Connect with us

Europe

Brexit referendum result to impact Cameron era ?

Published

on

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he will continue to lead the government regardless of the result of the European Union referendum on June 23.

Cameron in an interview published on Saturday said he feels responsible for the referendum, in which voters will decide if Britain will remain in or leave the EU, and which he himself promised to hold if elected in the 2015 general elections, Efe news reported.

The Tory leader believes he will be the most appropriate person to lead negotiations if Brexit (Britain’s exit from the EU) wins the vote, thanks to his “solid relationships” in Europe.

“It’s very important that the individual careers of individual politicians don’t get caught up in this question.”

In Cameron’s opinion, the result of the referendum “won’t be a verdict” on him as a politician, but “a verdict on the question” of whether Britain should remain in the EU.

“I just get on with the job. I have a very clear mandate from the British people to serve as Prime Minister in a Conservative government, delivering a referendum,” he said.

The Tory leader acknowledged that not all his colleagues share his perspective, especially justice secretary and friend, Michael Gove, who is spearheading the Brexit campaign.

With less than a week to go for the vote, the run-up to the referendum took a tragic turn on Thursday when the pro-EU Labour MP Jo Cox was shot dead by a 52-year-old man with far-right links and mental health problems.

The fatal shooting led both sides of the referendum campaign to suspend all campaign events at the national level.

 

Europe

Belgian court ends extradition case against Catalan leader Puigdemont

The judge had declared the case to be “without merit” during an in-camera hearing.

Published

on

Carles Puigdemont

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday.

Puigdemont and four of his deputies fled to Belgium in October to avoid charges of rebellion, sedition and misusing public money in relation to Catalonia’s independence bid. The Spanish Supreme Court withdrew the European arrest warrants last week.

The judge had declared the case to be “without merit” during an in-camera hearing, Paul Bekaert, Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer, told AFP.

Continue Reading

Europe

Terror plot to assassinate British PM foiled: Report

Published

on

Theresa May

London, Dec 6 : British intelligence have reportedly foiled a plot by Islamic extremists to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, a media report said.

The disrupted plot against May included an explosive device that terrorists planned to detonate in front of May’s residence on 10 Downing Street, a Sky News report said.

“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street,” it said.

“Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister,” the news report said.

The plot was just one in a number of planned attacks in 2017 that cops and British security services have been able to prevent, Sky said.

It was not clear on Tuesday night what stage the plot was in or if any suspects have been arrested.

Continue Reading

Europe

EU’s Mogherini meets with Tillerson, calls on US to stick with Iran nuclear deal

Published

on

Rex_Tillerson_Federica_Mogherini
File:Rex Tillerson Federica Mogherini 2017-02-09 03

The EU’s top diplomat says Washington’s decision to step away from a landmark nuclear deal would be counterproductive, and insisted that other disputes with Tehran should be tackled in other ways.

Federica Mogherini, who met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels on Tuesday, said that the EU attaches great importance to upholding the agreement. Scrapping the deal “would not put us in a better position to discuss all the rest, on the contrary,” Mogherini added.

Tillerson said that “Iran is carrying out a number of other destabilizing activities throughout the region” and called for joint action to counter it, AP reports.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular