16:21 [ Portal ]

Großbritannien blockiert Rückgabe von 14 Tonnen Gold an Venezuela

Der verstorbene sozialistische Präsident von Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, repatriierte bereits 2011 rund 160 Tonnen Gold von Banken in den USA und Europa zur Zentralbank in Caracas. Ein Teil von Venezuelas Gold blieb in der Bank von England. Ab 2014 nutzte Venezuela diese Einlagen für Swap-Geschäfte, bei denen internationale Banken Venezuela mehrere Milliarden US-Dollar mit dem Gold als Sicherheit leihten. Seit 2017 sind wegen der US-Sanktionen solche finanziellen Operationen stark eingeschränkt.

06:55 [ ]

Furious Brexiteers are poised to call an ‚imminent‘ vote of no confidence in Theresa May over her Brexit deal as fresh letters are sent in to trigger crunch leadership ballot

An ex-minister told MailOnline: ‚I think a few people are holding off, will read the deal, square off their associations this weekend, then put in a letter.‘

Brexiteer MP Conor Burns told LBC: ‚There’s a lot of febrile talk. What I can tell you is there’s no orchestrated attempt to put letters in.

‚But sensing the levels of frustration and annoyance colleagues are feeling it would not surprise me if organically letters are going in.‘

06:44 [ ]

Blow-by-blow of bitter Cabinet meeting: ‚Emotional‘ Esther McVey is on resignation watch after her demands for ministers to vote on May’s Brexit deal were rebuffed

The Cabinet came close to meltdown over Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a stormy ministerial marathon last night.

Ten of Mrs May’s ministers are said to have raised objections, including Esther McVey, who demanded a formal vote on the deal.

06:28 [ ]

Theresa May meets Jeremy Corbyn as she APPEALS for Labour to support her Brexit deal

According to Sky News’ Faisal Islam, Mr Corbyn met with the Prime Minister privately following a day of opposition from the Labour party, her party and her Cabinet. Prior to the meeting, Mr Corbyn tweeted: “This is a bad deal which isn’t in the interest of the whole country.”

06:22 [ ]

Jeremy Corbyn rejects second Brexit referendum as ’not a priority‘

Quizzed about a second referendum at a ReachFest event in London, hosted by the Mirror’s parent company Reach, he told guests: “I don’t see that as a priority.”

As the Prime Minister was engulfed by unprecedented threats to her premiership following a five-hour Cabinet showdown, he insisted Labour was ready for a snap election – and shouldering the responsibility of starting fresh talks with Brussels.

06:12 [ ]

Corbyn slams Brexit deal ‚failure‘ and ‚ignorant‘ Tories in blistering PMQs blast

Labour’s leader gave the clearest sign yet his party will vote down the deal when a crucial House of Commons showdown comes in the coming weeks.

He spoke just hours after Mrs May brought back a 500-page draft text from Brussels that will be studied in a crucial Cabinet meeting this afternoon.

06:05 [ ]

Europäische Union: Europa hatte keine andere Wahl

Wenn dieser Deal nun im britischen Parlament keine Mehrheit findet, dann wird die Schuldfrage diskutiert werden. Sind die „durchgeknallten“ Brexiteers für das Scheitern verantwortlich? Oder hat die Europäische Union auch Fehler gemacht? Hätte sie vielleicht weicher, offener sein sollen?

13.11.2018 - 20:26 [ ]

Lord Nigel Lawson: Britain could become ‚a colony of the EU‘ under Theresa May

Lord Nigel Lawson has claimed that under Theresa May’s leadership, the UK could become „a colony of the EU, governed by the EU“.

The Conservative peer appeared on the breakfast show to discuss the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, which he branded „the worst of all possible worlds“.

13.11.2018 - 20:20 [ ]

White flags over Whitehall! Rees-Mogg blasts agreed Brexit deal vowing to vote against it

„It is a failure to deliver on Brexit and it is potentially dividing up the United Kingdom.

„We will have to get permission from the EU to leave the customs union. It is eccentric, it is bizarre.“

Mr Rees-Mogg also criticised the fact that the terms of the deal were leaked to the Irish state media instead of British media.

He remarked: „The text was shared with the Irish broadcaster first and not the BBC.

13.11.2018 - 20:17 [ ]

Brexit deal: ‚Unacceptable‘ Boris Johnson demands Cabinet RESIGNATIONS TONIGHT over deal

“We are going to stay in the customs union on this deal, we are going to stay effectively in large parts of the single market, and that is vassal state stuff.

“For the first time in a thousand years, this place, this Parliament will not have a say over the laws that govern this country.

“It is a quite incredible state of affairs, it will mean that we are having to accept rules and regulations from Brussels over which we have no say ourselves.

12.11.2018 - 10:33 [ ]

Jeremy Corbyn holds meeting with head of MI6 for the first time amid fears a collapse in Brexit negotiations could cause another snap election

(10.11.2018) According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Younger invited Mr Corbyn to MI6’s headquarters in Vauxhall, south London for an ‚acquaintance session‘.

A Whitehall source told the paper: ‚The feeling was that the time had come for Mr Corbyn to become acquainted with the workings of the intelligence establishment.‘

12.11.2018 - 10:25 [ ]

Jeremy Corbyn meets head of MI6 for first time amid snap election fears

(9.11.2018) The Labour leader recently met with Alex Younger, the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, during which the importance of the agency’s work and the severity of the threats facing Britain were made clear to him.

A Whitehall official with knowledge of the meeting said: “The feeling was that the time had come for Mr Corbyn to become acquainted with the workings of the intelligence establishment.”

12.11.2018 - 10:05 [ Huffington Post ]

Sunday Shows Round-Up: Labour MPs On *That* Corbyn Brexit Interview And What No-Deal Means For The Military

But the Labour leader received backing from his shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to insist that the party would not be part of the “deeply anti-democratic forces out there”.

“If we have had a referendum and that is the result, then we ought to proceed on the basis of good faith and we will do our best to try and deliver a Brexit that is good for the country,” she said.

12.11.2018 - 10:01 [ ]

Brexit latest: More Labour chaos as Emily Thornberry says second referendum is still on table… days after Jeremy Corbyn said leaving EU could not be stopped

Labour created more confusion over its Brexit policy today as Emily Thornberry insisted the option of campaigning for a second referendum remains on the table just days after Jeremy Corbyn said leaving the EU “could not be stopped.”

12.11.2018 - 09:52 [ ]

Emily Thornberry contradicts Jeremy Corbyn and insists Labour could still back Final Say Brexit referendum

Mr Corbyn has angered Labour MPs and supporters by arguing Brexit cannot be stopped – and by going on to reject the growing calls for a fresh public vote.

But Ms Thornberry said: “If we don’t have a general election then, yes, of course all the options remain on the table and we would campaign for there to be a people’s vote – but there are several stages before we get that.”

12.11.2018 - 09:46 [ ]

Brexit: Jo Johnson insists Theresa May can be forced into Final Say referendum

Warning Britain “stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War”, he became the ninth Conservative MP to demand she “give the public the final say”.

The call came after the number of signatures on The Independent’s petition for a Final Say referendum cleared one million in just over three months.

12.11.2018 - 09:27 [ Douglas Unwin #StandUp4Brexit ‏/ Twitter ]

Over 5 million @UKLabour supporters who voted #Leave in #EURef cannot trust @wesstreeting or any Labour MP, except four honourable exceptions Kate Hoey, John Mann, Frank Field and Graham Stringer. All the rest are opportunists willing to dump Brexit for a GE. #BrexitBetrayal


12.11.2018 - 09:03 [ ]

WW3 WARNING: Russia risk ‚ESCALATING‘ as UK defence unprepared for ‚modern world‘ threats

BRITAIN needs new tools to counteract the „escalating“ risk Russia poses on the country as 1945 institutions no longer provide security against the modern world threats, warned Defence Chief Sir Nick Carter.

12.11.2018 - 08:58 [ ]

British Armed Forces are on standby for ‚every scenario‘ in the event of a no-deal Brexit, defence minister reveals

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood revealed contingency plans are being made in case Government negotiations with the European Union collapse.

His comments came after the head of the British Army, chief of the defence staff General Sir Nick Carter, told yesterday’s Andrew Marr Show that the military was ‚thinking hard‘ about what no deal might involve.

12.11.2018 - 08:55 [ ]

Top forces general Sir Nick Carter says troops ‚ready to help‘ with no-deal Brexit

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, revealed that the army was „thinking hard“ about the implications of a no-deal Brexit amid dire warnings about disruption to food and medicine supply chains.

But he denied reports that troops could be involved in doling out medication to hard-to-reach communities in the event of Britain leaving without a deal.

12.11.2018 - 08:29 [ ]

Theresa May’s Brexit plans will leave Britain in ‚captivity‘, Boris Johnson warns as he calls for a Cabinet mutiny

BORIS Johnson has urged Theresa May’s Cabinet to stage a mutiny to thwart her Brexit plans.

He said the PM is “on the verge of total surrender” and ready to make Britain “the punk of Brussels”.

12.11.2018 - 08:18 [ ]

Kremlin stays mum on comments by Blair-era MI6 chief ‘regretting helping Putin win power’

(1.10.2018) The Times’ Monday issue published an interview with Richard Dearlove, then chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999-2004, who said he regretted that he had helped organize Tony Blair’s visit to Russia’s St. Petersburg where he attended a premier at the Mariinsky Theatre alongside Vladimir Putin just a few weeks before the presidential polls in Russia.

12.11.2018 - 08:14 [ Kleine Zeitung ]

Der Tipp kam aus London: Britischer Geheimdienst ließ Putins Spion in Österreich auffliegen

Ein hoher Bundesheeroffizier meint, dass die Briten die Information wohl sehr gezielt den Österreicher übermittelt haben dürften, um die Bundesregierung, die sich zum Missfallen zahlreicher westlicher Staaten auf Kuschelkurs mit dem Kreml befindet, auf Distanz zu den Russen zu bringen.

11.11.2018 - 16:29 [ ]

Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit ‚can’t be stopped‘ amid calls for second referendum

In an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Mr Corbyn was asked if he would stop Brexit.

He replied: „We can’t stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered. What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave.“

11.11.2018 - 16:27 [ ]

Interview mit Labour-Chef Jeremy Corbyn: „Ich bin sehr jung. Ich rauche nicht, ich trinke nicht“

Jeremy Corbyn, der Mann, auf dem die Hoffnungen der britischen Jugend ruhen, fotografiert in seiner Freizeit Kanaldeckel und weckt Marmelade ein. Er trägt gern ausgebeulte Jacketts und schmuggelt, wenn nötig, auch mal englischen Käse in sein mexikanisches Urlaubsdomizil.

11.11.2018 - 16:25 [ ]

Brexit: EU lehnt angeblich Theresa Mays Vorschlag ab

Wie die Zeitung Sunday Times unter Berufung auf nicht näher genannte Quellen berichtet, hat die Europäische Union einen Vorschlag Mays zur Handelspolitik zurückgewiesen. Die Premierministerin habe darin einen sogenannten unabhängigen Mechanismus angestrebt, mit dem Großbritannien nach dem Brexit eine vorübergehende Zollvereinbarung mit der EU hätte beenden können.

05.11.2018 - 13:11 [ ]

Unlike Mrs May, Leave voters will not give up the fight for national independence​

‘Never attempt to win by force that which can be won by deception,’ the great political deceiver Niccolo Machiavelli once advised. So having killed off any Conservative Party leaver coup and denied a divisive, bitter nation-splitting third referendum, the only questions left to ask Mrs May are: „Just how far has your betrayal gone, Prime Minister? Just how far have you agreed to surrender the independence of the United Kingdom to the European Union? Just how much deception have you employed to break the democratic spirit and political integrity of our nation?“

05.11.2018 - 13:06 [ ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson urges MPs to reject Theresa May’s proposed deal, calling it an ‘absolute stinker’

Reports emerged over the weekend that the EU could contemplate concession to keep all of the UK in a temporary customs union and Ms May was hoping for the possibility of a Canada-style free trade deal sought by Brexiteers.

The ex-foreign secretary dismissed the plans ”a Christmas present of the finest old Brussels fudge” which left Britain forced to accept EU laws without shaping them.

04.11.2018 - 13:51 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Bundeswehr im Libanon: Der Einsatz beginnt

(15.10.2006) Die Zeremonie vor Beirut fand auf dem italienischen Flugzeugträger „Giuseppe Garibaldi“ statt, von dem aus bislang eine interimistische Marinegruppe geführt wurde.

Sie hatte die Aufgabe wahrgenommen, das Seegebiet vor dem Libanon zu überwachen und möglichen Waffenschmuggel zu unterbinden. Israel hatte das zur Voraussetzung gemacht, seine Seeblockade aufzuheben, die es während des Krieges im Nachbarland im Sommer gebildet hatte. Der Kommandeur von Unifil, der französische General Alain Pellegrini, dankte Italien dafür, daß es kurzfristig eingesprungen war. Deutschland wäre das wegen des notwendigen parlamentarischen Verfahrens, aber auch wegen der zweiwöchigen Anmarschzeit unmöglich gewesen.

04.11.2018 - 13:31 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Naher Osten : „Wir können uns einer Friedensmission nicht verweigern“

(25.Juli 2006) Sie gilt mittlerweile auch als Konsens unter den Staats- und Regierungschefs der Länder, mit denen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in den vergangenen Tagen sprach. Darunter waren der amerikanische Präsident Bush, der russische Präsident Putin, der französische Präsident Chirac und der britische Premierminister Blair. Selbst der israelische Ministerpräsident Olmert habe in einem Telefongespräch mit Merkel diese Einschätzung geteilt, hieß es jetzt in Berlin.

03.11.2018 - 17:33 [ ]

Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses New US Sanctions With EU Officials – Tehran

„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.

03.11.2018 - 17:29 [ ]

EU’s purposeful delay in implementing SPV

Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.

03.11.2018 - 17:20 [ ]

China Unexpectedly Gambles on European Mechanism to Sustain Iran Trade

„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.

03.11.2018 - 17:11 [ ]

No EU Member Ready to Host Mechanism to Defy US Anti-Iranian Sanctions – Report

(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.

„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.

03.11.2018 - 17:04 [ ]

Iran: Wie die EU jetzt die Sanktionen umgehen will

Der schwere Schönheitsfehler dabei: Bisher hat sich noch kein EU-Land gefunden, das diese Zweckgesellschaft beherbergen möchte. Alle fürchten den Bannstrahl der USA.

03.11.2018 - 11:37 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

Gemeinsame Erklärung der EU/E3 zu Iran / JCPoA /

Es ist unser Ziel, im Einklang mit EU-Recht und der Resolution 2231 des VN-Sicherheitsrats europäische Wirtschaftsakteure zu schützen, die in legitimen Geschäftsbeziehungen mit Iran stehen.

Als Parteien des JCPoA haben wir uns dazu verpflichtet, unter anderem auf die Bewahrung und Offenhaltung effektiver Finanzkanäle mit Iran sowie an der Fortsetzung der iranischen Öl- und Gasexporte hinzuwirken. Unsere Arbeit an diesen und weiteren Themen geht weiter, auch unter Einbeziehung Russlands und Chinas als Teilnehmer am JCPoA und mit Drittstaaten, die an der Unterstützung des Abkommens interessiert sind. Diese Bemühungen sind in den letzten Wochen verstärkt worden, insbesondere die Anstrengungen zur Unterstützung der europäischen Initiative zur Schaffung einer Zweckgesellschaft (Special Purpose Vehicle), die einzurichten wir gegenwärtig im Begriff sind. Dies wird es ermöglichen, durch eine fortgesetzte Aufhebung von Sanktionen Iran zu erreichen und europäische Exporteure und Importeure in die Lage zu versetzen, legitimen Handel zu treiben.

03.11.2018 - 11:35 [ Downing Street Nr.10 ]

Joint Statement by the UK, France and Germany on the Iran Nuclear Deal

It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231.

As parties to the JCPoA, we have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with Russia and China as participants to the JCPoA and with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. These efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those underpinning the European initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle which we are proceeding with work to set up. This will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate trade.

03.11.2018 - 11:30 [ ]

The Latest: EU expresses deep regret over US-Iran sanctions

In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms „engaged in legitimate business with Iran.“

They added that their „collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering.“

01.11.2018 - 19:51 [ ]

Medienbericht: Fortschritt bei Brexit-Gesprächen – Barnier widerspricht

EU-Chefunterhändler Michel Barnier widersprach der Darstellung der Times. Im Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter schrieb er von „irreführenden Medienberichten“. Die EU sei lediglich bereit, mit Großbritannien über den Zugang der Finanzdienstleister zu verhandeln.

01.11.2018 - 08:37 [ ]

Erste vorläufige Brexit-Einigung: Britische Finanzbranche soll Zugang zu EU-Binnenmarkt behalten

Nach der Veröffentlichung der „Times“ stieg der Kurs des britischen Pfund gegenüber dem Dollar um 0,6 Prozent.

Die Finanzindustrie hat für Großbritanniens Wirtschaft enorme Bedeutung. Entsprechend wichtig ist der Zugang der Branche zum EU-Binnenmarkt.

28.10.2018 - 14:06 [ ]

Wie der Westen Syrien ins Chaos stürzte

(23.6.2017) Der erste Strang beginnt mit der imperialen Politik Großbritanniens und Frankreichs nach dem Ende des Osmanischen Reiches, die zum Ziel hatte, einen großen arabischen Staat zu verhindern. So entstanden Irak und Jordanien als britische, Syrien und Libanon als französische Protektorate, staatliche Gebilde ohne wirkliche Identität und ohne gesellschaftliche Basis. In dieses politische Vakuum stießen US-amerikanische Interessen: wegen des Öls, zum Schutze Israels und als Teil des Kalten Krieges mit der Sowjetunion. So kam es bereits 1949 zu einem ersten vom CIA initiierten Putsch gegen den gewählten syrischen Präsidenten Schukri al Quwatli. Die Folge waren wachsende Instabilität und wiederholte Umsturzversuche, in die die USA weiter involviert waren.

23.10.2018 - 05:20 [ Telegraph ]

Theresa May accused of surrender as she attempts to quell Tory rebellion with four-point Brexit plan

Theresa May has attempted to quell a mounting Tory rebellion over Brexit by unveiling a new four-point plan to break the deadlock with Brussels.

The Prime Minister was on Monday accused by Eurosceptic Tory MPs of „surrender“ as they suggested in the Commons that she does not have a Brexit plan and „know where we’re going“.

23.10.2018 - 05:20 [ Daily Mail ]

‚Focus on the prize‘: Theresa May issues rallying cry to Tory MPs she bids to quell Brexit rebellion – amid warnings it will be impossible to get legislation through Parliament even if a deal is done

– Prime Minister yesterday set out four-point plan on how to break talks deadlock
– Said any transition period as the UK leaves would be over ‘well before’ election
– Vowed extension would be an alternative to the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’

22.10.2018 - 08:47 [ ]

Theresa May could be SACKED in 48 hours – and THIS is who could replace her

For this to happen, 48 Conservative MPs must submit letters to the Party’s chairman.

And it could happen sooner rather than later amid reports that 46 have already been submitted.

Brexit supportor David Davis is the most likely successor to Mrs May.

22.10.2018 - 08:45 [ ]

May zu EU-Austritt: „Brexit-Abkommen zu 95 Prozent fertig“

May beharrt aber zugleich auf ihrer harten Haltung in der Frage der künftigen Grenze zwischen Irland und Nordirland. Die von der EU angestrebte Auffanglösung (backstop) sei nicht akzeptabel, da sie zu einer Zollgrenze in der Irischen See führen und die Einheit Großbritanniens zerstören würde, heißt es in Mays Redetext. „Ich denke nicht, dass irgendein britischer Premierminister das jemals akzeptieren könnte. Und ich werde es sicherlich nicht tun.“

21.10.2018 - 15:08 [ Socialist Appeal ]

Why we oppose a „People’s Vote“

If the right wing is to win its fight on Brexit, therefore, it will ironically need the support of the very Corbyn-supporting left that it has been slandering and expelling since 2015.

Consequently, the focus of campaigns for a second referendum (a “People’s Vote”) has shifted from toxic figures such as Tony Blair to left-wing, pro-EU campaigns such as “Another Europe is Possible”.

This shift has also seen the cross-party campaign of “entrepreneurs” against Brexit, Best for Britain, donate £70,000 to Another Europe, despite fundamentally disagreeing with Corbyn’s programme. Meanwhile, much of the liberal media has been quick to promote the new left face of the anti-Brexit movement – when they aren’t attacking Corbyn and the left over anti-semitism, that is.

21.10.2018 - 14:57 [ ]

BREXIT LIVE: Whitehall starts SECRET contingency planning for SECOND EU referendum

CIVIL Servants are beginning plans to betray Brexit by beginning secret plans for a second referendum amid fears Theresa May is unable to get Parliament to back a deal, after 670,000 protestors marched on London calling for another vote.

Staff at the Department for Exiting the European Union are said to have role-played the likely actions the Prime Minister will undertake in a “war games” scenario, according to The Sunday Times.

21.10.2018 - 14:27 [ ]

‚It’s RECKLESS‘ Brexit backstop will turn Northern Ireland into EU ‚PROTECTORATE‘

NORTHERN Ireland would become a “protectorate” of an unaccountable EU if the backstop was introduced, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has warned. Robin Swann said unionists who voted Remain did not do so because they wanted to leave the UK and it was “dishonest and deceitful” to portray them as such.

21.10.2018 - 14:18 [ ]

People’s Vote march: ‚More than 700,000 protesters‘ call for second referendum on Brexit in ‚largest demonstration since Iraq War‘

At least 670,000 people gathered for the event on Saturday, organisers have claimed – making it the biggest anti-Brexit demonstration since the referendum in 2016.

If true, it would be the biggest demonstration since 2003 when some one million people protested against the Iraq War in the streets of London.

21.10.2018 - 14:14 [ Telegraph, ]

More than 40 MPs warn Theresa May that she must fix the Universal Credit system with an injection of £2 billion

More than a dozen ministers and government aides and one of the Conservatives‘ biggest donors have joined Tory backbenchers lobbying for a cash boost to the Government’s new welfare scheme, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

A string of senior government figures have privately warned Conservative whips that Philip Hammond must provide additional funding for Universal Credit in next week’s Budget.

21.10.2018 - 13:39 [ ]

What is Universal Credit: Who is entitled to Universal Credit? Will it be scrapped?

The use of food banks has risen since Universal Credit’s introduction.

The Trussell Trust said in April it gave out a record 1.3m old parcels to 666,000 people in 2017 to 2018, an increase of 13 percent on the previous year.

And the charity revealed its food banks operating in areas where Universal Credit had been rolled out were four time as busy as in other parts of the UK.

21.10.2018 - 13:33 [ ]

‘It wasn’t planned but it was very wanted. I was crying when they wheeled me in, I woke up crying after’ – How Universal Credit rules force women into abortions

(4.5.2018) She and her partner discovered, almost halfway through the pregnancy, that the government no longer paid out child tax credit and the child element of universal credit for more than two children.

The rule applies to babies born after 6th April 2017 and it’s been widely condemned by women’s rights organisations, religious leaders and child poverty campaigners.

20.10.2018 - 19:01 [ ]

The Brexit headbangers understand the EU far better than Theresa May

The transition deal is itself an unfavourable extension, sort of, of our EU membership (keeping to customs union and single market rules, and still paying, but losing the power to affect anything). If the original extension and Mrs May’s extension to the extension are agreed, we would have taken well over five years from voting Leave to achieving it. That is almost as long as the entire Second World War.

20.10.2018 - 18:59 [ ]

Leading Brexiter tries to kill Northern Ireland backstop

Baker is forcing the prime minister to choose between the integrity of the UK and a negotiated Brexit.

This is her worst nightmare.

What the leading Brexiter, Baker – who organises the European Research Group of Tory MPs – is doing more precisely is making it impossible for the backstop to be introduced without the approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

18.10.2018 - 12:38 [ ]

No deal is better than partition, or reducing Britain to a vassal state

It was the Europeans who insisted that the Irish border must be resolved before our future relationship with the EU could be discussed. Of course, they knew the border could not be fixed until the future relationship was decided. They were laying a trap to tie the UK to European laws beyond Brexit.

18.10.2018 - 11:10 [ ]

Theresa May faces backlash over hint to extend Brexit transition to 2021

It would mean the UK remaining within the single market and customs union and subject to EU rules and regulations for almost three years after the official date of Brexit in March 2019, and more than five years after the referendum vote to leave the bloc.

Angry Brexiteers said the concession would delay when the UK could sign new trade deals around the world and mean taxpayers paying billions of pounds more in additional contributions to the EU.

18.10.2018 - 10:57 [ Irish Times ]

Brexit explained: Why does the Border matter and what is the backstop?

The 499-kilometre border running from Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle will become the only land border between the UK and the European Union after Brexit. The 1998 Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) brought peace to Northern Ireland and removed the need for checks along the Border. It also established North-South regulations and institutions that helped support the peace process. The Border is currently invisible and neither side wants the return of infrastructure or the creation of a hard border.

18.10.2018 - 09:43 [ Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ]

Support for the Union comes from all corners of the UK: Campbell

Indeed, the comments by the Scottish Conservative Leader last weekend highlighted the strength of support across the United Kingdom for maintaining the Union.

Ruth Davidson’s position is not borne out of enthusiastic support for leaving the European Union; she was an advocate for Remain. However, Ruth Davidson recognises the impact of placing an international style border down the Irish Sea. She understands that such an outcome would be seized upon by separatists within the United Kingdom.

The DUP wants to see a sensible deal which maintains the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom. We will stand up for Northern Ireland but most important is the Union between us all. It is very clear that those same objectives are shared by many others across the United Kingdom. Both those who were ‘Leave’ as well as those who were ‘Remain’recognise that the four countries are stronger together.”

18.10.2018 - 09:40 [ ]

Scotland: David Mundell accused of ‘flip flopping’ after denying he threatened to resign

David Mundell told MPs that preserving the integrity of the UK as the country leaves the EU was a “red line” for him and other Scottish Conservatives including Ruth Davidson.

But he said the Prime Minister felt the same way, batting away suggestions that he told her he would quit over any Brexit deal that boosted the case for Scottish independence.

18.10.2018 - 08:52 [ ]

DUP leader says would prefer no Brexit deal to ‘annexation’ of Northern Ireland

(13.10.2018) The head of the Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said on Saturday she would prefer no Brexit deal to a bad deal, saying the current proposal would permanently annex Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

18.10.2018 - 08:45 [ ]

Unionists plan ‘guerilla war’ against Northern Ireland Brexit plan

(12.10.2018) Even if May can get a version of the so-called Irish backstop through the U.K. parliament without DUP votes, the party could use its position as the leading unionist political force in Northern Ireland to try to prevent it from ever being implemented — and in the process block power sharing with nationalist politicians permanently.

“We are going to squeeze their balls until their ears bleed,” the party official said.

18.10.2018 - 08:38 [ ]

EU plan to annex Northern Ireland may spark war

(8.10.2017) At the outset of Brexit, all sides openly agreed there should be no border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but it now seems the Europeans were being sneaky when they made the pledge. It has now emerged they are keen to see a border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, despite them being the same country.

Given most people are confused by the geography of the UK it is worth quickly recapping before I go any further.

18.10.2018 - 07:59 [ ]

Michael Fabricant reveals REAL reason Brussels is playing hard ball over Brexit

The Tory backbencher said the UK’s departure has left the bloc fighting for “sheer survival” with the very future of the European project at stake.

He said granting Britain any special exceptions could “open Pandora’s Box” and embolden disgruntled member states like Hungary and Poland to make similar demands.

16.10.2018 - 17:00 [ ]

Tusk: Brexit ohne Abkommen wahrscheinlicher denn je

Trotz intensiver Verhandlungen waren Barnier und der britische Brexit-Minister Dominic Raab am Sonntag ohne Einigung auseinandergegangen. Die wichtigste Hürde ist immer noch die Frage, wie Kontrollen an der künftigen EU-Außengrenze zwischen der Republik Irland und dem britischen Nordirland vermieden werden können.