The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has met the American ambassador and urged the US to “reconsider its position” on the diplomatic immunity given to a suspect in the case of a teenager killed in a road crash. He spoke to Woody Johnson on Tuesday to urge him to “do the right thing” by the family of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, who died after a car crashed into his motorbike on 27 August. Despite Raab’s efforts, the Foreign Office appears increasingly pessimistic that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence officer, will return to the UK to answer questions about her role in the crash, even though some legal experts have challenged the US claim that she is entitled to full diplomatic immunity. US state department officials, in private and public exchanges, have expressed regret about Dunn’s death outside an RAF base used by the US air force but said it was global American policy not to issue immunity waivers in such cases. Before she left the UK, … [Read more...] about Harry Dunn death: Foreign Office doubt Anne Sacoolas will return to UK
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What is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran and a six-nation negotiating group reached a landmark agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in July 2015. It ended 12 years of deadlock over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Struck in Vienna after nearly two years of intensive talks, the deal limited the Iranian programme to reassure the rest of the world that it would be unable to develop nuclear weapons, in return for sanctions relief. At its core, the JCPOA is a straightforward bargain. Iran’s acceptance of strict limits on its nuclear programme in return for an escape from the sanctions that grew up around its economy over a decade prior to the accord. Under the deal, Iran unplugged two-thirds of its centrifuges, shipped out 98% of its enriched uranium and filled its plutonium production reactor with concrete. Tehran also accepted extensive monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has verified 10 times since the agreement, and as recently as … [Read more...] about What is the Iran deal and why does Trump want to scrap it?
So what just happened? In brief: the bill seeking to put into law Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was passed by MPs on its second reading, the initial opportunity that MPs have to vote on a bill. It passed by 329 votes to 299, the first time the Commons has formally approved a Brexit plan. However, only 20 minutes later, MPs rejected the government’s so-called programme motion, which set out the accelerated timetable for the bill, by 308 votes in favour to 322 against. Is it good news for the government that it has won a Brexit deal vote? In one sense, yes, and responding to the 30-vote majority for the withdrawal agreement bill, or WAB, Johnson praised MPs for having “embraced a deal”. But the defeat on the programme motion by 14 votes – a heavier defeat than many expected – is a definite reverse, and could end up scuppering the entire process. What is a programme motion anyway, and why does it matter? A non-amendable motion presented by ministers after … [Read more...] about What just happened in the Commons – and what’s next for Brexit?
Megyn Kelly is on the move. Photographs obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the former Fox News host arriving at Penn Station in Manhattan to catch an Amtrak train down to Washington DC for her big homecoming on Wednesday night. The unemployed mother-of-three, 48, was seen among the other commuters checking the train times after arriving to the station, but then quickly headed off to the more tranquil and exclusive Club Acela Lounge. Kelly will make her much-anticipated, and very much expected, return to the network at 8pm when she is the first guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight. This appearance comes a little less than a year after Kelly found herself dumped by NBC when she shared her belief that blackface is acceptable in select instances in the third hour of Today. Kelly had of course found greats success before that at Fox News, where her beliefs that both Santa and Jesus were indisputably white only bolstered her ratings despite backlash in the press. It was … [Read more...] about Homeward bound: Megyn Kelly catches a train to DC ahead of her big return to Fox News, where she will discuss Ronan Farrow’s reporting with her on-air replacement Tucker Carlson – a year after NBC exit
Theresa May privately warned that companies would leave the UK if the country voted for Brexit during a secret audience with investment bankers a month before the EU referendum. A recording of her remarks to Goldman Sachs, leaked to the Guardian, reveals she had numerous concerns about Britain leaving the EU. It contrasts with her nuanced public speeches, which dismayed remain campaigners before the vote in June. Speaking at the bank in London on 26 May, the then home secretary appeared to go further than her public remarks to explain more clearly the economic benefits of staying in the EU. She told staff it was time the UK took a lead in Europe, and that she hoped voters would look to the future rather than the past. In an hour-long session before the City bankers, she also worried about the effect of Brexit on the British economy. “I think the economic arguments are clear,” she said. “I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us. I think, … [Read more...] about Exclusive: what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit shown in leaked recording