The timing could not be more appropriate. With national elections approaching on July 29, Cambodia is hurtling towards a one-party state under prime minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP). Over the past year, government-controlled courts have dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The party's leader, Kem Sokha, is in prison on spurious treason charges. His predecessor, longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy, has been in exile since 2015 after being convicted on trumped-up charges. The government has effectively taken over the media, bankrupted or silenced independent newspapers, and ordered radio stations to stop broadcasting independent newscasts. Journalists have even been jailed for espionage for providing information to a foreign news organisation. Those who stand up for victims are met with vitriol. Last month Human Rights Watch published a 200-page report documenting serious abuses by a dozen senior Cambodian generals. Hun … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Will EU suspend trade deal with Cambodia?
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12 June 2018 • 7:10pm Justice Minister Phillip Lee quit hours before crucial Brexit vote Government secures victory on 'meaningful vote' after last-minute deal May attempts to head off Tory rebellion William Hague: It would be a grave mistake to wound PM now The key amendments that could put May's premiership at risk What is the EU Withdrawal Bill? Theresa May has salvaged a last-minute victory on a “meaningful vote", after striking a deal with Tory mutineers who were threatening to inflict a humiliating defeat on the Government. The Commons has voted to throw out an amendment put forward by the House of Lords which would grant MPs unprecedented power to reject the final Brexit deal and then dictate the Government’s next steps. MPs voted by 324 to 298 to reject the amendment, a majority of 26. It comes as MPs began debating a series of amendments on the Withdrawal Bill, a crucial piece of legislation which will determine how … [Read more...] about EU Withdrawal Bill: Theresa May wins crucial Brexit debate after last-minute deal with rebels
MPs have been told they must throw out meddling Brexit changes from the House of Lords which threaten to undermine the result of our historic referendum. Ahead of crunch votes this afternoon on our exit from the European Union, the Brexit Secretary said that MPs should reject anything that seeks to threaten the vote or undermine it. Opening the first of two days of debate in the Commons which will see a series of knife-edge votes take place, David Davis told MPs that the Bill had a "clear, simple purpose" - to make sure Britain's laws are ready for Brexit. He said that ministers had listened carefully to criticism and had made a number of sensible suggested changes. But he insisted that the Government would refuse to accept anything which tried to stop Brexit from happening at all, and MPs must deliver for the people. He said this lunchtime: "Where amendments have been made that seek to, or inadvertently, undermine the essential purpose of the Bill - to provide a smooth and … [Read more...] about Rebel MPs told to reject meddling Lords changes that are trying to stop Brexit
Mexico and the European Union have signed a new trade deal that virtually eliminates tariffs between the two blocs, as Europe forges ahead with setting up new trade links around the world ahead of Brexit. The deal, inked at the weekend, took two years to negotiate and eliminates tariffs practically across the board, including the agriculture. The British government has staked its economic fortunes on negotiating new free trade deals around the world, but also hopes to piggy-back on the dozens of deals already signed by the EU which the UK currently benefits from. Liam Fox, the UK trade secretary, visited Mexico in July last year, stating that he hoped to “replicate” the then pending EU deal for Britain after it leaves the bloc. Read more UK wants the EU to protect its products from imitation after Brexit The latest agreement also gives some clues to the requirements the EU could impose on Britain when Theresa May seeks to negotiate a free trade agreement with … [Read more...] about EU signs new trade deal with Mexico as Brexit looms
India is not in a “rush” to conclude a trade deal with the UK after Brexit, the country’s chief ambassador to the UK has said. Yashvardhan Sinha, India’s High Commissioner to Britain, told the Politico Europe website that such a deal was “not going to be done overnight”. The ambassador also hinted that such a deal – which Brexiteers are keen on to plug the gap in Britain trade likely to be created new frictions with the EU – would require the UK to make it easier for Indian to come to Britain. Read more Top Tory in Brussels says Michel Barnier wants Brexit 'limelight' “I don’t think India is in a rush. I think India would like certainly, and I’m sure the UK would too … to get the best deal possible,” he told the website. “I think for us it is very important that if we need to step up our engagement we need to have that easier access, the ease of travel has to be looked … [Read more...] about Brexit: India ‘not in a rush’ to sign trade deal with Britain, ambassador says