Category Archives: British News

May to form ‘government of certainty’ with DUP backing

May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists to guide the UK through crucial Brexit talks. Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the “legitimacy” to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority. Continue reading →

UK election: Hung parliament projected in shock defeat for Conservatives

Thursday an  exit poll projected a hung parliament following Britain’s general election  exit poll projected a hung parliament following Britain’s general election.  The exit poll, commissioned by the U.K.’s three main broadcasters and released after the polls closed at 10 p.m., projected the Tories to hold 314 seats, down 16 from their total at the end of the last Parliament. Continue reading →

UK elections: May win no longer a sure bet after terror attacks

The once-dominant lead that British Prime Minister Theresa May had over her rivals in the run-up to Thursday’s election may be the latest casualty of recent terror attacks that have unnerved British voters. Continue reading →

Trump renews feud with London mayor over terror attack

US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan over his assurances to Londoners following a terror attack. Mr Khan had said people should not be alarmed by an increased police presence on the streets. But Mr Trump on Sunday accused him of playing down the threat and on Monday said the mayor’s clarification of his statement was a “pathetic excuse”. Continue reading →

Manchester attack: US leaks about bomber irritating – Rudd

Well folks, bear in mind, it’s Odummer plants doing the leaks. That swamp is huge, and to drain it takes time. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said she is irritated with the US for releasing information about the Manchester bomber before UK police would have liked. Continue reading →

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europe

Europol chief Rob Wainwright says Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. Continue reading →

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he has not decided yet whether to stand in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP says he has to weigh up “where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit” – in Westminster, or the European Parliament. He also said current leader Paul Nuttall had “six weeks to prove himself” in the party’s top job. Continue reading →

Warning of inner-UK ‘trade war’ post-Brexit

The first minister has warned of a “trade war” between the nations of the United Kingdom unless new rules are established post-Brexit.Carwyn Jones made the claim as he announced Labour will undertake a constitutional convention to discuss the future make-up of the UK.He warned an inability to set UK-wide trade rules “could cost jobs”.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said he was baffled by Mr Jones’ comments.

Speaking to BBC Wales’ Sunday Politics Wales programme, Mr Jones said: “At the moment there are rules. There are EU state aid rules that govern what we can and can’t do.

“If there are no rules, it becomes a free-for-all. That’s a bad thing for any single market.”

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EU state aid rules regulate how much help governments can give to local industries.

Mr Jones said an inability to set UK-wide trade rules after Brexit “could cost jobs, it could cost a lot of money – that affects ordinary people, and that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.”

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Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies said: “I’m baffled by his pronunciation of a trade war.

“As I last looked at the constitutional settlement, trade and industry certainly wasn’t devolved and international negotiation was not devolved.”

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Mr Jones also told the programme that the battle to keep the United Kingdom together “will be lost” unless the UK government starts listening to the devolved nations.

“We can share power in the UK, we can still be stable, we can still have the union, but the UK government needs to realise this now otherwise the battle will be lost,” he said. “They need to wake up and smell the coffee.”

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Senior party figures from across Britain, including former prime minister Gordon Brown, will attend the launch of the constitutional convention in Cardiff at the end of March. The first minister first called for a UK-wide constitutional convention five years ago.

Plaid Cymru criticised the announcement, adding that Wales needed its own constitutional convention.

Adam Price, the party’s economy spokesman, said: “Rather than the Labour party talking to itself, why doesn’t it talk to the rest of us?”

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UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton said he thought Brexit would lead to “more powers” to the devolved institutions.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mark Williams welcomed the convention but said “there’s a much bigger question than what we’re being presented with at the moment and that requires an UK response”.

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UK – Disability benefits: PIPs should be for ‘really disabled’

Prime Minister Theresa May said disability y benefits should go to “really disabled people” not those “taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety”. No 10 policy unit head George Freeman said personal independence payments (PIP) reforms were needed to roll back the “bizarre” decisions of tribunals.

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UK – Boris Johnson to visit Egypt for talks with president

Boris Johnson is due to hold talks with Egypt’s president on his first visit to the country as foreign secretary. Johnson says he will discuss a “wide range of issues and deepen the strength of our bilateral relationship” when he meets President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

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