Archive for July, 2019

New PM must be realistic about UK economy

Initial conversations with the EU are key: we can apply pressure but may have to compromise

UK finance minister Philip Hammond says ‘will resign’ if Boris Johnson becomes next prime minister

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
British finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday he would make a point of resigning before Boris Johnson became prime minister, saying he could never agree to his Brexit strategy ...

UK minister quits before Johnson becomes no-deal Brexit PM

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
A British minister quit on Monday, the latest resignation before the country's presumed new prime minister Boris Johnson takes office and could launch a policy to lead Britain out of the European Union without a deal. ...

Tony Blair ridicules Boris Johnson’s claim moon landing-style ‘can-do spirit’ can solve Brexit – live news

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.48am BST Sir Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office minister, has resigned today because he is not willing to serve under Boris Johnson, the Times’ Steven Swinford reports. Number 10 has confirmed that Duncan has indeed gone. Sir Alan Duncan has quit as a foreign minister He handed in his resignation letter this morning He's made clear he can't serve under a Boris Johnson premiership 9.32am BST Unless everything we know about the Conservative party turns out to be wrong, there are only about 60 hours to go before Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, and he has used what will probably be his final column in the Daily Telegraph (paywall) to reveal his long-awaited solution to Brexit, and in particular the Irish backstop problem. Johnson has been watching the TV over the weekend and he has decided that, if humans can land a man on the moon, they can construct a mechanism for allowing frictionless trade at the Ireland/Northern Ireland border without the UK having to be in the the customs union. Here’s an extract from his column. Think of that achievement [the moon landing], and then think of the current debate about actually leaving the EU – which has been going on for so long that we are in danger of believing that we are incapable of finding our way out; like someone who has lost their car in a vast multi-storey car park, and is beginning to despair of ever leaving at ...

Brexit resonates around the globe

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
You’ve got to admire the Brits for one thing. They sure are proud of their ancient heritage as citizens of a “tight little island” that has always stood aloof from Europe. ...

Boris Johnson: ‘can-do spirit’ can solve problem of Irish border

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
Favourite to be PM compares Brexit to mission to put astronauts on moon in 1969 Boris Johnson has put his faith in optimism to find technological solutions to prevent a hard Irish border if he becomes prime minister, as the DUP impressed on him the need to resolve the issue of the backstop to keep their support. Writing what is likely to be his final Daily Telegraph column before entering Downing Street on Wednesday, Johnson used the example of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings to argue for a “can-do spirit” in tackling the Brexit impasse. Continue reading... ...

Brexit-Era Britain Doesn’t Need a Suez Crisis

Source: --- Monday, July 22, 2019
An ill-planned military operation in a vital global shipping lane and a mistaken gamble on Washington’s response. Sound familiar? ...

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