The Brexit negotiations will be all but done in Brussels by Sunday lunchtime, according to a schedule published by the European council. The extraordinary Brexit summit called by Donald Tusk has allotted Theresa May an hour in mid-morning to chat with the 27 EU heads of state and government, before it is all wrapped up with a photo opportunity at midday. The withdrawal agreement – covering citizens rights, the £39bnn divorce bill and the backstop solution to the Irish border problem – has been nailed down after all. And no one in Brussels has any inclination to reopen the text. However, given the past record of these negotiations, few in Brussels would rule out a dramatic twist. Negotiations are continuing on the politically – but not legally – binding political declaration on the future relationship that will accompany what will become a withdrawal treaty. May is seeing Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels for tea on Wednesday afternoon to look over that … [Read more...] about Brussels Brexit talks: what are the sticking points between UK and EU?
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Chesterfield are working hard to get contracted players off the books in order to continue with a huge rebuild for next season. New Spireites manager Martin Allen announced shortly after his arrival that 10 players would be allowed to leave without a transfer fee.Since then 20-year-old striker Delial Brewster has joined the list of contracted players who have no future at the Proact.As of yet, only one of those players has departed.Alex Whitmore reached an agreement with the Spireites last week and subsequently joined League Two Grimsby Town.More experienced players like Chris O’Grady, Scott Wiseman, Zavon Hines and Joe Anyon are yet to leave.Whilst Allen has gone on holiday, goalkeeping coach Carl Muggleton is taking a lead role on negotiating exits.The Derbyshire Times understands that the club have hit a sticking point in their negotiations with record wage earner O’Grady, whose two year deal was reportedly worth £3.5k a week to the striker before … [Read more...] about Spireites working hard to shift players but hit sticking point in negotiations
BURGLAR Henry Vincent's family stuck their fingers up and shouted "the king is dead" at the career criminal's lavish funeral today. A convoy of black Mercedes limousines, decorated in garish floral displays, carried thief Vincent's family through the streets. The procession began at Vincent's mum's house in Swanley, Kent, and snaked its way to St Mary's Church four miles away in St Mary Cray, South East London. Floral displays of a purple BMW, caravan, a red van and a boxing ring were among those sitting on top of the cars ferrying mourners to the funeral. His dad Henry Vincent Snr, 59, held a picture of Vincent, 37, aloft and shouted: "The king is dead". We revealed last month the villain's send off was expected to cost £100,000 as travellers planned to lay on the "funerals of all funerals". Tensions boiled over at certain points on the route as mourners hurled eggs and abuse at photographers and reporters. One man was arrested by cops and others were caught on camera throwing … [Read more...] about Henry Vincent’s funeral sees family stick fingers up from procession of eight limos at £100k event as mourners shout ‘The King is dead’ and lone resident blockades hero OAPs road
PUBLISHED: 11:51 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 29 April 2018 Dillon Barnes launches a kick upfield during his Football League debut against Swindon on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER © Copyright Stephen Waller It was quite appropriate that Colchester United’s 2017-18 home campaign should end in a goalless stalemate. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe heads towards goal, but straight at Swindon keeper Stuart Moore, during the closing stages of Saturday's 0-0 draw. Picture: STEVE WALLER It was quite appropriate that Colchester United’s 2017-18 home campaign should end in a goalless stalemate. This will not go down as a vintage season, by any stretch of the imagination, the U’s failing to mount a strong promotion push, while once again exiting all cup competitions at the first hurdle. With one match remaining, John McGreal’s men have slipped to 12th in the table, a distant 12 points adrift of the play-offs. Last season, their first back in the fourth tier, they were … [Read more...] about New blood and other Talking Points from Colchester United’s stalemate against Swindon
Arsenal wasted a golden opportunity to put themselves on course for the Europa League final after conceding a devastating late equaliser against 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final clash. The Gunners led through Alexandre Lacazette and were in command against a Spanish side playing a man light from the 10th minute. But the defensive frailties that have all too often held Arsene Wenger's side back in recent years again came back to haunt them. In his final European night at the Emirates as Arsenal boss, Wenger witnessed Antoine Griezmann make the most of panic in the hosts' defence and hand Atleti an away goal and the advantage heading into next week's second leg. Arsenal came out of the traps quickly, with Lacazette hitting the post from a Danny Welbeck cross, before the Frenchman saw a glancing header pawed away by Jan Oblak. But those misses were anything but the main talking point in an opening 12 minutes where Atletico saw fullback Sime Vrsaljko sent off … [Read more...] about 5 talking points after Arsenal miss a huge chance against 10-man Atletico Madrid