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Feb 24 17:55

Brexit stitch-up: UK’s departure from EU could be DELAYED until 2021, EU sources REVEAL

BREXIT could be delayed until 2021 under outrageous new plans being plotted by senior European Union officials, it has emerged.

The EU are plotting to tell Theresa May if she doesn’t get her Brexit deal through Parliament and wants to delay Brexit, the UK will have to remain in the bloc until at least 2021. Three EU insiders said senior figures and governments are backing an extension of as much as 21 months beyond the current March 29 deadline. Officials on both sides now anticipate some form of extension as a way of avoiding a no-deal scenario.

Feb 24 12:36

Theresa May allowed GCHQ spy chief to resign for 'family reasons' after he helped PAEDOPHILE Catholic priest avoid jail - despite media being told he would be 'caring for a sick relative'

One of Britain’s top spy chiefs quit after it emerged that he helped a paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Prime Minister Theresa May was last night accused of a cover-up over the scandal as she knew of GCHQ director Robert Hannigan’s connection to the child sex offender when he stood down in 2017.

At the time, Mr Hannigan had cited ‘family reasons’, with this crucial link kept secret.

The high-flying civil servant, who was lauded for his role in striking peace in Northern Ireland, stunned Whitehall with his exit after just two years in charge of GCHQ.

This newspaper has learned he stepped down after the National Crime Agency discovered that he helped a close family friend avoid a custodial sentence for possessing 174 child pornography images.

Feb 24 12:33

Classic car enthusiast gets a shock after finding two illegal immigrants inside his vintage vehicle while returning to Britain from a motor show in France

A classic car enthusiast 'worried for his life' when he found two illegal immigrants hiding in his vintage vehicle while returning to Britain from a motor show in France.

Michael Coatman, 64, discovered the stowaways in his 1926 Vauxhall 14/40 open tourer - one of which was fast asleep on the front seat.

Feb 24 09:25

Theresa May Facing Pressure To Quit Within Three Months

Tory MPs have already made their distaste for Prime Minister Theresa May abundantly clear: It's widely believed that she only survived an intra-party leadership challenge last year by promising to step down before the next general election (and even then, one in three Tory MPs still voted for her ouster). And with the UK inching ever-closer to a 'no deal' Brexit - to the horror of pretty. much everybody except the DUP and some ERG hardliners - it's looking increasingly likely that May won't manage to hang on to power much longer.

Feb 24 08:17

Gay & trans sex education to be taught to FIVE-YEAR-OLDS in UK & opting out is ILLEGAL

The UK Conservative government is set to announce plans for the introduction of lessons on homosexuality and transgenderism for primary school students, despite an official petition against the move, signed by over 100,000.

The Sunday Times reports that the new curriculum has been finalized after a six-month consultation with the Department of Education, and will be rolled out across UK schools starting from the 2020-21 educational year.

It will be taught to pupils from the age of five, and it will be illegal for parents to take their children out of the classroom for the lessons in secondary school, meaning that at least a term’s worth of sex education classes – and likely far more – will be attended by each student.

Feb 24 08:14

Khan’s London: Two Shot and Stabbed in Street Brawl, Teen Dies from Injuries

A teenager has died after he and another individual were attacked by a group armed with “at least one firearm, knives, and a samurai sword” in London.

The attack took place in the early evening on Friday, February 22nd, in Wood Green, north London, the Evening Standard reports.

An unnamed 19-year-old victim died from stab wounds around 3 a.m. in the early hours of the following morning, despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff to save him, while the knife and gunshot injuries of a second male aged 20 are said to be “non-life-threatening”.

Feb 24 08:12

Queen to enjoy a rare 'secret' dinner with the US Ambassador in a move that could pave the way for a full state visit for US President Donald Trump

The Queen is set to enjoy a rare private dinner with the US Ambassador next month, in a move which could pave the way for a full state visit by US President Donald Trump.

The 92-year-old monarch will, unusually, dine with Robert ‘Woody’ Johnson at Winfield House, the imposing Regent’s Park residence of America’s leading official in the UK.

Buckingham Palace has not officially revealed details of the meeting and a spokeswoman for the Queen said yesterday that they would not comment on a ‘private’ engagement.

Feb 23 08:43

EU Expects UK PM May to Request Three-Month Delay of Brexit – Reports

Discussions between the EU and UK reportedly suggest May will ask for an extension to the two-year negotiating period if the British Parliament backs the Brexit deal but it isn’t signed off until an EU summit on March 21-22.

The EU sees this “technical extension” as an opportunity to give British Parliament time to pass necessary legislation related to its departure from the Union, as anything longer than three months would put the UK under pressure to take part in European elections on May 23-26, Bloomberg reported quoting an anonymous source.

Feb 23 08:43

If May Deal Fails: 100 Conservative MPs Set to Force Brexit Delay

UK lawmakers have united in a so-called Brexit Delivery Group, with a goal of preventing London's disorganised withdrawal from the European Union, The Daily Telegraph reported citing sources.

A group of 100 moderate Tory parliamentarians has warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that they are going to oppose the government she heads and force her to postpone Brexit if she cannot reach a deal with the EU that the British parliament would support, The Daily Telegraph reported late on 21 February citing a letter.

Feb 22 08:58

Theresa May ready for ‘howls of rage’ as no?deal Brexit tariffs are settled

Theresa May is braced for “howls of rage” as ministers finalise tariffs that would apply if there is no Brexit deal.

Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, wants a move to zero tariffs in as many areas as possible, but other ministers are demanding protection for producers, including farmers, who would struggle to compete with cheaper imports from outside the EU.

The row will come to a head this week after attempts by Mrs May to win concessions from the EU over the Irish backstop. Yesterday Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, said that she may not seek to reopen the divorce deal, but that it could be amended by a codicil.

Feb 22 08:58

'A little like Marie Antoinette': Piers Morgan says the Queen will be concerned Meghan Markle's $500k baby shower rubs people's noses in her wealth

Piers Morgan has predicted what Queen Elizabeth II would think of Meghan Markle's New York baby shower this week, believed to have neared $500,000 in costs.

The DailyMail.com Editor-at-Large spoke to DailyMailTV from Los Angeles on Thursday, responding to a question about how the British monarch would react to the 5-day celebration.

His opinion was the opulent occasion 'would not play well' and would come across as 'ostentatious'.

Feb 21 20:08

Climate change: Ban gas grid for new homes 'in six years'

New homes should be banned from connecting to the gas grid within six years to tackle climate change, UK government advisers say.

Feb 21 10:49

"Consequences for NATO": Germany Rebuffs UK Call To Back Off Saudi Arms Freeze

Germany is feeling the pressure from western allies over its weapons exports freeze in the wake of the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a freeze first announced in November, which included plans to reject any future export licences to Riyadh, but not previously approved deals.

German allies like the UK have lately implored the German government to soften its stance, noting the potential broader economic impact on Europe. British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, currently in Berlin to discuss the terms of Brexit, reportedly wrote to the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, in a private letter first revealed by Der Spiegel that UK defense companies would be hindered in contractual obligations related to Eurofighter Typhoon and the Tornado fighter jet delivery, namely to supply parts affected by the German arms freeze.

Feb 21 09:41

Independent Group: Could TONY BLAIR lead breakaway group?

ELEVEN MPs have joined the Independent Group from the Conservative and Labour parties and now all eyes are on who might next to jump ship - but could ex-Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair lead the centrist group?

Feb 21 09:41

Brexit LIVE: Chaos as UK to be blocked from MAJOR EU trade deals in event of no-deal

THE EU’s trade agreements with Japan, Algeria and Turkey will not automatically still apply to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has confirmed.

The revelation was made in the latest document released by Whitehall as the UK gears up its preparations to leave the Brussels trade bloc without a deal. The Government said it was “in the process of transitioning existing trade agreements of which the UK participates as a member of the European Union”. It is hoped a total of around 40 existing trade deals will roll over after March 29 in the event the Brexit deadlock is unable to be broken.

Feb 21 09:01

Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain's Labour party

The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP split from Labour.

On Wednesday, they were joined by an eighth Labour MP, Joan Ryan, and three Conservative MPs. There are predictions more will follow.

With the UK teetering on the brink of crashing out of the European Union with no deal on Brexit, the founders of the so-called Independent Group made reference to their opposition to Brexit.

Feb 21 08:58

70 years after the Nakba: What if Wales had been offered to the Jews as a homeland?

On 2 November 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, a prominent Zionist, which became known as the Balfour Declaration.

In it, the British government promised Palestine to the Zionists - and did so without consulting Palestinians, British Jews, or the wider British population. While Palestinian Arabs at the time made up 90 per cent of the territory's 700,000 population, they were bizarrely only referred to as "existing non-Jewish communities". The letter also said "that nothing should be done to prejudice" their "civil and religious rights".

Feb 21 08:16

Joan Ryan, MP who fabricated anti-Semitism, quits Labour

Lawmaker Joan Ryan quit Labour on Tuesday, citing party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel.

Ryan is the leading member of Parliament in Labour Friends of Israel – an Israeli embassy front group.

She notoriously fabricated a charge of anti-Semitism against Labour member Jean Fitzpatrick at the UK opposition party’s 2016 annual conference.

Labour Friends of Israel was defiant on Tuesday night, insisting that Ryan would “remain in her position as our parliamentary chair” despite her departure from the Labour Party.

Feb 21 07:56

Scholar: London Risks Shooting Itself in the Foot By Blindly Following US Govt

British Defense Secretary argued that the UK should prepare to intervene against countries that "flout international law" such as Russia and China, backed up by new military technologies and capabilities.

This is not the first time the country has tried to intervene in these waters. London recently conducted its first joint drills with Washington in the South China Sea region.

Last October, British Royal Navy forces vowed they would assert their rights to navigate in the South China Sea despite China's provocation claims, the Financial Times reported.

As the former world power on which "the sun never sets," the UK has had to relinquish the seat of global hegemony to the US since the 20th century, albeit unwillingly.

Feb 21 07:55

UK has until mid-March to seal Brexit deal – EU diplomats

Britain has until mid-March to seal a deal with the European Union, diplomatic sources in the bloc said on Wednesday. Otherwise, it would be too late for the gathering of 28 national leaders later that month to approve it before Brexit day on March 29. “They have until March 10, maybe March 15 at the latest,” Reuters quoted one EU diplomat as saying.

Feb 21 07:48

Labour: Anti-Semitic or just resisting occupation? The war on Corbyn hots up

Stuart Littlewood highlights that the latest defections from the Labour Party – most recently by Joan Ryan, the MP who fabricated anti-Semitism at the party’s 2016 annual conference, is a desperate attempt by Israel’s stooges to shield it from growing criticism. >>

Feb 20 12:17

The Oligarchs Behind the “Humanitarian” Regime Change Network Push for UK Labour to Split

In light of recent news of UK Labour MPs leaving the party over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, this October 2018 investigation by Whitney Webb and Vanessa Beeley is more relevant than ever. Beeley and Webb uncover how influential oligarchs and the non-profits they fund pushed many of the very same MPs who have now left Labour to cut ties with the party.

Feb 20 11:34

How not to organise a split in a Party: Britain’s Macrons go Laurel and Hardy

Having laboured mightily for more than two years Labour’s Blairite wing brought forth a mouse – or a rat – depending on your point of view.

Just seven MPs announced their departure from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and though there may be others to come this was their first rank. And there lies the first problem.

Other than Chuka Umunna virtually nobody has ever heard of the new Independent Group of MPs who were quickly dubbed the ‘Seven Dwarfs’. One of the seven had to issue a humiliating public apology for a shocking racist blunder live on TV during an interview discussing...racism! And this was just the first hour. The rest of their first day didn’t go too much better.

Feb 20 09:50

TORY SPLIT: Soubry, Allen and Wollaston QUIT and launch savage attack on Hard Brexiteers

Prime Minister Theresa May is under renewed pressure after the three MPs announced they would be jumping ship, saying the country "deserved better" just hours before Prime Minister’s Questions. All three have campaigned for a second Brexit referendum alongside Labour rebels Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger. Speaking for the first time since the bombshell announcement, ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen said Mrs May had been "bullied into submission" by the European Research Group of Conservatives and was "dragging the country and Parliament kicking and screaming to the edge of a no deal abyss."

Feb 19 11:56

Rats begin leaving the UK Labour ship — but how much of a health risk do they pose?

Stuart Littlewood says the seven Labour Party deserters – small fry compared to the Gang of Four of 1981 – are nothing without the party’s help and the party’s brand, but may “serve as a magnet for other malcontents with little regard for British interests, only their own warped ambition”. >>

Feb 19 10:13

Labour DOWNFALL: Cowardly Corbyn avoids MELTDOWN meeting as angry MPs cry 'B******T'

JEREMY CORBYN failed to make an appearance at a heated weekly Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) meeting on Monday evening as the departure of seven Labour MPs threatens to ignite a rebellion against the Labour leadership.

Feb 19 09:22

Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership

Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was "embarrassed and ashamed" to stay.

Mr Corbyn said he was "disappointed" the MPs had felt unable to continue working for the policies that "inspired millions" at the 2017 election.

Feb 19 09:22

Galloway slams ‘Seven Dwarfs’ for ditching Labour, says he wants to rejoin party (VIDEO)

George Galloway says he has formally asked the Labour Party to let him rejoin after his “ridiculous expulsion” by Tony Blair over his opposition to the Gulf War.

The former Labour MP revealed his application in a nine-minute-long video commenting not only on his hopes for the future of the Labour Party, but criticising the party’s breakaway MPs, dubbing them the ‘Seven Dwarfs’.

Feb 19 09:21

Facebook accused of acting like 'digital gangsters' in a devastating report by lawmakers

British lawmakers have accused Facebook of behaving like "digital gangsters", abusing its dominant power in social networks, and behaving "ahead of and beyond the law."

The comments come in a devastating report on fake news by British Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, made up of cross-party UK politicians and led by Conservative MP Damian Collins.

Facebook deliberately flouted privacy and competition laws and should be subject to new regulation, the committee wrote.

Lawmakers accused Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing "contempt" for UK Parliament, and a larger gathering of international parliaments after he refused to give evidence three times.

Feb 19 08:49

UK To Strengthen Military Presence In Arctic To Oppose Russia, But Russia Is Prepared

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said the United Kingdom intends to strengthen the military presence in the Arctic to “protect” NATO’s northern flank from Russia’s actions, according to The Telegraph.

According to the newspaper, more than 1,000 British Navy marines will conduct annual training with Norwegian colleagues as part of a 10-year program, forming a new detachment in the near future, Williamson said during a visit to the military base in Bardufoss, Norway.

The British minister also mentioned that the United Kingdom will send to the Arctic region next year a Poseidon P8 maritime patrol plane to monitor the growing activity of Russian submarines.

Feb 19 08:48

EU banks are in the clear over Brexit as they will be able to carry on using London for £60 trillion of crucial trading even if there is a No Deal

Major banks on the Continent will be able to carry on using London for £60 trillion of crucial trading activity even if there is a No Deal Brexit.

Large lenders inside the European Union have been given permission by Brussels to continue accessing so-called clearing houses in the City for a year after we leave.

These clearing houses allow banks to trade complicated derivatives which underpin vital lending to households and businesses.

Feb 19 08:47

Secret documents spark new questions for Sadiq Khan over Crossrail delay

Sadiq Khan's oversight of the Crossrail fiasco was called into question today as secret documents revealed his spin doctors were drafting crisis plans almost a fortnight before the date on which he claims he discovered the line would not open on time.

Documents obtained by the Evening Standard under Freedom of Information laws show the first of 10 draft press releases, announcing the axing of last December’s royal opening, were sent by Crossrail to Transport for London on August 17 last year.

This was 12 days before the Mayor says he was told the cross-London rail line could not open as planned.

Feb 19 08:47

The decline and fall of brand BBC

The BBC is in a mess. The brand is arguably already damaged beyond repair yet the broadcaster seems unable to change tack.

According to some analysts trust in brands is declining and has been for some time. It would appear that when it comes to slogans and promises the twenty first century customer is much more discerning than their predecessors, more demanding, less compliant. We’ve become sceptical. Experience has shown that all too often reality fails to match the rhetoric.

How to win back trust once it has eroded? Is it even possible to win it back? When Jewellery impresario Gerald Ratner mocked his own products back in the 1990s trust evaporated immediately. It was commercial suicide. The brand never recovered, nor did Ratner.

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Feb 18 13:00

UK parliament calls Facebook leaders 'digital gangsters'

Facebook and its execs have been labeled "digital gangsters" in a UKparliamentary report that calls for the company to be regulated

Feb 18 10:19

BEX ALERT - Skripal Under Close Medical Supervision After His Health Worsens - Reports

Russian former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal has suffered deterioration in his health and is being treated by doctors at home amid fears that he may never fully recover from poisoning, the Sunday Times reported citing an intelligence source.

"His health has got worse and he's been receiving medical care at his home. No one has any idea of what will happen to him because there's very little that's known about the impact the nerve agent will have in the long run," the source told the Sunday Times.

Feb 18 10:02

In "Serious Blow" To US, Britain Concludes Huawei Is "Manageable Risk" To 5G Rollout

Following intense pressure from the US on its European allies to boycott the use of Huawei products in the rollout of next-generation 5G products and shut out the Chinese telecom giant from local markets, Germany was the first nation to rebuke Washington, with Handeslblatt reporting last week that the German government wanted to avoid excluding products offered by Huawei.

Now it's the UK's turn.

In the latest "serious blow" to US efforts to persuade allies to ban the Chinese supplier from high-speed telecommunications systems, the FT reported that the British government has concluded that it can "mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks."

Feb 18 08:26

Spike in Gibraltar Tensions as Spanish Ship Orders Vessels to Leave UK Waters

Royal Navy ships have been deployed in response to the incident, which was described as a "foolish game" by a spokesperson for the government of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory. The incident comes amid UK-Spanish tensions over Gibraltar which have reached a fever-pitch as the 29 March date for Brexit approaches.

When asked about Sunday's incident involving a Spanish warship in Gibraltar waters, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson pledged on Monday that the UK "will always be there to defend our sovereign interests and defend Britain's national interests".

The crew of a Spanish warship ordered commercial vessels to leave Gibraltar waters, a spokesman for the government of the UK overseas territory said on Sunday, accusing the Spanish ship of trying to take "executive action" against the commercial vessels.

Feb 18 07:45

UK Remainers plan huge march, possible referendum in run-up to Brexit

British campaigners and Members of Parliament opposed to the country's imminent withdrawal from the European Union, which many believe would take place in a disorderly manner, are planning a huge march and a possible referendum to stop the divorce days before the official deadline at the end of March.

The Observer newspaper said on Sunday that hundreds of thousands could turn up at the march in central London on March 23, which is aimed to protest government plans for leaving the EU either on terms of a controversial deal, which is yet to gain Parliament’s approval, or without an agreement, a move that could unleash huge economic uncertainties.

The march is mainly aimed at persuading members of the parliament to endorse the idea that they should only back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal if it is put to a final vote of the British people, or in other words a new referendum three years after the June 2016 vote that triggered the divorce.

Feb 17 17:00

The £24bn bonanza: Britain's top banks poised to reveal biggest profits since financial crisis

Figures out this week are tipped to indicate that Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and RBS made a combined profit of £23.9 billion last year – an astonishing 85 per cent increase on the previous 12 months when the figure was just £12.9 billion.

Feb 17 16:58

Unisex toilets in schools are leaving girl pupils 'too afraid to use the loo over fears of 'period shaming', sexual harassment and a lack of privacy'

A growing number of schools are ditching separate sex loos claiming they are not inclusive to transgender children and are a breeding ground for bullying.

But some girls are avoiding going to the toilet during school hours because of cruel taunts from boys and a lack of privacy, according to the Daily Express.

And some girls even avoid drinking water so that they will not have to use the toilet.

A parent of a secondary school girl told the newspaper that 'boys are always speculating on whether girls are having their periods according to how long they take in the toilet.'

Feb 17 09:54

BREXIT BOOST: Nigel Farage TAKES CONTROL as 100,000 people join new party in one week

NIGEL Farage’s new Brexit Party has recruited a massive 100,000 members just one week after being registered - and even before the party formally launched or even opened an office.

Feb 17 08:44

Six People Detained After Yellow Vests Rally in London Turns Violent - Police

Two police officers were attacked by angry protesters as law enforcement attempted to control yellow vests demonstrators marching through Whitehall and Piccadilly, The Independent reported, citing London's Metropolitan Police.

"Six arrests were made following a moving yellow vest protest in Whitehall and Piccadilly on Saturday, 16 February. Two officers were assaulted during the course of policing the protest", a police spokesman stated, as quoted by The Independent.

Feb 17 08:15

Philip Hammond's visit to China is cancelled last-minute 'after Beijing pulled out of talks over minister's threat to deploy aircraft carrier Big Lizzie to the Pacific'

Philip Hammond will not visit China this weekend amid reports that Beijing pulled out of trade talks after Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.

The Chancellor was expected to meet Chinese vice premier Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed.

It follows reports in the Sun newspaper that Mr Hu scrapped the plans hours after Mr Williamson announced that he would be sending HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific region.

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This was a bone-headed move. Great Britain needs a trade deal with China to help it through a no-deal BREXIT. What was Gavin thinking?

Feb 17 08:01

Donald Trump urges Britain to 'take back' ISIS fighters or US will 'release them'

US president Donald Trump has said Britain and other European allies should "take back" more than 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria.

Trump warned the ISIS fighters could "permeate Europe" and called on Britain, France and Germany to "step up" and put the prisoners on trial in their countries.

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture ISIS's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat.

Now Trump wants European countries to help out in putting them in jail through their respective justice systems.

Feb 16 10:29

China Cancels Trade Talks with UK in Protest over Defence Secretary Williamson’s Speech

Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua has cancelled trade talks with Britain’s Finance Minister, Mr Philip Hammond, after Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy an aircraft carrier in Beijing’s backyard, The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday (Feb 14).

Mr Hu was due to hold trade talks with Mr Hammond this weekend.

Instead, the newspaper said, Mr Hu cancelled the talks in protest at Mr Williamson’s speech on Monday.

Mr Williamson had said in a fiery speech that Britain must be prepared to boost its “lethality” and threatened to send the warship to the Pacific in response to Beijing’s military ambitions.

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Bad move, Gavin.

Feb 16 09:37

11 Broken BREXIT Promises

Feb 16 09:10

Hungary tells UK Jewish group to 'mind its own business' over antisemitism

A Hungarian government minister has accused a senior representative of British Jews of politically-motivated lying, telling her to “mind your own business” following a meeting in which she raised concerns about antisemitism.

The secretary of state, Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky, wrote to Marie van der Zyl, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, this week to take issue with the board’s account of a meeting between the pair.

The board said the meeting, which took place on 8 February, was “an important opportunity to raise a number of the [BOD’s] long-standing concerns directly with the Hungarian government, including the use of antisemitic tropes and … moves to downplay the role of historical Hungarian leaders in supporting the Holocaust.”

Other issues raised by the board included the Hungarian government’s attitude to Muslims and migrants, and relations between it and Jewish communities in the country.

Feb 16 09:05

Where A No-Deal Brexit Would Hit Hardest

In recent weeks, the chances of a dreaded no-deal Brexit occurring have increased exponentially ahead of the deadline on March 29th.

A new study has looked into that scenario's potential impact on jobs across the world. Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that the analysis was carried out by the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), focusing on 56 industrial sectors across 43 countries while assuming a 25 percent drop in EU exports to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit.

It found that Germany could lose the most jobs with around 103,000 threatened if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal.

Feb 15 10:30

Half of universities in England have fewer than 5% poor white students

More than half of universities in England have fewer than 5% of white working-class students in their intakes, according to researchers.

A report from the National Education Opportunity Network (Neon) found that white youngsters in receipt of free school meals were the least likely of any group to study at university after those from Traveller backgrounds.

White students make up the majority of people living in areas where university attendance is lowest and those who do attend are more likely to enrol at less prestigious post-1992 universities.

Feb 15 09:48

May’s Dutch ‘Ally’: ‘Weak’ UK ‘Too Small’ to Be World Player After Brexit

The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that the UK is “too small” to be a world player after Brexit.

Prime Minister Rutte, often sold as Prime Minister Theresa May’s ‘closest ally’ out of all European leaders, made the comments in an interview with Spanish newspaper El País on Wednesday and claimed the UK was on a “precipice” of a “devastating” no-deal Brexit.

Asked whether he thought the European Union would be “weakened” by the United Kingdom’s exit, Mr Rutte replied, “It is the United Kingdom that will be weakened by Brexit.

“It is already weakening,” the establishment centre-right politician continued, “it is a waning country compared to two or three years ago.

“It is going to become an economy of intermediate size somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. It is neither the U.S. nor the EU.

“It is too small to appear on the world stage on its own.”

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"It is better to rule in hell than serve in heaven." -- Milton

Feb 15 09:47

Mainstream Media Journo Urges Bosses to Sack Brexit-voting Workers First

Mainstream media favourite Terry Christian has taken some backlash after claiming he knows employers planning to sack Brexit-voting employees, and urging other bosses to do the same.

“Brexiters were conned – maybe it won’t hit home until they get that P45,” Christian asserted on social media, referring to the form a typical British worker would receive after being laid off.

“[T]hankfully i know at least 3 employers already ensuring brexit voters are laid off first , all employers should follow suit where possible [sic],” he added.

Feb 15 09:39

Tony Blair Admits to ‘Nascent Alliance’ Between Islamist and Left-wing Politics

Former Labour leader Tony Blair has admitted there is a “nascent alliance” between Islamists and the political left in Britain.

In a wide-ranging interview focusing mainly on his desire to overturn the British public’s vote for Brexit in 2016, the controversial 65-year-old told Sophy Ridge of Sky News: “There is, I’m afraid, there is a kind of nascent alliance between what I would call bits of the sort of Islamist type of politics and the left.”

“And you can see this not just here in the UK, you can see it across Europe — and yes, it gives rise to anti-Semitism. It’s not your old traditional anti-Semitism of the old kind of right-wing nature of, you know, not wanting Jewish people in golf clubs and that type of thing, but it’s every bit as pernicious and, you know, to have a situation where you’ve got Labour MPs worried because they happen to be Jewish, I mean…” Blair added, trailing off.

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Right wing Phony Tony is trying to demonize the left.

Feb 15 08:33

BREXIT BETRAYAL: How British public was 'DECEIVED into voting YES in 1975 referendum'

BRITAIN voted by a margin of two-to-one to to stay in the European Economic Community, what is now the EU, in a 1975 referendum – but British citizens were deceived into voting “Yes” as politicians told them they were merely deciding on trading arrangements and not whether they wanted to be part of a "bossy superstate”, a book claims.

Feb 14 16:04

Flashback: Gordon Brown Dumped Britain’s Gold to Save Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan

The Telegraph’s Thomas Pascoe has released a riveting account of why Gordon Brown dumped 400 tonnes of Britain’s gold (which has been dubbed Brown’s Bottom) intentionally at the lowest price possible.

Pascoe’s sources have informed him that one globally significant US bank was short 2 tonnes of gold at the time of the 400 tonne gold dump.
Goldman Sachs reportedly approached Treasury Head of Commodities Gavyn Davies to explain its dire predicament, and the immediate global financial consequences should The Vampire Squid default on its gold delivery obligations.

Pascoe alleges that Gordon Brown used various mechanisms (telegraphing the sale, using an auction rather than the London fix, etc) to intentionally sell Britain’s gold reserves at the lowest possible price to save the necks of Goldman Sachs’ massive gold shorts (which likely included JP Morgan which was even more massively short gold at the time).

Feb 14 11:20

We Will Not be Leaving the EU, Brexit Will Never be Delivered

We have a Remain prime minister, leading a Remain government, with a Remain Opposition, sending a Remain civil servant to Remain Brussels to discuss Brexit. What could possibly go wrong?

Feb 14 11:12

Downing Street Insists No-Deal Remains a Brexit Option, Despite Claims

The government was on damage control duty Wednesday after a senior civil servant was overheard speaking loudly in a Brussels bar saying Brexit could be delayed, the latest in a series of government figures to do so.

The Prime Minister told Parliament Wednesday that members should not take “what someone said to someone else as overheard by someone else, in a bar” as gospel after her chief advisor on Europe Oliver ‘Olly’ Robbins was heard by a British journalist talking about the future of Brexit in a hotel bar in Brussels.

Theresa May continued to say: “It is very clear the government’s position is the same. We triggered Article 50 (the process by which the UK leaves the EU)… that had a two-year time limit, that ends on the 29 March… We want to leave with a deal, and that’s what we are working for”, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Feb 14 10:48

UK Secured Only 7 of 69 Trade Partners Ahead of Looming Brexit

British Trade Minister Liam Fox fended off criticism in the Parliament, arguing that many countries would find it much easier to strike a trade deal with the UK, than with a bloc of 28 countries.

Britain has so far managed to secure deals with 7 of the 69 countries — UK's trade partners under preferential EU free trade agreements. The struck agreements account for £16bn of the near-£117bn of British trade with the countries involved.

Given, that in less than two months, the UK may leave the EU without any deal, let alone remaining part of the bloc's customs union and single market area — British lawmakers barged their criticism onto the Trade Minister on Wednesday.

"If it was so easy, why have we not been able to roll over more than a dozen deals we currently have?" asked SNP's Stewart Hosie.

Feb 14 10:42

UK Lawmakers Reject Amendment Calling on Gov't to Delay Brexit

Earlier in the day, Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay stated that London would definitely leave the EU next month without a deal unless Brussels offers some concessions that would make it possible for the government to gain the support of MPs.

The UK parliament rejected an amendment, backed by the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Liberal Democrats, which sought to postpone the date of Brexit by at least three months. The motion was defeated, as only 93 MPs voted for it, while 315 voted against the delay.

Feb 14 05:34

MADE IN THE U.S.A.

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>>>Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran who was deposed and imprisoned at the behest of powerful interests by Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill over access to Iranian oil.>>>

(*we can still blame the democrats , by simply going full on denial of any 'stinking' Obama Iran Deal !

that never actually happened !

once Trump wiped it off the map !

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ain't that right , boys ?)

Feb 13 20:10

Judge calls for review of fertility law after transgender man used sperm donor to give birth

Transgender men’s ability to access fertility treatment to have children should be reviewed by the Government, Britain’s most senior family court judge has said.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division of the High Court, invited Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, to review fertility laws after hearing the case of a transgender man who was able to access a sperm donor 10 days after legally completing his gender transition.

The man, who was born a woman and is identified only as TT, became pregnant and has taken his case to the High Court to be registered as the “father” on the child’s birth certificate.

Feb 13 10:47

Brexit LIVE: May facing ANOTHER DEFEAT in Commons as ERG DEMAND pledge on 'no deal'

BREXIT rebels are threatening to inflict another damaging defeat on Prime Minister Theresa May tomorrow over a motion tabled her's name which they claim would commit her to avoiding EU withdrawal without a deal.

Feb 13 10:19

Regardless, utility “Smart” Meters are going to be installed in homes of dementia patients in the UK so they can be monitored and tracked.

Issues associated with them include fires, explosions, malfunctioning appliances, measurement errors, and inflated bills. None of that is obviously good for dementia patients or anyone else really. They also emit harmful wireless WiFi radiation. Research has determined that exposure to wireless radiation can disrupt the blood-brain barrier which may cause it to leak. This can also kill brain cells. Regardless, utility “Smart” Meters are going to be installed in homes of dementia patients in the UK so they can be monitored and tracked. As if these dementia patients didn’t already have enough problems…

They will flag up any sudden change in behaviour which could indicate an illness, a fall or a decline in their mental state. The meters will be able to send alerts to family members or carers, who can pop round to check if the patient is all right.

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One has to wonder, if Britain's NHS is hoping that the installation of these meters will hasten the demise of their dementia patients, rather than give them the best possible quality of life before they pass on.

And the issue of what happens to the data, after it is collected, will most probably be a real challenge for security network people, in keeping this data secure.

Feb 13 10:09

Hundreds of Saudi police officers trained in Britain 'aiding regime to commit torture'

Hundreds of Saudi police officers were trained in Britain last year, despite claims the skills they acquire could help the regime commit torture, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

The College of Policing, which sets the standards for UK police forces, has increased its work with a desert kingdom that faces global condemnation for alleged state-sponsored brutality.

The Telegraph investigation has found 268 Saudi police officers attended British training sessions between January and October last year. The figure dwarfs the number sent by other countries at the same time and comes as the regime faces accusations it arrested and tortured children, including some who were sentenced to death, according to a human rights charity.

Feb 13 09:17

DUP Condemns Blair, Major for ‘Playing on Fears’ over Irish Border

Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Gregory Campbell has accused arch remainers John Major and Tony Blair of “playing on the fears” of people living along the Irish border as they campaign to stop the UK making a clean break of the EU.

Mr Campbell made the comments after Mr Blair said there would be “devastating” consequences for Northern Ireland if the UK left the EU without a deal, while Mr Major said he fears a return to sectarian violence.

“Two former Prime Ministers should be more responsible in their language,” Mr Campbell told the Belfast Telegraph on Monday.

Feb 13 09:17

Italy to Explore ‘Bilateral Ties’ for WTO Brexit over Fear of Losing Trade

Italy’s populist, Eurosceptic government is examining potential bilateral arrangements with the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit to safeguard against potential economic damage.

The UK is Italy’s third largest food products market, after Germany and the United States, accounting for €23 billion (£20bn/$26bn) annually — a bilateral surplus of €10 billion (£8.8bn/$11.3bn).

The country’s coalition government of the right-populist League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) is worried that the European Commission’s inflexible attitude to Brexit will come at a cost of EU member state Italy, reports The Telegraph, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte telling his Brexit Task Force to examine the impact a no-deal will have on trade, ports, and customs.

Feb 13 09:02

TOMMY THREAT Tommy Robinson will end up winning European elections if Brexit is delayed, Rees-Mogg warns

TOMMY Robinson could win the European elections if Brexit is delayed, Jacob Rees-Mogg warned today.

The far-right thug could stand as a Ukip candidate in the European Parliament if Britain stays in the EU past July.

Feb 13 09:02

OFF WITH EUR HEADS Brexiteers will end up on the guillotine, sneering Eurocrat claims in bizarre rant

BREXITEERS could end up on the guillotine, a top Eurocrat suggested today in a bizarre rant.

Guy Verhofstadt compared Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove to the leaders of the French Revolution.

And he concluded by pointing out that all the chief revolutionaries got executed by their former followers.

Feb 12 08:47

More Irish investors storing their gold here

GoldCore has recently transported gold bullion coins and bars weighing nearly 2,000 troy ounces (over 60 kilos) and worth more than €2m into the country from the UK.

This is believed to be the largest legitimate movement of gold bullion into Ireland in decades.

The company said the movement of gold reflected a growing demand from UK and Irish investors to relocate tangible assets out of the UK and "closer to home".

It added that it expects ongoing consignments of gold bullion to be transported and securely stored in its new vaults in the run up to the Brexit deadline on March 29.

As Brexit comes to a head, GoldCore said it is seeing a growing preference amongst Irish investors to store their gold domestically here rather than Perth, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Singapore and especially London.

Feb 12 08:41

Rees-Mogg in Brexit delay WARNING - Far-right to cause EU vote SHOCK

JACOB Rees-Mogg warned delaying Brexit and forcing the UK to take part in the European Parliament elections could lead to the triumph of far-right parties, as people would vote to "protest" against the bloc and the Government.

Feb 12 08:33

Delingpole: PM May and Her ‘Snake-Like Civil Servants’ Deliberately Sabotaged Free Trade Brexit

Theresa May and her Remainer civil servants secretly sabotaged an offer made by the EU Council President Donald Tusk of a free trade deal exit from the EU because all they ever really wanted was Brexit In Name Only.

Of the many things I’ve heard about the Establishment’s outrageous scheming to scupper Brexit this is by far the most damning – and it deserves much wider coverage.

It was Martin Durkin (director of Brexit: the Movie) who drew my attention to it.

Feb 12 08:22

Food banks furore: Amber Rudd admits botched roll-out of Universal Credit DID drive more benefits claimants to use them

Welfare reforms are partly to blame for greater use of food banks, Amber Rudd admitted yesterday.

After years of official denials, the Work and Pensions Secretary said the roll-out of Universal Credit was one of the causes of growing hunger.

The monthly benefits payment, which merges six different benefits for working-age Britons into one, was supposed to be up and running by April 2017. Having faced numerous delays, it is now not expected to be fully operational across the country until December 2023.

When Universal Credit was first rolled out, recipients had to wait six weeks for their first handout. That limit has been cut by a week – but Miss Rudd said it was absolutely clear that the delays in claimants getting their benefits had meant more were forced to turn to food banks.

Feb 12 08:21

Pro-Europe majority must wake up before the continent sleepwalks into oblivion and the EU vanishes like the USSR, says billionaire financier George Soros

George Soros has called for pro-Europe voters to wake up before the continent 'sleepwalks into oblivion' ahead of the looming European elections.

Writing in an article for business website MarketWatch, billionaire businessman Soros said the EU faced going the way of the Soviet Union if people didn't act to save it.

'Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late,' Soros wrote.

Feb 12 08:21

Theresa May 'to quit this summer': PM 'hints to friends she will go at a time of her own choosing after Brexit in bid to prevent Boris taking over'

Theresa May is ready to walk away from Downing Street in the summer if her Brexit deal gets passed, it was claimed today.

Allies of the PM believe she is preparing to trigger a leadership contest once the UK formally leaves the bloc - and prevent Boris Johnson taking over.

There has been mounting speculation that Mrs May will not carry on in No10 for long after March 29.

Feb 12 08:19

China and the UK Will Sit to Sign Trade Deal Soon After Brexit – Scholar

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to make a speech on Monday, in which he’ll say that Britain must stand up to those who “flout international law”. He will also say that the UK needs bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use “hard power”.

Williamson will also confirm that the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to be deployed to the Pacific region along with F-35 jets. China claims ownership to several disputed islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Earlier, Japan, India, Australia and the US formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue group and conducted joint naval exercises in the region in an effort to restrain Beijing. According to Williamson, the UK will have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behavior and to strengthen its resilience.

Feb 12 08:16

Britain’s Gavin Williamson places Russia & China on notice, I'm not joking

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is itching for conflict with Russia and China. He’s not mad. Not even slightly. But he is stupid. Very.

Unlike former fireplace salesman Gavin Williamson, I am no military expert. But then you do not need to be one to understand that while Britain going to war with Russia and China might work as a video game, the real thing would be an exceedingly bad idea.

So why then in a speech delivered to the Royal United Services Institute in London, did Mr Williamson’s argument on the feasibility of the real thing elicit applause rather than the shrieks of horror and demands he be sacked forthwith it should have? This is a serious question, by the way. It is one that cuts through British establishment verbiage to reveal a country ruled not by the sober and doughty political heavyweights of years gone by, but by foaming fanatics in expensive suits.

Feb 12 08:10

UK Defense Minister's Belligerent Rhetoric Toward Russia, China Absurd - Scholar

The UK should strengthen its global presence and enhance its lethality according to UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson as he addressed the Royal United Services Institute on Monday.

The cabinet minister unveiled plans to modernize and strengthen the UK armed forces to prepare Britain in the post-Brexit world. Williamson spoke about UK plans to send its new aircraft carrier to the Pacific – where there is currently a territorial dispute in the South China Sea — invest in offensive cyber capabilities and adopt a harder military stance after Brexit. The UK withdrawal from the EU is of course only weeks away as Prime Minister Theresa May tries to strike a last-minute deal with Europe.

Feb 12 07:46

Yes of course Israel is interfering in British politics

Sarah Leah Whitson, the head of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division, was fiercely attacked by anti-Palestinian groups and pundits this weekend.

She had shared a posting of mine on the manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” story.

My tweet included an article from last year in which I reported a clear example of Israeli interference in British politics.

The “Act.IL” organization, which is coordinated and backed by Israel’s so-called Ministry of Strategic Affairs, had used a troll army to spread false information about Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of the UK’s official opposition party.

Whitson commented, “Why is this #Israel interference in domestic UK politics acceptable? Is it only a problem when Russia does this?”

Feb 12 07:44

Theresa May Giving Speech in Parl't Ahead of Brexit Deal Debate

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is giving a speech in the House of Commons as she seeks changes to her deal negotiated with Brussels last year.

Earlier in the day, PM May told her ministers that she wouldn't ask parliament to vote on a revised Brexit deal this week as she needs more time to negotiate amendments with the European Union.

Feb 11 15:53

All Crashed Out

Feb 11 10:49

Top HRW official accuses Israel of meddling in UK, gets called ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson is under fire from Jewish organizations after claiming Israel is meddling in UK domestic politics by summoning a “manufactured” anti-Semitism crisis.

The incident began when Asa Winstanley, a journalist for the Electronic Intifada, a US-based pro-Palestinian news outlet, warned that new accusations would soon rock the UK’s Labour Party, which has been dogged by scandals ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.

Feb 11 10:46

UK Sending Aircraft Carrier To China In "Show Of Force"

Perhaps out of humiliation over the ongoing spectacular tragicomedy that is Brexit, and in desperate need of a distraction from her domestic political troubles, Theresa May has taken a page out of the the US neocon playbook, and has decided to send Britain’s new aircraft carrier to China’s backyard in what The Times has dubbed "a show of strength" - just in case Beijing is unclear how to respond to this hilarious development - because apparently the UK believes it is a US stunt-double when it comes to sending Beijing messages about its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

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OK, that's it: in making this move, Prime Minister May has proven, without a doubt, that she has gone completely round the bend, gone "mental", and has to be removed for the safety and continued lives of her brother and sister Brits.

And the worst thing about this move, is that Chinese Military and other officials are laughing their collective heads off at it.

Feb 11 10:26

EXCLUSIVE – Hungary Blames Brussels for Brexit, Will Do ‘Huge Harm’ to EU

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has revealed that his government blames the European Union for the British people’s vote for Brexit in 2016, and admitted it will inflict a huge blow to the bloc in economic and security terms, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“We regret it a lot, the decision of the British people [to vote for Brexit],” the Hungarian statesman told Breitbart’s Deputy Political Editor Amanda House.

“We never judged it, we never criticised; we respected it — because it’s only the British people who are having the right to make a decision about the future of their own country — but we regret it because, with the UK leaving, Europe will be faced with additional economic and political challenges which are totally, let’s say unnecessary,” Szijjártó added.

Feb 11 10:21

We must be ready to use ‘hard power’ against Moscow and Beijing – UK defense chief

The UK must be ready to use ‘hard power’ against Russia and China, defense chief Gavin Williamson has said. The remark has raised eyebrows in Moscow, which calls it “irrelevant” to reality and aimed at securing a larger budget.

Feb 11 10:14

Lloyds customers hit by online banking woes

The UK's largest current account provider has reported problems with its online banking service.

Lloyds Banking Group said some customers with Lloyds' accounts faced "intermittent issues" when trying to log onto the online system.

It has apologised and says it is trying to resolve the problem urgently. App services are working normally.

Feb 11 09:00

Smeared Labour candidate fights back

Local party members are resisting a decision by Labour’s ruling body to bar a pro-Jeremy Corbyn activist from standing for Parliament, after false allegations of anti-Semitism were leveled against her.

Local members in April had voted to endorse Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as their candidate in the next general election.

But Gordon-Nesbitt was soon smeared by Guido Fawkes, a hard-right website.

Feb 11 08:40

Large Gold Bullion Shipment Moves From London to Dublin Gold Vaults As Brexit Concerns Deepen

Ireland’s longest established gold broker, GoldCore has transported what is believed to be the largest legitimate movement of gold bullion - investment grade gold coins an bars - into Ireland in decades, possibly since the foundation of the State.

The movement of gold bullion from London to Dublin follows the opening of GoldCore’s gold vaults in Ireland and reflects a growing demand from UK and Irish investors in particular to relocate tangible assets out of the UK.

The first consignment into the new institutional vaults was of gold bullion coins and bars weighing nearly 2,000 troy ounces (over 60 kilos) worth more than €2 million.

Feb 11 08:37

Anonymous Suggest UK Institute for Statecraft Wanted $7Mln Funding From Gov't

Hacktivist group Anonymous suggests that the Institute for Statecraft think tank, which set up project Integrity Initiative on information campaign against Russia, wanted to secure 5.5 million pounds, or about $7 million, in funding from the UK government.

Anonymous has released files, which, according to the group, are linked to the activities of the Integrity Initiative that receives its funding from the UK government, among other sources. According to the files, the project is setting up a network of offices in former USSR countries and European states.

Feb 11 08:35

Moscow Concerned Over 'Warmongering Tone' of Williamson’s Global Britain Remark

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom addressed the stance UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson voiced earlier in the day. Specifically, he said that Britain will be "be ready to flex its military muscles after it leaves the EU".

The embassy voiced concern over the "militaristic tone" of Williamson's speech, saying that such rhetoric, portraying Moscow as an "aggressor", aims to justify defence budget hikes.

Feb 11 08:24

Revealed: Juncker to toast Britain's exit from the EU by spending March 29 in Dublin alongside Irish PM

Jean-Claude Juncker and his right hand man will head to Dublin to toast the night Britain leaves the European Union, it can be revealed.

The president of the European Commission plans to spend the March 29 in the Republic of Ireland to show solidarity with the Irish people.

Negotiators in Whitehall had hoped that Brussels would put pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to compromise as the prospect of a No Deal Brexit approaches.

Feb 11 08:23

Two FERRIES will be converted into warships to bolster the Royal Navy, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announces as he warns Russian and China the UK will use its 'hard power'

Two ferries will be bought and converted into warships to bolster the Royal Navy, Gavin Williamson announced today.

The Defence Secretary insisted the new 'Littoral Strike Ship concept' boats would create a rapid response capability for Royal Marines that can be deployed globally.

The ships would be stripped to their hulls and adapted so they can deploy fast boats, landing craft or special forces. The idea is they could be used in cases such as humanitarian disaster or hostage rescues.

The Defence Secretary was branded an 'embarrassment' and accused of offering a 'second hand Navy' this afternoon.

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