Tag Archives: United Kingdom

UK: Police shoot one, arrest six in "counterterror" raids

Source: Washington Post

"British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terror plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously wounded as heavily armed counterterrorism officers stormed a house in a residential London street. Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was in serious but stable condition in a hospital. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was under police guard but had not been arrested because of her condition, police said. Armed officers fired CS gas into the house in the Willesden area of northwest London, which had been under observation as part of an anti-terrorism investigation, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. He didn’t give details of how the woman was shot." (04/28/27)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-police-shoot-1-arrest-4-others-in-counter-terror-raids/2017/04/28/e37be7e6-2bdb-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html

UK: May warns of chaotic Brexit in final Prime Minister's Questions before election

Source: CNN

"UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the opposition Labour Party would doom Britain to a 'chaotic Brexit' as she clashed with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a testy final Prime Minister's Questions before a snap general election is held on June 8. May, who made repeated use of her party's mantra of "strong and stable leadership" under the Conservatives, said Labour would 'crash' the economy if it won the election, and that a vote for Corbyn would damage Britain's ability to ensure the best terms for its exit from the European Union in two years' time. … Labour on Tuesday vowed to scrap May's Brexit plans if it wins the general election in June, saying it will seek a softer departure from the European Union." (04/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/europe/uk-may-corbyn-election/

UKIP's burqa ban is desperate and daft

Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

"What do you do if your party is on the ropes? For UKIP, a party hurtling towards irrelevance, the solution is to announce a controversial, outrage-inducing policy: a burqa ban, in this case. '[Firstly] we have a heightened security risk at the moment and for CCTV to be effective you need to see people’s faces,' said Paul Nuttall, UKIP’s leader, on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show. 'Secondly, there’s the issue of integration,' he continued, 'I don’t believe you can integrate fully and enjoy the fruits of British society if you can’t see people’s faces.' Putting aside Nuttall’s illiberal desire for increased CCTV, his attempt to present a burqa ban as an aid to integration is absurd. Why would restricting a woman’s civil liberties make her feel more integrated into British society?" (04/24/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/ukips-burqa-ban-one-last-stab-at-notoriety/

UK: UKIP fully abandons former kinda-sorta-libertarian image, goes full authoritarian xenophobe

Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

"Britain's anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social integration by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools. The right-wing party on Monday unveiled what it calls an 'integration agenda' ahead of Britain's June 8 election. It includes bans on Sharia law and on wearing face-covering veils in public, and a call for prosecution of parents of girls subjected to female genital mutilation." (04/24/17)

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/nation-world/article146368384.html

UK: Corbyn says Labour government would suspend Syria airstrikes

Source: Independent [UK]

"A Labour government would move to suspend British air strikes against targets in Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader said his foreign policy priority in the country if he became the Prime Minister would be to urge US President Donald Trump to resume international peace talks in Geneva. RAF warplanes are currently hitting Isis targets in Iraq and Syria, though they are not engaging with Assad regime targets. The US has made strikes against the Assad regime under Mr Trump, however." (04/23/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-syria-british-airstrikes-a7697441.html

Brexit referendum 2.0

Source: The American Conservative
by David A Cowan

"To the surprise of Britons, this week Prime Minister Theresa May made her boldest move yet by calling a snap general election for June 8. It is a gamble that has caught her political rivals off-guard and promises to be a game-changer for Brexit, the country’s ongoing process of leaving the European Union. … This snap election could give May the personal mandate, large majority, and lengthy timetable she needs in order to secure a successful Brexit. It could also produce a renewed and united Euroskeptic party ready for the parliamentary battles of the future. If May fails to win a landslide majority, then the process of Brexit will be put in jeopardy." (04/19/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/brexit-referendum-2-0/

UK: May to seek snap election for June

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: 'The country is coming together but Westminster is not.' There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday — Labour have said they will vote with the government. The prime minister needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020." (04/18/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39629603

UK: Anti-Brexit pols ape US "maybe Putin did it" propaganda

Source: Newsweek

"Foreign hackers may have targeted the British government’s voter registration site before the Brexit referendum last June, a committee of MPs has said. On June 7, 2016, the 'register to vote' website was temporarily inaccessible due to technical problems. This was the last day people could register to have a vote in the June 23 referendum and authorities blamed a surge in demand as Brits scrambled to sign up. But on Wednesday, a report from a committee of MPs will say that they cannot rule out that the website went down due to intervention by foreign hackers. … In December, the British Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said that it is 'highly probable' Russia sought to influence the result of the Brexit referendum and called on the government to investigate interference from Moscow. Many believe Brexit was the desired outcome of Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly given the Russian support for anti-EU politicians such as Marine Le Pen." (04/12/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/brexit-voter-registration-site-hack-russia-germany-macron-france-582697

Brexit is happening — so let's all cheer up about it

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel Hannan

"In the aftermath of the vote, many of my Remainer friends were genuinely worried about an abrupt economic shock. In a lot of cases, indeed, this was their chief reason for having voted to stay in. And in fairness, it wasn't just the Remain campaign that prophesied frogs and locusts. Most academic economists, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the IMF and the OECD, forecast an immediate downturn as a result of a Leave vote. In the event, all these organisations have since been scrabbling to revise their predictions upwards, and you can see why. Britain grew more strongly in the six months after the vote than in the six months before it …. But the remains of Remain, the irreconcilable Europeans, are behaving like doomsday cultists, constantly deferring the date of the coming apocalypse. Being cultists, they can’t quite hide the fact that they relish the prospect of obliteration — however unappealing that attitude is to everyone else." (04/06/17)

https://fee.org/articles/brexit-is-happening-so-lets-all-cheer-up-about-it/

EU pols adopt Brexit resolution, reject pro-Gibraltar hint

Source: Reuters

"European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday setting their red lines for the two-year divorce talks with Britain and rejected attempts by British MEPs to recognize Gibraltar's pro-EU stance in the Brexit referendum. In a display of EU unity, the legislature'[s] text repeated the same priorities set by the EU summits' chair Donald Tusk in his draft negotiating guidelines released last week. The European Parliament wants talks on Britain's future relations with the EU to start only after 'substantial progress' is made on the bill for Brexit bill, on the Irish border, and on the rights of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the one million British residents in EU countries." (04/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-europeanparliament-idUSKBN1771C0