Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reiterated that the European Union will not reopen the talks on Withdrawal agreement it has concluded with the UK, neither will it remove the Northern Ireland border “backstop” clause. (Image: archive).
“Anything a (new) British prime minister has to say in relation to resolving the Brexit impasse will get a fair hearing from me and from everyone in the European Union,” Varadkar said at a news conference at a meeting of the British-Irish Council in Manchester, on June 28.
“At the same time, it needs to be understood that we mean what we say, and that is that the withdrawal agreement won’t be reopened, without a backstop there will be no transition period but we are willing to examine the joint political declaration and make amendments to that enables us to proceed to an orderly Brexit with a guarantee that there will be no hard border,” he underlined.
The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (47) should be handed to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled.Assange faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted, higley likely facing torture in CIA prisons, and also possibly an death penalty.
“Ithttps://twitter.com/guengl/status/1139439176338690049?s=21 is important that people aren’t fooled into believing that WikiLeaks is anything but a publisher,” said Assange, who appeared by videolink from a London prison, dressed in a grey T-shirt and wearing black-framed glasses.
“The U.S. government has tried to mislead the press,” he told Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid informed press about his signature of an extradition order to send WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (47) to the United States.
Javid explained that the decision on Assange’s extradition would be made on June 14 in a court, however an appeal from the part of the defendant is expected.
Assange faces an 18-count indictment in the United States that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified military information and conspiring with former U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning to crack the password of a U.S. Defense Department computer.
The indictment, issued by the U.S. Justice Department in May, includes charges under the Espionage Act.
Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Embassy of Equador in London, where he had been sheltering since 2012 after he was granted a political asylum.
British police and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for breach the conditions of the bail.
Swedish prosecution has re-opened a case of alleged rape against him, requesting the questioning, which Assange has agreed to do with the investigators visiting him in the UK to avoid risks of extradition to the U.S.
The scale of the WikiLeaks leak was huge – 750,000 classified and unclassified but sensitive military, and diplomatic documents were released in 2010.
It was one of the first mass releases of secret documents, exposing American war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and on a different scale to anything WikLeaks had done before.
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.
The majority of the European Union governments will approve another Brexit delay regardless of who becomes the next British prime minister, ‘The Times’ newspaper reported on June 6 citing an unnamed senior European source.
As many as 25 European governments are prepared to give the Britons another extension, despite repeated statements from most British prime minister candidates that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, the newspaper added.
“In the end no one wants to be seen as the one who pulls the plug,” the source told ‘The Times’.
The EU and UK were working “very hard together” on Brexit deal, President Trump, acknowledged and added: “It doesn’t seem to be working out. But, at some point, something will happen, one way or the other.”
In Peterborough, eastern England on June 6, the Labour Party narrowly held on to a seat in Westminster, overcoming a challenge from Nigel Farage’s newly born Brexit Party to win by less than 700 votes.
Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won with 10,484 votes, while the Brexit Party came second on 9,801 votes, while ruling Conservatives came third with 7,243 votes.
“Despite differing opinions across our city, the fact that the Brexit Party have been rejected here in Peterborough shows that the politics of division will not win,” Forbes said speech shorty after the victory.
However some Brexit supporters attributed victory to ‘Pakistani vote” claiming registration of up to 14 people per household.
President Putin said he would like to see Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor respect of the interests of cooperation between the UK and Russia. (Image: Sergey Skripal’s daughter Yulia).
Putin, talking to journalists on the margins of an economic forum in St.Petersburg, Russia, underlined that he hoped whoever succeeded Theresa May as Britain’s Prime minister would see what he described as the “broader view” and move on from the Skripal incident.