September 22, 2019

UK Brexit: ‘Election in October’ if MPs block no deal

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From BBC The government is expected to table a motion to hold a general election on 14 October if it is defeated by MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday. Boris Johnson said he did not want an election, but progress with the EU would be “impossible” if they won. Tory rebels are joining […]

Brexit: MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement/See update

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From BBC MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU. The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58. It means the UK has missed an EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and leave with a deal. The prime […]

UK: May’s government survives no confidence vote

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Theresa May has seen off a bid to remove her government, winning a no-confidence vote by 325 to 306. Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP – who 24 hours ago voted down the PM’s Brexit plan by a record margin – voted to keep her in Downing Street. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that Mrs […]

May reaches tentative Brexit deal on financial services for the UK and EU

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From WN The Times was reporting Prime Minister Theresa May had struck a deal with Brussels on Wednesday which would give the United Kingdom’s financial services companies continued access to European markets after Brexit. Government sources said British and European negotiations were able to reach a tentative agreement on the aspects of a future partnership […]

UK: No 10 refuses Caribbean request to discuss children of Windrush

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By Amelia Gentleman from The Guardian British residents threatened with deportation to countries they left as children and have not returned to since ‘I’m here legally, but they’re asking me to prove I’m British’ Downing Street has rejected a formal diplomatic request to discuss the immigration problems being experienced by some Windrush-generation British residents at […]

Russian spy: UK to brief UN on former Russian spy attack

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From BBC Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are in a critical condition in hospital The UK has called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the poisoning of a former double agent in Salisbury, the Foreign Office says. Russia failed to respond to a midnight deadline set by […]

Scottish leader rules out second independence referendum this year

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From Wn.com First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second Scottish independence referendum this year but said another ballot remained “highly likely,” The Guardian reported. Sturgeon suggested to STV News that she would wait to see the direction of the Brexit negotiations. “There is not going to be an independence referendum in 2017. […]

Martin McGuinness resigns as NI deputy first minister

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From BBC Martin McGuinness has resigned as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m. He cited the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) conduct over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme scandal as the main reason. The Sinn Féin MLA’s decision to quit is […]

Dominica baroness a regional embarrassment, says Antigua PM

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From Caribbean News Now LONDON, England — Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has described reports of profligate misspending and wastage by Commonwealth secretary general, Dominican-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, as an embarrassment to the Caribbean. Browne said that, instead of bringing benefits to the region, she brought shame, the Antigua Observer reported. He said […]

Cameron adviser reveals No 10’s alarm at his holding in offshore fund [Cayman Islands]

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By Holly Watt From The Guardian UK Book by Craig Oliver says Downing Street did not disclose investment after deciding: ‘We think it’s fine, but what if it’s not?’ Downing Street officials were alarmed to discover that David Cameron had a holding in a Vietnamese investment fund registered in the Cayman Islands at the height […]