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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:58:35 AM EST
by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 01:16:44 PM EST
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Britain will take back 'full control' from the EU on Jan. 1, says PM Johnson
"'we will take back full control of our money, our borders and our laws,' he told parliament, repeating a mantra that helped him win an election last year"
by Cat on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 02:43:11 PM EST
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Could Flemish fishermen still be able to fish in English waters post 31 December 2020? -  flandersnews.be
Belgium's Ambassador to the EU Willem Van de Voorde quoted a 354-year-old treaty during discussions on Wednesday between member states' ambassadors to the EU on the future access of European fishing fleets to UK waters ones the Brexit transitional period comes to an end at midnight on 31 December.

To the confusion of the some of those at the meeting and the delight of others Mr Van de Voorde quoted a treaty signed in 1666 by the then King of England Charles II. The treaty granted 50 Flemish fishermen from Bruges (West Flanders)   "eternal rights" to fish in English waters. Mr Van de Voorde suggested that this was an important historical footnote that emphasised the long relationship between Flemish fishermen and British waters.

The treaty entitled "Privilegie der Visscherie" (Privilege of fisheries) was signed in 1666 when Bruges was part of the Southern Netherlands and under Spanish control. It was a show a gratitude on the part of Charles II for the hospitality that he was given when he stayed in Bruges during the interregnum that followed the decapitation of King Charles I and his own restoration to the English throne.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 08:22:07 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 03:06:20 PM EST
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EU identity cards will not be enough to enter UK from October 2021, GB-EU Border Operating Model
"Identity cards are among the least secure documents seen at the border and ending their use will strengthen our security as the UK takes back control of its borders at the end of the transition period," stated a UK government press release.

Under the scheme, Hauliers will need a Kent Access Permit to proceed to the border.

Richard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, warned that "firms moving goods across borders will have to undertake customs processes whether there's a deal or no deal."

by Cat on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 03:28:11 PM EST
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Hospital bosses urge NHS England to drop 'unfair' fines as Covid admissions rise

The number of people waiting more than a year to start hospital treatment is at its highest since 2008 and almost 90 times higher than at the same time last year. In August, there were 111,026 people who had waited more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment, up from 1,236 in August 2019.

by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 07:02:52 PM EST
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UK study tests if BCG vaccine protects against COVID
The trial's UK arm, which is being run from Exeter, southwest England, is seeking to recruit 1,000 people who work in care homes and community healthcare nearby.
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by Cat on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 08:44:58 PM EST
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It's the 16th of October here in the US, which means, I presume, per Boris's final and official plan, as announced  couple of weeks go, that the UK has Brexited.
by asdf on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 07:31:50 PM EST
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Brexit happened last January, with the "transition period" due to end at the end of this year. October is just one more of those moving deadlines to get a deal prior to the end of transition period.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 09:02:19 PM EST
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Right, so using the standard political-to-regular translation algorithm, "around the beginning of November" doesn't translate into "1 November +- five days," it translates into "maybe March-ish 2021."


by asdf on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 04:33:39 PM EST
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Boris Pantomime

Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10

A historic gamble on a Trump win or worst case an impasse in election result ...

US election: what a Biden or Trump victory could mean for Britain | The Guardian |

by Oui on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 05:58:02 AM EST
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EU27 chastised for no longer working "intensively" at satisfying UK's demands continuing Brexit negotiations.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 09:37:43 AM EST
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OK, the EU has agreed to `intensify', after all...

EU agrees to `intensify' Brexit talks

The EU has agreed to "intensify" Brexit talks with the U.K. and start negotiations based on legal texts as required by London, following a phone call between the chief negotiators.

Michel Barnier spoke with his British counterpart David Frost by phone on Monday afternoon to agree on the structure for subsequent talks about the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU.

With both sides apparently still keen to put pressure on the other side, Barnier said in a tweet issued after the call that "the EU remains available to intensify talks in London this week, on all subjects, and based on legal texts."

by Bernard on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 08:37:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 05:18:26 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 05:49:33 PM EST
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Faculty strongly opposed to judicial review 'rebalance'
The Faculty feared that decision makers could be given impunity, and the public would be stuck with bad decisions without any legal way of having them reconsidered.

"There is no question of it being appropriate for a government to seek to hamstring the judiciary's powers, in an attempt to make decision making easier...There is no case for any decisions being made immune from judicial review, since no power conferred on Government is unlimited. Any such suggestion is chilling.

"The simple issue is this: in a constitutional democracy, all power is limited. The location of the boundaries of power is a matter of law and, therefore, the task of the courts to explain."

by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 06:19:56 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 06:12:28 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 08:30:51 PM EST
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... only when it suits us.

by Bernard on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 08:29:20 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 08:58:49 PM EST
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Secrets and lies: untangling the UK 'spy cops' scandal

Those duped into having relationships with undercover police are hoping for answers from the inquiry.

The existence of a squad of police officers sent deep undercover in political groups was so top secret that many of the UK's most senior officers were completely oblivious until they began reading reports in the Guardian 10 years ago.

When Lisa Jones - who uses a pseudonym - and her friends established that Kennedy was a police officer who had been spying on climate change activists, the story caused a firestorm, collapsing a major trial and quashing the convictions of environmental activists who had been prosecuted for conspiring to shut down one of the UK's biggest power stations.

Senior officers tried to quell the outcry, insisting Kennedy was merely a rogue officer. In fact, the opposite was true. Kennedy was just the latest foot soldier in a very long line of undercover police who had been routinely infiltrating political groups, mostly on the left, since as far back as 1968.

by Oui on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 05:21:00 PM EST
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