EU executive says ‘significant’ differences in Brexit talks – Reuters


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive said on Thursday that “significant divergences” persisted in its talks with Britain on their new relationship from 2021.

Britain left the EU in January and is in a standstill transition period with the bloc to give the two sides time to forge a new relationship on everything from trade to security.

 

Source: EU executive says ‘significant’ differences in Brexit talks – Reuters

Coronavirus Briefing: Remember Brexit? It’s back : euronews


Four years ago this month, the British public narrowly voted to leave the European Union. What followed – years of protracted debate and animosity – painted a picture of a country utterly divided. But a deal was finally reached and the United Kingdom did leave on January 31 this year.

While the UK has settled its divorce, it remains in a transition period until the end of this year. A year in which it must abide by the rules of membership, while enjoying the privileges. Ultimately though, the transition period is about achieving an orderly settlement on what the future relationship will be.

 

Source: Coronavirus Briefing: Remember Brexit? It’s back : euronews

Tory MP Bob Seely calls for Britain to offer ‘mass asylum’ | Daily Mail Online


Britain should be prepared to offer ‘mass asylum’ to thousands expected to flee Hong Kong as China imposes tough new security laws, an MP said yesterday.

Source: Tory MP Bob Seely calls for Britain to offer ‘mass asylum’ | Daily Mail Online

COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say


LONDON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a structural vulnerability to biological attacks in the U.S. and Europe that requires urgent government action, multiple current and former national security and public health officials told NBC News.

Former officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that the devastating impact of the coronavirus on health care infrastructures and economies may act as a “neon light” for terrorist groups looking to unleash pathogens on Western nations.

The pandemic has shown that the West has trouble testing, tracking and treating a pandemic or sustaining a supply of protective equipment for health care workers. It has also raised questions about the security of pathogen research labs worldwide.

“Many of the very worst-case characteristics of an intentional event are also being seen in this naturally occurring pandemic,” said Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kadlec, a retired Air Force colonel and surgeon who has spent much of the past two decades focused on biodefense policy and legislation inside the White House, the Defense Department and the Senate, helped the FBI with its investigation into the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks. The perpetrator in the attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others, used anthrax from a government lab. “We’ve come a long way in 20 years, and yet there is so much more that needs to be done,” he said.

Source: COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say

NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen


NHS Staff will able to refuse non-emergency treatment to patients being racist, sexist, or homophobic under new rules from April.

Source: NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen

With a Brexit-sized hole in finances, EU leaders disagree on budget – Reuters


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders began talks on Thursday on a joint 2021-27 budget that will need to fill a European Union leaders just as they face costly climate and other challenges.

 

Source: With a Brexit-sized hole in finances, EU leaders disagree on budget – Reuters

DAVID DAVIS: It’s one rule for Americans and another for Britons  | Daily Mail Online


DAVID DAVIES: When the US requests the extradition of a UK citizen, we effectively have no choice but to cough them up. Conversely, for the UK we have to demonstrate ‘probable cause’.

Source: DAVID DAVIS: It’s one rule for Americans and another for Britons  | Daily Mail Online

EU on alert as report warns of bankruptcies across bloc – Ireland at risk


This is the real reason the EU did and do not want the UK to leave the EU.

We were and still are until 31 December 2020 a major contributor to the EU, eventually our money will be sorely missed.

That is when they have fritted away the supposed Brexit penalty, sorry the leaving divorce bill payment of an assumed amount of £39 billion.

If we do leave with a deal then £39 billion ,ay keep the EU afloat for a month or two.

But if we leave with No Deal, would they receive a Penny.

The EU desperately need the UK or should I say our money if they have any hope of survival.

ukgovernmentwatch

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1238606/Brexit-latest-news-leave-eu-boris-johnson-brussels-uk-trade-single-market

GW: Basically the EUSSR is spending more money than [[[they]]] have got – always have – the accounts are unaudited – & unfortunately most of the money has gone into various blackholes. A good bit of it goes on keeping Brussels Bureaucrats in an opulent lifestyle while the tax payers struggle.  I talked with a colleague who was in Brussels on Brexit evening & he said that the whole place was rather depressing.  The architecture was especially unattractive but opulent & that very nearby there was a slum like district – cheek to jowl with the EU Parliament monstrosity????  He assumed that was where the ”staff” were housed – skivvies who support the various Bureaucratic Bar Stewards higher up the food chain who have their own wineries etc –  Verhofstadt & Co – I can’t verify because my trip there was just to the bijoux tourist bits.

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Germany wants to conclude Brexit talks by year’s end – minister – Reuters


BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany wants to do all it can to conclude negotiations with Britain on its future relationship with the European Union by the end of this year, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

 

Source: Germany wants to conclude Brexit talks by year’s end – minister – Reuters