The Cabinet: IN or OUT?

After Mayor Of London, MP Boris Johnsons’ announcement today that he would be backing the campaign to ‘Leave’ the EU, this is how the Conservative cabinet shall be voting:

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How The Leaders Reacted

The EU summit that was to bring about a deal for the UK ended with unanimous support from all the leaders of the European Union Member States. (EU Deal)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said after the deal, “We believe that with this we have given David Cameron a package with which he can campaign for Britain to Stay in the European Union… We have differnent views on the further development of the European Union, the ‘ever closer union’ is not the goal that Britain supports… but we have shown flexibility… in a spirit of compromise I have accepted that.”

Here’s how some of the leaders also reacted on twitter:

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister

Donald Tusk, President of The European Council

Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium

Taavi Roivas, Prime Minister of Estonia

Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

Miro Cerar, President of Slovenia

But, of course, not everyone was happy, in particular Mr Farage

 

A Special Status Inside the European Union

After long and agonising talks with other EU leaders in Brussels, David Cameron has finally struck a deal over Britain’s future in Europe.

Shortly after the talks David Cameron said in a press conference that, “I have negotiated a deal to give the United Kingdom special status inside the European Union.”

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council announced the agreement after more than 24 hours of intense discussions over British demands to curb benefits for migrant workers. “Unanimous support for new settlement for the UK in Europe,” he said after a final agreement was signed off at dinner of 28 EU members in Brussels.

Whilst compromises had to be made by Cameron such as restricting welfare payments to Eastern European workers, the deal as a whole will be viewed as a victory for the Prime Minister.

“Britain will be permanently out of ever-closer union, never part of a European super-state, there will be tough new restrictions to our welfare system for EU migrants – no more something for nothing – Britain will never join the euro and we’ve secured vital protections for our economy.”

So what are the key points from the deal:

  • If a bail out is required of another EU member country, the British taxpayer will be reimbursed.
  • British businesses cannot be discriminated against just because they are outside the Euro zone.
  • Safeguards for Britain’s large financial services industry to prevent eurozone regulations being imposed on it
  • the Euro zone cannot act as a block to undermine the single market.
  • the pound will be protected as the EU has agreed there is more than one currency and responsibility for securing the financial stability of the UK remains in the hands of the UK.
  • It will be easier for services industries to compete in the EU and for businesses to access capital, and the EU has given commitments it will establish trade deals with other blocs, meaning a boost to competition
  • On migration, there will be new powers to stop criminals and suspected terrorists from coming to the UK and to deport them if they commit crime.
  • On benefits, anyone coming to the UK from the EU who does not find work within six months can be required to leave
  • there will be an emergency brake that allows the UK to stop paying in-work benefits for seven years, and EU migrants working in Britain can no longer send child benefit home at UK rates.
  • On protections against further union, treaties will be changed so that the principle of an ‘ever-closer’ union will not apply to Britain. This specifically means that Britain can’t be forced into further political integration.
  • It will become easier for governments to block unwanted legislation, If 55% of national EU parliaments object to a piece of EU legislation it may be rethought.

Now all that’s left to do is to start campaigning! The IN vs OUT referendum will take place on the 23rd of June.

ISIS are Planning more Mass Strikes in Europe

The terrorist group ISIS are planning more mass strikes in Europe and according to Europol, the law enforcement agency for the EU, Isis has set up secret training camps across Europe to prepare fighters to carry out “special forces style” attacks in the UK or other EU countries.

The international police agency said that the barbaric organisation had “smaller scale training camps in the EU and Balkan countries”. They would include survival training and sports activities to help jihadists prepare for “combat and interrogation resistance”.

And ISIS could be looking to recruit refugees who have fled to Europe to launch terror attacks in the countries that have given them shelter, the agency said.

It emerged last year that remote villages in Bosnia were being turned in to terror training camps by ISIS.

Furthermore, the threat assessment also warned that ISIS has developed a new specialist style”external actions command” to plot and carry out attacks in the West and around the world. The ‘special forces’ style means attacks in the future could be more like the kind that took place in Mumbai in 2008 and also similar to the attacks seen in Paris last year.

The terror group released a new video on Sunday which indicated the UK would be the next target because of its decision to join air strikes in Syria.

The Europol assessment said: “In selecting what to attack, where, when and how, IS shows its capacity to strike at will, at any time and at almost any chosen target.

It also suggested that, after the Paris attacks- where 130 people were killed, there is “every reason to expect that Isis will undertake a terrorist attack somewhere in Europe again… intended to cause mass casualties amongst the civilian population”.

Banksy’s swipe at the French Authorities

The street artist Banksy has taken a swipe at French authorities for their handling of the migrant crisis in Calais, the new artwork created by Banksy has appeared opposite the French Embassy.

The mural has been up since Sunday morning, criticising the use of tear gas on refugees in the Calais “Jungle” by depicting Les Misérables’ Cosette suffering from the riot control agent.

Alongside it is a QR code which directs to a video (below), recorded by Calais Migrant Solidarity, and shows the force and assaults carried out by the French Police, including use of tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades, in attempts to evict the refugees.

The work is the latest in a series of pieces by Banksy which criticises Europe’s handling of the ongoing refugee crisis. It is a direct comment on the recent attempts by French authorities to bulldoze part of the camp in Calais – which has now been deemed unsafe – and evict about 1,500 refugees

Iran is back in Business

The International Atomic Energy Agency has declared that Iran has met its side of the nuclear deal, which will see huge economic sanctions lifted from the Islamic Republic.

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear agency confirmed that Iran has curbed its ability to make nuclear bombs, and as agreed with world powers in July last year, in return would mean that the nation would be able to gain hugely from the sanctions being lifted.

The sanctions imposed by the European Union, United Nations and U.S.A included the freezing of billions of dollars of assets, disallowing Iranian oil to be sold internationally and trading on global financial markets. The sanctions have cost the country more than $160bn in oil revenue since 2012.

After a decade of unprecedented economic sanctions, which has crippled their economy, Iran, the holder of the world’s fourth-largest reserves of crude and largest of natural gas, is about to be back in business.

The announcement will trigger a financial windfall for Iran, as it stands to gain access to more than $100bn in assets frozen overseas, and will be able to resume selling oil on international markets and using the global financial system for trade

The director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiyo Ama said that “Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality.”

 

 

 

A free Vote on the EU

David Cameron has given his ministers a free say on whether they would like to stay within or leave the EU.

Is this a clear lack of leadership and an ineffective whip within the party?, with many opposing views on this issue…. or….

Is he merely allowing his MPs a chance to have their own say (perhaps to make them like him a bit more), and to force the likes of Theresa May and Boris Johnson out from the cracks?

Either way, when Corbyn allowed a free vote on bombing ISIS in Syria he was ridiculed and mocked, so it will be interesting to see the media and public reaction.