However, there were immediate signs of tensions on the horizon, with the president of the EU council, Charles Michel, tweeting afterwards that he would accept a “tiger in the tank”, but that the EU would not agree to a “pig in the poke” and never accept an agreement that went against the interests of the union. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: no reason why Brexit deal cannot be sealed in July
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“It is not the stated intention that we would keep our own British waters exclusively free for our boats, but I think many people including myself believe that that historic share of resources to which British vessels have had access on CFP is grossly unfair, and we do need to remedy that.” … [Read more...] about Britain will not seek to extend Brexit transition period, says minister
“Looking at fluff pieces about ISIS members’ takes on Brexit and their conveniently timed apologies, it feels like we’re all months away from seeing their first book deals and TED talks about ‘What Recruiting for ISIS Taught Me About the Power of Social Media’,” she tweeted. … [Read more...] about ISIS bride Shamima Begum could seek a lucrative book deal in a bid to become a global media personality, leading terror expert fears
However, he argued, the confrontational tactics by Johnson and his chief of staff could embolden rebels: “I think there’s quite a lot of people who have reacted to this as being very provocative. And if that is the direction that Dominic Cummings – who seems to be very influential here, but as far as I am aware is not even a member of the Conservative party – wishes to take the Conservative party then it is a point at which we have to dig in.” … [Read more...] about Tory deselection threat ‘may boost plan to stop no-deal Brexit’
The speed and effectiveness of the initial government response can clearly be questioned, particularly as regards care homes. Another factor is the immediate geographical spread to all corners of the UK. The UK did not have the testing or tracing capacity to deal with a novel virus such as this. But if the virus was introduced to the UK en masse by the return of February half term holidaymakers from Italy and Spain, that simultaneous introduction of the virus in hundreds of towns, cities and villages, might have overwhelmed even the feted German system. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What do global death patterns reveal about the UK?