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Dec 11 13:54

DECLASSIFIED

This is an expanding collection of declassified government documents on UK foreign policy. It includes: original government documents and transcripts, mainly from the National Archives in London; articles by Mark that analyse these declassified files; and online articles that cover such files.

What do these files and articles reveal?

These files highlight a range of British foreign policies since 1945, notably the UK involvement in coups, wars, covert operations, human rights abuses, arms exports, propaganda operations, and support for repressive regimes. They highlight much of the true nature of the UK’s role in the world, and especially reveal the actual interests and priorities of UK policy-makers – Prime Ministers, Ministers, ambassadors and civil servants. Click on the countries and themes below to view the files and articles.

Dec 11 12:06

Brexit Britain Is Facing a Deep Crisis of Self-Confidence

The UK has long been divided by class, region and race, but these divisions have been masked by political and economic success. This has meant the English, as the dominant nation in the UK, are not good at coping with a sense of failure and a loss of self-confidence.

The current focus is on parliamentary turmoil and the acceptance or rejection of Theresa May’s muted version of Brexit but, whatever happens in the coming weeks, there will be no resolution of the overall crisis. On the contrary, the divisions exacerbated by Brexit will only get deeper and more toxic, dominating the national agenda to the exclusion of everything else.

Dec 11 11:58

'Chaos is complete': what the European papers say about Brexit

Europe’s commentators have not been kind to Theresa May after she delayed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal and dashed to the continent in search of further concessions.

“It’s like a long, slow agony,” wrote Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, the London correspondent for the French daily Libération. “You know the end is near, you expect the worst, then there’s a small flicker of light – before another collapse. And it always ends badly.”

May “blew her last bet”, failing miserably to convince parliament to vote for the withdrawal agreement sealed barely two weeks ago. “Rather than suffer the humiliation, she suspended the vote,” the paper said: “The latest plot twist in the infernal Brexit saga. Chaos is complete.”

Dec 11 11:55

NICK TIMOTHY Theresa May’s delay of the Brexit vote shows what a mess she finds herself in says former chief of staff

The Prime Minister is surrounded by pro-EU campaigners, staunch Leavers, MPs who want to renegotiate her current deal, others who want to negotiate a totally different deal but the upshot of all this is that we're in for massive constitutional mayhem

Dec 11 11:54

Boris: Brexit Deal "Utterly Unacceptable"

Dec 11 11:53

They gawped like viewers of a TV wildlife show watching the slow demise of a baby hippo: QUENTIN LETTS watches Theresa May announce her Brexit crunch vote delay

ON she staggered, bruised and beggarly, dragging the rest of us along her personal Via Dolorosa.

Theresa May stepped to the despatch box at the precise moment the Commons digital clock clicked 3.33.33 – thirty-three seconds past three thirty-three in the afternoon, yet still an age before voters can be sure their decision to leave the EU will be honoured by a wriggling Parliament.

If there was something Harry Potterish about the hour, there was something weirdly timeless about watching such epic inertia unfold.

Has indecision ever been so dramatic? 'I have listened very carefully,' Mrs May told a packed, quivering Chamber. This won her ripe mockery. She said she had finally decided to 'defer the vote'.

Dec 11 11:53

"I would invest in yellow vests in Britain if I were you" | George Galloway's monologue

Dec 11 11:45

Donald Tusk says the EU will NOT renegotiate the legal text of the Brexit deal after a humiliated May pulls crunch vote so she can return to Europe to try to get new concessions to buy off her Tory rebels

Donald Tusk tonight warned the EU will not renegotiate the Brexit deal just hours after a humiliated Theresa May said she was pulling the crunch vote on her plan so she could hold a fresh round of talks.

The EU council president said 'time is running out' and made it clear the bloc is not willing to change the legal text of the agreement, including the controversial Irish border backstop.

And he delivered a thinly veiled threat by declaring that the EU will be stepping up its preparations for the UK crashing out of the bloc in March.

The intervention came after the PM humiliatingly delayed the Commons vote on her Brexit deal to avoid a catastrophic defeat.

She has pledged to return to Brussels to push for concessions after swathes of Tories signalled they will not support the current package.

Dec 11 11:40

STEVE BAKER SETS OUT TORY LEADERSHIP SHORTLIST

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker has renewed his call for MPs to submit letters of no confidence in the PM, telling Today that Conservative MPs need to realise that we “cannot go staggering forward any longer like this” and that it is Theresa May’s “duty now to go”. More letters have reportedly gone in since yesterday’s debacle but somehow they’re always around “5 letters short” of 48…

When pressed on who should replace her, Baker gave a shortlist of four Brexiteers – Esther McVey, Dominic Raab, David Davis and Boris Johnson – and called on them to decide between themselves who would be the chosen candidate.

Dec 10 11:17

Labour furious over report that anti-Russia charity targeted Corbyn, receives govt cash

Labour politicians are outraged and calling for a probe after a report that a McCarthy style charity has received £2 million in government money and targeted Jeremy Corbyn, straying from tackling so-called Russian disinformation.

The Institute for Statecraft, based in Scotland, initially seems to be a small organization which claims to counter alleged Russian propaganda by forming communities of journalists and influencers who use social media to push back on any so-called disinformation.

Dec 10 10:36

MI6'S SPYMASTER REVEALED HOW THE UK IS CONDUCTING "FOURTH GENERATION ESPIONAGE"

The head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Alex Younger briefed the public about the challenges of so-called “fourth generation espionage”.

The UK’s top spy spent some of his time blaming Russia for trying to, as he put it, “subvert the UK way of life” by supposedly poisoning the Skripals and through other mischievous but ultimately never verified actions, though moving beyond the infowar aspect of his speech and into its actual professional substance, he nevertheless touched on some interesting themes. According to him, “fourth generation espionage” involves “deepening our partnerships to counter hybrid threats, mastering covert action in the data age, attaching a cost to malign activity by adversaries and innovating to ensure that technology works to our advantage.”

Dec 10 10:21

Follow live: British PM Theresa May delays parliament vote on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed on Monday that she has postponed a crucial parliament vote on her Brexit deal with the European Union, which had been due to take place on Tuesday.

In an address to parliament, she said she was ordering the delay because the deal was set to be rejected "by a significant margin".

"It is clear that while there is broad support for many of the key aspects of the deal, on one issue, the Northern Ireland backstop, there remains a widespread and deep concern," May said.

"We will, therefore, defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the house at this time."

Her address was met by shouts from MPs.

Just hours earlier, May's spokesperson told the press that the vote would definitely go ahead.

British bookmakers predicted a 95% chance the House of Commons would vote against passing the draft Brexit agreement, which would catapult May's leadership ability into question.

Dec 10 09:43

VIDEO: AS HUGE INTEGRITY INITIATIVE SCANDAL BREAKS, BBC’S ‘COVERAGE’ ICES THE CAKE

Social media is abuzz today with the confirmed news that the Tory government used public money to pay a company staffed by former military intelligence officers to conduct online smear campaigns against the leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, in what it laughably termed the ‘Integrity Initiative’:

Dec 10 08:27

Drivers call for protests at City Hall amid fury over Sadiq Khan's 'ultra-low emission zone' covering the whole of London that will charge motorists with cars that are just three years old £12.50 a day 'and raise SIX times more than the congestion charge'

Motorists have reacted with fury at a new London pollution charge covering large swathes of London which is expected to hit one million drivers.

Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) - being introduced in Central London next year - will stretch to cover an area surrounded by the North and South Circular roads from October 2021.

The £12.50 per day fee means cash-strapped Transport for London will collect up to £1.5billion a year - six times as much as the £230million from the congestion charge.

Dec 10 08:21

Brexit vote confusion: Conflicting reports on whether or not it will go ahead

The Brexit vote on PM Theresa May’s deal with the EU, scheduled for Tuesday, has been cast into doubt, as conflicting reports emerge about whether it will go ahead, leading to accusations No 10 is in chaos.

Earlier on Monday, a spokesperson for May had claimed that the vote would be going ahead as planned. Minutes later Bloomberg and the Telegraph claimed that sources had revealed that the vote would now be delayed.

Dec 10 08:17

UK PM May Has Decided to Pull Parliament Vote on Brexit Deal - Reports

Earlier on Monday, UK Environment Minister Michael Gove said that the vote on the Brexit deal would go ahead in parliament on Tuesday.

UK Cabinet sources have stated that the vote on the Brexit deal is being pulled, a BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg reported citing its two sources.

Dec 09 20:27

DOMINIC LAWSON: The 'Norway Option' has as much life in it as Monty Python's dead Norwegian parrot

Norway, like its fellow EEA members not in the EU (Liechtenstein and Iceland), is a full member of the EU's Single Market. As a result, it must accept the directives of the Single Market.

These rules are decided upon by representatives of the EU member states in Brussels, having been set in train by the legislative machine of the European Commission.

But, being outside the EU, Norway has no say in them and no vote.

This point was made most forcibly by the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg as a Remain campaigner in the 2016 referendum. He ridiculed the so-called 'Norway' option as 'fax democracy'.

Norway, he explained, is part of the Single Market 'but they have to wait by the fax machine for Brussels to send them the rules … we would be left powerless and voiceless, waiting, like the Norwegians, by the fax machine'.

Dec 09 20:22

Queen's former driver admits to sexually abusing two young boys in the 1970s - including one in his Buckingham Palace quarters - but dies before he can be charged

A chauffeur to the Queen sexually abused a boy in his Buckingham Palace quarters and another young boy at a relative’s home, but died before he could be charged, it was reported last night.

Alwyn Stockdale, 81, reportedly admitted attacking a ten-year-old boy and a boy aged under 14 in the 1970s. Stockdale, who was retired, died of natural causes in hospital last week, but was due to be charged with indecently assaulting one of the boys and with three offences of gross indecency on the second youngster, according to The Sun.

Dec 09 10:24

Hi-tech coating which makes RAF's new £100million F-35 fighter jets 'invisible' to enemy radar is wearing off more quickly than expected

The Maryland-based company have acknowledged the defects in the coating, called LO or Low Observable, that makes it hard for enemy radars to pick up the jets.

They also made it clear that the coating does have to be replaced but not at the frequency that the RAF are dealing with.

Speaking to reporters at Lockheed's media day on Monday, Jeff Babione acknowledged that they were having a problem with the material.

Dec 09 10:02

'Brexit Betrayal' march led by Tommy Robinson held in London

Dec 09 09:43

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA - Jihadis are plotting a devastating CHEMICAL WEAPONS attack in Britain and could launch a chlorine bomb on London Underground, security chiefs warn

Terror chiefs believe a devastating chemical weapons attack in Britain is now ‘more likely than not’, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The chilling assessment follows the interception of ‘chatter’ between senior figures in Islamic State (IS). The terror group has been inspired by the poisoning of former KGB agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, by Russian agents in March.

Before the novichok attack in Salisbury, the Government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) put the risk of a chemical weapons strike by jihadis at 25 per cent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be a pathetic attempt to distract the public from Theresa May's betrayal of BREXIT.

Dec 09 09:42

PETER HITCHENS: As these clueless, frantic Tories drag our nation towards the abyss, all I can say is: I did warn you

With a heavy heart, I feel compelled to write about the European issue again. I am sick of it. I want it to be over. I would, by now, accept almost any arrangement if only this ignorant, stupid squabbling would stop.

People who only five years ago dismissed the whole subject as irrelevant are now on fire with mad passion for one outcome or another.

They have no business to be. I recall trying to persuade Tory politicians, now brawling, red-faced and panting, about backstops and customs unions, that the EU mattered at all.

Dec 09 09:41

JEREMY PAXMAN: My dog could have won a better Brexit deal than those forelock tugging drones we sent out to battle Brussels

Outside the Palace of Westminster on Thursday I saw the driver of a massive cement lorry wind down his window to bellow in an angry Geordie voice. His target? A rent-a-mob of anti-Brexit demonstrators.

‘It’s about time you learned to respect the decision of the working class!’ he roared.

What can he have made of the farce now engulfing Parliament itself? Or of professional politicians united in their conviction that when it comes to the most momentous decision to face us since the Second World War, they can agree precisely nothing?

The outcome of the 2016 referendum was clear.

Dec 09 09:23

Tommy Robinson Leads UKIP March in London Amid Counter-Protests

A UK Independence Party (UKIP) march led by right-wing activist Tommy Robinson against what organisers call the "Brexit betrayal" is taking place in London.

Thousands of people took to the streets of London on Sunday for the "Brexit Betrayal March" led by UKIP leader Gerard Batten and right-wing activist Tommy Robinson, with the Ruptly video news agency streaming the event live.

Addressing the protesters, Batter said that if the UK parliament fails "to take Britain out of the European Union, it will be the biggest constitutional crisis since the English Civil War."

Dec 09 09:20

OXFORD PROFESSOR’S CAR CRASH ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT REFERENDUM RESULT

The online-only Independent’s “front page” today breathlessly reported that “illegal Facebook spending ‘won 2016 vote for Leave'”. Philip Howard, a professor at the “Oxford Internet Institute” said it was his “professional opinion” that it was “very likely” that “excessive spending by Vote Leave altered the result of the referendum”. Howard is due to put his “evidence” to the High Court tomorrow…

On closer inspection, it appears “very likely” that Howard’s evidence is a load of utter rubbish, with statisticians having a field day tearing apart his numbers on Twitter. Howard’s calculations get off to a good start with his assumption that 80 million people saw Vote Leave Facebook ads during the so-called “period of excess spending”. That’s in a country of 66 million people, with an electorate of 46.5 million. By Howard’s calculation, 172% of the electorate saw Vote Leave’s ads…

Dec 09 09:18

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: May MUST scrap doomed deal before crunch vote – EXPRESS POLL

An overwhelming 86 percent of Express readers demanded the Prime Minister ditch her deal in an online poll which received more than 15,500 responses in a little over 24 hours. Just 10.5 percent of those who took part backed the Brexit terms negotiated by Mrs May. The sweeping rejection comes just days before the deal faces a crunch vote in the House of Commons.

MPs will decide on Tuesday whether Britain will leave the European Union on Mrs May’s terms or whether the Government must rapidly rethink its approach to the split.

More than 100 Tory MPs have already publicly stated they will vote against the deal.

And if it is defeated as anticipated, ministers will have just 21 days to return to Parliament and set out what they plan to do next.

Dec 09 09:13

Theresa May is warned by Cabinet ministers that she will have to quit if her Brexit deal is defeated in Commons vote and she fails to renegotiate better terms with the EU

The Prime Minister is being warned she will have to resign should her crunch Brexit vote end in disaster next week, it has emerged.

Several Cabinet ministers have warned her she is heading for a heavy defeat and urged her to seek fresh concessions from Brussels.

They fear if Mrs May goes ahead with Tuesday's vote and loses by a large margin it will prove fatal for her leadership – and open the door to a softer 'Norway-style' Brexit.

Dec 08 22:38

JEREMY PAXMAN: My dog could have won a better Brexit deal than those forelock tugging drones we sent out to battle Brussels

The outcome of the 2016 referendum was clear.

By a margin of more than one million votes, the British people said they wanted to leave the EU. Yet more than two years later we are in paralysis, faced with a piece of paper that no one wants – and with seemingly no way forward other than to take the Prime Minister’s Deal.

When Mrs May says it is ‘far from perfect’ she is not exaggerating.

Can you imagine Winston Churchill allowing his negotiators to dance the hokey-cokey with a bunch of foreign bureaucrats and then expecting the British Parliament to agree to a half-in, half-out arrangement which continues EU control until the organisation feels inclined to give it up? And which, by the way, makes it impossible for the UK to strike its own trade deals?

Dec 08 10:52

SINKING SHIP Theresa May faces ‘HANGING’ next week over Brexit vote and could get MORE resignations if she doesn’t change tack

THERESA May faces a "hanging" next week over her crunch Brexit vote and could see even MORE resignations from her top team.

Brexiteers today blasted her 11th hour changes to the legislation, saying it won't be enough to win them over in Tuesday's crunch vote.

Dec 08 10:08

UK Backs US' Claims on November Chlorine Attack in Aleppo

The UK Foreign Office’s spokesperson supported the US claims that the Syrian government forces were involved in the toxic chemicals attack in the city of Aleppo in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A lie sworn to a million times remains a lie!

Dec 08 10:03

Liverpool council finds 24 adult asylum seekers who are posing as children as it launches legal fight to stop almost £1million in taxpayers cash being spent on their care

A legal fight has begun to stop almost £1million of taxpayers’ money being spent on adult asylum seekers posing as children, it emerged last night.

Since May Liverpool council say 39 refugees whose age was in doubt have arrived in the city.

Following specialist assessments costing £60,000, 24 were found to be adults, while only 15 were under 18. Another 17 cases are under review.

Some asylum seekers coming to Britain try to lie about their age because support for under-18s is much better than for adults.

Dec 08 10:03

Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson

The British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is receiving financial, political and moral support from a broad array of non-British groups and individuals, including US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls, a Guardian investigation has discovered.

Robinson, an anti-Islam campaigner who is leading a “Brexit betrayal” march in London on Sunday, has received funding from a US tech billionaire and a thinktank based in Philadelphia.

Dec 07 09:59

May Refuses To Delay Vote On Brexit Deal Despite Near-Certain Defeat

Despite losing an unprecedented Commons vote to hold her government in contempt earlier this week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is standing by her position that her deal cannot be altered in any meaningful way - and that's a huge problem for everyone hoping to avert a 'no deal' Brexit.

Dec 07 08:59

Colluding in war crimes: Britain's unreported military alliance with Israel

Britain’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, recently visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pledging to increase trade and investment between the two countries, which already stands at a record $9bn.

While more than 230 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces since March, London’s ties with Tel Aviv are growing ever stronger.

Yet, I cannot find a single article in the British “mainstream” media noting the depth of supportive UK policies towards Israel. This media blackout is allowing Britain to continue backing Israeli aggression in the occupied territories with impunity.

Dec 07 08:57

Irish Central Bank Refuses To Discuss Gold Reserves In Bank of England Vaults

IRELAND’S Central Bank has refused to say if it plans to move almost €200m worth of gold bars from the vaults of the Bank of England as a result of Brexit, insisting that any such move would be “commercially sensitive”.

The gold reserves have been held by its UK counterpart for a number of years, and the Central Bank has traditionally been coy on the precise details of the reserves, and the terms of the arrangement it has with the Bank of England.

It refused to be drawn yesterday on whether the reserves would be removed from the Bank of England either before or after the Brexit deadline of next March.

“It is for the Central Bank to determine how Ireland’s gold reserves ought to be managed,” a spokeswoman told the Irish Independent.

Dec 06 16:43

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

UK spies are planning to increase their use of bulk equipment interference, as the range of encrypted hardware and software applications they can't tap into increases.

Equipment interference (EI) – formerly known as computer network exploitation – is the phrase used for spies poking around in devices, like phones or computers, and media like USB sticks.

It allows them to gather up info they claim would otherwise be "lost" as it can't be obtained other ways – crucially, it means they can access encrypted data they cannot grab via the more traditional route of interception.

Dec 06 11:00

Brexit: Theresa May Goes Greek!

Presidents, prime ministers, congresspersons and parliamentarians worldwide regularly negate the democratic will of their nation’s voters by refusing to support legitimate election results. Strangely, their treasonous actions continue without serious reprisal or punishment by the voter. This emboldens them. The reality of votes cast and “democracy” past does not does bode well for the people of the United Kingdom, their future as a nation or their hopeful return to sovereignty once called, “Brexit.”

While the name has not changed; the definition certainly has.

Dec 06 10:53

UK has provided ‘guarantees’ Assange won’t be extradited to face death penalty – Ecuador’s president

Britain has provided enough guarantees that Julian Assange will not be extradited to any country where he would face the death penalty if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

Speaking during a radio interview on Thursday, Moreno said his administration has received written assurances that the UK will not extradite Assange to any nation where he will face the death penalty.

Dec 06 10:51

Russian Embassy in London: UK Ignores Ukraine's Illegal Activity in Kerch Strait

The UK government encourages Ukraine’s aggressive rhetoric on Russia, ignoring the fact that Kiev has illegally crossed borders of Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait, the Russian Embassy in London said on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, the Ukrainian provocation in the Black Sea, as well as the general situation in the region, continues to be used by a number of Western countries, including the UK, to stir anti-Russian rhetoric. The details of the incident, most notably the blatant and deliberate violation of the territorial waters of the Russian Federation by the Ukrainian ships, are ignored by the UK Government," the embassy’s spokesperson said at a briefing.

Dec 06 10:47

EU to offer to ‘extend Article 50’

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the EU will offer to extend Article 50 beyond March next year if Theresa May loses the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.

May is due to travel to Brussels on December 13th, two days after the Parliamentary vote on the 11th. The report quotes ‘EU Sources’ saying EU leaders “would be open to the idea of extending the Article 50 process if it meant avoiding a no-deal Brexit.”

Dec 06 10:25

78% OF LOCAL TORY MEMBERS NOW “OPPOSE CONTINUING LEADERSHIP OF THERESA MAY”

The Orpington Conservative Association’s Political Forum met the week before last and local Tory MP Jo Johnson was in attendance. The purpose was to discuss the Withdrawal Agreement. Local constituency meetings are not something that Guido would normally report on, however it is worth looking at this to get an insight into what Tory MPs are hearing in their constituencies and the pressure they are under over the vote.

Dec 06 10:24

EU ON BRINK: Germany unleashes Brexit burden WARNING as migration row erupts

EU ambassadors held long talks over the bloc’s subsequent seven-year price range because it appears to prop-up the in poor health Union within the wake of the United Kingdom’s departure. However issues became nerve-racking when German Ambassador Michael Clauss reminded his fellow EU opposite numbers Germany was once ready to dig deep to fund the Brexit shortfall however demanded member states must be ready to step as much as the plate over the migration factor. Mr Clauss advised the EU Council Germany’s price range contributions may just upward push to about one-quarter of the entire EU price range following Britain’s go out.

Dec 06 10:11

Nigel Farage reveals what will happen if May loses key vote – 'There will be a CRISIS'

Speaking on his LBC show, the former Ukip leader argued Theresa May will lose her Brexit battle in Parliament on December 11 by about 100 votes. Mr Farage went on to predict the Prime Minister will attempt to go back to Brussels to win further concessions from the EU, only to come back and lose a second time in the House of Commons.

The second loss, Mr Farage claimed, will cause a political crisis that will push MPs to agree to an extension of Article 50 postponing the official Brexit date by one year.

He added the move would then inevitably trigger a call for a second Brexit referendum.

He said: “I think she will lose by a 100 or so, she will go back to Brussels, there will be a minor concession.

“She will still lose, there will be a crisis and Parliament will agree to delay the date we leave the European Union by another year.

“I feel – and I hope I’m really really badly wrong – but I feel a second referendum is getting closer.”

Dec 06 10:09

Double-dealing MPs accused of plot to ‘steal’ Brexit from the British people as top Tories say May will be forced to resign if she loses key vote

The devastating blow for the PM saw Parliament seize back control of Brexit if her deal is voted down next Tuesday. And as the dust settled on the vote’s significance yesterday, recriminations began to fly.

Senior Tories on both sides of the Brexit divide predicted Britian’s EU departure date of March 29 will now be delayed as ministers will be forced to put together a new softer option to please Parliament.

Ministers and party grandees also told The Sun that the mood across Tory MPs was hardening significantly against the PM since the Commons bloodbath. There is a growing consensus among them that Mrs May will be forced to resign next week if she loses the landmark vote on her unpopular deal.

Dec 05 10:45

'Why don't you all grow a pair!' Piers Morgan calls Dominic Raab a 'coward' for prolonging plot to oust May as the number of Tory MPs who oppose her Brexit deal grows to 103

Piers Morgan branded Dominic Raab a 'coward' and told Brexiteers to 'grow a pair' and replace Theresa May if they wanted their own version of Brexit.

The GMB host launched his furious attack on the former Brexit Secretary as the number of Tory rebels against the deal continued to rise ahead of Tuesday's vote.

Mr Raab insisted changing the Prime Minister now would be seen as 'political parlour games' by the public - just a fortnight after the hardline European Research Group of Tory MPs tried and failed to remove her.

Dec 05 10:45

Legal Advice on Brexit Deal Reveals the 'Unthinkable,' Leaving MPs Furious

No wonder the UK government tried to hide the Legal Advice on the withdrawal agreement provisions, said the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as details on the realities of the backstop have been made available to the parliamentarians.

Theresa May's government suffered an impressive defeat at the House of Commons on Tuesday, when the MPs voted it was in contempt of the Parliament. The government ministers were ordered to publish the full legal advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal.

The Brexit legal advice revealed "central weaknesses in the Government's deal" and it is "unthinkable the Government tried to keep this information from Parliament," Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said upon the partial release of the document.

Dec 05 10:38

'Worst Possible Outcome': Brexit Deal Would Make EU Rule Taker - UK Politician

British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to defend her Chequers Brexit plan in the House of Commons ahead of a vote on whether to proceed with the proposals next week? Is there any chance that it could be approved?

Dec 05 10:34

MERVYN KING Theresa May’s Brexit deal is a historic error of monumental incompetence

WHEN Tony Blair and Boris Johnson unite in their condemnation of Theresa May’s “deal”, you know something has gone badly wrong.

The withdrawal agreement is less a carefully crafted diplomatic compromise and more the result of incompetence of a high order.

Dec 05 05:35

UK GOVERNMENT FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF PARLIMENT

In historic first, UK government found in contempt of parliament
Row in lower chamber House of Commons centred on publication of legal advice related to British PM's Brexit deal.

The UK government will publish in full legal advice it received regarding Prime Minister Theresa May's widely criticised Brexit deal after it was found to be in contempt of parliament for failing to originally do so.

In a landmark vote on Tuesday, parliamentarians in the lower chamber House of Commons backed a motion, tabled a day before by six parties, demanding full disclosure of the counsel by 311 votes to 293.

The vote marked the first time in history a UK government has been found in contempt of parliament.

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Dec 04 19:53

University buckles to pressure and reviews plan to name lecture theatre in honour of BBC's Jenni Murray after protesters complained that she said transgender women 'aren't real women'

A university is to review its decision to name a lecture theatre after a BBC broadcaster who said transgender women aren't 'real women'.

Woman's Hour host Jenni Murray made the comments in a Sunday Times article last year under the title 'Be trans, be proud - but don't call yourself a 'real woman'.

Dec 04 19:44

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Britain will never forgive a Brexit betrayal from vain and arrogant MPs that would shatter the integrity of our democracy

In a febrile, fractious Commons yesterday, the Government suffered three defeats in quick succession, each more crushing than the last.

The first two – relating to publication of the full legal advice surrounding the withdrawal agreement – were largely procedural. More embarrassing than truly disastrous.

But the third, in the form of an amendment by arch Tory rebel Dominic Grieve, could have the effect of giving Parliament, rather than the Government, total supremacy in shaping Brexit.

In principle, this may sound admirably democratic. But in a hung Parliament, where the majority of MPs are in conflict with the will of the people and want Britain to remain in the EU, it is a recipe for chaos and betrayal.

True, this vote makes the chances of crashing out with no deal vanishingly small. But it also means that Brexit may never happen at all.

Dec 04 14:54

Tories become first UK government EVER to be found in contempt of Parliament

Theresa May’s Conservative Party have become the first UK government ever to be found guilty of being in Contempt of Parliament following a vote of MPs this evening.

The finding of Contempt of Parliament was made in response to the government’s anti-democratic refusal to publish the full legal advice on Brexit despite MPs passing a binding motion demanding they do so.

Dec 04 14:53

UK Tory govt first in history to be found in contempt of parliament

UK govt ministers have been found to be in contempt of parliament – the first time in history – after failing to publish the full legal advice concerning the Brexit deal agreed with the EU, after a vote in the House of Commons.

The contempt of parliament motion tabled by Labour and other opposition parties, including PM Theresa May's confidence and supply partners, the DUP, was passed by 311 votes to 293.

Responding to the government's defeat, Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, told MPs that the final and full legal advice would be published on Wednesday.

Dec 04 14:14

Parliament finds May government in contempt for withholding terms of Brexit

In a historic first, the British Parliament found the government of Prime Minister Theresa May in contempt on Tuesday for failing to release in full the advice it received from the country's top law officer about the terms of exiting the EU.

The British government received a historic rebuke from lawmakers on Tuesday over its Brexit plans - an inauspicious sign for Prime Minister Theresa May as she opened an epic debate in Parliament that will decide the fate of her divorce deal with the European Union.

Legislators in the House of Commons found the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish in full the advice it had received from the country's top law officer about the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.

The vote has little direct impact on the Brexit debate, but reflects mounting tension between the government and Parliament over the next steps in the U.K.'s exit.

Dec 04 10:02

ECJ ADVOCATE GENERAL SAYS UK CAN UNILATERALLY REVOKE ARTICLE 50

In a major victory for the continuity remain campaign, the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Manual Campos Sánchez-Bordona has announced that the UK can unilaterally withdraw its Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty notification, although domestically this would require a Parliamentary vote and a co-operative executive. The ECJ is not bound to accept the opinion of the Advocate General, but it almost always does…

Remoaning MPs, MSPs, and MEPs have been arguing for a unilateral mechanism to remain in the EU and it looks like the ECJ will grant them their wish. Yet another unholy alliance of domestic and foreign interests working to reverse the 2016 result…

Dec 04 10:01

‘Don’t underestimate us’ - MI6 boss warns Russia in latest sign of heightened tensions

The head of MI6 warned Russia against underestimating the UK’s capabilities, accusing the Kremlin of using “military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil,” during a speech at a university in Scotland.

In only his second major speech since his appointment as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in 2014, Alex Younger took aim at Moscow over the Salisbury poisoning and their stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West.

Dec 04 10:01

‘Putin’s puppet’: Tory minister hits out at Corbynite MP for highlighting child poverty on RT

Amber Rudd has hit out at Labour MP Chris Williamson, labelling him one of “Putin’s puppets” after his appearance on RT where he blamed the UK govt for creating a child poverty crisis this Christmas.

The Work and Pensions Secretary, and close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, was widely ridiculed on social media for ignoring the issue of poverty in the UK, which was highlighted recently in a damning UN report.

Rudd made the comment after Williamson had tweeted about his interview on RT’s Going Underground show. He talked about his “utter outrage” at a report by housing association, the Peabody Trust, that says more than 100,000 children are at risk of being plunged into poverty this Christmas, as families wait for their delayed universal credit payment.

Dec 04 09:11

UK can stop Brexit unilaterally - EU legal adviser's bombshell gives hope to Remainers

The UK has the power to unilaterally stop the Brexit process, the EU’s top legal advisers have said, contradicting statements from London that Article 50 could only be stopped with agreement of all 27 EU member states.

The Advocate General, in a report prepared for the European Court in Strasbourg, stated that the UK could suspend the already triggered two-year Article 50 process, according to a lawyer for the group that brought forward the case.

Dec 04 09:03

UK changes military leadership amid row over US jet import

The British military has changed its top commanders amid a widening row over the import of F-35 fighter jets from the United States.

Reports on Monday said that four new senior chiefs had been appointed to lead the UK military forces, including the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

Air Marshal Michael Wigston will lead the RAF while Vice Admiral Tony Radakin would become Britain’s first sea lord and chief of naval staff. All the commanders are approved by the Queen Elizabeth II, who is the commander of the British armed forces, and they will take up their posts next year, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The new commanders were appointed with a stated mission of improving the British army’s capabilities in dealing with increasing threats.

However, the appointments come amid a widening row between the RAF and the Royal Navy over which type of US-made F-35 fighter jets the UK should prefer in its future purchases.

Dec 03 10:57

British Government ‘Pledges’ Cheaper, Unlabelled, Gene-edited Food. “An Agricultural Revolution” Predicated on Genetic Engineering!

At a time when apprehensions about low-quality food entering the country post Brexit are rising, the Times reports that Michael Gove, the environment secretary has announced that “Britain will lead an agricultural revolution with the use of gene editing”.

In July, after hearing scientific evidence that gene editing “causes many profound mutations and DNA damage”, the European Court of Justice ruled that food resulting from genome editing would be regarded as genetically modified, which is outlawed in Europe.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is underwhelmed

Disregarding this science-based evidence, Gove pledged, at yesterday’s CLA meeting in Westminster, that scientists and farmers would be freed from this European court ruling. The first report seen however, makes no reference to this exciting prospect, whatsoever.

Dec 03 10:55

Attorney general admits UK could be locked in to Irish backstop amid row over legal advice

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox has admitted the UK could be locked into a customs backstop under Theresa May's Brexit blueprint amid a fierce row over the publication of full legal advice on the deal.

Mr Cox confirmed that neither the UK nor EU would be able to unilaterally end the Northern Irish backstop arrangement if it came into force, in an address to MPs.

His statement comes after opposition MPs threatened to join forces to initiate contempt of parliament proceedings against the government, after ministers lost a binding vote to publish the documents.

Dec 03 10:32

Theresa May set to SCRAP meaningful vote and re-open Brexit negotiations - reports

THERESA May is on a collision course with the European Union as plans have emerged to scrap the upcoming vote on her controversial Brexit deal and instead attempt to renegotiate terms in Brussels.

Dec 03 10:14

We need to hold our nerve over Brexit - we can do so much better than this deal

Yes, of course the public is entitled to see the legal advice from the Attorney General to the Prime Minister. It is a scandal that this is currently being withheld.

You will recall that, when she was in opposition, the present Prime Minister wrote to the Labour government and complained of their failure to publish the Attorney General’s advice on the Iraq war. She was right then – and how much more wrong and absurd is her position now, when you consider that this legal question is more important even than the Iraq war.

Dec 03 10:02

DOWNING STREET PUSHING MERITS OF MAY’S DEAL WITH HASHTAG #BACKTHEBREXITDEAL

This is the line Downing Street will be pushing out in a paid for social media blitz, highlighting the merits of May’s deals versus the alternatives. Like with the £9 million spent before the referendum, the government has no qualms about spending taxpayers’ money pushing their policy position – even though it has little support in the country or parliament. Some might quibble with the accuracy of the presentation’s spin…

Dec 03 10:02

Brexit and Military Losses of the Past Show Up British Exceptionalism

The anniversary of the sinking of two great capital ships off Singapore, one of the great British defeats of the Second World War, falls unnoticed between the proposed May-Corbyn debate on 9 December and the House of Commons vote on the Brexit agreement with the EU on 11 December. This is a pity because the miscalculations that go into producing first rate disasters, both political and military, have a lot in common.

Seventy-seven years ago, on 10 December 1941, Japanese planes found and sank the battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulsewhen they unwisely sailed north of Singapore without air cover in a bid to attack the Japanese forces invading Malaya. Describing his reaction to the sinking, in which 840 sailors died, Churchill said: “In all the war, I never received a more direct shock.”

Dec 03 10:00

Moscow Comments on Media Reports About UK Psychological Warfare Units in Ukraine

The United Kingdom seems to be seeking to expand its military presence in Ukraine in the run-up to the March presidential election in the country, the Russian Embassy in London said, commenting on media reports about the UK psychological warfare units allegedly stationed in Ukraine.

On Sunday, BBC News Russian reported that 1,200 servicemen of the British Army’s 77th Brigade, a top-secret unit that deals with electronic and psychological warfare, are currently stationed in Ukraine. According to the broadcaster, the UK servicemen in Ukraine have three main areas of activities: carry out military tasks on the Internet, as well as psychological and information operations.

Dec 03 09:59

Theresa May Brexit advisor Olly Robbins admitted deal was ‘a BAD OUTCOME’ in secret letter

Mr Robbins, the Prime Minister’s Europe advisor, said the Brexit deal’s backstop proposal didn’t guarantee security cooperation with the EU. He claimed it would require some regulatory controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The revelation of the warning, details of which were published in The Telegraph, will increase pressure on the Prime Minister to publish the Attorney General’s full legal advise on the deal.

Currently the Prime Minister is refusing to release the text in full but a later today there will be a cross-party attempt in Parliament to force publication.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, dated October 19, Mr Robbins warned: “We should not forget that the backstop is, even with a UK-EU customs union, a bad outcome.”

Dec 03 09:59

UK's MI6 Chief to Urge Russia 'Not to Underestimate Our Determination'

The chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Alex Younger, will deliver a rare public speech on Monday, during which he will reiterate a batch of London’s accusations against Russia and urge it not to “underestimate” the United Kingdom and its allies, according to excerpts of his speech in the UK media.

“[We] urge Russia or any other state intent on subverting our way of life not to underestimate our determination and our capabilities, or those of our allies,” Younger is set to say at St Andrew’s University, as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.

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Dec 03 09:55

Brexit & Iraq War: Piers Morgan vs. Alastair Campbell

Dec 03 09:46

Leaked Commons legal analysis of Brexit deal vindicates Trump, contradicts May and adds to Brexiteers’ concerns

The Government is already on the rack over its refusal to publish the legal advice provided on the Brexit deal by Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, despite a parliamentary motion ordering it to be done.

Cox will make a statement on the matter in the House of Commons later today (Monday 3rd December), during which he will doubtless be questioned about the leak in the Sunday Times of a letter he wrote in which he admitted that the UK would be trapped “indefinitely” in a customs union with the EU if the backstop comes into effect.

Dec 02 11:34

If May won't tell us her legal advice, we'll launch contempt proceedings

Parliament is about to make one of the most important decisions in a generation: whether to vote for or against the proposed Brexit deal.

In preparation for that decision, MPs must have access to the fullest possible information about what they are voting on. That’s why it was so important that Labour secured an order from Parliament for MPs to be given access to the Attorney General’s full legal advice to the Cabinet on the final deal.

And yet, following comments by the Prime Minister this past week, the Government looks set to defy that order of the House of Commons.

Dec 02 11:16

TONY PARSONS The Prime Minister’s lousy, stinking deal will leave us shackled to the EU with no say on how it’s run

The Prime Minister is counting on the people who are 'bored of Brexit' and just want Theresa May to 'get on with it', but we aren't sick of Brexit, we are sick of being bullied by Brussels

Dec 02 07:03

How to rid the world of anti-Semitism

"If Jews want to rid the world of anti-Semitism, Jewish bodies should carefully self-reflect and take responsibility for their own actions, instead of blaming the goyim (gentiles)." >>

Dec 01 15:44

Guardian escalates its vilification of Julian Assange

Jonathan Cook says the Guardian’s attacks on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are intended to shore up a consensus on the left for attacks on leading threats to the existing, neoliberal order, whether they are a whistle-blowing platform like WikiLeaks or a politician like Jeremy Corbyn. >>

Dec 01 09:52

Spotting the fakery in May’s forthcoming Brexit pledges

Theresa May plans to print millions of cards with five pledges on Brexit (a ploy copied from Tony Blair’s election campaigning). Here is my prediction of her top five false claims, and how to refute them.

Nov 30 12:15

British cops find new ways to fine motorists

In their never ending quest to squeeze the average British motorist of every penny they can, the cops have come up with a new idea. Fining motorists for using their mobile phones whilst their car is stationary. Yep, yes sir, even if your car is totally at a standstill, if the cops find you using a mobile phone, you will be fined £200.

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They do that here in Hawaii.

Nov 30 11:43

From Star Wars to Newsnight? BBC admits pro-Brexit pastor is also paid actor

The BBC has come under fire after a Brexit-backing pastor who staunchly defended Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Monday’s Newsnight program was revealed to also be a paid actor.

Lynn, also known as Marina, Hayter, dressed in full dog-collar garb, urged viewers to “have faith in the government” while being rather deferential to the assembled politicians. “They know far more about what’s going on than we do," Hayter said, as she gestured towards the participating MPs.

Nov 30 11:42

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: On the 12th day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me... The start of World War III

On the first day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me: A lifetime of penury. On the second day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me: Some garbage from Mark Carney.

Strictly speaking, Day Two should really be about national security, but I couldn't make it scan.

The Home Office minister Ben Wallace spent yesterday putting himself about in radio and TV studios warning that we're all going to be murdered by terrorists unless MPs get behind Mother Theresa's risible Brexit 'deal'.

Nov 30 07:52

UK to Send Marines, Warship to Ukraine for Sake of 'Democracy'

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will reaffirm Britain’s commitment to Ukraine during a visit to Kiev.

The United Kingdom will ramp up its military assistance to Ukraine, deploying additional troops and a Royal Navy ship to defend 'freedom and democracy,' Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will announce on Wednesday, The Telegraph wrote.

Ukrainian Special Forces and Marines will be trained by British personnel and HMS Echo, a Royal Navy hydrographic survey ship with a company of 72, will deploy to the region.

“As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom,” Williamson will say.

Nov 30 07:52

UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions

This carefully researched article by Arkady Savitsky first published on November 24, (one day before the Kerch Strait Incident) outlines with foresight Britain’s so-called “hydrographic survey” in the Black Sea which is slated to be carried out as of early next year. The stated objective is to:

“to demonstrate Britain’s support for Ukraine and ensure “freedom of navigation”.

In this regard, the Kerch Strait Incident acts as a pretext in support of an ongoing military project. In all likelihood it will be used to “justify” US-UK-NATO deployments in the Black Sea Basin.

Is the Kerchen Incident part of a broader US-NATO “Responsibility to Protect (R2P) plan to “militarize the Black Sea”? According to Arkady Savitsky:

In September, Great Britain made known it planned to increase the warships’ presence in the Black Sea next year with increasingly frequent port calls to Odessa.

Nov 30 07:50

'It is game, set and match to you': Farage congratulates Barnier on 'beating' Britain in Brexit talks at a half-empty European Parliament as the EU insists NO other deal is available

Nigel Farage today congratulated his arch nemesis Michel Barnier on beating the UK in the Brexit talks - declaring Brussels had won 'game, set and match'.

But he warned the deal is so loathed in Britain that it does not stand a chance of getting backed by MPs and the UK could be set to crash out without a deal at all.

It came after Mr Barnier said the agreement thrashed out with Theresa May is the only deal on the table.

Speaking in a half empty chamber in the European Parliament for a standard plenary session this morning, Mr Farage it is a 'good deal' for the EU but hated in Britain.

The ex Ukip leader said: 'It is a good deal for the European Union. For the UK, I think it is probably the worst deal in history.'

He added: 'Mr Barnier, I have to say, I wish you were on our side really, because it is game, set and match to you.'

Lashing the PM's divorce deal, he said it 'shattered any illusion' that Britain will become an independent country after March next year.

Nov 30 07:49

Theresa May's Brexit deal was torn apart in the Commons, just as it would be by the general public

Did previous generations who lived in historic times find history to be so aggressively punctuated with formal statements?

When Genghis Khan conquered China, for example, was he required to make public statements to the effect that he was a) thinking about conquering China, b) going to conquer China, c) in the process of conquering China, and ultimately d) had conquered China?

No one doubts that Theresa May agreeing a deal to formalise the UK’s exit from the European Union is historic, not least given, as Winston Churchill once almost said, the last fortnight has lasted for a thousand years. But it has now been pre-announced, pre-pre-announced, announced and, at the despatch box of the House of Commons on Monday, enjoyed the first of what will be a lengthy string of re-re-announcements.

Nov 30 07:48

EU's lawyers argue Britain cannot cancel Brexit without the bloc's consent

Lawyers acting for the EU have argued that Britain should not be able to cancel Brexit without the bloc’s consent in order to prevent political chaos from engulfing the union.

The European Union’s top court is to rule on whether the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke Article 50, after legal action seeking clarity on the matter from Remain campaigners.

The UK started the legal process of leaving the EU in March 2017 by invoking the Lisbon treaty clause, which spells out the steps towards the exit door.

Nov 30 07:47

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: On the 12th day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me... The start of World War III

On the first day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me: A lifetime of penury. On the second day of Brexit, Theresa gave to me: Some garbage from Mark Carney.

Strictly speaking, Day Two should really be about national security, but I couldn't make it scan.

The Home Office minister Ben Wallace spent yesterday putting himself about in radio and TV studios warning that we're all going to be murdered by terrorists unless MPs get behind Mother Theresa's risible Brexit 'deal'.

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