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Boris Johnson’s bridge: Theresa May slaps down idea of Channel crossing | Politics | News

Boris Johnson’s bridge: Theresa May slaps down idea of Channel crossing | Politics | News

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GETTY / PATheresa May rejected Boris' plan for a bridge to FranceBut the official did confirm that the British and French governments were poised to have discussions about joint infrastructure projects.Mr Johnson raised the suggestion during an Anglo-French summit held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey earlier this week.He told French officials he thought it was "ridiculous" that two of the world's biggest economies were "linked by a single railway", later repeating his views on Twitter.Sources close to Mr Johnson claimed French President Emmanuel Macron was enthusiastic about the suggestion. Related articles GETTYThe bridge is not Boris' first grand plan to revolutionise infrastructureBut a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "I ha...
When is the Italian election in 2018? Date for Italy’s next election | Politics | News

When is the Italian election in 2018? Date for Italy’s next election | Politics | News

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Although the disgraced former Prime Minister is making a political comeback, he has been banned by the Senate from holding public office due to a tax fraud conviction in 2013. Berlusconi, 81, is now asking the European Court of Human Right to overturn the ban, although the verdict is unlikely to come before the Italian election in March. He has now suggested that he would be ready to return to the premier’s office again if the ban is lifted and his coalition manages to win the election.  “I would have a duty ... if a ruling were to arrive from Strasbourg that reversed the Senate’s decision to expel me, I don’t think I could refuse,” he told La7 TV. Berlusconi dismissed the idea of his main coalition partner, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League (Lega) Matteo Salvini, becoming th
Labour news: Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing takeover blasted by former Blair aide | Politics | News

Labour news: Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing takeover blasted by former Blair aide | Politics | News

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Writing in The Times, Philip Collins has said those Labour representatives who recognise Corbyn’s shortcomings would make him a terrible prime minister should “take one step to the right” and break away from the increasingly left-leaning leader.Labour’s 2017 general election manifesto offered perhaps the most left-wing set of pledges ever seen in British political history and came just a few months after 179 Labour MPs signed a vote of no confidence in their leader. But any concerns about his plausibility as leader were quashed by the election result, Mr Collins writes, leaving a large proportion of the party without true direction.He says: “Nobody has to put up with this. Labour MPs should now do what they have threatened many times in private and what they told The Times this week the
Brexit news: City of London policy chief hails hopes of financial EU deal | Politics | News

Brexit news: City of London policy chief hails hopes of financial EU deal | Politics | News

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Speaking yesterday at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy after a summit with Theresa May, the French president rejected the idea of Britain having special access for its financial services industry after Brexit unless it retained the country’s single market membership.Asked why he was opposed to including Britain’s financial services in any future trade deal, he responded: “I want to make sure that the single market is preserved because that is very much the heart of the EU.“The choice is on the British side, not on my side. But there can be no differentiated access for the financial services. “If you want access to the single market — including the financial services — be my guest. But it means that you need to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction.”However, the
What is a US government shutdown and what does it mean for the USA? | Politics | News

What is a US government shutdown and what does it mean for the USA? | Politics | News

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Last night the House approved an extension of federal funds for another month but the bill has uncertain prospects in the Senate ahead of the looming deadline. With the fate of the spending bill in the balance, federal agencies have been told to prepare for partial government shutdowns throughout America on Saturday.If money does run out, many federal agencies would be shut down and workers sent home. But "essential services" dealing with public safety and national security would continue.What is a government shutdown? A US government shutdown happens if lawmakers in Congress do not pass enough funding to run government operations and agencies. This means that much of the government workforce is placed on an unpaid leave of absence, known as a furlough, and told not to work.More than 80
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron selfie | Politics | News

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron selfie | Politics | News

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Prime Minister Theresa May posted the cheesy image, which re-enacted Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscars selfie, on Twitter along with a gushing tweet to celebrate her “entente chaleureuse” – meaning “warm agreement” - with Mr Macron. The snap was taken on stage at the V&A museum where the leaders rubbed shoulders with celebrities after Mrs May buckled to pressure and agreed to stump up an additional £45million to bolster Calais border security. Clearly happy with her agreement, Mrs May captioned the image: “At the @V_and_A last night @EmmanuelMacron and I were proud to celebrate the extraordinary values and the talented people who link our countries. “More than a century on from the ‘entente cordiale’ let us celebrate our own ‘entente chaleureuse’. #UKFRsummitBut furious Twitter fans to
Bridge over troubled water: Shipping chiefs bast Boris’ Channel bridge plan | Politics | News

Bridge over troubled water: Shipping chiefs bast Boris’ Channel bridge plan | Politics | News

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The Foreign Secretary last night backed a new fixed link between the two countries, emphasising "good connections" and wondered if the Channel Tunnel should be seen as a mere "first step".Sources close to Mr Johnson say he believes the fact Britain and France are only connected by one railway line, despite being just 20 miles apart, is "crazy".But his proposal has been slapped down by the UK Chamber of Shipping, which blasted the potential effects of such a bridge on international trading infrastructure.It said in a tweet: "Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world's busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges."The idea of a Channel bridge was first raised decades ago. Transport officials submitted plans for one in 1981, but the move was widely disparaged a...
Brexit news: Spain snatches EU Galileo satellite centre from UK | Politics | News

Brexit news: Spain snatches EU Galileo satellite centre from UK | Politics | News

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Britain won the contract in 2010 to provide the backup monitoring centre for the Galileo satellite navigation system, and the centre in Swanwick is a backup for the main infrastructure in western Paris.However, a committee of member states has voted “by a large majority” to approve the European Commission’s recommendation to make Madrid the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre’s (GSMC’s) new home.A spokesperson for the European Commission confirmed: “Today the committee of the member states’ representatives met and we can confirm that the committee voted in favour, by a large majority, of our commission proposal to relocate the centre to Spain.” The centre, which is not yet fully operational, controls access to the satellite system and provides 24-hour monitoring when the main centre in P
BBC Question Time: Brexit panelist claims Charter would remind EU about democracy | Politics | News

BBC Question Time: Brexit panelist claims Charter would remind EU about democracy | Politics | News

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Appearing on BBC Question Time, Arts Advisor and staunch Brexiteer Munira Mirza suggested the UK should send the Magna Carta to France to remind them of the reasons people voted for Brexit.She said: “The French Finance Chief said Brexit is not going to be the catastrophe that a lot of people predicted it would be for the city and I think what you are seeing in Macron is a President who knows how to negotiate.“He has been very bullish, he is saying things like ‘we will steal your finance sector’, of course he is. That is exactly what you do when you represent your country during a negotiation.“I would like the leaders of this country to also be confident, to also make clear that there are certain things that we would like to see happen.“And if we are talking about what we would like to s
‘Arsene Wenger should be sent to France’ BBC audience hysterics after Question Time joke | Politics | News

‘Arsene Wenger should be sent to France’ BBC audience hysterics after Question Time joke | Politics | News

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An audience member asked: “What should we send back to France, a DVD of 'The Darkest Hour?'”The audience tittered slightly, as did the audience member.To which, the RBS Chairman Howard Davies quipped: “My answer is I think we should send them Arsene Wenger, it will be popular with referees.”Which caused the audience to erupt with laughter at the hilarious comment.Question Time Presenter David Dimbleby asked: “Has Macron played a blinder with the tapestry?”To which the RBS chairman replied: “I think he is a very cute character.”Dimbleby replied: “Cute, or acute?”The RBS chief replied: “Cute in the sense of thinking up smart little ideas.“Many people say it is his wife who actually thinks up these ideas, but I wouldn’t like to be certain about that.“But I think it is a good gesture.”The B