The prime minister yesterday reiterated her deep commitment to Northern Ireland – but failed to spell out how she plans to address the Brexit backstop impasse. Theresa May gave a speech in Belfast to businesses and media at Allstate, in which she emphasised her pledges to avoid both a hard land border and a border in the Irish Sea. But her words, which did not clarify the future of Brexit as it relates to the Province, drew a critical response from local anti-Brexit parties, and failed to draw a warm reaction from unionists.And she sidestepped questions, including one from the News Letter, about the moderate unionist critique of the backstop from Lords Trimble and Bew that it breaches the 1998 Belfast Agreement. In her 20-minute address, Mrs May said: “Over the last two-and-a-half years, we have come a long way towards a solution that works for Northern Ireland and Ireland. We have agreed mutual protections for citizens’ rights, the maintenance of our common travel … [Read more...] about Prime minister repeats her pledges to Northern Ireland but gives no clarity on Brexit
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PRIME Minister's Questions is the weekly grilling of the PM by MPs in the House of Commons. Jeremy Corbyn and other opponents of the Government attempt to use the session to pile the pressure on the PM. Here's how it all works. What day and time is Prime Minister's Question Time? Prime Minister's Questions is held every Wednesday at noon while the House of Commons is sitting. During this time the PM will spend around half an hour answering questions from MPs. The first formalised structure of PMQs was two 15 minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This was changed by Tony Blair shortly after he took office in 1997 to one half hour session on Wednesdays. Why do MPs stand up for PMQs? It is to attract the Speaker’s attention as they hope to ask a question. Many of the questions have been pre-booked, but there are still supplementary slots up for grabs. The first question is normally asked by a government MP who will ask the PM if "she/he will list his/her … [Read more...] about What time is PMQs today, why do MPs stand for Prime Minister’s Questions and is there a live stream from the House of Commons?
FILE -- Vice President Mike Pence and Georgian Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili attend a welcoming ceremony at the Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia July 31, 2017. (REUTERS/Shakh Aivazov/Pool) Countries around the world are seeking to steadily strengthen the essential pillars of national success: security and trade. In my country of Georgia, security and trade directly and substantially impact American national interests. My discussions with Trump administration officials and lawmakers in Washington this week are focused on advancing our shared interests in these two critical areas. One hundred years ago this month, Georgia recovered its independent statehood, which dates back two millennia and is marked by constant struggle for freedom. The short-lived First Democratic Republic of Georgia was soon annexed by Soviet Russia and we endured 70 years of occupation and foreign dominance. Georgia is widely recognized today as an emerging hub for culture and commerce, a … [Read more...] about Georgia Prime Minister: US-Georgia trade deal would create US jobs, improve energy security
CONSERVATIVE minister Dominic Raab’s diary secretary has been caught bragging about selling sex using a “sugar daddy” website. The official works for the Housing Minister and allegedly offered an undercover reporter sexual services in exchange for cash. Here’s what’s going on. Who is Dominic Raab’s diary secretary? The civil servant, 20, allegedly advertised on a “Sugar Daddy” website and told the reporter he could have “full undisputed access” to her for £750. Her identity has not been disclosed, but The Sun exclusively revealed she is the sister of a TV star. She is the sibling of a woman who stars in one of Channel Four’s biggest shows. The aide posted a string of pictures of herself on seekingarrangement.com, a controversial site that allows “sugar daddies” to make financial arrangements with “sugar babies”. She has allegedly advertised herself as “moderate” - meaning she … [Read more...] about Who is Dominic Raab’s diary secretary, what are the ‘selling sex’ allegations and where is the minister’s office?
QUEEN Elizabeth's record-breaking reign as British monarch means more than 65 years have passed since the last royal succession. Prince Charles is due to be next on the throne, but how does the rest of the royal lineage and the new baby boy line up? Here is the lowdown... Who will become King after Queen Elizabeth? The throne will pass to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies – and according to reports, abdication could be a real possibility. Her Majesty is said to have told her inner circle that if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will ask for a piece of legislation to grant her eldest son full power to reign while she is alive. Royal commentator Robert Jobson told the Mail On Sunday he has spoken to a number of high-ranking courtiers who say preparations for the transition of the Crown are gaining pace. And at this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, The Queen said she wished for Charles to succeed her as head of the group of … [Read more...] about Who is next in line to the throne, where is the new royal baby in the line of succession and will Prince Charles be king?