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Hammond for “pragmatic” Brexit

British finance minister Philip Hammond said Britain should adopt a “pragmatic” approach to Brexit negotiations which begin on Monday 19th of June (19.06.2017) striking a different tone to Prime Minister Theresa May who has declared to prefer to leave the EU without a deal, than have a poor arrangement.

The debate within Britain’s government about how to leave the international structure called European Union has been in the focus during the snap elections ending in loss of seats for the Conservatives, surfacing without a majority in parliament.

Britain should work closely with the bloc to prioritize jobs and prosperity when Brexit talks start next week, Hammond said to reporters before a meeting of the 28 EU finance ministers on June, 17 (17.06.2017).

“As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of sincere cooperation taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the UK and for the European Union 27,” he said.

Brexit blurred in elections outcome

As a result of snap elections aimed to reinforce the position of  Prime Minister Theresa May in Brexit negotiation, the Conservatives won 313 seats out of 650 seats declared, unable to reach the 326-mark they need to command a parliamentary majority. Labour had won 260 seats.

Prime Minister Theresa May was aiming to hold on and reinforce her position, while British voters altered her plans, denying her the stronger mandate she had pledged to conduct Brexit talks. As a result of the snap elections May came out with the weakened position in the Parliament, thus no desired strength in Brexit talks, which run high risk to end without any final deal.

With no clear winner emerging from the election, a considerably weakened May confirmed her interest to continue to  lead conservatives, despite losing her majority in the House of Commons. Her rival Jeremy Corbyn insists May should step down.

With Britain’s departure from the European Union talks upholding in 10 days’ time, it is unclear who would form the next government.

Pundits predict May’s victory in snap elections

General election 2017 live: polls show Tory lead as final hour of voting get under way:

A final opinion poll published on Thursday as Britons vote in a national election showed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives widening their lead to 8 percentage points from a 5 point lead in its previous survey.

 

A final opinion poll published on Thursday as Britons vote in a national election showed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives widening their lead to 8 percentage points from a 5 point lead in its previous survey.

 

May warns against Corbyn leading Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May will call voters to back her to ensure Brexit from the European Union indicating that the Labor will be unable to deliver a solid deal. The message came when the opinion polls showed that support for Tories declined.

A series of polls ahead of Britain’s June 8 election have revealed the Conservatives’ lead has fallen to between 9% and 13%points from the initial point of competition.

After launching her manifesto last week, including unexpected plans to diminish financial support for senior citizens, May returned to her core message, insisting that Corbyn was not committed to initially, and subsequently incapable of securing a successful Brexit deal.

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“The deal we seek will be negotiated by me or Jeremy Corbyn. There will be no time to waste and no time for a new government to find its way,” May will say, according to extracts of a speech that will highlight that the departure talks with the EU could begin in days after the election.

EU government officials are preparing for Brexit talks to begin on June 19, however the date needs a confirmation after the elections.

Scottish votes lukewarm about independence

Nearly half of Scottish voters do not wish another referendum on independence. This issue appears to be attracting support for the Conservatives ahead of a June election, according to a YouGov poll published in The Times newspaper on Friday.

The poll also showed Theresa May’s Conservatives due to win more seats in Scotland in the upcoming election than it has held for decades, rising to eight seats by taking seven from Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP).

The survey also showed a decline in the approval ratings of Sturgeon herself, who leads the devolved Scottish government.

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UK to leave Human Rights Court

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The Prime Minister  Theresa May intention to abandon the European Convention on Human Rights will be at heart of her 2020 general election campaign, claims UK media. Downing Street sources presumed the Prime Minister supports plans to “lift and shift” the rights enshrined in the Convention and replicate them by the UK law. The plans would give the UK Supreme Court the ultimate authority on the interpretation of the rights and interpretations.

“The insight into the Prime Minister’s thinking gives “clean Brexit” advocates hope, with the Prime Minister appearing to endorse ‘taking back control’, -commented Leave means leave  group activists.

“Although we have no quarrel with the content of the European Convention on Human Rights, it is the way in which that document is applied that gives us difficulty. The Government are certainly committed to seeking to do something about that”- said Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP to The Telegraph newspaper.

“A clean break  (from the ECHR) is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it.  A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually. All the signs are that the Prime Minister is up for this.”

(Source: The Telegraph, Leave means leave group)

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