Posts tagged as Britain

Britain’s Prime Minister Hopeful Admits Taking Cocaine

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Michael Gove, one of the contenders for the Tory leadership, told the Daily Mail on Friday he took cocaine on “several social occasions” while he was young and has deep regrets about it. Gove, 51, who has been the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2017, was quoted by the paper as saying: “I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago. At the time I was a…

Donald Trump will make his first full state visit to Britain in June

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Buckingham Palace is expected to announce today that Donald Trump will make a state visit to the UK in June. The US president was promised the visit by Theresa May after he was elected in 2016. President Trump and the First Lady, Melania, visited the UK in July 2018, but only for a two-day working visit. The state visit, which is expected to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day,…

Britain to lead military exercise with eight nations in Baltic region

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Britain will send nearly 2,000 members of its armed forces to the Baltic Sea for its biggest exercise with nations in the region next month. Another 1,000 sailor and marines from eight nations — Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden — will participate in the Joint Expeditionary Force drills, according to a release Wednesday from the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The JEF was established at the 2014…

‘It was like the Titanic’

Monday, March 25, 2019

Britons’ relive terror after cruise liner is engulfed by storm as traumatised passengers donning life jackets are pictured waiting for helicopter rescue. As many as 200 Brits were among the 1,373 passengers and crew on Viking Sky. At least 20 tourists were injured and 480 were winched to safety by helicopter . Conditions on the ship in Norwegian Sea were compared to ‘being on Titanic’. Traumatised Britons last night told…

EU, British negotiators hold withdrawal talks without success

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

As the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to discuss possible guarantees on the Irish backstop in their Brexit deal, head of the EU delegation of negotiators and senior British officials concluded the latest round of talks with no visible result. French news agency AFP reports that on Tuesday, March 5, Barnier met with UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay for four hours over dinner…

Britain’s Labour Party leader backs Brexit referendum

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Britain’s opposition Labour Party will back a new referendum on Brexit after parliament defeated its alternative plan for leaving the European Union, its eurosceptic leader Jeremy Corbyn said, softening his reservations about a second popular vote. With 29 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the leaders of Britain’s two main parties have been forced into making key turns on the divorce in recent…

Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain

By Rafael Behr on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The decision by Washington and Moscow to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty has just made the world a more unstable place. For a bit of perspective on turbulent times it helps to remember Able Archer. In November 1983, Nato simulated a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The rehearsal was so plausible that the Russians doubted it was a drill, and began a counter-mobilisation. Luckily, level heads prevailed. Able Archer was the…

Lithuanian government getting ready for no-deal Brexit

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Lithuanian government has drawn up a plan for steps to be taken should Britain leave the European Union without a deal. The Cabinet plans to discuss the scenario on Wednesday. British lawmakers are set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday evening. If the deal is not approved, Lithuania will have to amend its laws on the legal status of the British in the country, direct taxes, air…

Top EU lawmaker urges UK to approve Brexit deal

Monday, January 14, 2019

A top European Parliament leader is urging British lawmakers to “behave responsibly” and approve the UK’s divorce deal with the European Union. Manfred Weber said Monday that “we ask, we invite our British colleagues to behave responsibly and vote for this agreement.” A vote in the U.K. Parliament is expected Tuesday. Many British lawmakers object to the agreement between Brussels and Prime Minister Theresa May, raising fears that Britain may…

Theresa May refuses to apologise over ‘hostile environment’ scandal

Monday, October 1, 2018

Prime minister stands by policy despite damage to thousands of British citizens from the Windrush generation. Theresa May has refused to apologise for her “hostile environment” immigration policy, although she conceded that members of the Windrush generation had become wrongly entangled, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. The prime minister said the policy was intended to identify illegal immigrants and said it would remain, even though thousands of people…