French President Emmanuel Macron said the Brexit vote was a big risk for the UK asking “yes or no on a very complicated subject” and believes French people would have voted to leave the EU given the same choice. Macron made the comments in an interview on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, which was recorded during his visit to the UK to hold talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday. In extracts released before the show aired the French president said he "respects and regrets" the decision but believes that citizens should have been asked "how to improve the situation" rather than going to the polls. During the full version of the interview Marr asked if he thought the French would vote in the same way if they were asked if they wanted to leave the EU he replied: “Yes. Probably, in a similar context. But our context was very different, so I don’t want to take any bets. I would have definitely fought to win." On the issue of the ongoing negotiations … [Read more...] about It was a ‘mistake’ to hold yes-no vote on Brexit, says Macron
FRANCE would have probably voted to leave the European Union if it had staged a similar referendum on membership, its president has said. Emmanuel Macron said he believed Britain backed Brexit because "a lot of losers" of globalisation had "decided it was no more for them". Going to voters with a Yes/No vote on a "complicated" issue is always a "risk", he explained. Loading article content "You always take a risk when you have such a referendum; just yes or no in a very complicated context," Mr Macron told BBC One's The Andrew Marr show. Asked whether or not France would have returned the same result, he replied: "Yes. Probably, in a similar context but our context was very different, so I don't want to take any bets. I would have definitely fought very hard to win. "But it is a mistake to just ask yes or no when you don't ask people how to improve the situation and to explain how to improve it," he said. Also in the interview, Mr Macron suggested Britain would secure a … [Read more...] about France would have probably said Yes to Frexit, admits Macron
Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson says it's time Britain and France were linked by a bridge, calling it "ridiculous" that the two European powers were "only linked by a single rail line". But is it even possible? And which side of the road would they drive on? The often loose-tongued and bungling Johnson made the eyebrow raising suggestion at Thursday's Franco-British summit, held at a British army base. Johnson, who along with Theresa May had thrashed out a new summit with French president Emmanuel Macron, championed the idea of a bridge over the English Channel. "Our economic success depends on good connections," he said, suggesting the Channel Tunnel should only be considered a "first step". In a tweet Johnson said: "I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together. Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?" Johnson has long championed … [Read more...] about Yes, Britain and France should be linked by a road bridge, but is it possible?
An academic hid a marriage proposal to his partner in a research paper on refrigerators. The acknowledgements section of the paper “Performance analysis for minimally nonlinear irreversible refrigerators at finite cooling power” reads: “Rui Long wants to thank, in particular, the patience, care and support from Panpan Mao over the passed years. Will you marry me?” Mr Long is a a PhD student in engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The paper is published in the April edition of Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. The proposal was discovered and pointed out on Twitter by Jess Wade, a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London, who wrote: “Romance is not dead, it’s just behind a paywall.” It is not the first time a proposal has been made in a research paper. Caleb Brown embedded a similar proposition in the 2015 paper "A New Horned Dinosaur Reveals Convergent Evolution in … [Read more...] about Academic hides marriage proposal in research paper on refrigerators… but did she say yes?
LUIS SUAREZ has revealed he was worried the incident with Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup would kill his Barcelona move — and he cried when given the "OK".The former Liverpool man was given a four month football ban after he bit the Italy defender during Uruguay's 1-0 win which clinched qualification to the knock-out phase in Brazil.And in a revealing interview, he admits he knew immediately and, despite what was a triumphant moment for his country, he couldn't celebrate.Speaking to Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique in The Players' Tribune, he said: "We score our goal a about ten minutes after, and I don’t celebrate it as much as I usually would — because I was already thinking about the aftermath."After the match, I enter the locker room and the first thing I do was to speak with my wife, who was there with the kids and all."And she asks me, asked me what I had done. And obviously, I always, initially I didn’t want to accept reality — … [Read more...] about Luis Suarez: ‘I thought my Barcelona dream was over after Giorgio Chiellini incident — and I cried when they said yes’