Brexit: UK divorce bill offer worth up to 50 billion euros

After weeks of turmoil. British government has offered 50 billion euros (£44 billion) to pay its costs of EU withdraw.  According to BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuensberg; there has been no final agreement on a number but the offer was given a “broad welcome” by Brussels.

It end a dealock among London and Brussels over that.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would make a “fair offer” to help break the current deadlock.

“Now is the moment to get the whole ship off the rocks and move it forwards,” he said during a trip to Ivory Coast, where he is attending a meeting of European and African leaders.

Mr Johnson said he would “not get into the figures” but said all sides wanted to see progress to the next phase of negotiations and discussions on a transition and future relationship.

Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said “we are not there” and negotiations were continuing.

Conclusion: More troubles among Britons and Europeans over Brexit issues.

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May sworn as PM and named Johnson to be Foreign Secretary

The new British Prime Minister, Theresa Mas has named her cabinet tonight. Names such as Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary), Liam Fox (International Trade Secretary), Amber Rudd (Home Secretary), Phillip Hammond (Chancellor of Exchequer), Michael Fallon (Defence Secretary) and David Davis (Brexit Secretary).

The former Chancellor George Osborne has resigned. But BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg has said Osborne was fired.

arriving at Downing Street, Mrs May vowed to lead a government that works for all, not just the “privileged few”.

The UK’s second female prime minister promised to give people who were “just managing” and “working around the clock” more control over their lives.

Conclusion: May is a new Maggie.

 

UK: Theresa May backed by more cabinet ministers and Daily Mail over Tory leadership contest

UK lives a political turmoil. On Thursday, the former London Mayor Boris Johnson has given up his bid for Conservative Party Leadership contest. So, another leadership contender is Home Secretary Theresa May. Other hopefuls and Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove.

May was backed by cabinet ministers like Michael Fallon and Patrick McLoughlin. Another issue is the UK Daily Mail newspaper backs her.

Conclusion: The fight goes on.

UK: Boris Johnson compares EU’s aims to Hitler’s

The former London mayor and conservative MP Boris Johnson makes fresh criticism to EU.  Speaking to Sunday Telegraph, he said European history had seen repeated attempts to rediscover the “golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans”.

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,” he said.

“But fundamentally what is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe.

“There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.”

Rejecting Johnson’s analysis, Shadow Foreign Secretary Hillary Benn said: “Leave campaigners have lost the economic argument and now they are losing their moral compass.

 

“To try and compare Hitler and the Nazis – the millions of people who died in the Second World War, the Holocaust – with the free democracies of Europe coming together to trade and co-operate, and in the process to help to bring peace to the continent of Europe after centuries of war, is frankly deeply offensive.”

Latest opinion polls suggest 50-50 for both sides.

Conclusion: The fierce fight goes on.

Europe: Cameron says UK exit could put peace at risk

The EU referendum campaign has started today in UK. British Prime Minister David Cameron says Peace in Europe could be at risk if Britain votes to leave the European Union.

The UK has regretted “turning its back” on Europe in the past, the PM said, arguing the EU had “helped reconcile” countries and maintain peace.

Was leaving the union a “risk worth taking”, Mr Cameron asked.

But ex-London mayor Boris Johnson hit back, saying the EU’s “anti-democratic tendencies” were “a force for instability and alienation”.

Johnson also sparked criticism when he suggested the conflict in Ukraine was an example of “EU foreign policy-making on the hoof”.

Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, as well as the official Remain campaign, branded him an “apologist for Putin”.

Mr Johnson called for an apology, saying the comments were “absolutely contemptible” and that he had repeatedly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Conclusion: The fight among Johnson and Cameron over EU referendum.

UK: Barack Obama says Brexit would leave UK at the ‘back of the queue’ on trade

In his visit to UK, US president Barack Obama had met the royal family and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Speaking on press conference, he said Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it votes to leave the European Union.

He said Britain was at its best when “helping to lead” a strong EU and membership made it a “bigger player” on the world stage.

Prime Minister David Cameron said being a member of the EU strengthened Britain’s “special relationship”.

On the UK’s upcoming referendum on its EU membership, he said: “This is our choice – nobody else’s – the sovereign choice of the British people – but as we make that choice, it surely makes sense to listen to what our friends think.”

Obama said: “The UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU. I don’t think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it.

“America wants Britain’s influence to grow, including within Europe.”

On whether he should be intervening on the UK’s referendum, he said: “Let me be clear: ultimately this is something the British voters have to decide for themselves.

“As part of our special relationship, part of being friends is to be honest and to let you know what I think, and speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision is a matter of deep interest to the US, because it affects our prosperity as well.”

Many British eurosceptics like London Mayor Boris Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage has criticised him as the most anti-British president.

Conclusion: Obama was clear, but British politicians has forgotten it.