Archive for May, 2019

The battle for Brexit that led to Theresa May’s resignation


Almost three years after taking office, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7, before Britain leaves the European Union. ...

Theresa May Resigns: What’s Next for Brexit?


Theresa May announced her plan to step down as British prime minister without completing the Brexit process, marking the start of a delicate political transition for the U.K. WSJ’s Max Colchester ...

UK race to succeed Theresa May heats up with focus on Brexit


LONDON (AP) — The race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May is heating up, the field of Conservative contenders is quickly growing and the focus is squarely on how to handle Brexit. Health ...

Tory leadership: Rivals clash over support for no-deal Brexit


Image caption Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Rory Stewart and Esther McVey have already said they will run for the leadership Conservative leadership contenders have clashed over Brexit as the race to ...

Theresa May calls it quits, and no one knows what’s next for# UK and Brexit


With British Prime Minister Theresa May leaving her post before a Brexit compromise was reached, there are lots of questions remaining about what comes next for the United Kingdom.May 25, 2019 ...

EU anti-fraud body considering investigation into Nigel Farage

OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is in the process of determining whether to open a formal investigation into allegations that British politician Nigel Farage received £450,000 from a businessman.

The U.K.’s Channel 4 News program reported last week that Farage had received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon Arron Banks, a co-founder of the Brexit campaign group Leave.EU.

“We are aware of the press reports and public statements on the matter,” a spokesperson for OLAF told POLITICO. “As a general rule, OLAF analyses incoming information of potential investigative interest according to standard procedures,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson noted that the body analyzes whether there is sufficient suspicion of fraud, corruption or any illegal activity affecting the EU’s financial interests, and whether the issues falls within the investigative policy priorities of OLAF.

“It is only after such an initial assessment, which is currently ongoing, that OLAF decides whether or not to open an investigation,” OLAF said. The initial assessment “does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing,” it added. “OLAF fully respects the presumption of innocence.”

The European Parliament has already decided to open its own investigation over into the Euroskeptic MEP and former UKIP leader over allegations that he failed to declare the gifts.

Farage, whose Brexit Party is expected to make big gains in the European election, has denied any wrongdoing.

Change UK open to forming pro-remain pact with Liberal Democrats

Chuka Umunna says alliance at next general election ‘would be sensible’

Change UK could agree with the Liberal Democrats not to stand candidates in the same constituencies at the next general election, the party’s spokesman has said.

The former Labour MP Chuka Umunna said he thought a pact between the two parties “would be sensible” when asked if his recently formed party could forge an alliance with the Lib Dems, similar to that between the Social Democratic party and the Liberal party in the 1983 general election.

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