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Iran: UK Ambassador arrest

EU top diplomat Josep Borrell expressed his serious concerns by arrest of the British Ambassador to Tehran H.E.Rob Macaire.

The British ambassador to Iran has denied taking part in demonstrations after he was held by Iranian authorities in the aftermath of Ukraine plane crash protests.

Rob Macaire made the statement on Twitter after the Iranian authorities detained him on suspicion of organising, provoking and directing radical actions.

Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting” Ambassador wrote on his Twitter micorblog.

Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed on January 11 that the envoy in Tehran was briefly detained by Iranian authorities, denouncing the arrest as a “flagrant violation of international law”.

Earlier, the Tehran-based Tasnim news agency reported that H.E.Rob Macaire was arrested for several hours in front of Amir Kabir University for inciting anti-government protesters.

*Part-time* Royals challenge

Announcement of Meghan and Harry to become “part-time” Royals rocks British public opinion. Apparently just merry for love has not turned out to be an ultimate formula for happens for newly baked aristocrates in XXI century.

As part of their intention to step back as *senior royals*, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are willing to “work to become financially independent”.
Prince Harry and Meghan plan to split their time between the UK and North America – and their global reach could open up a wealth of opportunities.
But any move into the private sector and the monetisation of the Sussex brand would pose challenges for the royal couple, the experts say.

The established rule has always been that if you are a working royal, you don’t really do paid work – that one excludes the other,” says BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond.Nearly any employment of the type they are going to get is open to the charge that they are monetising or exploiting their royal brand.”

If the couple renounced their royal titles, and become private citizens, they would obtain more freedom, however at present all indicates they intend to built up their “financial independence” on cashing the “Royal Sussex” status.

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Breixt timetable questioned

The UK will find it “basically impossible” to negotiate all aspects of its future relationship with the European Union by the end of 2020, the head of the European Commission said on December 8, adding that both sides must opt for priorities.

Taking floor at London School of Economics before meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen cast doubt on his timetable for an agreement defining the long-term post-Brexit relationship by the end of 2020.

Addressing the London School of Economics before meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen cast doubt on his timetable for an agreement defining the long-term post-Brexit relationship by the end of 2020.

Brexit happens in weeks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the decisive election victory that will end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union within weeks.

The Article 50 procedure represents a substantial political and economic challenge for the United Kingdom after half a century of integration into the bloc (1973).

Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U.,” President Trump wrote on Twitter “Celebrate Boris!”

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Earlier this year President Trump has already expressed his wish to seal a trade with U.K., explaining that trade between the two countries “could be four to five times higher.”

Ireland-UK free-trade possible

A new free-trade deal between the UK and the European Union by the end of 2020 is possible if it does not deviate significantly from current trading terms, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. 

“In terms of negotiating a trade agreement before December 2020, I think that is difficult but not impossible” if Britain ratifies its EU withdrawal agreement by its current Jan. 31 deadline, Varadkar told press in Dublin, Reuters news agency reports.

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“The more like the status quo, the quicker it will be,” Varadkar said, but added that ratification by 27 member states may not be possible by the end of 2020, the scheduled end of a proposed Brexit transition phase.

Merkel expects Brexit deal approval

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on November 12 that she expected Westminster to approve British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Article 50 deal with the European Union.

 

The United Kingdom voted by 52%-48% in 2016 to leave the EU, albeit without deciding how it would be done with or without a deal.

 

Queen Elisabeth switch to fake fur

Queen Elizabeth abandons real fur garments, from now onwards all the outfits will be decorated with fake fur only, the Buckingham Palace announced.

As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake fur“, the royal spokesperson said.

However, the palace acknowledged “the Queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe,” alluding that the decision does not mean the long-reigning monarch will dispose of real fur items she already owns, the Associated Press  It also means that the animal rights activists were overly enthusiastic when they presumed the monarch will go “fur-free”, nevertheless it is a huge step forward, a milestone in evolution, indicating the direction of development of cruelty free fashion industry.

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