Tony Blair calls for second vote to fix Brexit ‘mess’

Alice RITCHIE, AFP – July 17, 2018

London (AFP) – “It’s a total and complete mess”: Former prime minister Tony Blair does not hold back when asked in an interview with AFP what he makes of the British government’s approach to Brexit.

Blair, who held the office for 10 years, said he sympathizes with Prime Minister Theresa May as she seeks to unite her party behind a plan for leaving the European Union, suggesting she has “the least enviable job in Western politics”.

But the former Labour leader warned that with the scheduled date for Brexit approaching in March next year, it is time for her to admit “there’s no way out” and call another referendum — with the option of staying in the EU.

“Once this thing has been started by a referendum it can frankly only be finished by a fresh vote,” he said.

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Crunch Time for UK PM May as She Seeks Unity on Brexit Plan

Newsmax – July 6, 2918

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing resistance from hard-core Brexit backers in her Conservative government as she gathers her fractious Cabinet to hammer out a plan for future trade with the European Union.

The 30-strong Cabinet is being sequestered Friday inside the prime minister’s Chequers country retreat — without their phones — to discuss a compromise plan that May hopes will unite the government, and be accepted by the bloc.

It’s a tall order.

With just nine months to go until the U.K. leaves the bloc, May says the government has “a great opportunity — and a duty” to agree on a plan.

But pro-Brexit ministers including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have doubts about her proposal, which would see Britain stick closely to EU rules for trade in goods.

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Britain’s May Refuse to Relax Northern Ireland Abortion Rules

Newsmax – May 27, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with ministers and lawmakers in her Conservative party after refusing to back reform of Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion rules after neighbouring Ireland’s vote to liberalise its laws.

Voters in Ireland, a once deeply Catholic nation, backed the change by two-to-one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote had predicted.

The prime minister is facing calls from within her cabinet to scrap the strict rules on abortion in Northern Ireland and bring the law in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

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Comment: John Durrad http://www.setapartbytruth.org

It is a little hard to understand Mrs May’s thought’s on this, because after all the reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws would only bring it into line with the rest of the UK.

Also, hard to understand is why a majority of two-to-one Irish voters want to reform. Of course, whichever way you look at it the killing of an unborn baby is against God’s Law even if man’s law allows it.

A baby of twelve weeks gestation has a recognisable face, arms, legs, fingernails, and can move and wriggle about. Can abortion be any different to human infant sacrifice that God condemns very strongly?

“Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, whatsoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech, he shall surely be put to death…” Lev 20:2

The giving of children to Molech was human infant sacrifice, and was a dreadful reality among Israel’s neighbours, and so a danger to Israel who often tended to copy heathen practices, and so the strong warning from God.

Mrs May is right not to want to relax Ireland’s abortion rules, even if the majority of voters want it. However, it would be more in line with God’s Word is she were to tighten up the UK rules, or better still ban abortion altogether. That won’t happen yet, but in due time no more infants will pass through the fire of Molech (Lev 18:21, Jer 32: 35)

EU leaders brace for ‘defending’ against Trump’s trade war threats

RT – April 29, 2018

Be it warm hugs in Washington or unity over Syrian strikes, it all fades when money talks, and the leaders of Germany, France and Britain say they will “defend” against any US unilateral trade measures against the EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May had a joint phone call on Saturday and mulled potential retaliatory measures against Washington’s protectionist practices.

They agreed that the United States should take no trade measures against the European Union or else the European Union should be ready to defend its interests within the framework of the multilateral trade order,” a German government spokesman said in a statement.

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EU ‘systematically & forensically annihilates’ May’s Irish border plans

RT – April 20, 2018

The EU has comprehensively rejected UK proposals for a new customs relationship that sought to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, plans that suffered a “systematic and forensic annihilation,” says a senior EU diplomat.
The EU source, who was privy to Wednesday’s meeting in Brussels between Britain’s lead negotiator Olly Robbins and senior EU officials, reportedly told The Telegraph: “It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them.”

The latest revelations to emerge from the EU negotiations could risk creating parliamentary instability for British Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. It may strengthen the case put forward by staunch remain MPs that staying in the EU Customs Union is the only option, and possibly harden the devoted Brexiteers’ view that moving on to WTO arrangements is the only alternative.

The UK PM has consistently reiterated that she will not allow the return of a hard border to Northern Ireland, but at the same she has also promised to leave the EU Customs Union – believing that remaining would be seen as a “betrayal” of Brexit.

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Commonwealth leaders to discuss next Head of State this week, UK government confirms

Andrew Woodcock – April 17, 2018

A DECISION on whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth is expected later this week, the UK government said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman on Monday declined to say whether she thought the position should go to Prince Charles, stressing that it was a decision for all leaders of Commonwealth states.

He told a regular Westminster media briefing that the issue was expected to be discussed when leaders of the 53 Commonwealth governments gather for a retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that Charles should not automatically take over from the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, suggesting the holder of the post could be decided on a rotational basis.

And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that the decision was “a matter for the 53”.

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WW3 Approaches: Theresa May Orders Submarines To SYRIA And Readies STRIKE

Mac Slavo – April 12, 2018

The United Kingdom’s prime minister Theresa May has ordered submarines to Syria. Reports alleged that a strike is ready to occur in the next 24 hours…or less.

The strikes could begin as early as Thursday night, the Daily Telegraph reports. Government sources allegedly said Britain was “doing everything necessary” to be able to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles from submarines against military targets in Syria. This latest maneuver signals the UK’s willingness to enter into a war with seemingly everyone else.

A report from CNBC, however, claimed that May has not yet decided if she’d like to enter a third world war alongside the US and France just yet, but she’d like to be able to fire off some missiles and “act quickly.” According to RT, May will hold an unscheduled meeting of her cabinet on Thursday, which will involve senior ministers, her spokesman told media. While the agenda of the meeting has not been made public, reports suggest May is going to seek approval for military action in Syria.

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Theresa May urges UK unity on Brexit one-year countdown tour

DW – March 29, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for national unity, exactly a year ahead of Britain leaving the EU. May was speaking during a whistle-stop tour that took in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Prime Minister Theresa May urged British people to get behind Brexit on Thursday, claiming that the departure of Britain from the European Union presented “opportunities for the future.”

The prime minister was speaking on a rapid tour encompassing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“Brexit provides us with opportunities,” May said while visiting a weaving firm in southwestern Scotland. “I want to see us coming together, the four nations across the United Kingdom.

“It is in our interests to come together and really seize these opportunities for the future,” she said.

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Cabinet at war: Theresa May convenes ministers at Chequers to settle Brexit divisions

– February 22, 2018

Theresa May has brought her cabinet ministers together at her country residence of Chequers in the hope of bridging some of the divisions that remain over Brexit.

Ministers have been at loggerheads over the direction that the UK should be moving, with pro-Brexit MPs calling for a clean break, while pro-remain minsters are calling for a softer and less harsh departure from the EU.

As well as her own ministers, the PM needs to convince EU leaders that the UK has a clear direction and vision that it wants from Brexit.

Before the UK officially leaves the EU, a transition period will take place, currently billed as from March 2019 to December 2020.

Ministers have so far failed to agree on how the UK should proceed during this near two-year period with debate over new rules and ongoing EU policies.

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EU leaders formally approve second Brexit phase

DW – December 15, 2017

EU leaders meeting in Brussels said on Friday that the way was clear for the opening of the second phase of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

European Council Donald Tusk announced the agreement on Twitter, at the same time congratulating British Prime Minister Theresa May on having brought the divorce settlement negotiations thus far.

“As for the framework for future relations, it is now time for internal EU 27 preparations and exploratory contacts with the UK to get more clarity on their vision,” Tusk later said, referring to the 27 EU member states that will remain after Britain’s departure.

Friday’s approval gives May a welcome success after she lost a parliamentary vote over giving lawmakers the ultimate say on the final Brexit deal.

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