British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service (NHS) by 20 billion pounds after Brexit, partly from tax hikes and partly from money that will no longer be going to the European Union.
“Member states have today unanimously supported the commission’s plan for the adoption of rebalancing measures on the US tariffs on steel and aluminum,” the media outlet reported, citing a source from the European Commission on condition of anonymity.
By a vote of 324 to 298, the House of Commons rejected a move to give lawmakers power to send the government back to the negotiating table if they don’t like the terms of the Brexit deal struck with the EU.
The government is under pressure to release papers outlining a “Doomsday Brexit” scenario in which the UK would run short of medicines, food and fuel within two weeks of leaving the EU.
Theresa May previously pledged to take the UK out of the EU customs union by considering two options. One would be “max fac” in which the UK and EU would be entirely separate customs areas but would try to use technology to reduce friction and costs at the border.
Berlin and Moscow both support building the controversial gas pipeline, but Kyiv is opposed. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is commuting between capitals to find a compromise. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
Just hours before Theresa May was due to meet her so-called Brexit war cabinet of 11 ministers, the pro-Brexit MPs called on her to drop one of her proposals which would see Britain essentially act as the EU’s tariff collector.
The unanimity was a victory for Theresa May. She had been striving at a summit in Brussels to persuade her EU colleagues to unite in condemning Moscow over the attack on Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter, Yulia.
Turkish troops and Syrian opposition fighters allied with Ankara marched into Afrin, nearly two months after Turkey began its offensive on the enclave. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish militia in Afrin a “terrorist” group and an extension of its own Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.