Brexit news: Wetherspoons boss demands Brexiteers hold out for no deal Brexit | UK | News
Brexit backing Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin picked apart the European Union during an impassioned speech to campaigners in Parliament Square. Mr Martin claimed the Brussels bloc was becoming “more and more undemocratic” as he reiterated the British people voted to leave, and “not for a deal”. Mr Martin also urged Brexiteers to wait a “few days” for Brexit to be delivered as he urged the UK to walk away from the EU on April 12.
Related articles ‘We will FIGHT again!’ Farage issues Brexit rallying cry BREXIT SHOCK: DUP chief calls for REMAINING in EU over backstop Speaking at a Leave Means Leave event, the Wetherspoons boss said: “The problem with the EU is it is becoming more and more undemocratic. It’s got five unelected Presidents, that is not democracy.
“It has got MEPs who can’t initiate legislation, that is not democracy. And it’s got a court which isn’t subject to proper democratic control. That’s not democracy.
“We have been arguing about this, MPs have been arguing about this for decades. It was decided that the way out was to give a vote to the people.
“The people voted to leave. They didn’t vote for a deal.”
Brexit news: Jean-Claude Juncker ripped into the EU during his speech (Image: BBC•GETTY) The problem with the EU is it is becoming more and more undemocratic
Commenting on the Brexit delay, Mr Martin said: “Well I suppose it’s been going for 30 or 40 years so we can wait a few more days.”
He added: “I’d like to see us leave on April 12, I think we can save £39 billion, we can regain control of fishing which a lot of people seem to have forgotten about.
“I think it will be really good for British business, we can take the £39 billion which is going to vanish to Brussels in a flash and we can invest it in the UK.”
The UK now has until April 12 to find a solution moving forward, which could see Britain leave the bloc with no deal, or extending the Brexit process further.
Responding to the vote in the Commons on Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April.”
Emmanuel Macron said the risk of a no-deal on April 12 was real. He said: ”At that moment, we will have to decide on the timeframe to implement (a no-deal exit) … and therefore we will accelerate the final phase of preparations.”
The Irish Taoiseach said it is up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU.
In a statement, Leo Varadkar said: “The Government notes the decision of the House of Commons to reject the indicative Withdrawal Agreement. It is now up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid a no-deal scenario. The European Council has agreed unanimously that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be re-opened.”
Speaking in the Commons after her defeat, the Prime Minister warned it made the chances of the UK taking part in European elections “almost certain”.
She said: “The European Union has been clear that any further extension will need to have a clear purpose and will need to be agreed unanimously by the heads of the other 27 member states ahead of April 12.
“It is also almost certain to involve the UK being required to hold European parliamentary elections. On Monday, this House will continue the process to see if there is a stable majority for a particular alternative version of our future relationship with the EU. Of course, all of the options will require the withdrawal agreement.
“I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House. This House has rejected no-deal. It has rejected no Brexit. On Wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table, and today it has rejected approving the Withdrawal Agreement alone and continuing a process on the future. This Government will continue to press the case for the orderly Brexit that the result of the referendum demands.”
Trump cuts off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador | Univision News Latin America | Univision
Latin America Trump cuts off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador In the midst of a migrant crisis on the southern U.S. border, President Trump says he is is cutting off $500 million in funding to the Northern Triangle countries. But critics say he lacks the authority to cut the funding and his action undermines efforts to stop the exodos from Central America. David C Adams , 30 Mar 2019 – 9:11 PM EDT
Upset over the mounting flow of migrants at the U.S. southern border, President Donald Trump stated Friday that he has cut off $500 million in foreign aid approved by Congress for three Central American countries.
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Trump blamed the governments of the region for not doing enough to prevent the migrant exodus which U.S. officials say is overwhelming immigration controls at the southern border with Mexico.
“I’m not playing games,” Trump told reporters during a trip to Florida. “I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras and El Salvador. No money goes there anymore,” he said, standing next to Florida’s two U.S. Senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, as well as the state’s Governor Ron DeSantis.
“We were giving them $500 million. We were paying them tremendous amounts of money and we’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us, ” he added. “They set up these caravans in many cases, they put their worst people in the caravan. They’re not going to put their best in. They get rid of their problems and they march up here.”
The State Department on Friday began the process of informing Congress that it intended to halt the foreign aid, according to internal press guidance obtained by Univision. Trump appeared to have jumped the gun on Friday, as rules require a seven day notification period before officials make any announcement to the public, or the affected governments. According to the State Department guidance that process was not due to begin officially until Monday, April 1.
The White House and State Department did not respond to repeated requests from Univision for comment. There was no immediate response from the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, who diplomats said were blindsided by the decision. “Not effective partners”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave instructions “to redirect approximately $450 million in 2018 foreign assistance funds planned for the Northern Triangle to other foreign policy priorities,” according to the internal guidance. Remaining 2017 foreign assistance funds were also to be redirected.
“These funds will be redirected to support foreign assistance programs that are truly effective and work to advance our foreign policy goals. At this time, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvadaor are not effective partners in our effort to curb migration to our southern border,” it added.
Critics say halting the aid could jeopardize efforts to build greater cooperation with the governments of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to stem the flow of migrants. “Aid programs give hope”
“This hits the U.S. organizations, churches and dedicated professionals who are trying to make this happen, and develop these countries while they lower migration,” said one U.S. diplomat in the region who asked not to be named. “Then there are all the hundreds of thousands of people who these aid programs give hope to and keep on their land. Who knows how many more people are going to migrate without that hope.”
The lack of funding is already having an impact as budget managers try to rearrange what little money is left in the pipeline, according to sources who spoke to Univision.
“It’s gotten to a critical point. We are a week or two from having to close programs and start firing people ,” said the diplomat. “All programs are being brought down to a minimum level so they are not destroyed,” the diplomat added.
Funding delays over foreign aid are common due to bureaucratic issues, but there are legal restraints on how much the White House can interfere with the budget set by Congress. “In the case of Central America aid, it would be illegal not to spend it as specified,” said Adam Isacson, a regional expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a U.S.-based human rights group.
The White House has until September 30 to assign the funds, he added.
The withholding of aid comes after repeated threats by Trump to cut funding for Central America due to his frustration over the mounting number of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border with Mexico to seek asylum.
Trump also threatend on Friday to close the border with Mexico if the situation does not improve.
“This is classic Trump. The same thing happened with the wall. Once Congress appropriates money and it becomes law, the President doesn’t get to just do whatever he wants with it,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue , an influential Washington DC group that seeks to shape regional policy. Funds designed to stop migrants
The aid is part of a bipartisan program designed by the Obama Administration to reduce illegal immigration by increasing security, improving democratic governance and creating jobs in the three so-called Northern Triangle countries, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where most of the migrants come from. The funds pay for training of the judiciary, rural development programs to help farmers and reduce poverty, as well as programs to deter migrants from making the dangerous journey north and helping resettle those who are deported.
Some observers noted the irony of money being withheld from programs designed to reduce immigration at a time that the Trump administration is complaining about a national emergency at the border due to the large number of migrants.
One affected program manager who runs a $65 million job training program in Guatemala, told Univision, “cutting funding will actually increase migration, crime, gangs, corruption. Don’t expect less caravans. And certainly don’t expect less cocaine on U.S. soil as result of this policy.” President “countermands” senior advisers
“The president’s recent statement on zeroing out assistance for the Northern Triangle reveals once again that his foreign policy is based on highly personalistic misinterpretations of what is actually going on around the world,” said former US ambassador and Univision foreign policy analyst John Feeley , who previously served as the deputy head for Latin America at the State Department.
“His own senior advisers tell him that a small amount of foreign assistance will help achieve the goal of slowing the migrant flows, and in a fit of hubristic anger, he countermands them. This is not how a serious American administration conducts foreign policy . It’s how second-tier dictatorships operate.”
James Nealon, who was U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 2014-2017, said “cutting off assistance to cooperative countries will exacerbate the poor governance and instability that feed migration.” He added: ” If the President hates irregular migration now, just wait until he cuts off the very assistance designed to mitigate it.”
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Trump’s decison as “reckless” and if carried out “would undermine American interests and put our national security at risk.” U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens.
In October, Trump tweeted the US would “begin cutting off” foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador after he accused them of not being able “to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the US.”
In a March speech to conservatives, Trump accused Central America of sending “some very bad people … with tremendous violence in their past: murderers, killers, drug dealers, human traffickers.” Mixed messages
At the same time as Trump lashes out at the region, administration officials are seeking the cooperation of Central American governments. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with officials from the three countries in Honduras on Wednesday to sign what she called was a “historic” regional migration pact to increase cooperation on security issues and prevent the migrant ‘caravans’ that have so angered Trump.
“America shares common cause with the countries of Central America in confronting these challenges,” Nielsen said in a press statement on Thursday, hailing the pact. “Together we will prevail,” she added.
Trump has already tried to slash the budget for Central America, though he has met strong resistance in Congress which sees value in support for programs on the ground to deal with what many see as the push factors that cause migrants to leave: poverty, insecurity and government corruption.
Funding to the Northern Triangle countries has fallen steadily in recent years dropping to around $500 million last year, according to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a U.S.-based human rights group.
While government corruption is a major concern in the region, aid experts point out that 90 percent of the funding goes to private contracts with international aid agencies, U.S. consulting companies and local non-profit groups who carry out the programs. The Trump administration appear more interested in spending money on securing the border than tackling issues of third world poverty afflicting the region, they add. “Breaking point”
Trump declared illegal immigration a national emergency in February as part of a plan to shift $6.7 billion in non-congressionally approved funds to border wall construction.
Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told reporters on Wednesday that he had urged Congress to allocate more resources for the border, warning of an unprecedented migration surge that has pushed his agency to “the breaking point.”
The agency detained more than 3,700 migrants on Monday, the highest one-day total at the border in a decade. U.S. authorities detained more than 76,000 in February, and this month, they are on pace to exceed 95,000, according to the CBP projections. RELACIONADOS: Latin America • Politics • United States • Immigration • Publicidad
Arab leaders call for Palestinian state, condemn US’ Golan move | Tunisia News | Al Jazeera
Tunisia Arab leaders call for Palestinian state, condemn US’s Golan move Tunis meeting comes amid ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, leadership rivalry in Libya and a continuing boycott of Qatar. by Linah Alsaafin 31 Mar 2019 18:33 GMT Tunis, Tunisia – Arab leaders meeting in Tunis have issued a renewed call for the establishment of a Palestinian state and condemned a move by the United States to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Held in Tunisia’s capital, the 30th Arab League summit kicked off on Sunday against the backdrop of ongoing conflicts, serious divisions and unrest – from the long-running wars in Syria and Yemen to Libya ‘s instability, and from mass anti-government protests in Algeria and Sudan to a major diplomatic dispute in the Gulf. In a speech opening the summit, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia reiterated his kingdom’s support for a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip , with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi echoed the king’s speech, reiterating the significance of the Palestinian cause to the Arab world as he issued a call for unity. 190330202209653
“It is unreasonable for the Arab region to continue to be at the forefront of tensions and crises,” Essebsi, the host of the summit, said.
Arab leaders – including Salman, Essebsi and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – also condemned US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel seized in the 1967 war.
“We reiterate our categorical rejection of measures that would undermine Syrian sovereignty over the Golan,” King Salman said.
However, expectations for any concrete action were low, partly due to the close ties regional powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) have cultivated with the Trump administration, viewing it as a key ally against their main rival, Iran .
“There is very little intention to come up with very clear outcomes other than the usual discourse of establishing Palestine right and the general Arab stance on regional issues,” Majed al-Ansari, professor of political sociology at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera.
“I don’t believe I’ve heard anything that would constitute a new trend in what would come out of the summit,” Ansari said. What is the Arab League? (4:32) No Bouteflika, Bashir
Meanwhile, Algeria’s and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir , did not attend the meeting in Tunis. In recent weeks, they have both faced growing calls to step down as thousands have taken to the streets calling for political change.
The readmission of Syria back into the League, from which it was suspended in 2011 following President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, was expected to be on the summit’s agenda.
But officials speaking ahead of the meeting said it was unlikely Syria would be welcomed back any time soon.
The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus last year, and other Arab states have expressed support for restoring relations.
But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have actively supported the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, and many other states view his government as an Iranian proxy that should continue to be shunned.
Commenting on the calls for unity amid the ongoing divisions and unrest, Ansari noted that the Arab League has a history of hollow statements not followed by actions.
“We also know that the declarations and talk about Arab unity that come out of the summit do not materialise in any shape or form,” he said.
Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content – BBC News
Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content 30 March 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright AFP Image caption Mark Zuckerberg wants a common set of rules that all tech companies have to stick to Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post , Facebook’s chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.
He calls for new laws in four areas: “Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.”
It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was “creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions” about what is posted and what is taken down. Amol Rajan: The constant influence of dark ads
He also describes a new set of rules he would like to see enforced on tech companies.
These new regulations should be the same for all websites, he says, so that it’s easier to stop “harmful content” from spreading quickly across platforms. What does Mark Zuckerberg want?
In brief, Mr Zuckerberg calls for the following things: Common rules that all social media sites need to adhere to, enforced by third-party bodies, to control the spread of harmful content All major tech companies to release a transparency report every three months, to put it on a par with financial reporting Stronger laws around the world to protect the integrity of elections, with common standards for all websites to identify political actors Laws that not only apply to candidates and elections, but also other “divisive political issues”, and for laws to apply outside of official campaign periods New industry-wide standards to control how political campaigns use data to target voters online More countries to adopt privacy laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last year A “common global framework” that means these laws are all standardised globally, rather than being substantially different from country to country Clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting people’s data when they move it from one service to another
The open letter, which will also be published in some European newspapers, comes as the social network faces questions over its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal around data misuse during election campaigns.
The site has also been criticised for failing to stop the spread of footage of the Christchurch killings, in which 50 Muslims died as they prayed.
The video was livestreamed to the attacker’s Facebook page on 15 March, before being copied 1.5 million times .
Mr Zuckerberg’s letter did not specifically name these incidents. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook has faced criticism for failing to remove the footage live-streamed by the Christchurch attacker
On Friday it also started labelling political ads appearing on Facebook in EU countries , showing who the advertiser is, how much they paid and who they’ve targeted.
“I believe Facebook has a responsibility to help address these issues, and I’m looking forward to discussing them with lawmakers around the world,” Mr Zuckerberg says. Related Topics
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