Category Archives: Politics

27Mar/17

The road to Brexit – a timeline of events as May prepares to trigger Article 50

The road to Brexit has been a tumultuous one, with protests and lawsuits and a bitterly divided country. British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday (March 29) which means official talks on Britain leaving the European Union can begin.

VILLACOUBLAY AIRPORT, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (REUTERS) – On Wednesday (March 29) British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50, which will formally kickstart the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

It comes nine months after 2016’s June 23 referendum in which Britons voted to leave 52 percent to 48 percent.

The result divided the country, with remain voters feeling their wishes and concerns are being ignored.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that parliament must approve May triggering Article 50. This angered the Leave camp, which believed pro-Europe campaigners were trying to subvert the result of the referendum.

Last weekend, leaders of the remaining 27 states met without departing Britain for a summit that they hope could relaunch the Union in the city where it was founded 60 years earlier. The Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community (EEC) of France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux, was signed on March 25, 1957.

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

The election of U.S. President Donald Trump spurs an alliance of disparate religious groups inspired to counter Trump’s policies on immigration, health care and social policy.

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Brits want a hard Brexit that is soft in the middle – survey

The British government faces a tricky balancing act during two years of Brexit negotiations as the public want to end freedom of movement but maintain free trade within the European Union, a National Centre of Social Research survey says.

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND,UK (MARCH 21, 2017) (REUTERS – The British public want the government’s Brexit deal to retain free trade within the EU but end freedom of movement, a survey released on Tuesday (March 21) said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 of the EU treaty on March 29, kicking off two years of exit negotiations.

European Union leaders have said post-Brexit Britain can only get access to the EU’s single market if it accepts the freedom of movement of workers.

This will cause a political dilemma for the British government as 68 percent of voters hope for a “hard Brexit” and an end to freedom of movement, while 88 percent are in favour of a “soft Brexit” and the continuation of free trade, a National Centre of Social Research (NatCen) survey said.

Immigration, including the arrival of large numbers of people from the EU’s poorer east, was a major issue during the British referendum campaign that ended with a vote for “Brexit”.

On the streets of London, which voted to remain in last year’s referendum, commuters were hopeful for the “best deal possible”.

The NatCen survey was carried out between early February to early March 2017 and based on 2,322 people – half remain voters, and half leave voters.

21Mar/17

Trump supporters doubtful FBI Director Comey will be ‘credible’

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump at his rally in Kentucky say they doubt that FBI Director James Comey is capable of carrying out an independent investigation into possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.
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Martin McGuinness, IRA street-fighter-turned statesman, dies

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK (REUTERS) – Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who laid down his arms and turned peacemaker to help end Northern Ireland’s 30-year conflict, died on Tuesday (March 21) after a decade as deputy first minister of the British province. He was 66.
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20Mar/17

Worried EU nationals struggle with UK residency rules ahead of Brexit

As British Prime Minister Theresa May announces March 29 as the day she will trigger Article 50, officially kick-starting the process for the UK to leave the European Union, EU nationals living in Britain are seriously worried about their future status as they grapple with complex British residency rules – which often results in rejection.

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18Mar/17

Phoenix billboard shows Trump next to swastikas

An artist/activist concerned than the U.S. is moving towards “dictatorship” creates a roadside billboard in Phoenix, Arizona, depicting U.S. President Donald Trump surrounded by Nazi swastikas.
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17Mar/17

UK’s GCHQ denies wiretapping U.S. President Donald Trump

Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency dismisses claims made on a U.S. television station that it helped former President Barack Obama eavesdrop on Donald Trump after last year’s U.S. presidential election.

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