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Borissov reminds about Saddam’s ‘chemical weapons’ amid #Salisbury

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is not sure Moscow was indeed behind Salisbury attack, and he ensured  that he his articulate with the other EU leaders.

“This is because we all trust the position of the UK. I told Theresa May my position. I reminded her that there was a time when Saddam Hussein was accused of having a chemical arsenal. Tony Blair later had to apologise but the consequences remain monstrous to this day. Maybe I’m one of the oldest, and I’m trying to think more in these terms. But there is a common position and we support it”, Borissov said, as quoted by EurActiv. 

“We find ourselves in times worse than the Cold War. During the Cold War, there were rules. Now I’m not optimistic for the peaceful future of the world,” Borissov added.

The “mass expulsion of diplomats” and the recall of the EU’s own ambassador from Moscow for consultations, would “hardly bring more peace, more calm and more understanding” – Borissov regretted.

“I expressed my views and asked for more information. ‘Highly likely’ is not ‘certainly,” he said and indicated that he expects a “rapid escalation” in the next days and weeks.

“Many countries will start recalling their ambassadors,” Borissov concluded, but ensured that Bulgaria had no intention to follow this way.

Blair: Ireland as a ‘special case’

Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal requires amendment in the wake of Brexit as it contains references to the EU, former British prime minister Tony Blair said.

Blair helped oversee the agreement between Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists, which brought an end to three decades of bloodshed that killed 3,600 people, in one of the biggest achievements of his 10 years in power.

“The Good Friday or Belfast Agreement was formulated on the assumption that both countries were part of the EU … Some of the language will therefore require amendment because of Brexit,” Blair told a gathering of center-right European People’s Party, according to comments published on his web site.

“With goodwill, including from our European partners, this should be achievable with the minimum of difficulty,” he said.

Blair calls to revese Brexit

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will reveal his “mission” to persuade people to “rise up and change their minds” on Brexit on Friday, arguing that the vote to leave the European Union is a threat to the future of the country.

In his first major political intervention since the vote last June, Blair will issue a declaration on Friday to opponents of Brexit, saying there was little clarity over what the vote meant when the referendum took place, and that the government was set on “Brexit At Any Cost”.

“The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind,” he will say to pro-European group Open Britain.

Atkinson MEP on Supreme Court ruling

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Janice ATKINSON MEP  OPINION:
“Today the out-of-touch, unelected elite Supreme Court Justices have ruled in favour of a few wealthy individuals who sought to thwart the will of the British people to leave the EU.
Our discredited former Prime Minister Tony Blair, himself a lawyer and the man who set up the Supreme Court may see this as a victory along with his Remainer cronies. But it will be a hollow one since the Supreme Court judgement is irrelevant to the new reality which is that Brexit is happening as demanded by the people.”
“Labour MPs know that if they vote against triggering Article 50 they will face a populist backlash, the like of which has never been seen in the UK. To vote against it would see them swept out of Parliamentary seats – which even now they are struggling to hold.”