September 19, 2019

UK: Boris Johnson’s Brexit policy ‘unacceptable’ – EU negotiator

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From BBC Top European officials have rebuffed the Brexit policy of Boris Johnson after his first speech to UK MPs. The new prime minister said he was committed to “getting rid” of the Irish border backstop, which has long been a bone of contention in negotiations. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said removing […]

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 […]

Prince William and Kate Middleton are the king and queen of draught beer

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By Laura Byager From Mashable Prince William and Kate Middleton just proved that they, like many of their fellow Britons, love a good pint. Or at least they like pouring them.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge served up two cold pints when they visited Belfast on a tour of Northern Ireland in celebration of […]

The Editor speaks: Hunger strikes

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With so many millions of people starving (according to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2016 815 million people of the 7.6 billion people in the world), why do persons go on hunger strikes? Well, Ghandi did it, suffragettes in the UK did it, Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland did it and here, just […]

The View From Europe: Brexit – The long view

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By David Jessop Despite the British electorate having voted to leave the European Union (EU) two and half years ago, there is still no consensus on how to proceed. As had been wholly predictable for months, the week past showed very publicly that there is no majority in Britain’s Parliament for the UK government’s proposed […]

UK: Theresa May calls off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal

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From BBC Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it. As it stands the deal “would be rejected by a significant margin” if MPs voted on it, she admitted. But she said she was confident of […]

Head of Britain’s Armed Forces who served in Northern Ireland says he feels ‘uncomfortable’ at prospect of facing probe over killings during The Troubles

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By CLAIRE ELLICOTT  FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK Tory MPs have led the opposition to British veterans facing legal action  More than 30 politicians supported proposal for a 20-year time limit on reopening cases  Theresa May has labelled the existing investigation system ‘flawed’  The head of the Armed Forces has told how the prospect of being […]

Destinations of the week

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4 places all ‘Game of Thrones’ fans need to visit By Rowan Kaiser, ‘100 Things Game of Thrones Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’ From Business Insider Croatia_Dubrovnik_Medieval walls of Dubrovnik Old City on the Adriatic Sea Dubrovnik, Croatia provides the backdrop for most of “GoT.” Shutterstock Aside from jaw-dropping costumes, elaborate plotlines, […]

UK feels Brexit pressure after EU-Japan trade deal

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The signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in July put into sharp contrast the UK’s struggles to make any tangible progress with its Brexit negotiations. Jacopo Dettoni assesses how Japanese companies will view their European investments should the UK head for a no-deal Brexit. As Brexit blurs the horizon of the UK’s future foreign […]

Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups

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From BBC Pope Francis has condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics. The letter to “the People of God” calls for an end to the “culture of death” in the Church, addresses failures to deal with abuse and asks for forgiveness. Last week […]