Tag Archives: United Kingdom

UK, France announce new treaty over migrants, Calais

Source: CNN

“France and Britain signed a new treaty Thursday aimed at speeding up asylum applications for migrants entitled to claim refuge in the UK. The new pact, which French President Emmanuel Macron said was the first border treaty between the two countries in 15 years, will cover unaccompanied children and will reduce the processing times for cases from six months to one month for adults, and from six months to 25 days for minors. Ahead of the meeting, Macron indicated France would not tolerate another camp being built in Calais, saying the port town will not be used as a ‘side door’ for migrants to gain access to the UK.” (01/18/18)


Lords should leave Leveson out of it

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“We are rightly keen to chastise and lampoon the enemies of a free press away from home (whether its mocking Trump’s attacks of #FakeNews and his calls to open up the libel laws, Chinese censorship or Turkey’s Erdogan shutting down private papers and TV channels). But the threat that comes from the House of Lords should be just as worrying.” (01/15/18)


UK security theater: RAF fighters intercept Russian bombers in international airspace, Guardian pretends it’s news

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The RAF has been scrambled to intercept two long-range Russian bombers over the North Sea. The Tupolev Tu-160s, known to Nato as Blackjacks, were monitored on Monday as they flew past Norway and Denmark and near the Netherlands. Two Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth picked them up about 30 miles (48km) from UK airspace and escorted them. Both Russia and Nato, including Britain, routinely test reactions with such sorties, sometimes flying almost up to the boundaries of each other’s airspace.” (01/15/18)


UK: Alt-right Trump supporters attempt to “arrest” London mayor Sadiq Khan

Source: Newsweek

“Far-right supporters holding aloft American flags attempted to perform a ‘citizen’s arrest’ of London mayor and Trump critic Sadiq Khan on Saturday. Khan was delivering a speech at the left-wing Fabian Society when protesters from a group called the White Pendragons, shouting pro-Trump and pro-Brexit slogans, disrupted his talk, according to multiple reports. … Khan reportedly sat down and flicked through a newspaper as he waited for the commotion to die down and the protesters to be escorted out. After they had been led out, Khan aimed another jab at President Trump. ‘It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses,’ he said, referring to last week’s Trump tweet in which he referred to himself as a ‘very stable genius.'” (01/13/18)


Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange in bid to end London embassy standoff

Source: Washington Post

“Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the South American nation’s foreign minister announced Thursday, in a bid to resolve an ‘unsustainable’ situation at its embassy in London, where Assange sought refuge more than five years ago. But a standoff with British authorities continued, as the Foreign Office rejected an Ecuadoran request that it grant diplomatic status to Assange, insisting instead that the Australian national ‘leave the embassy to face justice.’ Ecuador’s foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, subsequently said that Assange would not leave the embassy in the absence of security guarantees.” (01/11/18)


UK: Farage backs fresh Brexit referendum to “kill off” issue

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Nigel Farage has proposed a second referendum on leaving the EU to settle the issue for a generation, as he believes the result would be the same again. The former Ukip leader suggested another poll would ultimately kill off the campaign for Brexit to be reversed, which is championed by remainers such as Tony Blair, Andrew Adonis and Nick Clegg. … Farage immediately won support from his ally Arron Banks, the prominent Brexit supporter who helped bankroll one of the leave campaigns. ‘If we do not act radically now, we will sleepwalk into a faux Brexit, in name only,’ he said. ‘True Brexiteers have been backed into a corner and the only option now is to go back to the polls and let the people shout from the rooftops their support of a true Brexit. Leave would win by a landslide.'” (01/11/18)


Ecuador: Regime may seek mediation with UK regime over Assange

Source: Independent [UK]

“Julian Assange could be kicked out of Ecuador’s embassy in London after the country’s foreign minister said the situation was ‘not sustainable.’ The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, and has been holed up in Knightsbridge for five-and-a-half years. Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into the allegations, but Mr Assange, who denied the allegations, fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. … Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador’s foreign minister, said her country was now seeking possible mediation to resolve the impasse, which she called ‘not sustainable.’ ‘We’re considering, exploring the possibility of a mediation,’ she said, adding that a third country or person could lead a potential mediation.” (01/10/18)


UK: Tories appoint new chairman in May’s first major reshuffle

Source: Irish Times [Ireland]

“Brandon Lewis has been named the new chairman of Britain’s Conservative Party, amid farcical scenes which saw the Tories’ official Twitter account incorrectly announce that the job had gone to Chris Grayling. … In a major shake-up of CCHQ, the Conservatives announced prominent backbencher James Cleverly as deputy chairman, junior minister Chris Skidmore as vice chairman for policy, Maria Caulfield as vice chair for women, and 2017 intake MPs Kemi Badenoch and Ben Bradley as vice chair for candidates and vice chair for youth respectively. But bigger names were also expected to leave the Cabinet, with Education Secretary Justine Greening, Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom all reported to be vulnerable as the Prime Minister seeks to assert her authority.” (01/08/18)


High time to legalise

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“If our politicians don’t act fast British businesses are going to be left behind in the race to commercialise cannabis across the world. By 2025 the global market for medicinal cannabis alone is due to be worth £40bn, and by 2021 the recreational market in the US alone is expected to be worth $24.5bn. The prohibition on research, development, innovation and sales of cannabis is holding British business back at a time when we need to be even more innovative and even more global in our trade ambitions.” (01/08/18)


Brexit — everything changes so it can stay the same?

Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Varga Llosa

“If we want everything to remain the same, everything must change. These famous words from The Leopard, Lampedusa’s masterpiece of social upheaval in Sicily during the Italian unification, might as well have been inspired by Brexit, to judge by the first phase of the negotiations between London and the European Union, which have finally produced an agreement. The terms of the agreement are these: London will pay the EU about 40 billion pounds; Europeans living in British territory can stay (and vice versa); and the border between Northern Ireland, which belongs to the United Kingdom, and Ireland, which belongs to the EU, will be soft. It remains to define what ‘soft’ means, but since London has agreed to ‘align’ its norms with those of the union to ensure that there will not be a ‘hard’ border, clearly the outcome will resemble the current situation.” (12/20/17)