Britain threat level ‘critical’

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, raised the national threat to ‘critical’, invoking the highest rating in Britain’s alert level. This will allow thousands of British troops to take to the streets, and important locations will be secured by them instead of police officers.

The military will guard public events such as concerts, sports matches, etc. in fears that the attacker of the Manchester Arena bombing might have accomplices, and the actual disaster might be far from over.

The attack in Manchester Arena was carried out by a British citizen, Salman Abedi (22), and killed 22 people, mostly teenagers including one girl only eight years old.

Currently, the highest priority for the police is to know whether Abedi was acting alone or had accomplices, and whether this was one of the attacks planned in a sequence of attacks.

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Whoever they are, I wish they are caught as soon as possible. Hurting people? And in fact, hurting children/teenagers is horrific. Not even their God or ‘Allah’, in whose name they commence violence, can welcome such acts of horror.

UK general election 17

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According to the opinion polls, Conservative party can expect a resounding victory in a general election, and thus increase its presence in the House of Commons. This is one reason why Theresa May is confident enough to call for a general election on June 8, 2017, even though there are 3 years left for her term.

However, people argue that Opinion polls have not always been accurate when tight contests have been held – as the EU referendum and the latest US presidential election exemplified. The enormity of the proposed gaps between Labor and the Conservatives in these polls suggests that, even if the margin of victory is not accurate, the Conservative party will increase its majority.

Tim Farron, leader of Liberal Democrats, who was defeated in the 2015 vote, was delighted with the announcement of a general election. The coming weeks will be filled with political uncertainty, claim and coutner-claim.

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I understand Prime Minister Theresa May’s reasoning, to get more people to support her and increase the presence in the House of Commons. But who knows where it goes from here.

The day when Britain officially exited. Brexit.

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Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s new envoy to the EU rode to the European Council in his ambassadorial Jaguar, and then at 11:25 GMT, gave the narrow white envelope, that bore the Prime Minister’s Theresa May Brexit notification, to Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders.

A few minutes later, Tusk tweeted that After nine months, the UK has delivered #Brexit. This was one topic on the routine weekly agenda for the 28 EU national envoys, and now that Brexit is underway – Barrow will get used to not being invited to all the EU discussions.

Commissioned in happier times when the EU seemed destined to go on expanding, it was no little irony that the first great moment of history, witnessed by the EU Council’s newly opened Europa Building, should be the unprecedented shrinking of the Union.

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Donald Tusk did sum up the moment in some short words: What can I add to this? We already miss you. Thank you and goodbye.

France’s Emmanuel Macron meets Theresa May

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During the campaign for French elections, candidate Emmanuel Macron visited British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Downing Street office and also met Finance minister Philip Hammond later. He told reporters that, “Brexit cannot lead to a kind of optimisation of Britain’s relationship with the rest of Europe. An exit is an exit.

Macron, aged 39, is running independently. He is a former economy minister in Socialist President Francois Hollande’s government. He was not able to obtain a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during recent visit to Berlin, and is now keen to improve his standing on the world stage and court voters in London, which has an estimated 200,000 french residents.

He mentioned that he was tired of hearing about French entrepreneurs leaving France and moving to London because of the better growth opportunities and the ease of starting a business. He said his ambition as president was to make France more attractive so such people would stay, or return.

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Brexit rift among Britons remains wide

Many of the British citizens are still divided between leave the European Union or either to stay. Many Britons have had to wrestle with unsettling realities of what BREXIT actually means. The initial vote for the Brexit split the Britons vote into 52% and 48%, which led Britain to leave the EU.

The Liberal democrats want a second referendum on the final terms of the exit deal. If the exit negotiations become complicated, then the 2020 general election could be effectively run as a second referendum.

Under the pressure of her Conservative party and EU leaders, PM Theresa May of UK has promised to begin talks about the exit beginning March. However, the cabinet itself is divided on the question of staying in the single market or not. Remainers say that quitting the biggest trade bloc of the world will destroy British jobs, while the Brexit supporters say that Britain can easily forge new deals with the world.

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