The largest co-ordinated expulsion of Russian spies from the West is under way after the United States and EU member states announced they were ejecting more than 100 Russians serving under diplomatic cover in response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack, reported the Times today.
Western indignation at first only met with insouciant sneering from the Russians, but the swift firmness of the British response seems to have taken the Kremlin by surprise.
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Tagged boris johnson, Cold War, EU, Foreign Secretary, Kremlin, Mrs. May, Philip Hammond, President Trump, Putin, russian spies, The White House, US
McRussia. The blatant attack on Skripal was overt, they could have sent a hitman and the perpetrator would never have been found, pointed out Andrew Neil on BBC Daily Politics.
The attempt was clearly geared to send a terrifying message.
23 Russian diplomats are being turfed out of Britain, and they have a week to leave. This is the strongest reaction for 30 years. Britain is taking steps to dismantle Russian espionage network in the UK. The 23 Russian diplomats to be expelled have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. Continue reading
Boris Johnson appeared on BBC Radio 4 yesterday, and gave one of his best interviews. Incisive, forceful and hilarious, Boris firmly laid down the red lines regarding the customs union (We can’t suck and blow at the same time said Boris) and on the European Court of Justice. (We will get rid of all ECJ control).
But a confidential letter leaked to the press has handed Labour a red herring to wave in the faces of the Tories, and distracted attention from the vital issue of sorting out the Irish question.
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Tagged BBC Radio 4, Boris, Brexit, Customs union, European Court of Justice, Ireland, Irish border, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, leak, Mrs. May, n, SKY News, Theresa May
As stated in a previous blog, when he was PM, David Cameron pledged on air and in Parliament that the decision of the EU Referendum would be final. He also clearly pledged that there would be no second referendum. All this is recorded in Hansard.
The Prime Minister was absolutely clear.
In a speech at the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs in November 2015, he stated: ‘When the British people speak, their voice will be respected — not ignored. Continue reading
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Tagged Brexit government, Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs, EU Ref, Hansard, legally binding, Mrs. May, PM Cameron, referendum, Remainers, renegotiation
The NHS has been in dire straits for years, and everyone knows that. More money is needed, and I can tell from my own surgery, doctors and nurses are buckling under the strain. This is the harsh truth, but yesterday Philip Hammond was still insisting it was all fine and no action would be taken until after Brexit. That could be years.
Boris has continually spoken up about this, he raised the issue during the EU Referendum with the suggestion on the battle bus and recently he spoke out again. He warned May that unless she acts now, demonstrating commitment to supporting the NHS, Labour will win the next GE. It’s that serious. Corbyn has made the NHS the spearhead of his campaign. Continue reading
Boris was in Moscow today and his straight talking left the Russians reeling. It was the first meeting for five years between a British Foreign Secretary and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Russian soil.
Boris believes it is important not to shy away from the difficult situations we are involved in with the Russians. He tackled the thorny subject of Russian interference in Western politics head on, and he made the point, there was no successful interference in any of our elections. He also brought up the question of the Ukraine. Continue reading
Boris Johnson’s brilliant, inspirational and moving speech was without doubt the highlight of a horribly lacklustre conference. A standing ovation and again he is the darling of the grass roots. Boris began:
As our hearts go out to Las Vegas today we are reminded once again of the attack that took place here only a few months ago, on innocent and music-loving young people. And if there is a message to our American friends it is this: that they will come through it and they will come back from it stronger. Continue reading
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Tagged Boris speech, Burma, Conference, George Osborne, global Britain, Las Vegas, Manchester, Mrs. May, PM, President Trump, SKY News