Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Belgium: UK's Davis resumes Brexit talks as cabinet splits turn ugly

Source: Bloomberg

"U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis returned to Brussels Monday to resume Brexit talks with the European Union, as infighting among ministers in London over the future of Prime Minister Theresa May gathered pace. Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, shook hands before talks started on the priority issues identified by the bloc, including the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. and Britain’s financial obligations. … Davis is in a rush to move talks toward the crucial issue of future trade even as open divisions in the cabinet back home make it hard for Europe to know what Britain wants. A Sunday Times photo montage illustrated May’s tenuous grip on power with an image of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — all names touted as potential successor — aiming pistols at each other." (07/17/17)


The Tories were never the party of Brexit

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

"If you need any more proof that the Tories aren’t the party of Brexit, that the old party of the establishment is fundamentally ill-equipped to see through the most radical vote for generations, then this weekend’s revelations about cabinet infighting should have put you straight. A series of remarkable leaks, to the Sun and The Sunday Times, revealed a government lacking not just authority, but basic discipline and shared mission. … PM May is incapable of keeping her top team in-line and disagreements over Brexit, public-sector pay and the suitability of women to drive trains are just proxies for the opening qualifiers of the inevitable leadership beauty contest to come. But these problems run much deeper. The Tory Party is bitterly divided on Brexit, and always has been." (07/17/17)


UK: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics concerning Charlie Gard

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie's condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano an honorary contract giving him the same status as its own physicians. It means he can examine Charlie and has full access to his medical records. The visit has been arranged as part of the latest stage of a court fight, brought by Charlie's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont, south west London, over whether he should be given experimental treatment in America." (07/17/17)


UK: Regime publishes Brexit "repeal bill"

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"MPs must 'work together' on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK's EU exit has said, as he published a bill to convert EU law into British law. The legislation, known as the repeal bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving the UK Parliament power to change them. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would 'work with anyone' to make it a success, but he faces opposition. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the government: 'This will be hell.' Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form." (07/13/17)


Saving Charlie Gard

Source: Acton Institute
by Anne Rathbone Bradley

"The case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard continues to garner international attention and pleas for his life from Donald Trump and Pope Francis. Cases like Charlie’s, while exceptional and rare, are important because they establish precedents regarding the relationship between the individual and the state. When we think about it in this way, Great Ormond Street Hospital — which has been the target of much criticism — is actually almost an incidental player. The London children’s hospital is responding to the rules of the game — the institutional legal structure — and we can expect it to act according to the incentives those rules set forth. Institutions and incentives also play a key role in creating an environment where Charlie’s case can have a happier ending — where human ingenuity can be freed to achieve disease prevention and cure." (07/12/17)


UK: Charlie Gard's parents temporarily leave court after judge claims they support state's infanticide scheme

Source: CNN

"The parents of baby Charlie Gard stormed out of Britain's High Court Thursday amid an emotional hearing as they fight to take him to the United States for experimental treatment for a rare genetic disorder. At a preliminary hearing Monday before the judge who first heard the case, Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, were given two days to submit new written evidence regarding the viability of having Charlie treated abroad with experimental nucleoside therapy. … about two hours into Thursday's hearing, Charlie's parents abruptly left the court after disagreeing with a comment by the judge. Yates interrupted Francis as he said that the parents had said they would not want to prolong Charlie's life in its present state, only if there was hope of improvement. 'I never said that!' she exclaimed from her seat behind her barrister. The judge attempted to clarify that one or other of the parents had said it, but both rose and left the court, which paused for lunch a short time later." (07/13/17)


EU to reject Brexit deal if UK fails to secure "favorable" status for EU citizens


Source: CNBC

"The European Parliament has criticized the U.K.'s proposals on EU citizens' rights as a 'damp squib' and has vowed to reject a Brexit deal if Britain does not offer more. Chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament's main groups wrote in a joint letter to newspapers that Britain's plans for the three million EU citizens expecting to remain in the U.K. post-Brexit 'fall short' of what they are entitled to and what U.K. nationals are being offered in the EU." (07/10/17)


US pols push to give Charlie Gard family residency

Source: Fox News

"House lawmakers are pushing to grant legal U.S. residency to terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his family so they can seek treatment in America — a development that comes as a London court granted the family a brief reprieve. 'Let’s give him a fighting chance,' Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told 'Fox & Friends.' Gard suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. His parents want him to be sent to the United States for experimental therapy — Wenstrup and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., say they'll introduce a bill to grant the family legal permanent residence, presumably easing their path to seeking life-saving treatment in the U.S." (07/10/17)


UK: Court rejects bid to halt Saudi arms sales

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"London's High Court has ruled that Britain's multi-billion-pound arms sales to its ally Saudi Arabia is lawful. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) had sought an order to block the export licences for British-made bombs, fighter jets and other munitions. The campaigners argued they were being used by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law. But on Monday, the High Court said 'the claimant's claim for judicial review is dismissed.' The court ruled there had been extensive political and military engagement with Saudi Arabia regarding the conduct of operations in Yemen and the Saudis had 'sought positively to address concerns about international humanitarian law.' Some of the evidence in the case was presented in secret on national security grounds." (07/10/17)


UK: May leaves door open for allowing infant to be treated abroad instead of murdering him

Source: Fox News

"Prime Minister Theresa May left the door open for the terminally ill infant Charlie Gard to receive treatment outside the United Kingdom, as hospitals in the U.S. and the Vatican offered to take him. May told the House of Commons Wednesday that she understands that the 11-month-old’s parents are in an 'unimaginable situation' and are trying to do what’s right for their child, but that in cases like this doctors are forced to make 'heartbreaking decisions.' … Gard is suffering from a rare genetic condition that has damaged his brain and left him unable to breathe without assistance. His parents have said they want to take him to the U.S. for an experimental medical treatment … However, a succession of judges backed specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who've said the therapy won’t help Charlie and may cause him to suffer." [editor's note: The "heartbreaking decision" of whether or not to "allow" the parents to seek treatment elsewhere is not those doctors' decision to make – TLK] (07/06/17)