Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May hat sich dem Druck von „Brexit“-Hardlinern in ihrer konservativen Partei gebeugt und Änderungen an ihrem Plan für die künftigen Beziehungen zur EU zugestimmt.
Mrs May caved in to the demands from Brexiteer Tory rebels following a string of frontbench resignations and a threatened rebellion by up to 80 MPs over her Customs Bill. She insisted the amendments did not „change“ her plan.
And tonight she avoided a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons by just three votes, just minutes after it was revealed the Government is set to table a motion to bring forward the Parliament’s summer recess in an apparent bid to stave off a leadership coup.
In a rapid about-turn, the US President confessed he had apologised for his diatribe on the PM’s troubled EU negotiations
The President and first lady Melania Trump attend a formal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. At an earlier unscheduled press conference in Belgium, Trump declared that all NATO members had „agreed to substantially up their commitment,“ adding „They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before.“ French President Emmanuel Macron rejected that claim.
According to Mr. Trump, he also did not criticize May and that reports to the contrary were „fake news.“
„I didn’t criticize the PM. I have a lot of respect for the PM. And unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the PM,“ he said.
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The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun.
Dominic Raab, the newly appointed UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, makes a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday, July 12, introducing the British government’s Brexit white paper, which sets out its plan to leave the European Union. The document is being released shortly after the resignations of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and David Davis as Brexit Secretary.
The United Kingdom will nearly double the number of troops it has in Afghanistan in response to a request by President Donald Trump for additional support in America’s longest war.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that 440 more British servicemembers would deploy to the country, bringing the U.K.’s total contribution to about 1,100 troops.
Mr. Johnson, the public face of the 2016 campaign that persuaded Britons to quit the European Union, is perhaps the most high-profile advocate of Brexit, and his departure underscores the depth of the divisions within Mrs. May’s government. His resignation followed that of David Davis, the Brexit secretary, who quit late Sunday night.
We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health — and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.
In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony — and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.
It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.
What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK — before the other side has made its counter-offer.
– PM Theresa May will chair her new-look cabinet later
Prominent Leave campaigner Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary
– Jeremy Hunt moves from health to become new foreign secretary
– Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary amid growing crisis over UK’s Brexit strategy
– Mr Johnson said the Brexit „dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt“
– David Davis quit as Brexit secretary, saying he did not believe in the Brexit plan
– Matt Hancock moves from culture secretary to health secretary
„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.
„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.
„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.
May’s principal achievement in her short time in office is simply survival but even this cannot be counted a positive accomplishment of her own making
The latest from the Sunday politics shows, as the prime minister battles to sell her Brexit plan to her backbenchers.
After all, one might think it would be a bad deal for Britain, if implemented, but still back it, perhaps out of Party loyalty. (We’re not expressing a view on such a stance; merely pointing out that it’s possible.)
But at any rate, there’s next to no difference between the two findings. Three in five panel members think the plan would represent a bad deal for Britain if implemented, and the same proportion don’t support it.
The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.
The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.
Boris Johnson, David Davis, Michael Gove, Esther McVey, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox met inside at the Foreign Office.
Dr Fox, the international trade secretary, then spent 50 minutes at Number 10 with the prime minister.
(1.7.2018) That means the rebels would need 159 MPs to bring her down, more than three times the 48 who would be needed to trigger a vote of no confidence.
May’s decision comes as she faces crunch Brexit talks with the cabinet at Chequers this week and MPs revealed that six senior ministers are plotting to succeed her.
He told BBC’s This Week: “I think you’d be surprised how broadly this will be felt in the country.
“They voted individually, the country reached a decision and then the country was cheated out of the decision that it had made.
“What is the point in voting if you are told that you are participating in the most important vote in a generation or two and then something else is delivered?”
The Foreign Secretary and former Prime Minister, who were on opposite sides of the Brexit campaign ahead of the June 2016 EU referendum, held secret talks on the eve of Mrs May’s showdown at Chequers.
Sources said Mr Johnson was on the verge of resigning but was persuaded to stay on by his Old Etonian pal Mr Cameron
„Our NHS is on its knees after eight years of Tory underfunding, privatisation and failure. That is why on its 70th birthday, we must come together to campaign to save it. We must defend healthcare as a human right.“ -Jeremy Corbyn-
Uber and other app-based firms will be watching the ruling with interest as they face similar legal challenges over the way they treat employees. Uber’s appeal of a decision granting its drivers benefits including overtime and paid vacation is scheduled to be heard by another court October 30.
BREXITEER Andrew Lilico hit out at Theresa May’s Government claiming the latest concessions made by the Prime Minister to Tory Rebels in the House of Commons was proof the British political system has no intention of delivering on Brexit.
As Netanyahu ends his visit to Germany, France, UK, diplomatic source quoted as saying there is ‚widespread agreement‘ on Tehran’s military presence in country
Later, Netanyahu will also meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
Merkel, May and Macron are still waiting for the Israelis and Americans to present another way to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, but are under no illusions it will happen in next week’s meetings, according to a European diplomat.
“I will go to Europe next week. I will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and possibly British Prime Minister Theresa May,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.
UK officials have warned the EU that its approach to Brexit negotiations risks damaging its security and economic relationship.
Britain is disappointed at the cancellation of the planned meeting next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.
(19.4.2018) Developed by Lockheed Martin, the F-35B Lightning II is a multi-role fighter aircraft that is capable of carrying out a wide range of operations.
It is the first aircraft in the world to integrate radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speeds, as well as short take-off and landing capability.
Facial recognition has long been feared as a feature of a future authoritarian society, with its potential to turn CCTV cameras into identity checkpoints, creating a world where citizens are intensively watched and tracked. However, facial recognition is now a reality in the UK – despite the lack of any legal basis or parliamentary scrutiny, and despite the significant
concerns raised by rights and race equality groups.
Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay in the European Union’s customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remained deadlocked over a future deal with the bloc, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Wednesday.
According to the official website of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, following the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini held talks with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
According to the press release, the top diplomats attending the meeting:
“We are operating in a very difficult context,” Mogherini said after an intense day of diplomacy that included meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany. All of those countries were signatories of the deal that aimed to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for economic incentives. She said European leaders hoped to have a firm plan within a few weeks.
The poll, commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic, found that 66 per cent of Britons are not interested in the event, with 60 per cent of Britons planning to have a normal weekend.(…)
The poll by polling firm YouGov showed that 57 per cent of respondents believed the royal family should pay not only for the wedding but also for the costs of police.
Dr Rouhani also referred to the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Iran and European Union foreign policy chief on Tuesday and expressed hope that the meeting would secure Tehran’s interests by saving the JCPOA.
Describing the nuclear deal very important for peace and security of the region, he stressed that the US was responsible for the consequences of anything that happens to the JCPOA.
“In the JCPOA, the two parties have obligations and it is not acceptable that only one party lives up to its commitments,” Rouhani added.
He also referred to the significant role of the three European countries in saving the JCPOA and described Europe’s stances against US’ secondary sanctions a brave move that could maintain Europe’s position and global credit.
„The Islamic Republic of Iran is following its own national interests by honoring the JCPOA, unfortunately other parties have not carried out their obligations in a satisfactory manner,“ said Rouhani on Sunday, during a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
He added that his country is adamant that its interests must be ensured in accordance to the 2015 deal after the US withdrawal.
Bolton noted that Trump said in announcing the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear deal that “countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions.“
“Europeans are going to face the effective U.S. sanctions, already are really, because much of what they would like to sell to Iran involves U.S. technology, for which the licenses will not be available,” the national security adviser said.
The Prime Minister and the President condemned the Iranian rocket attacks against Israeli forces earlier this week, and strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression. They agreed on the need for calm on all sides and on the importance of tackling Iran’s destabilising activity in the region.
The Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s position on the Iran nuclear deal, noting that we and our European partners remain firmly committed to ensuring the deal is upheld, as the best way of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
The Prime Minister condemned the Iranian rocket attacks against Israeli forces, and said we strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression.
The Prime Minister noted our statement calling on Iran to refrain from any further attacks, and for calm on all sides.
They agreed it was vital for the international community to continue working together to counter Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and for Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks.
A senior State Department official said discussions with Britain, France and Germany, as well as Japan, Iraq and Israel had already taken place since U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled out of the nuclear pact.
(30 Apr 2018) Syrian President Bashar Assad met a visiting Iranian official in Damascus on Monday who claimed what he called „the project“ of the United States and its allies in Syria had been defeated. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, spoke hours after reports of a missile attack that killed dozens of Iranian fighters in northern Syria on Monday.
Speaking in a televised address to the people on the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said: “As verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has lived up to all its commitments and tonight, it was revealed who the unfaithful is”.
He continued: “Today, we saw what we were reiterating from 40 years ago, and that is Iran is a country that lives up to its commitments and the United States is a country that has never done so”.
“In the past 40 years or even before that, history tells that Americans have had a hostile approach towards the great Iranian nation and the nations of the region; from the coup in Iran against the legal government of Dr Mosadeq to their interference in the affairs of the past regime, supporting Saddam and attacking Iran’s passenger plane and killing innocent people and what they have done against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa and against other peoples of the world”.
He also referred to the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and continued: “In fact, this was a confirmation of what they have been doing in the past months in another way”.
It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility.
(14.1.2017) In part four of The Lobby, the senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‚take down‘ British politicians – including a Minster of State at the Foreign office who supports Palestinian civil rights.
(12.1.2017) In part three of The Lobby, our undercover reporter travels to the Labour Party Conference, revealing how accusations of anti-Semitism by group within Labour targeted Israel critics and saw some investigated.
(7.1.2018) Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence of an Israeli diplomat’s involvement in smear campaigns to discredit a British minister and other politicians. Al Jazeera’s investigative unit went undercover with an Israeli lobby group for several months. The investigation reveals conversations in which a diplomat plotted to damage the careers of MPs they feel don’t give enough support to Israel.
Britain has been far from a stranger to conflict and colonisation over the years. Astoundingly though, as our chart shows, there are only 22 countries which have never been invaded by the Brits. According to the book „All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To“, there are only 22 countries Britain never invaded throughout the course of history. There aren’t many gaps on the map, but some of the more notable include Sweden, Belarus and Vatican City.
(16.3.2018) The joint paper, seen by Reuters, was sent to European Union capitals on Friday, said two people familiar with the matter, to sound out support for such sanctions as they would need the support of all 28 EU member governments.
The meeting will bring together a group of nations – including France, the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia and Jordan – which belong to the U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh terror group, dpa learned from diplomatic sources on Tuesday. It was not clear which officials would be sent by the participating nations.
More than 70 countries and around 20 international organizations are expected in Paris on Wednesday for the „No Money for Terror“ conference.
(20.4.2018) „Während im Fall des Anschlags im britischen Salisbury die Spekulationen in den Medien weiter blühen, verweigern die Regierungen von Großbritannien und Deutschland dem Bundestag die notwendige Transparenz. Auch auf mehrfache Anfrage wurde mir der vollständige Bericht der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OVCW) nicht zur Verfügung gestellt“, sagt Heike Hänsel, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Hänsel weiter:
„Laut Auswärtigem Amt soll Großbritannien darum gebeten haben, die Vollversion des Berichtes geheim zu halten. Die Bundesregierung hätte aber auch die Möglichkeit, das Papier in der Geheimschutzstelle des Bundestags zu hinterlegen, um die notwendige Transparenz herzustellen und eine öffentliche Verbreitung zugleich zu verhindern. Doch diesen Zugang verwehrt die Bundesregierung bisher.
Es ist mehr als bedenklich, dass das Parlament damit über einen Sachverhalt diskutiert und womöglich entscheidet, über den ihm fundierte Informationen verweigert werden.
(3.4.2018) The House of Lords Communications Committee has opened an inquiry exploring the possibility of internet regulation in the UK, seeking input around issues such as the legal liability of online platforms for the content they host and how they moderate it, and how user data is protected.
The inquiry comes as platforms such as Facebook continue to draw public hostility for its role in enabling the activities of Cambridge Analytica, the data science firm at the heart of ongoing allegations of exploiting the data of Facebook users to influence the EU referendum campaign and the 2016 US presidential election.
Karen Pierce said in an interview with The Associated Press that ‘it’s incumbent upon them more than ever to allow the team in, to escort it, to make sure it’s safe, and to make sure it can do its work.’
SCL Elections briefed Foreign Office officials in 2017 on how use of data for US presidential elections could be applied for UK diplomatic and foreign policy interests
Britain’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday the Russians and Syrians must uphold the promises they made to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected poisonous gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma — and “it should happen expeditiously.”
Published on Apr 16, 2018
An anti-war protest is held outside the British Parliament shortly after an address by Prime Minister Theresa May setting out her justification for strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
(16.4.2018) MPs should not vote on strikes as they can’t be given sensitive intelligence, cabinet minister says
Some analysts hope that the western airstrikes can bring the parties to a peace deal. Here is Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe.
„Russia has been carefully warned, it has sheltered its staff and equipment, and so it is to be hoped that these strikes, which are in no way an aggression against Russia and not even against the Assad regime, also serve to give the signal that it would be time after 7 years of an atrocious war to talk politics and talk about a settlement of the conflict.“
The U.S. tried to shame Merkel’s government into helping in Syria, arguing that Germany of all nations should be appalled by the use of chemical weapons on civilians, according to a U.S. official who asked not to be named discussing strategy.
„Ten days ago, President Trump said the USA’s will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,“ Macron said, during a two-hour televised interview with several French media outlets.
Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” in order to enforce international humanitarian law.
The allies fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.
“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.
Electronic warfare suppression, a decoy battle group in the Mediterranean and never-before-used stealth missiles were all part of the attack
Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.
Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.
But she will be grilled over why she broke with a convention to seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly.
Much of the criticism will come from opposition lawmakers, but the prime minister may also have to work hard to defend her speed of action to members of her own Conservative Party who had wanted parliament recalled.
According to a Boeing statement, the joint venture is expected to post revenues in excess of $22 billion by 2030 and create 6,000 jobs and training opportunities for Saudi youth.
Human rights campaigners have begun an attempt to overturn a high court judgment that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
Leaders of the 22-nation Arab League, who will meet in the Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday, are expected to stress continuity in their efforts to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. It follows airstrikes by the US, UK and France against the Assad regime on Saturday. The leaders are likely to seek Arab and international support to increase pressure on the regime to find a solution to the conflict.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call from British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in London from Sweden on Tuesday night and is set for a packed day of bilateral meetings and events on Wednesday before the live telecast from Central Hall Westminster.
Parliament should have been consulted and voted on the matter. The UK Prime Minister is accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a US President.
Mattis, Dunford, Brief Press Regarding Syria Strike DC, UNITED STATES 04.13.2018 Courtesy Video DoD News
PARIS — French defense minister says Russia was warned ahead of joint US, UK, French military attacks on Syria.
„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway,“ President Trump said in an address to the nation.
Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed British involvement, saying there was „no practicable alternative to the use of force“.
„A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,“ the president said from the White House.
„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,“ he continued.