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Brexit virus SPREADS across Europe: Italy, France, Holland and Denmark want their referendum




International reactions poured in on Friday for the dramatic decision by British voters to leave the European Union (EU) in Thursday’s historic referendum as voters in France, Italy and the Netherlands are demanding their own votes on European Union referendum

“We respect the result. Now is the time for us to behave seriously and responsibly. (Prime Minister) David Cameron has his responsibilities for his country, we have our responsibilities for the future of the EU. You can see what is happening to sterling on the markets. I don’t want the same thing to happen to the euro,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz said early Friday morning after the results were announced.

Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders hailed the decision and said that it was the time for a referendum in the Netherlands.

“Hurrah for the British! Now it is our turn. Time for a Dutch referendum!” he tweeted

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National party, has welcomed the result. She said she also wants a similar referendum in France.

“From #Brexit to #Frexit: It’s now time to import democracy to our country. The French must have the right to choose!” she leader tweeted.

Manfred Weber, leader of the largest group in the European Parliament, the EPP, said: “Exit negotiations should be concluded within 2 years at max. There cannot be any special treatment. Leave means leave.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier deemed it as a sad day for Britain and for the EU.

The head of Germany’s Foreign Trade Association, Anton Boerner, said: “That is a catastrophic result for Britain and also for Europe and Germany, especially the German economy. It is disturbing that the oldest democracy in the world turns its back on us.”

Gerard Araud, the French ambassador in Washington, tweeted: “Now to the other member states to save the EU from unravelling which excludes business as usual, especially in Brussels. Reform or die!”

The ‘Leave’ campaign won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.

The referendum was held all across the country on Thursday. The turnout was 71.8 per cent – with more than 30 million people voting.



Belgian court ends extradition case against Catalan leader Puigdemont

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



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.

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Terror plot to assassinate British PM foiled: Report



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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.

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



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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.

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