UPSKIRTING has been in the news a lot lately, as Gina Martin campaigned to make it a crime as others joined her to speak out about the invasive act. But what exactly does it involve and when will it become a criminal offence? What is upskirting? Upskirting is the act of taking a photograph of underneath a person’s skirt without their consent. It is often performed in a public place such as on public transport or on an escalator, with crowds of people making it harder to spot people taking these photos. A large proportion of women are targeted in places such as nightclubs, restaurants and shops. Being victim to such an incident can cause emotional distress for a long time after it has happened. What is the law around upskirting? Upskirting is to be become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales - it is already a criminal offence in Scotland. In Scotland, upskirting is an illegal offence, and has been since 2010 when it was listed under the definition of voyeurism. Victims … [Read more...] about What is upskirting, what’s the new law around it and why did it take so long to become illegal?
Brexit why did it happen
We do not know yet if the final shape of Brexit is becoming clear, or if there will be no deal, or even if the UK will stay in, or return to, the European Union. But I suspect that historians who will one day pore over the whole Brexit saga will see this week as a key turning point, that among other things, altered Northern Ireland’s constitutional position with the rest of the United Kingdom.How did we get here? How did an internal UK border in the Irish Sea arise?There will be many things to assess, first of all the national and international triggers.Brexiteers such as the Tory MEP Dan Hannan, trace it back to 1992, when the EEC became a more expansive European Union.Later there were the other signs of EU ambition such as the euro single currency.In 2013, David Cameron committeed to holding an In-Out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in a bid to placate Tory eurosceptics and stem the rise of Ukip.He never thought he would be in a position to implement it … [Read more...] about Ben Lowry: Apathy over Brexit vote and its aftermath is a factor that has led unionism to this grim pass
BORIS Johnson is one of the country's most recognisable politicians and has played a key role in the EU referendum campaign. He resigned as Foreign Secretary in a devastating blow for Theresa May earlier this summer and recently announced he and his wife are separating. Here's how Boris rose to the top of British politics. Who is Boris Johnson married to and is he getting divorced? Boris, born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson - but known to the nation as BoJo - married barrister Marina Wheeler in 1993 and the couple went on to have four children together. In September 2018 The Sun exclusively revealed how their marriage was on the brink of collapse after Marina accused her husband of cheating on her. The couple are now living apart and no longer spend time together socially as a pair. On September 7, 2018, it was confirmed that the pair would divorce after 25 years of marriage. Marina has thrown him out twice before — first in 2004 over his four-year affair with … [Read more...] about How old is Boris Johnson, who’s his wife Marina Wheeler and why did he resign as Foreign Secretary?
The Prime Minister and ministers will today gather for a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps after the UK and EU agreed on draft Brexit deal. Theresa May announced on Tuesday that she had a draft text of the proposals, which is believed to run to 500 pages. Ministers were last night briefed one by one on the contents of the divorce deal which has finally been agreed after months of protracted talks. Here's everything you need to know about the Withdrawal Agreement and what happens next. The basics: how did we get here? The UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, with a win by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent for Leave in the referendum. A two-year period of negotiation was formally triggered by the UK's Article 50 letter on March 29 2017 and Britain has spent more than a year trying to agree on how the divorce will work. Actual talks were delayed by the snap general election of June 8, 2017. A Joint Report was agreed by Mrs May and European … [Read more...] about Recap: where are we with Brexit and what will happen later today?
The key topic of Theresa May’s update on Brexit negotiations was the potential of a so-called “backstop”, with regards to a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Prime Minister has said the Government would not accept a hard border put in place after Brexit, leading to the question of how this would be avoided. Thus far, neither side has been able to suggest a way effectively to do so, leading to a potential “backstop” to allow for a plan to be conducted. With this in mind, the PM warned that the Irish issue must not be allowed to "derail" progress towards a deal which could work for both the UK and EU. What is the backstop? The UK is leaving the EU in March 2019, along with its single market and customs union, which allow for friction-free trade between members. After Brexit, the UK will have a land border with the EU between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Theresa May described the backstop in the Commons as … [Read more...] about What is the Irish ‘backstop’ and why does it matter?