretary told Sky News that Britain still supported the pact. He added: “We want to preserve that deal because we don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons but if Iran breaks that deal then we are out of it as well.”
EXCL Theresa May defied Tory MPs to launch ‚legacy spending spree‘
They include high-profile pledges on mental health support, as well as a vow to slash carbon emissions in the UK to net-zero by 2050 – despite a warning from Philip Hammond that it will cost £1trillion.
The Chancellor is also fiercely resisting Mrs May’s plan to boost education spending by a staggering £27bn.
A remarkable lack of debate around today as to whether the UK shld join or support the US in airstrikes in Iran – which although they were postponed last night may well come v soon. Doesn’t that seem like something UK politics shld hv a view on?
Mark Carney’s replacement must be a Brexiteer
On another level, however, it is completely crackers. The problem only arises because the Chancellor is looking in the familiar pool of Davos-friendly technocrats. In the FT, the names tipped are drearily familiar. The head of the Financial Conduct Authority. A former chief economist of the IMF. One of the career staffers, or maybe a Professor from somewhere or other. From that perspective, Brexit is a problem to be managed. Sterling will crash, investment will dry up, wages will rise, and exports will collapse. The Bank will be muddling its way through one disaster after another.
But surely the Chancellor could just appoint a Brexiteer?
Wanted for espionage – the hunt for Wikileaks
Panorama decided to take one day in the long and complicated saga of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and to dissect it. It’s April 11, 2019, the day when he was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested by the UK police. What happened that day? How did the UK government respond? Why don’t we know there were other people connected to Wikileaks who found themselves in trouble with the law that day? And what does April 11, 2019 tell us about the Assange saga?
Wikileaks: Rachefeldzug der US-Regierung?
„Es ist an der Zeit, Wikileaks als das zu benennen, was es wirklich ist: Ein nicht-staatlicher, feindlicher Geheimdienst“, sagte der heutige US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo über die Enthüllungs-Plattform bei einer Rede als CIA-Direktor 2017. Entsprechend behandeln die USA Assange nun nach seiner Festnahme in London. Sie werfen ihm vor, geheime Informationen erhalten und verbreitet zu haben. Und sie klagen ihn deshalb nach dem Spionage-Gesetz („Espionage Act“) an, das Strafen bis hin zur Todesstrafe vorsieht.
Entscheidung in Großbritannien: Regierung für Auslieferung Assanges
Er wolle „stets Gerechtigkeit“, und es liege ein „legitimes Auslieferungsgesuch“ vor, sagte der zuständige Innenminister Sajid Javid im BBC-Radio. Die Entscheidung liege jetzt bei Gericht, das sich am Freitag wieder mit dem Fall beschäftigen werde.
Grundsätzlich gilt in solchen Fällen, dass der Innenminister ein gültiges Auslieferungsgesuch unterzeichnen muss, wenn die entsprechenden Kriterien erfüllt sind.
USA beantragen Assanges Auslieferung
Die USA haben in Großbritannien ein formelles Auslieferungsgesuch für Julian Assange beantragt. Dem Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks würden von Washington unter anderem Verstöße gegen Spionagegesetze vorgeworfen, teilte das Londoner Innenministerium am Dienstag mit. Noch diese Woche wollen die USA Beweise gegen ihn vorlegen.
“Someone should call Obama up. The Obama Administration spied on a rival presidential campaign using Federal Agencies. I mean, that seems like a headline to me?” @TuckerCarlson It will all start coming out, and the Witch Hunt will end. Presidential Harassment!
Phil Mudd: „Clock Ticking“ For Democrats Before Barr Finds Out How Trump Probe Started
Retired CIA operative and CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd talks about British national Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Steele dossier, deciding to talk with U.S. officials about his part in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Mudd predicts things are going to get „ugly“ when Attorney General Bill Barr concludes how the probe was initiated which will give the Trump White House „ammo.“
Theresa May formally resigns as Conservative leader, triggering race for Number 10
The Prime Minister handed her resignation letter to Charles Walker and Dame Cheryl Gillan, the acting chairs of the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, this afternoon.
It means Mrs May is now the acting leader of the Conservative party, under Electoral Commission rules, and remains as Prime Minister until a replacement is found.
AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else
Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.
But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.
The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …
Theresa May steps down as Conservative Party leader on 7 June, but not as prime minister
Theresa May steps down as Conservative Party leader on 7 June, but not as prime minister.
She will carry on governing the country and fulfilling her official duties until a successor is chosen.
Report: Christopher Steele agrees to be questioned by US officials over his relationship with FBI
A source close to Steele told The Times he will meet with investigators in London in the coming weeks. Republicans have long alleged it was Steele’s dossier that improperly led to an FBI inquiry, which ultimately morphed into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump and campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
Golden showers dossier author Christopher Steele WILL speak to U.S. authorities investigating how claims Trump colluded with Russia began
– The former British intelligence officer authored what became known as the golden showers dossier
– Congressional investigators sought to interview him without success
– He will meet with unidentified U.S. investigators, a source close to him told the Times of London
– Attorney General Bill Barr ordered a new investigation of the origins of the Russia probe
– The Mueller report did not confirm salacious claims from the dossier
– The report did include a footnote about a Georgian businessman who told Michael Cohen he had ’stopped flow‘ of ’some tapes‘
Trump praises ‚extraordinary‘ US-UK alliance on state visit
US President Donald Trump said the US and UK have the „greatest alliance the world has ever known“ in a news conference with Theresa May.
The prime minister said they had a „great relationship“ that they should „build on“.
House Intelligence chair to spy agencies: Tell us what Barr asks for
„This approach threatens national security by subverting longstanding rules and practices that obligate you and other heads of [intelligence community] agencies to safeguard sources and methods and prevent the politicization of intelligence and law enforcement,“ Schiff wrote in the letter to Coats, which was also sent to the heads of the CIA, NSA and FBI.
Barr Doubts Intelligence Accounts of Trump-Russia Probe’s Origin
Attorney General William Barr said he’s not satisfied so far with official accounts justifying the counterintelligence investigation into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was involved in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“These counterintelligence activities that were directed at the Trump campaign, were not done in the normal course and not through the normal procedures as a far as I can tell,” Barr told “CBS This Morning” in an interview broadcast Friday.
Barr has not received ’satisfactory‘ answers from intelligence community in Russia probe origins review
Last month, Barr announced he had assembled a team to review the FBI’s original Russia probe which was opened in the summer of 2016. Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to lead the investigation which will focus on the use of FBI informants as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.
But Barr, in an interview with CBS News that aired Friday, said he has more questions than answers at this point in the probe.
Will the White House’s bullying of Europe over Iran work?
Those European efforts have centered on the creation of a payment channel with Iran, which in theory could allow European companies to keep trading with the country despite U.S. sanctions. The Paris-based Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) was formally registered by Britain, France and Germany more than three months ago and is expected to operate essentially like a clearinghouse for credit points.
Threatening Europe Over INSTEX Is Insane
That confirms a few things that we already suspected. First, it tells us that the U.S. is determined to cut off all legitimate trade with Iran, including trade in supposedly exempted humanitarian goods. They are actively working to cause the Iranian people as much misery as they can. Second, it tells us that the administration is willing to wreck its relations with some of its closest European allies to pursue their economic war against the Iranian people. U.S. interests and longstanding relationships with important allies are being sacrificed for the sake of a vindictive and outrageous policy of collective punishment against a population of more than eighty million people.
„Finally, he said that the EU countries’ special purpose vehicle – INSTEX, a mechanism designed to circumvent US sanctions on Iran – has been nearly useless to date“. @Jerusalem_Post
U.S. Warns Europe That Its Iran Workaround Could Face Sanctions
Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, signaled in a May 7 letter obtained by Bloomberg that Instex, the European vehicle to sustain trade with Tehran, and anyone associated with it could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect.
Trump team threaten Europe with sanctions over Instex
Donald Trump’s staff have threatened sanctions against the financial body created by Germany, the UK and France to preserve trade with Iran in defiance of US trade barriers.
Sigal Mandelker of the US Treasury Department threatened Instex – the European body established to sustain trade with Iran – and anyone associated with it with exclusion from the US financial system.
US intelligence partners wary of Barr’s Russia review
Key allies who share intelligence with the United States could soon be dragged into the middle of Attorney General Bill Barr’s politically-charged Justice Department review of how the Russia investigation began.
President Donald Trump has said he wants Barr to look into the role key intelligence partners, including the United Kingdom and Australia, played in the origins of Russia probe.
‚There’s a deep pit in Hell reserved for you, Michael! Boris Johnson allies react with fury as Gove stabs ex-mayor in the back saying he is not up to being PM – and insists HE should get the job instead
– Boris Johnson abandons ambitions of becoming PM after Michael Gove drops him and launches own campaign
– Justice Secretary says Johnson was not up to job and questions if his ‚heart and soul‘ were in pushing through Brexit
– Boris aide said to have vented anger at Gove in expletive-laden text accusing him of plotting to win keys to No10
– Furious Conservative MP Jake Berry says on Twitter that there is a ‚very deep pit reserved in Hell‘ for Gove
– Alliance between Leave campaigners ripped up as Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom enters Tory contest
– Home Secretary Theresa May installed as favourite after delivering bravura performance at her launch
May and Corbyn are now the most unpopular PM and opposition leader duo of all time
Their combined approval rating is now at a disastrous -96 according to the latest figures from Ipsos MORI from earlier this month. A Telegraph analysis has shown that this is the lowest combined score ever recorded by the pollster, well clear of the -89 posted by Margaret Thatcher and Michael Foot in December of 1981.
May Says It’s Best For UK To Leave EU With A Deal
As she was arriving for talks with the 28 other EU leaders in Brussels, May told journalist, “The best option for the UK is to leave the EU with a deal.” May is scheduled to meet with EU leaders to name five people to hold the European Union’s top jobs for the next five years.
Informal dinner of Heads of State or Government – May 2019: Arrival and doorstep May (UK)
Arrival and doorstep by Theresa MAY, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the Informal Dinner of Heads of State or Government, taking place on 28 May 2019, in Brussels.
Boris Johnson’s allies accuse Michael Gove of ’systematic and calculated plot‘ to destroy his leadership hopes
Until Wednesday night, Mr Johnson had appeared the firm favourite to take over from David Cameron as Tory leader, and therefore prime minister. But shortly after 9am on Thursday, he learnt that he was the victim of the most spectacular political assassination in a generation.
Michael Gove delivered the biggest blow to Boris Johnson’s career yet
Michael Gove’s sensational entry to the Tory leadership race has electrified a contest that had hitherto been proceeding predictably enough towards a final round between Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The justice secretary’s statement tore up the script and, extraordinarily, persuaded the former London mayor not to run.
Theresa May Will Remain An MP
The question now is whether she will stick around like Ted Heath or move on at the time of a General Election like Margaret Thatcher.
Theresa May was harder to get out than chewing gum
Has she really gone? Are we quite sure she’s gone? Can someone please check behind the sofa, just in case?
Apologising to her loyal staff who told her not to be sorry: Minute by fateful minute, this is what the cameras DIDN’T see on Mrs May’s darkest day
Sources on the backbench 1922 Committee had let it be known in advance that Sir Graham was arriving armed with an envelope containing the results of a secret ballot of senior Tories authorising him to trigger an immediate confidence vote in Mrs May’s leadership if she refused to step aside.
He did not need it.
Watch Theresa May’s resignation speech in full
Watched by husband Philip and her closest aides, she said: „It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort.
Full text: Theresa May’s resignation speech
I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week. I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded.
Theresa May kündigt Rücktritt an
Die britische Premierministerin wird ihr Amt als Parteichefin am 7. Juni abgeben.
3. Likely date for start of contest 10th June, so May still in place fully for Trump visit, then ministers hope contest for next PM can be wrapped up by end of July
MAY CLINGS ON: Theresa May to lay out a timetable to quit within weeks in last-ditch bid to pass Brexit deal
(Updated: 24th May 2019, 2:35 am)
In a last-ditch bid to buy more time for her Brexit deal, the PM is set to refuse spiralling Brexiteer demands to quit immediately despite losing much of her Cabinet’s support, allies say.
Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies
The move marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to „investigate the investigators,“ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe
President Trump has granted Attorney General William P. Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr’s audit of the investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.
BREAKING: Trump Approves Declassification of Documents Related to 2016 Election Spying
The declassification of documents applies to the Department of State, Treasury, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, CIA and the Director of National Intelligence.
Theresa May will address the nation TODAY after disastrous Euro election to pledge Britain will have a new PM by summer – but she wants to DELAY Tory leadership vote for Trump’s state visit
– Mrs May will begin the day with a meeting with the Tories‘ backbench 1922 shop steward Sir Graham Brady
– She is then expected to address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she is leaving ‚the job I love‘
Theresa May halts vote on new Brexit deal as her leadership enters ‚death spiral‘
Theresa May caved in to her Cabinet today by dramatically halting her Brexit withdrawal Bill in a move that heightened expectations she will resign as Tory leader tomorrow.
Tories urge Philip May to make the PM accept ‚reality‘ and QUIT after she humiliatingly PULLS her hated Brexit Bill – as the party faces disaster in EU elections today
MPs have been told the legislation will not now be published tomorrow and the second reading will not take place in the first week of June – despite Mrs May previously laying out the timetable.
The humiliating retreat is the clearest sign yet that Mrs May’s time in power is drawing to a close, after fury at her compromise offer for the Commons to vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum.
If May isn’t on her way out by the end of today, don’t back her in tomorrow’s European elections
The Tory leadership knows this as well as you or I do, and is so embarrassed by it that it has scarcely campaigned. The Party’s website front page bears no reference to tomorrow’s poll. Its Twitter feed is so embarrassed that it has put up plugs for the cause only over the last 24 hours. At least one campaigning leaflet doesn’t mention Brexit at all.
A single photo sums the situation up – of a despondent May leaving the stage, at a campaign launch with no audience present and a single journalist reporting, while Ashley Fox winces in the background and three cheerless other candidates fail to raise a single smile between them. It is the photographic equivalent of clinical depression.
Executive of 1922 has made no decision. Paralysis. I wonder if there should be a vote of No Confidence in the 1922 Executive? Colleagues are growing impatient.
‚The sofa’s up against the door‘: Tory MPs count the hours until May quits as she ‚barricades‘ herself in Downing Street after Leadsom resigns on eve of today’s Euro elections that will see the party wiped out
However sources said meetings with senior ministers were postponed because Mrs May was having her regular audience with the Queen, who she was expected to brief on her intentions.
Brexit news latest: Theresa May clings onto power after 1922 Committee meeting
Theresa May is still clinging onto power after the executive of the 1922 Committee failed to agree a rule change which would allow a fresh bid to oust her.
It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government.
Theresa May faces pressure after Andrea Leadsom resigns
Theresa May is continuing to face pressure from her own MPs to resign after one of her senior ministers quit the cabinet.
The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down on Wednesday night over the PM’s Brexit policy.
Weiterer Rücktritt im Brexit-Chaos
Leadsom nahm als „Leader of the House of Commons“ eine zentrale Rolle im britischen Kabinett ein. Die Brexit-Befürworterin war nach dem Votum der Briten für den EU-Austritt 2016 und dem Rücktritt von David Cameron als Regierungschef zunächst gegen May angetreten, hatte sich dann aber aus dem Rennen zurückgezogen.
Theresa May looks like she’s trying to tough it out. 1. @Steven_Swinford reportings she’s refusing to see ministers tonight. 2. Tomorrow EU elex polling day mean broadcasters cannot report politics, scuppering momentum. 3. Then it’s recess until June 4. #JapaneseknotweedPM
Rumours – unconfirmed, but also not denied – that the PM is planning a statement from Downing Street tonight
‚She needs to go‘: Now May’s Cabinet ministers line up to face the PM in private meetings as MPs demand she quit TODAY amid fury at disastrous Brexit Bill second referendum promise
– Theresa May’s plan to bring forward new Brexit Bill is in tatters after repeated attempts to woo Labour MPs
– Her chances of getting the deal through are fading as Tories voice opposition with 65-plus set to rebel
– Michael Gove has refused to guarantee that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would come to the Commons
– Tory 1922 committee is meeting at 4pm – after PM faces Commons – with members pledging to topple her
Brexit latest news: Theresa May faces full-scale revolt as Tory MPs call on 1922 Committee to pave way for fresh confidence vote
Theresa May’s premiership is on the brink amid a full-scale revolt over her new Brexit deal, with Tory MPs calling for a change in the party rules to facilitate a leadership challenge.
END GAME: Cabinet abandons isolated Theresa May as Brexiteers plot to kick her out TODAY
As Mrs May faces her final battle:
– Tory grandees threaten to change party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
– Fed-up backbenchers said she should go now and leave Brexit to her successor
– The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU
– Even Mrs May’s most loyal MPs said she should scrap the planned vote on her deal
Brexit latest: Cabinet ministers meet to plot call for Theresa May’s resignation
Environment Secretary Michael Gove gave an apparent hint that a big Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, due in the week of June 3, should be pulled.
Sources said several Cabinet ministers agreed with him that the vital Bill should be kept back for a new Tory leader to manage.
Brexit: No 10 plans to stand firm as PM’s future unclear
A long-standing – but not usually a very public – critic likened me to a spectator at the guillotine as I stalked the commons corridors.
I asked him when he felt the political blade would fall on Theresa May’s premiership.
With a smile, he said: „Soon – very soon.“
3. But senior govt figure tonight absolutely adamant vote on the bill will happen, suggesting some Labour MPs are privately making positive noises
May now offering MPs second referendum if they vote for her colony agreement. This government is just beyond shameless. This whole stitch up really is deplorable to watch unfold and will only increase resentment and alienation among leave voters #brexit
!!!!!!! How to Not deliver Brexit! Farcical.
I supported the PM’s rotten deal last time as I felt we could then draw a line and select a new PM to pick up the pieces. But I cannot support this convoluted mess. That it takes us towards a rigged referendum between her deal and no Brexit is just grotesque. The PM must go.
Total betrayal of the British people. If the parliamentary Tory Party does not remove her now I think the Tories are headed for Canada-style wipeout.
You could almost hear MPs headbutt the wall in anger: HENRY DEEDES sees the PM deliver an emotional plea
I fear we are in for a long, hot summer.
ULTIMAYTE BETRAYAL: Theresa May faces new coup after gamble to force deal through by offering second referendum backfired
Senior Tory backbenchers will now try to force a confidence vote in the PM when the party’s grandees meet at 4pm on Wednesday.
Brexiteer Nigel Evans said: “She has U-turned on absolutely everything. We cannot put up with this any longer.
Theresa May Backs Vote on Second Referendum
Theresa May has committed to ‘ten commandments’ as part of the new offer she is putting before Parliament in one final attempt to pass her Withdrawal Agreement. They include a vote on a second referendum. Read them here:
If May paves way for 2nd referendum the Brexit Party goes over 40%.
The pound surged on news that Theresa May is set to offer British MPs a vote on a second Brexit referendum
Brexit bill: Cabinet backs PM’s Brexit compromises offer
The cabinet has agreed Theresa May’s plan for her Withdrawal Agreement Bill, including compromises intended to attract the support of Labour MPs.
DOOMED FOR DEFEAT: Cabinet Ministers set to urge Theresa May to scrap her final Brexit Vote
“We can’t just go on using up all the lifelines.”
Another Cabinet source said they couldn’t see the point of holding a vote on the Withdrawal Bill when Labour was against it, and several Tories who backed it in March were now opposed.
“It’s only going to stoke up more anger,” they said.
Theresa May’s ‚bold Brexit offer‘ is just a ‚retread‘ of old ideas, leaked document suggests
Theresa May’s final attempt to get a Brexit deal through Parliament appears doomed after a leaked document suggested it was nothing more than a “retread” of old ideas.
British spy chiefs were briefed about dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia that contained lewd allegations about the President and prostitutes – months before he even knew it existed
Mr Steele first approached British intelligence at the £1.7million home of Sir Charles Farr, the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, in Wimbledon, south-west London.
Mr Farr, who died in February at 59, was one of Mrs May’s top counter-terrorism advisors at the Home Office.
After leading MI6’s Russia desk, Mr Steele set up a private firm, and was hired by Fusion GPS, a US research company being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Theresa May’s spy chiefs were briefed on explosive Chistopher Steele dossier before Donald Trump
Theresa May’s spy chiefs were secretly briefed on an explosive dossier of claims about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia before the US president was made aware of its existence, The Telegraph can reveal.
The heads of MI5 and MI6 and one of Mrs May’s most trusted security advisers were told about former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s memos on the Trump campaign in the weeks after his November 2016 election victory.
Corbyn-Erklärung: Labour bricht Brexit-Gespräche ab
Der Chef oppositionellen Labour-Party, Jeremy Corbyn, hat der britischen Premierministerin Theresa May mitgeteilt, dass er die Gespräche über einen Kompromiss im Brexit-Streit für gescheitert hält. Wörtlich hieß es, die Gespräche sind „so weit gegangen wie es möglich ist“. Er glaube nicht, dass es mit der auch innerparteilich angeschlagenen Premierministerin May zu einer Einigung komme, so Corbyn.
Brexit talks collapse after six weeks leaving Government in disarray
Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour have collapsed, plunging the UK further into turmoil.
Julian Assange. In his own words: The Media, Propaganda and You.
** Today, Chelsea was not only put back in jail, but Judge Anthony Trenga ordered her to be fined $500 every day she is in custody after 30 days and $1,000 every day she is in custody after 60 days. This is unprecedented.
Ex-WikiLeaks-Informantin Manning wieder in Haft
Die Whistleblowerin hatte sich zuvor erneut geweigert, zum Fall von WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange auszusagen.
Brexit feels a lot like Groundhog Day…
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Theresa May resists calls to name date of departure but vows to discuss leadership election timetable after vote on Brexit deal
Mrs May will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, to set out a timetable for her departure after the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, he said today.
Tory so-called ‚rebels‘: all mouth and no trousers. Craven and pathetic.
Theresa May must quit to end ’national humiliation‘, says PM’s ex-adviser
„Every day wasted from here makes life harder for whoever leads Britain into the future.
„We need to end this national humiliation, deliver Brexit, and save the Tories. The prime minister, I am sorry to say, must do her duty and stand aside.“
Tories lose fifth of their voters to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in new poll blow for Theresa May
The exclusive Ipsos MORI survey for the Evening Standard revealed the Government’s ratings in freefall and the Conservatives’ vote share in a general election down 13 points in one month to a shocking low of 25 per cent.
PM’s Brexit negotiator jets into Brussels to thrash out a temporary Customs Union compromise
The pair will explore updating the trade blueprint to add a temporary Customs Union, which could be made permanent if Labour wins power in May 2022.
EU officials have given a warm welcome to the plan – so long as the UK signs off on the withdrawal pact including the backstop.
One told The Sun: “This should be workable. The EU never has made any problem about having time limits on a Customs Union.”
Brexit latest news: Theresa May to meet Jeremy Corbyn for talks despite objections from her Cabinet
After a marathon Cabinet meeting, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts but ..
„Wichtigster Journalist der Welt“ – Protest vor Gefängnis, in dem Assange festgehalten wird
„Der Grund, warum diese Maßnahmen ergriffen wurden, ist, dass er auf den Missbrauch der Staatsmacht, die Kriegsverbrechen, die im Irak begangen wurden, aufmerksam gemacht hat, und dafür sollten wir ihn verehren und ihn nicht so bestrafen und sanktionieren, wie es die britische Regierung jetzt versucht“, sagte das unabhängige Parlamentsmitglied Chris Williamson.
Wieder Ermittlungen gegen Assange
Demnach will Schweden beantragen, dass Assange ausgeliefert wird, nachdem er seine Haftstrafe in Großbritannien abgesessen habe.
#Unity4J ⌛️ Die SGP Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei veranstaltet am 18.5.19 um 11:00 Uhr eine Kundgebung zur Unterstützung von #JulianAssange vor der Britischen Botschaft in #Berlin Verteidigt die #Redefreiheit
Schweden: Staatsanwaltschaft gibt Entschluss im Fall Assange bekannt
Die schwedische Staatsanwaltschaft will am Montag bekanntgeben, ob sie die Voruntersuchungen zu Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen gegen Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange wiederaufnimmt.
So many calls/emails from .@labourleave supporters telling me they will not be voting .@UKLabour in the #EUElections2019 but will instead support @brexitparty_uk- Labour- we are losing our core vote fast- For god sake! Ignore the remoaners- They are at 2%!!! Leave voters count!
Tories must go with Boris Johnson if they want to survive or they’ll end up as dead as a dodo
Love him or loathe him — and the overwhelming majority of grassroots Tories adore him — Boris is their only possible champion.
Nobody else, whatever their merits, is even recognisable to the voting public.
They need to act fast. Nigel Farage yesterday predicted we are all in for a shock as his party mops up seats in the EU Parliament.
Enthüllt: Der Krieg der britischen Regierung gegen Assange und die Pressefreiheit
Wegen seiner Rolle bei der Aufdeckung von Kriegsverbrechen und Korruption der USA hat sich ein empörtes US-Establishment verschworen, Assange zum Schweigen zu bringen, Anklage gegen ihn zu erheben und seine Auslieferung zu fordern. Unterdessen brachte die britische Regierung riesige staatliche Ressourcen taktisch zum Einsatz, um Washington zu Diensten zu sein, wobei sie einer Agenda der Auslieferung und Verfolgung folgte. Auf diese Weise zeigte die Regierung, gemeinsam mit einem Großteil der politischen Klasse, nicht nur ihre Komplizenschaft mit dem, was als Krieg gegen Assange anerkannt ist, sondern auch mit dem Krieg gegen Journalisten, Verleger und Whistleblower und – was noch wichtiger ist – gegen die Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit.
Theresa May REFUSES to set a resignation date despite Tory demands ‚because she believes it will make passing her Brexit deal impossible‘
Setting a definite date could see the Prime Minister’s Brexiteer critics hold out for her departure, rather than backing her deal for the UK to leave the EU.
But chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers Sir Graham Brady is still insisting Mrs May sets a leaving date when she meets with his executive team next Thursday, the Sun reported.
Are we a sovereign nation, or merely Trump’s poodle?
Huawei was the pretext, but you couldn’t help but think that Iran was the primary motive for Mike Pompeo’s decidedly undiplomatic visit to London this week. The US Secretary of State’s public dressing down was for Britain one of the most humiliating episodes – and there have been plenty of them of late – I’ve seen in a long time, and can only really be excused in the context of the paralysing chaos into which British government has descended these past two years.
The Tory party is disintegrating, collective responsibility has broken down, yet Theresa May goes on
The few Tory MPs who claim to understand how she thinks believe that it has at last percolated through to her that, were she to walk out after the catastrophic local election results, she would merely compound the view of herself as one of the worst prime ministers in history. They think she feels that if she can get a deal to leave the European Union, however bad it might be and by whatever means, she might yet slough off some of her iniquity.
The Labour donkey is dead
Where I live, in West Yorkshire, everywhere I go – to work, to the shops, to the pub, speaking with neighbours and friends – people have never been more openly political and unafraid to air their opinions. Talk is of democracy and its denial by Westminster; of traitors and authoritarians. The kind of language that would once only be used by marginal, radical groups has become the new normal. Even the local papers, not known for their political coverage, echo the public’s disgust at the denial of the referendum vote.
Corbyn: Farage’s Brexit is a Brexit for Conspiracy Theorists
Brexit: Corbyn says second referendum could be ‚healing process‘ – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour’s Euro elections campaign
Defiant May will bring back Brexit vote BEFORE European elections in two weeks as she desperately tries to see off embarrassing defeat at hands of Nigel Farage – and cling on to her job
– Sir Graham Brady suggested she could introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – in the ’near future‘
– But some Tories believe the decision will see her caught in a trap if it fails to pass
– Tories fear a hammering at European elections at hands of the new Brexit Party
– Some officials believe they will get less than 10 per cent of the vote on May 23
George Osborne: Former chancellor urges cabinet to move against Theresa May
George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.
Graham Brady sums up the Conservative Party at this point in time, hopeless and weak no strength of character and Doomed to Failure.
Sir Graham Brady: ‚No public clarity‘ on Theresa May’s departure date
Sir Graham Brady has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that there is not yet „public clarity“ on when the prime minister will leave office.
Tory MP calls on Theresa May to quit at Prime Minister’s Questions
Theresa May has faced a direct call from a Conservative MP in the House of Commons to step down and hand over to a new Prime Minister.
Brexit-backing Andrea Jenkyns told Mrs May that she had “failed” in EU withdrawal negotiations and forfeited the trust of the public.
Sir Graham Brady and his 1922 Committee are getting to be a joke,
July is no good, there won’t be a Conservative Party that is resueable by then, the 1922 Committee are, in Thatchers words FRIT. Mrs May has to go NOW, tomorrow would not be soon enough!
Brexiteer compares Theresa May’s leadership to ‚DICTATORSHIP‘ in huge rant – ‚Time is UP‘
The Labour MP accused the Conservative Party rules of forcing a form of „dictatorship“ on Parliament as nothing can be done to oust the Prime Minister before the end of the year. Ms Hoey urged Theresa May to resign from her post as soon as possible in the best interest of the country and to help find a solution to the Brexit impasse.
UK WILL take part in European Elections: May’s deputy is finally forced to admit there is ’not enough time‘ to sort out Brexit before May 23
– Theresa May is expected to offer a deal to Jeremy Corbyn on customs union
– But the Prime Minister is expected to demand an answer by Thursday at latest
– Jeremy Hunt said ‚any kind of permanent customs union wouldn’t work‘
– But Foreign Secretary’s comments leaves open the door for a temporary deal
– Chancellor Philip Hammond said the priority was ‚low-friction trade‘ with EU
– 1922 committee expected to meet to discuss ousting her if a Labour deal is done
– Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said PM should announce a ‚road map‘ for departure
Brexit: Theresa May to meet Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign
Theresa May is to meet the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Tory MPs, Sir Graham Brady, amid calls for her to set a firm resignation date.
It follows a request from the 1922 Committee for „clarity“ on the issue.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit to London is going ahead, embassy says
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to London is going ahead this week after he canceled a visit to Berlin, a spokesman for U.S. embassy in London said.
END OF THE LINE: Sir Graham Brady to tell PM to resign by end of July or face being ousted by MPs
Some even urged Sir Graham to quote the iconic line from the final episode of Line of Duty, where DI Kate Fleming AC-3 officer DI Michelle Brandyce to “stop making a t*t of yourself and p**s off”.
The PM’s response to Sir Graham will be vital and he will then report back to the 1922 committee tomorrow.
Brexit: „Zweites Referendum wäre Höchstverrat“
Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May strebt einen zügigen Kompromiss mit der oppositionellen Labour-Partei an. In ihrer eigenen Partei droht ihr eine Zerreißprobe.
Zeitung: May prüft zweites Brexit-Referendum
Die britische Regierungschefin Theresa May bereitet einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge ein zweites Brexit-Referendum vor für den Fall, dass sie vom Parlament dazu gezwungen wird. May berate unter anderem mit Ministern über eine weitere Volksabstimmung, berichtete der „Daily Telegraph“ unter Berufung auf mit der Sache vertraute Personen.
Rude Tories force Theresa May’s chief of staff out of secret WhatsApp group after slagging her off constantly
RUDE Tories have forced Theresa May’s chief of staff out of a local WhatsApp group after slagging her off constantly.
Gavin Barwell said he’d had enough of everyone attacking the party boss and dramatically quit the group, it was revealed yesterday.
PM’s chief of staff helps to lose Tory council seat in Woking
(03.05.2019) Gavin Barwell, as Inside Croydon’s loyal reader will know, is the former MP for Croydon Central. After writing the book How To Lose A Marginal Seat, Barwell duly lost his parliamentary seat in 2017.
Since then, he has been in a £150,000 per year job in Downing Street, advising the Prime Minister, Theresa Mayhem, as her chief of staff. And haven’t they been doing a real bang-up job?
Theresa May in secret discussions on second Brexit referendum
John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, said it “may well” be the case that any deal would have to be put to a second referendum, adding: “I think the Conservatives have to recognise that if a deal is going to go through there might be a large number of MPs who will want a public vote.“
Gavin Williamson urged to force Theresa May to hold judge-led inquiry into sacking over Huawei leak
The former defence secretary is being urged by friends to table a Parliamentary motion demanding a new investigation, which would almost certainly be backed by opposition parties and a number of Tory MPs.
He is also weighing up whether to engineer his own “Geoffrey Howe moment” by making a speech in the Commons that could hasten Theresa May’s downfall, in the same way that the former deputy PM triggered the leadership contest that ended Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.
Gavin Williamson calls for investigation into Huawei leak inquiry
He said that police had not been provided with evidence by the Cabinet Office that a crime has been committed and no crime had been alleged by the “owner of the material”.
Gavin Williamson accuses May of ‚classic smear‘ over diabetes claim
According to various reports citing government sources, Mr Williamson had told fellow Tories Mrs May’s health makes her unfit to be prime minister.
A Downing Street source said the briefings did not come from No 10.
I am challenging @JeremyCorbyn to a European election debate. Labour voters are very confused about what his party stands for on Brexit. Let’s find out.
Don’t build ‚coalition against the people‘, Nigel Farage warns Theresa May
The Leave campaigner said his burgeoning Brexit Party would field a full slate of candidates against Tory and Labour MPs in a general election and “break the two party system” if Mrs May and Mr Corbyn made a pact to keep the UK tied to EU rules.
Top Tory ‘surprised anyone bothered to vote for us’
“I am so sorry at the loss of many excellent Tory councillors,” he told the Observer. “But frankly, given the performance of the government, it’s pretty amazing that anyone turned out to vote Conservative at all.”
A grassroots movement to force out the prime minister is gaining ground in the wake of a set of election results that saw the Tories lose an astonishing 1,300 councillors. MPs and local constituency chiefs also warned May that agreeing a Brexit deal with Labour would lead to the party’s annihilation.
Mark Francois: We’ll Never Leave The EU With May As Prime Minister
Tory MP Mark Francois told LBC that Theresa May must go after disastrous local elections results and the prospect of a customs union with the EU.
Theresa May sends desperate plea to Jeremy Corbyn to agree a Brexit deal
She today wrote in the Mail on Sunday: ‘To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let’s listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment. Let’s do a deal.’
Theresa May refuses to release Huawei leak report to sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson
Meanwhile, there will be no criminal investigation into the affair – after the government refused to refer it to the police, despite experts warning of a breach of the Official Secrets Act.
Ms May was asked three times if she would bow to Mr Williamson’s request to be handed a copy of the conclusions reached by Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, but refused to budge.
Independents surge in local elections
By Friday evening, with seven councils still to declare, 1,009 candidates who stood as an independent or for minor parties had been elected, 236 more than before polling day.
Many of these ‚other‘ candidates represent so-called “hyperlocal” parties, which operate in only one council or ward.
Jeremy Hunt makes another Tory leadership pitch by speaking out against staying in EU customs union
Theresa May is considering agreeing a cross-party deal with Labour to keep Britain in the tariff-free wall, which would bar Britain from striking new trade deals with other countries on goods but would allow agreements solely on services.
This growing voters‘ revolt just might change the course of British history
Middle England’s seismic revolt against the Conservatives has officially begun. After losing over 1,200 seats in local elections, the party will likely be obliterated in European elections later this month.
Senior ministers rally around to save Theresa May ahead of showdown meeting to decide her fate
Graham Brady, the head of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, is expected to meet Ms May on Tuesday to again urge her to set a date for her departure.
If she refuses, they will consider rewriting the rules to allow a fresh vote of no confidence this summer – a move the 1922 stepped back from last month.
What would Maggie say? As the Tories face disaster exactly 40 years after the Iron Lady swept to No10, social historian DOMINIC SANDBROOK asks: Can the party survive?
Only a fool believes the political landscape will never change. As the Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan once told his aides: ‘There are times, perhaps once every 30 years, when there is a sea-change in politics. It then does not matter what you say or what you do. There is a shift in what the public wants and what it approves of.’
As it happens, Callaghan said those words almost exactly four decades ago, as he was preparing to lose the 1979 election to Margaret Thatcher.
Gavin Williamson accuses Whitehall chief of framing him for Huawei secrets leak
As the latest scandal to rock Theresa May’s government engulfed Westminster for a second day;
– Labour chiefs united with some Tory MPs to demand a police probe is mounted to get to the bottom of what happened.
– Mr Williamson said he would personally welcome a criminal investigation as the only was to “clear” his name.
Gavin Williamson’s exit: the first sacking of its kind in a generation
FT Whitehall correspondent Sebastian Payne on the reasons why Gavin Williamson became the first UK cabinet minister in a generation to be fired following a leak inquiry.
Gavin Williamson: Fired defence secretary denied access to copy of Huawei leaks report
Gavin Williamson has been refused a copy of the report of the investigation which claimed he leaked secrets from the National Security Council, The Independent has learnt.
The former defence secretary believes that the release of the report will prove the weakness of the case against him which led to his firing.
UK investigated Huawei leak because it came from top intel briefing: UK PM spokesman
The British government needed to investigate the disclosure of secret information relating to Chinese telecoms company Huawei because it came from a classified intelligence briefing, the prime minister’s spokesman said on Thursday.
U.S. Threatens U.K. On Huawei And Intelligence-Sharing
On Monday, the U.S. sent a stark message across the Atlantic: „It is the United States’ position that putting Huawei or any other untrustworthy vendor in any part of the 5G telecommunications network is a risk,” said Robert Strayer, as reported by Reuters. This can hardly come as a surprise to the U.K. Washington has made no secret of its binary view of Huawei’s equipment, and the U.K. is its closest ally, even within the Five Eyes.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to warn Theresa May over Huawei as leak scandal turns to farce
Mike Pompeo will say in a face-to-face meeting next Wednesday that the Chinese technology company poses a risk to British citizens and could breach privacy protections when he meets the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, in London.
The former head of the CIA will make clear that giving Huawei access could throw US-UK technology partnerships into doubt, according to a senior US State Department official, who said spelling out the risks was „imperative“.
Gavin Williamson demands police probe into HIMSELF claiming it’s the only way to clear his name over leak which got him sacked
Scotland Yard are on standby to launch a probe into claims the ex-Defence Secretary leaked spy secrets.
But they can’t start their investigation unless they get the green light from No10 – and Theresa May is reluctant to get the cops involved.
Police must decide on prosecution over Huawei leak, says Hunt
Responding to a question from the Press Association during a visit to Ethiopia, Mr Hunt said: “Let me say that, when it comes to issues like whether there should be a police investigation or not, there’s a very, very important principle of our system that those decisions are not made by politicians, they are made independently by police.
“And that has to be the correct way forward in this situation.”
No need to refer Huawei leak to police, Cabinet Secretary says
„The Prime Minister has said she now considers that this matter has been closed and the Cabinet Secretary does not consider it necessary to refer it to the police, but we would of course cooperate fully should the police themselves consider that an investigation were necessary.“
Lidington’s remarks were echoed by Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill – the most senior civil servant in the UK – who said he did not believe it necessary to refer the matter to the police.
READ: Gavin Williamson Responds to the Prime Minister
„I am sorry that you feel recent leaks from the National Security Council originated in my Department. I emphatically believe this was not the case. I strenuously deny that I was in any way involved in this leak and I am confident that a thorough and formal inquiry would have vindicated my position.
I have always trusted my civil servants, military advisers and staff. I believe the assurances they have given me.
I appreciate you offering me the option to resign, but to resign would have been to accept that I, my civil servants, my military advisers or my staff were responsible: this was not the case.“
Theresa May entlässt Verteidigungsminister Williamson
Bis dato galt Williamson als ehrgeiziger und aufstrebender Politiker, der sich sogar im Rennen um die Nachfolge Mays in Stellung gebracht hatte.
The 11 minute ’smoking gun‘ phone call: Gavin Williamson admits he spoke to journalist after security council meeting but denies he spoke about Huawei and swears ‚on my children’s lives that I’m innocent‘
– The PM sacked Gavin Williamson as Defence Secretary following a leak of secret information last week
– Is alleged he revealed National Security Council discussions about Huawei’s involvement in UK’s 5G network
– He has ’strenuously‘ denied being involved in the leak, despite claims of ‚compelling evidence‘ against him
– Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said it was a ’shame she didn’t recognise‘ how he had kept her as the PM in past
– Williamson also suggests that Mrs May’s investigator Sir Mark Sedwill was settling a vendetta against him
– Growing calls were made for him to face police action, including from Labour deputy leader Tom Watson
Gavin Williamson: ‚I was tried by kangaroo court – then sacked‘
May was told of what she called “compelling” evidence of Williamson’s involvement before she was due to face a grilling from the backbench liaison committee. The defence secretary was later summoned to May’s House of Commons office, where she confronted him with the evidence, offered him the opportunity to resign – and when he refused, immediately fired him.
Calls for criminal investigation into Huawei leak after Gavin Williamson sacking
Dominic Grieve said the disclosure to a newspaper of an NSC discussion about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s potential involvement in the development of the UK’s 5G mobile network was „corrosive and undesirable“.
‚You’re fired!‘ Papers lead on defence secretary’s sacking over Huawei leak
Gavin Williamson’s sacking as defence secretary leads the papers on Thursday.
The Cabinet minister was fired by Theresa May on Wednesday after an inquiry into an unprecedented leak of information from the National Security Council (NSC).
May entlässt Verteidigungsminister Williamson
May wirft Williamson vor, sensible Informationen aus einem Treffen des nationalen Sicherheitsrats an die Presse weitergegeben zu haben. Die bisherige Entwicklungsministerin Penny Mordaunt soll nun seinen Posten einnehmen.
UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over Huawei leak
May’s surprise decision followed an inquiry into how the Daily Telegraph newspaper discovered that the UK government was preparing to give Huawei access to parts of the country’s 5G mobile network.
For ‚productive talks‘ read ‚disgraceful conspiracy‘. Conniving Remainers are racing to kill Brexit before we get to the ballot box.
Jeremy Hunt warns Theresa May Tory support will collapse if she signs up to a customs union with Labour
Live Brexit news:
Hopes of Brexit breakthrough rise as Labour and Tories hail ‚productive‘ talks
Hopes of a Brexit deal being struck between Labour and the Government have risen after both sides said progress had been made in the latest round of talks.
Tomorrow morning we will be examining the post-#Brexit trading relationship between the UK and EU, focusing on a customs union:
Anyone who votes for either @UKLabour or @Conservatives on Thursday is voting to stop Brexit or cripple and disempower the UK with @theresa_may ’s WA+PD and thereby voting to close down Democracy.
Come Thursday night – Watch and learn.
Theresa May becomes first Tory leader in 185 years to face emergency grassroots vote demanding her resignation
It is the first time in the Conservative Party’s 185 year history that rank and file activists have forced an Emergency General Meeting to discuss the party’s leadership.
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy conducts visit to Julian Assange and Doughty Street Chambers
The UN announced on 5 April that the UN Special Rapporteur had the agreement of Ecuador to visit Mr Assange in the embassy on 25 April to “help determine if there exists a prima facie case of violation of privacy that warrants further investigation.” The announcement made clear that the UN Special Rapporteur had received “assurances from the Government of Ecuador that it will facilitate his visit to the country’s embassy in London.”
On 10 April, WikiLeaks announced it had proof of the extent of surveillance and interference with the right to privacy inside the embassy, which included the recording of visits by his lawyers, including the copying of their notes, as well as recording visits of his doctors. This was reported widely around the world (see, for example, here, here, here and here).
The next day, on 11 April, Mr Assange was forcefully removed from the embassy by British police
“Anguish is what I feel” – Julian Assange’s father speaks of the ‘no touch torture’ suffered in the embassy, makes plea for his son to be able to return to Australia to recover his health. Good Morning Britain:
May safe to December: PM cannot be ousted by her own MPs until the end of the year at the earliest as 1922 Committee of backbenchers REJECTS changing rules to get rid of her this summer
Mr Brady met privately with the PM before the committee talks, which began yesterday.
We confirm Julian Assange has access to his lawyers, is now speaking with them regularly and will have an in person visit in the coming days.
Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die USA: Es geht ums Ganze!
Nicht nur Assanges Leben steht auf dem Spiel ‒ auch der Fortbestand der Pressefreiheit und damit ein Grundpfeiler der Demokratie
Ex-Außenminister von Ecuador: „Präsident Moreno ist vom CIA angeworben worden“
Im Gespräch mit der spanischen Ausgabe des Senders Russia Today warf Patiño dem amtierenden Präsidenten vor, im Auftrag des US-amerikanischen Geheimdienstes CIA zu arbeiten. „Moreno ist ein professioneller Betrüger. Alles was er macht ist von der CIA erarbeitet worden. Er versucht alles zu beseitigen, was wir aufgebaut haben“, sagte er mit Blick auf die zehnjährige Politik der „Bürgerrevolution“ der Regierung von Ex-Präsident Rafael Correa. Patiños Meinung zufolge sei Moreno selbst gar nicht in der Lage, solch einen Plan zu entwickeln.
The 1922 executive are meeting in a ‘secret location’ and that the meeting, which started at 7pm, could be going on for a bit longer yet. Also told that tenor of conversation pointing to no definitive conclusion tonight. Unsurprising given the exec split.
Senior Conservatives to vote on ousting Theresa May
Some 1922 Committee members want to change rules to allow second no-confidence vote
The Independent Group will back Theresa May in any vote of confidence, says Heidi Allen
The new Independent Group of MPs has agreed to back Theresa May in any vote of no confidence, one of its most prominent members has said.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, former Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the group – which also consists of eight Labour MPs – had decided not to do anything that would facilitate a general election.
Tory MPs Supporting Brexit Party, 1922 Rule Change Rumoured
Sources within the 1922 Committee suggest that there is a fair chance the executive will endorse a rule change tonight allowing a fresh challenge if a third of the parliamentary party indicates they will support it – effectively raising the threshold in terms of numbers of MPs required and removing the one challenge-a-year rule. Alternatively the 12 month challenge delay period could be reduced to six months – meaning the next leadership challenge would be on from June 3rd.
Brexit news – live: Senior Tory MP demands Theresa May resign ‚today‘, as EU withdrawal talks with Labour resume
Theresa May should announce her resignation as prime minister „today“ in order to break the Brexit impasse, a senior Conservative has said.
Nigel Evans, secretary of the Tory backbench 1922 committee, told the Today programme that new leadership was needed, warning that the process „can’t start soon enough“.
Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK set for 3 June
The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings.
He will also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Street.