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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

Theresa May will say: “We are in touching distance of agreement” of securing the rights of the around 3 million people from other EU countries in Britain.

“I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay,” Theresa May wrote on her Facebook page, adding she would set up a group of those affected and experts to make sure the process is smooth.

“I know both sides will consider each other’s proposals for finalizing the agreement with an open mind. And with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.”

Offering concessions, Theresa May will say that EU citizens settling in Britain will no longer need to have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, as they currently require under EU rules.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Wait for Leave Voters to Die, Then Rejoin EU’: Richard Branson’s Brexit Strategy

UK POLITICS: ‘Wait for Leave Voters to Die, Then Rejoin EU’: Richard Branson’s Brexit Strategy

“The older generation is dying off. Whether there’s a second referendum before Brexit happens, I’m sure the Tory party will do their best not to allow that to happen, within five years there will be a government in power in Britain that will ask Europe for a chance for Britain to re-enter,” Sir Richard Branson said the billionaire.

“And because there are so many young people who will be a little older by then, and so many older [people] who voted for Brexit will have died off, I think Britain will become a part of Europe again.”

“Britain was doing really well before the Brexit announcement. Since the Brexit announcement, we’ve dropped to the bottom of all European countries, as far as Brexit is concerned, and this is just a taste of what is going to happen,” Sir Branson said.

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USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

“They came up with a plan that protects the things they are concerned about but doesn’t recertify, which the president made clear he was not going to do. That ship has sailed,” according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said Trump has been telling foreign leaders and U.S. lawmakers that his refusal to certify the Iran deal would not blow it up.

“He’s not walking away from it. The chances of him walking away from it go down if they work with him on making it better,” the official said.

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UK POLITICS: Obama Mocked Britain in Secret, Says That US-Britain ‘Special Relationship’ a Joke

UK POLITICS: Obama Mocked Britain in Secret, Says That US-Britain ‘Special Relationship’ a Joke

Former US President Barack Obama ex-aides Jeremy Shapiro reveals that, “From my perspective it was very important for us to mention the special relationship in every press conference that we had when the UK were here. But really we laughed about it behind the scenes. Typically, I would try and slip in a reference to the Malvinas or something to spoil it.”

‘Malvinas’ is the word used by Argentinian politicians to refer to the Falklands, particularly when they are trying to claim the islands belong to Argentina.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Brexit Supporters ‘Voted Against Modern Britain”: Hillary Clinton Says

UK POLITICS: ‘Brexit Supporters ‘Voted Against Modern Britain”: Hillary Clinton Says

“How, in democracies like ours [can] people believe nonsense and lies on the side of buses about how much money the UK government paid to the EU? How did we let this happen?” Former Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, referencing Vote Leave’s infamous claim that £350 million-a-week was sent to the EU and could be spent on the NHS.

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UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Prepares for War With North Korea’ While ‘New Carrier Could Be Rushed Into Service’

UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Prepares for War With North Korea’ While ‘New Carrier Could Be Rushed Into Service’

“We have plenty of ships to send… the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates. Britain’s new aircraft carrier could be pressed into service early if things turn south,” a senior Whitehall source told the newspaper.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, which arrived at its home in Portsmouth in August after extensive sea trials, is not due to enter service until 2020. The possible move to deploy it ahead of schedule drew comparisons with the start of the Falklands War. 

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU States Engaging in Quiet Diplomacy Between North Korea and U.S. See Chances Diminish

EUROPE POLITICS: EU States Engaging in Quiet Diplomacy Between North Korea and U.S. See Chances Diminish

US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary and calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un names. Kim has responded with threats — and name-calling — of his own.

Recently, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was exploring channels to talk to North Korea.

Trump soon seemed to undermine him by tweeting that Tillerson was “wasting his time” trying to open lines of communication with North Korea. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn to Theresa May: ‘For Britain’s Sake, Pull Yourself Together or Make Way’

UK POLITICS: Corbyn to Theresa May: ‘For Britain’s Sake, Pull Yourself Together or Make Way’

“Against all predictions, in June we won the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945 and achieved Labour’s best vote for a generation. It’s a result which has put the Tories (Conservatives) on notice and Labour on the threshold of power,” Corbyn will say, according to excerpts of his speech.

“Yes, we didn’t do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. But we have become a government-in-waiting. And our message to the country could not be clearer: Labour is ready.”

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UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

“I’m not going to do an actual number on air, it would be ridiculous to do that, but we have a fairly clear idea where we’re going on this,” UK Brexit Minister David Davis said.

EU claims for Britain to contribute to the bloc’s future pension pot, he said, are “debatable to say the least.”

“The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and we’ll continue to do that.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

“We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, referring to a resolution adopted at the UN Security Council in 2015.

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UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

Nearly half of the companies surveyed told Reuters they would have to move staff or restructure their businesses because of Brexit, which is due to take place in March 2019. Another third said it would have no impact, and the remainder said they were still deciding on their plans or declined to comment.

The number of jobs to be moved or created overseas was based on answers from 39 companies employing at least 350,000 people. About 1.1 million people work in Britain’s financial sector.

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UK POLITICS: Britain’s Government Says it Would Raise Police and Prison Guard Wages

UK POLITICS: Britain’s Government Says it Would Raise Police and Prison Guard Wages

A police staff representative said officers would be angry that the pay award was less than the permanent 2 percent increase recommended by an official pay review body. A senior officer who speaks for police chiefs, Francis Habgood, said forces had no money for pay rises.

“Without better real-terms funding protection from government, an award above 1 percent will inevitably impact on our ability to deliver policing services and maintain staffing levels,” Habgood said.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Rejects Irish Call for Role in Northern Ireland Rule

UK POLITICS: Britain Rejects Irish Call for Role in Northern Ireland Rule

DUP lawmaker Jeffrey Donaldson, whose party Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government depends on to survive, warned that his party would not accept any concessions to Dublin.

“Even if we have a temporary period of direct rule, the Irish Government must be clear that it must not interfere with the internal affairs of Northern Ireland and to do so would be a fundamental breach of faith,” Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph newspaper in comments published on Wednesday.

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UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

A snag though is that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is bound by his 27 national masters not even to discuss any post-Brexit arrangements until “significant progress” is made on agreeing a divorce.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 September 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 September 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Scottish Conservatives’ leader Ruth Davidson told an audience at the Institute for Public Policy Research: “Immigration is not just about numbers, it’s about people and it’s about the sort of country that we are and want to be. Davidson, who led her party to win 13 seats in Scotland in this year’s election – 12 more than in the last vote – questioned whether the Conservative Party’s target to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands should still hold.

“We have a policy that was designed in 2009/2010 where we had unemployment of 8 percent and a quadrupling of immigration rates in a short period of time (…). Is that still a target we need to have?” she asked, adding that she had spoken to interior minister Amber Rudd about the issue.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave in Britain

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave in Britain

Since his return this month, Buhari’s office has been releasing a flurry of photos and statements from the president’s engagements, like meetings with his vice president, heads of the military and economic ministers and the central bank.

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UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

Time is short in the negotiations, which started in June and should conclude before the expected Brexit date in late March 2019. Otherwise Britain risks leaving the EU with little clarity over what happens next.

“There are no major expectations as regards next week’s round. The documents published by Britain (this week) refer more to the future relationship than the things to settle in the first place,” an EU diplomat said.

“Many matters, including the financial aspect most importantly, remain unclear from the British side. So the EU expects no big progress, which makes any ’significant progress’ less likely in October.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: In error, Britain tells dozens of EU citizens to leave.

“A limited number of letters were issued in error and we have been urgently looking into why this happened. We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it,” a spokeswoman for the Britain’s Home Office said in a statement.

“We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK remain unchanged.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said:

“Britain … and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital … and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Bernard Jenkin, a member of parliament for Theresa May’s Conservative party, who backed Brexit in last year’s referendum, said he opposed continued EU oversight of UK borders.

“There is no need for an EU institution to police our customs, and we should not accept this,” he said in a statement.

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