Today in Brussels EU Foreign ministers discuss Iran in light of the recent developments concerning the nuclear deal, (JCPOA). The discussion follows the meeting of the Joint Commission on 28 June and the recent announcements by Tehran on the JCPOA.
The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom and the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini have already expressed deep concern over Iran pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).
The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, sharing common security interests, in particular upholding the non-proliferation regime, recalled their continuing commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) that was agreed upon four years ago with Iran, on 14 July 2015.
Jeremy Hunt, one of the candidates aiming to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, said he would leave the European Union without a deal (Withdrawal Agreement) but with a heavy heart and that he hoped the bloc would engage with a new British leader.
“Our failure to deliver Brexit has put our country and our party in grave peril. The leadership I offer is based on one simple truth: without Brexit there will be no Conservative government and maybe no Conservative Party,” Hunt said.
“If we want a deal we are going to have to engage seriously with Brussels. From my conversations with European leaders, it is clear to me there is a deal to be done, they want us to come up with proposals.” Hunt added.
Julian Assange has suffered “prolonged exposure to psychological torture“, the UN’s torture expert Nils Melzer said.
Nils Melzer urged the UK not to extradite the Wikileaks founder, warning that his human rights would be violated and that he is not fit to stand trial.
UN expert also accused “several democratic states” of a “concerted effort” to break Assange will.
But the UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt argued that Assange “chose to hide” from justice.
In a tweet Jeremy Hunt said Nils Melzer “should allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference or inflammatory accusations”.
“The rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal ” the UK government announces.
“After 12 April 2019:
- You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
- If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to 9 extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.
The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.” FCO Travel advise explains.
Brexit could be reversed if lawmakers reject the government’s Article 50 deal, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday March 10 after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a heavy defeat.
British government is aimed at saving the Article 50 deal to ensure orderly Brexit, while Prime Minister Theresa May ensures she is prepared for additional meetings in Brussels to overcome the deadlock in negotiations.
Introducing changes to the Irish backstop is the only way to secure the Article 50 agreement, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, anticipating Prime Minister Theresa May visit to Brussels.
Meanwhile European Commission president team discusses state of play of the Article 50 deal negotiations and update on progress on “no-deal” contingency legislation.
German Federal minister of Foreign affairs Heiko Maas said a discussion should be held on whether to re-open the draft Article 50 deal for Britain’s departure from the European Union, but on condition of the EU member-states unanimity on the issue. (Image above: Frankfurt).
Maas told public broadcaster ZDF late on 17 of January he had spoken to Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, adding that it had become clear this week that there was no majority for a no-deal Brexit in the British House of Commons.
British Foreign Office is strengthening its network with 1,000 diplomatic staff as it is preparing to develop its relations with countries around the world in solo after Brexit – Secretary Jeremy Hunt intends to announce, according to Reuters News Agency.
Diplomatic service will comprise 335 new positions overseas, 328 in London and 329 new local staff around the world.
“Our democratic values are arguably under greater threat than at any time since the fall of the Berlin Wall … we can use our influence, reach and power to defend our values,” Hunt will say in the speech entitled “Britain’s role in the world after Brexit,” Reuters quotes its sources. “We must reinvigorate and expand British diplomacy.”
The Foreign Office will also boost language training, he will say, increasing the number of languages taught at the department to 70, from 50, including the addition of Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Gujarati.
Among Britain’s top diplomatic jobs some will to be opened up to experts who are not civil servants as part of a push to recruit “under-represented groups”, as the UK expands its overseas diplomacy network Hunt is to announce.