EU leaders are expected to formally agree to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations later.It means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, days after Theresa May suffered her first defeat in the House of Commons.Mrs May was applauded by other leaders at dinner in Brussels on Thursday night after she made a speech about Brexit.The next round of talks on a transition deal for the end of Brexit are expected to begin as early as next week.The European Commission has said "sufficient progress" has been made on the first phase to move onto discussing the framework of a future relationship - including issues such as security and trade.Under EU rules, the prime minister will not attend the meeting where the decision is formally confirmed.But the round of applause during Thursday's dinner suggests the process is more or less on track - and indicates a degree of support in Europe for Mrs May, says the BBC's Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly. 'Ambition and … [Read more...] about Brexit: EU leaders set to move talks on to next stage
Schinas said the EC considers the joint report of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis as a gentlemen’s agreement and it is his clear understanding that it is fully backed and endorsed by the UK government.On Friday, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said Brexit talks between the UK and the EU have made “enough progress” to begin the second phase of negotiation on future trade relations. The joint report will be submitted to 27 EU leaders for approval at a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. … [Read more...] about UK vows to respect interim Brexit deal with EU
Yesterday, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang visited the Military Hospital 108 in Hanoi where General Vo Nguyen Giap is being treated to congratulate the great General on his 102nd birthday falling on today (25 August, 1911 – 25 August, 2012). On the same day, minister, head of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam was assigned by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to visit the General and wished him good health. … [Read more...] about Leaders congratulate General Giap on 102nd birthday
LONDON — Rising fashion star Jonathan Anderson struck a double blow at London’s Fashion Awards on Monday, claiming the prizes for best Accessories Designer and best British Designer for Womenswear. Considered one of the most influential designers of his generation, 33-year-old Anderson was recognised for his work with luxury leather goods manufacturer Loewe, where he is the creative director, and for the women’s collection at his own label, JW Anderson. The prestigious awards, presented at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, were marked by a moving tribute to the great French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, who died last month at the age of 77. Supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Eva Herzigova took to the stage to honour the master known for his timeless designs. Campbell, who was on the verge of tears, said Alaia was a "fashion giant", calling him her "daddy, protector... and teacher". British model Adwoa Aboah, known for her activism, won … [Read more...] about UK design star JW Anderson wins big at London Fashion Awards
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s temptation must have been to counterpunch after receiving Donald Trump’s advice to concentrate her mind on the Islamist threat to Britain rather than reacting to his retweeting of British far-right anti-Islam videos. “@theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” the U.S. president tweeted to his 40 million-plus followers. “We are doing just fine.” “Two of America’s worst mass shootings (Las Vegas concert/ Texas church) have happened on your watch,” she might have tweeted back. “Shouldn’t POTUS focus on gun laws?” She didn’t do that, of course. Her actual response was brusque. “It is wrong for the president to have done this,” she concluded – a comment within the bounds of diplomatic protocol. What one frank friend might say to another. The question which arises … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets destroy US-UK special relationship?