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Mrs May meets Nicola Sturgeon prior to triggering Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May returned to Scotland today, firstly to broadcast a statement outlining her vision for the United Kingdom to become even stronger after Brexit.

Labour issues list of six key tests for Brexit

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, has presented a list of six tests which he says are required if Labour are to back any final deal in Parliament regarding Brexit.

Britain now needs to get behind Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May has obviously been deferring the filing of Article 50 in consideration of allowing the EU anniversary celebrations to take place first.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

Victims honoured in London terror attack

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed The morning after. The United Kingdom is hurting, but the words from all today is that terrorism will not deter democracy, as can be seen by the earlier clip in Parliament.

Five dead, around 40 injured in Parliament ‘terrorist’ attack

Richard Pohle/Reuters   By Toby Melville and William James Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament.

Brexit – the Movie!

By Hazel Speed It had to happen – inevitably! Five on Brexit Island – (one book but not the last), then of course, there has to be a Brexit movie.

Brexit: Article 50 to finally be filed with the EU

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed It was announced on Monday that the Prime Minister will be sending the formal letter re Brexit (Article 50), to the EU representative on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and will also be present in Parliament to formally notify the House on the same day.

Who is in control of the Labour Party?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, has started something with his public claims of a potential conspiracy to end the Labour Party as we know it.

3-Jobs George – Swivel Door Ethics

ES photo   By Hazel Speed Recently, I wrote a piece on George Osborne – What is a man’s worth? Given the obscene amount he was to earn for doing very little in respect of financial advice, many thought that was bad enough, however on Friday, it was announced that he is to have a third […]

Nicola Sturgeon may be sealing her own fate

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Nicola Sturgeon has painted herself into a corner by thinking it is now or never, to push for another Scottish Referendum.

House of Lords pass Bill for Brexit to proceed

PA photo   By Hazel Speed   When Democracy can be too Democratic for its own good

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon’s diplomatic gaffe

SG photo   By Hazel Speed It was Commonwealth Day yesterday, and while watching BBC2, around 11am, the network kept updating the viewer that any minute there would be a live broadcast ‘within minutes’/’any minute now’, which then changed to ‘in about fifteen minutes’ as Her Majesty The Queen will be handing a baton to […]

David Cameron – that’s a bit rich coming from you!

PA photo   By Hazel Speed The other day, whilst watching the television coverage in respect to the unveiling of the new Monument at Horseguards to honour the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, I noticed that at the end of the formal ceremony, whilst guests were mingling, there was a political ‘clutch’ of Mother Hens […]

Observations of an Expat: The Brexit Elephant

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms There was a massive elephant in the British House of Commons on Wednesday. It was rampaging back and forth across the chamber, overturning tables, loudly trumpeting and waving his trunk from side to side. Its name was Brexit.

Fresh evidence of cluster bombs being used by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen

Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters   By Amnesty International Human Rights NGO Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence showing that the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition recently fired Brazilian-manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions in the middle of Sa’da city in Yemen, injuring two civilians and causing material damage.

The Budget: Head vs Heart?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed The live UK Budget broadcast had a most surprising twist for this writer, but first let us consider the presentations in the order they took place. I leave the fine detail to the link herein but rather, my observations were as follows.

House of Lords reject Government’s second Brexit vote

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Peers were advised, apparently, to take a camp bed into the House of Lords, if necessary, the night before to ensure their presence on Tuesday where they debated and voted first of all on Amendment 1 to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at the report stage.

Mrs May’s unrequited love for the UK

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May, yet again, did not disappoint with her outline of the importance and meaning of the United Kingdom.

Meet The Lords: A doffed hat to the BBC

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Earlier this week BBC TV broadcast the first episode of ‘Meet the Lords‘, a behind the scenes portrayal within the UK’s House of Lords.

Government defeated in Brexit bill

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Peers from the UK’s House of Lords yesterday voted on Amendment 9B to the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at Committee Stage which would make the Government produce proposals within three months of notification for EU citizens legally resident in the UK to have the same rights of residence […]

BHS – Everything comes to those who wait!

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Philip Green sold British Home Stores for only £1.00 and now has paid £363 million, albeit forcibly, towards the Pension Fund which should have been secured for his former, now thousands of jobless, employees of all ages.

Britain’s Shame: IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I watched the commencement of this Hearing, television preamble interviews and discussion. It is a shocking indictment against all the perpetrators involved.

Mrs May’s financial penalty against the sick and disabled, despite her grand speech

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed George Freeman, as Chief Policy Advisor to Mrs May, has created a whirlwind storm in the UK following his crass remarks in regard to wanting to differentiate between physically and mentally disabled (staying at home and taking pills for anxiety), denying the latter access to apply for PIPs Personal […]

Mrs May wins Gold – Labour and UKIP ‘also rans’

Caters photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May is ‘on a political roll’ with no challengers in sight.

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

Some Station Waiting Rooms operating two tier systems

By Hazel Speed South East Rail (as opposed to issues with Southern Rail) are showing a discrimination to those with Freedom Passes in that they will not give passengers (their off-peak clients) access to waiting rooms that are now and have been for years, combined with cafe concessionaries despite former waiting rooms often being boarded […]

Speaker John Bercow: No Confidence motion tabled by Tory MP

PA photo   By Hazel Speed This latest news does not surprise many. The only wonder was its timing, no doubt delayed so as not to affect the important outcome of the Brexit Vote on Wednesday.

Mrs May’s Ode to Brexit Joy

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Prime Minister’s Question Time in UK Parliament on Wednesday was another rowdy affair.

John Bercow – Do What It Says On The Tin!

AP photo   By Hazel Speed Many have been astonished by the comments made by the Speaker of the UK Parliament during a debate in the House of Commons on Monday.