Speech: PM’s statement on exiting the European Union: 10 December 2018

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission I would like to make a statement on Exiting the European Union.We have now had three days of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement setting out the terms of our departure from the EU and the Political Declaration setting out our future relationship after we have left.I have listened very carefully to what has been said, in this chamber and out of it, by members from all sides.From listening to those views it is clear that while there is broad support for many of the key aspects of the deal, on one issue – the Northern Ireland backstop – there remains widespread and deep concern.As a result, if we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow the deal would be rejected by a significant margin.We will therefore defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the House at this time.I set out in my speech opening the debate last week the reasons why the backstop is a necessary guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland and why – whatever future relationship you want – there is no deal available that does not include the backstop.Behind all those arguments are some inescapable facts.The fact that Northern Ireland shares a land border with another sovereign state.The fact that the hard-won peace that has been built in Northern Ireland over the last two decades has been built around a seamless border.And the fact that Brexit will create a wholly new situation: on 30 March the Northern Ireland/Ireland border will for the first time become the external frontier of the European Union’s single market and customs union.The challenge this poses must be met not with rhetoric but with real and workable solutions.Businesses operate across that border. People live their lives crossing and re-crossing it every day.I have been there and spoken to some of those people. They do not want their everyday lives to change as a result of the decision we have taken. They do not want a return to a hard border.And if this House cares about preserving our Union, it must listen to those people, because our Union will only endure with their consent.We had hoped that the changes we have secured to the backstop would reassure Members that we could never be trapped in it indefinitely.I hope the House will forgive me if I take a moment to remind it of those changes.The customs element of the backstop is now UK-wide. It no longer splits our country into two customs territories. This also means that the backstop is now an uncomfortable arrangement for the EU, so they won’t want it to come into use, or persist for long if it does.Both sides are now legally committed to using best endeavours to have our new relationship in place before the end of the implementation period, ensuring the backstop is never used.If our new relationship isn’t ready, we can now choose to extend the implementation period, further reducing the likelihood of the backstop coming into use.If the backstop ever does come into use, we now don’t have to get the new relationship in place to get out of it. Alternative arrangements that make use of technology could be put in place instead.The treaty is now clear that the backstop can only ever be temporary.And there is now a termination clause.But I am clear from what I have heard in this place and from my own conversations that these elements do not offer a sufficient number of colleagues the reassurance that they need.I spoke to a number of EU leaders over the weekend, and in advance of the European Council I will go to see my counterparts in other member states and the leadership of the Council and the Commission.I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed.We are also looking closely at new ways of empowering the House of Commons to ensure that any provision for a backstop has democratic legitimacy and to enable the House to place its own obligations on the government to ensure that the backstop cannot be in place indefinitely.Mr Speaker, having spent the best part of two years poring over the detail of Brexit, listening to the public’s ambitions, and yes, their fears too, and testing the limits of what the other side is prepared to accept, I am in absolutely no doubt that this deal is the right one.It honours the result of the referendum. It protects jobs, security and our Union. But it also represents the very best deal that is actually negotiable with the EU.I believe in it – as do many Members of this House. And I still believe there is a majority to be won in this House in support of it, if I can secure additional reassurance on the question of the backstop.And that is what my focus will be in the days ahead.But Mr Speaker, if you take a step back, it is clear that this House faces a much more fundamental question.Does this House want to deliver Brexit? And if it does, does it want to do so through reaching an agreement with the EU?If the answer is yes, and I believe that is the answer of the majority of this House, then we all have to ask ourselves whether we are prepared to make a compromise.Because there will be no enduring and successful Brexit without some compromise on both sides of the debate.Many of the most controversial aspects of this deal – including the backstop – are simply inescapable facts of having a negotiated Brexit.Those members who continue to disagree need to shoulder the responsibility of advocating an alternative solution that can be delivered.And do so without ducking its implications.So if you want a second referendum to overturn the result of the first, be honest that this risks dividing the country again, when as a House we should be striving to bring it back together.If you want to remain part of the Single Market and the Customs Union, be open that this would require free movement, rule-taking across the economy, and ongoing financial contributions – none of which are in my view compatible with the result of the referendum.If you want to leave without a deal, be upfront that in the short term, this would cause significant economic damage to parts of our country who can least afford to bear the burden.I do not believe that any of those courses of action command a majority in this House.But notwithstanding that fact, for as long as we fail to agree a deal, the risk of an accidental no deal increases.So the government will step up its work in preparation for that potential outcome and the Cabinet will hold further discussions on it this week.The vast majority of us, Mr Speaker, accept the result of the referendum, and want to leave with a deal. We have a responsibility to discharge.If we will the ends, we must also will the means.I know that members across the House appreciate how important that responsibility is.And I am very grateful to all members – on this side of the House and a few on the other side too – who have backed this deal and spoken up for it.Many others, I know, have been wrestling with their consciences, particularly over the question of the backstop: seized of the need to face-up to the challenge posed by the Irish border, but genuinely concerned about the consequences.I have listened. I have heard those concerns and I will now do everything I possibly can to secure further assurances.If I may conclude on a personal note, Mr Speaker.On the morning after the referendum two and a half years ago, I knew that we had witnessed a defining moment for our democracy.Places that didn’t get a lot of attention at elections and which did not get much coverage on the news were making their voices heard and saying that they wanted things to change.I knew in that moment that Parliament had to deliver for them.But of course that does not just mean delivering Brexit. It means working across all areas – building a stronger economy, improving public services, tackling social injustices – to make this a country that truly works for everyone, a country where nowhere and nobody is left behind.And these matters are too important to be afterthoughts in our politics – they deserve to be at the centre of our thinking.But that can only happen if we get Brexit done and get it done right.And even though I voted Remain, from the moment I took up the responsibility of being Prime Minister of this great country I have known that my duty is to honour the result of that vote.And I have been just as determined to protect the jobs that put food on the tables of working families and the security partnerships that keep each one of us safe.And that is what this deal does. It gives us control of our borders, our money and our laws. It protects jobs, security and our Union. It is the right deal for Britain.I am determined to do all I can to secure the reassurances this House requires, to get this deal over the line and deliver for the British people.And I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Delivered Two Excellent Sets Of Music At The Wilma Theatre

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee kept their West Coast tour going last night, turning in a masterful two-set performance during their first night at The Wilma Theatre in Missoula, MT. If the band has shown anything so far on the first few dates of this round of tour dates, it’s that they are a band that’s completely on fire.After an opening set from Polecat, Umphrey’s wasted no time in heating things up, starting off with their “You Got the Wrong Guy” intro, building it to a wild peak before landing perfectly on the funky standout track “Speak Up”.After the powerful one-two punch to open the set, the band started up their progressive, multi-sectional powerhouse “Mantis,” which eventually went unfinished as the band transitioned into a fiery “Room to Breathe.” Fun takes on “The Bottom Half” and “Make It Right” followed, before “Yoga Pants” wound its way into the final section of “Mantis” to complete the first set.Set two kicked off with an Umphrey’s staple, “1348.” When the band opens a set with “1348,” it’s likely that the song will bookend the set, and that’s just what happened on this occasion, as the band would make their second set into one big “1348” sandwich. The band moved from “1348” into the dance-happy “Day Nurse”, which got the crowd moving in a big way. Umphrey’s then launched into an epic segment of non-stop music, starting with a cover of “I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles before segueing into “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft,” then “Much Obliged,” then, finally, a triumphant version of “Hajimemishite”.Umphrey’s then started up a huge version of “Intentions Clear”, which eventually landed on the aforementioned set-closing final half of “1348.” The band took their encore break, allowing the crowd a moment to catch their breath, before returning to the stage with one of their most classic tunes, “40’s Theme,” which was certainly a high-energy way to close out the show.Check out full audio from the show, courtesy of taper Mark Smith.See below for a full setlist from last night’s show. Umphrey’s McGee returns to Missoula tonight for round two at The Wilma Theatre.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Wilma Theatre | Missoula, MT | 3/3/2017Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Mantis > Room to Breathe, The Bottom Half, Make It Right, Yoga Pants > MantisSet 2: 1348 > Day Nurse, I Am the Walrus > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Much Obliged > Hajimemashite, Intentions Clear > 1348Encore: 40’s Theme[Setlist courtesy of allthings.umphreys.com]last_img read more

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Dominican Army Joins Government Agencies in Fight against Zika-carrying Mosquito

first_imgThe ERD’s preventive work, which is part of the National Campaign for the Fumigation, Counseling, and Breeding Site Removal of the Aedes Aegypti, has been providing invaluable support to the civilian population nationwide. The ERD has complemented the campaign by creating the Epidemiological Sickness Mitigation Unit (UMEE, for its Spanish acronym) to support the Ministry of Public Health. Supporting the civilian population By Dialogo April 13, 2016 The Combat Support and Service Support Brigades are conducting their operations in Villa Mella and Los Guaricanos, with the Third Infantry Brigade focusing on the provinces of San Juan de la Maguana and Elías Piña. The ERD’s Fourth Infantry Brigade is conducting its operations in the provinces of Valverde Mao and Dajabón, while the Fifth Infantry Brigade is working in the provinces of Barahona and Jimaní. A month earlier, in February, the ERD supported the Public Health Ministry’s Brigade during visits to preselected homes where the Army focused on areas where water was stored and the insect incubated, such as tanks, planters, tires, and cisterns. The ERD, which also concentrated on patios, alleys, gardens, roofs, and empty lots, counseled civilians on the dangers of these illnesses, their characteristics, symptoms, and steps to follow if someone is suspected of being infected. Authorities launched the public health campaign on January 25th, when Defense Minister Lieutenant General Máximo W. Muñoz Delgado deployed more than 2,000 Military service members to use new fumigation and cleaning equipment in neighborhoods in Santo Domingo and in other cities nationwide to support the Ministry of Public Health and prevent the diseases from spreading. They supported more than 100 specialized doctors from the Military who had joined the National Campaign for the Fumigation, Counseling, and Breeding Site Removal of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Nearly 6,000 dwellings fumigated During the third week of March, the Army’s Third Infantry Brigade, under the command of General Milton de Jesús Frías Gómez, resumed the fumigation campaign that other ERD units had been working on since January. On March 4th, police and the Public Works Ministry’s Military Commission sprayed 5,888 dwellings in Villa Altagracia as a continuation of the Counter Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Fumigation Program that supports the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. “The UMEE is working around the clock and is at the service of the Ministry of Public Health as a way of confronting the Zika and dengue viruses, among other illnesses,” Major General José Eugenio Matos de la Cruz stated. center_img “Their assistance consisted of following orders from the Ministry of Defense. First was the creation, equipping, and training of the Epidemiological Unit, [which] is the size of a platoon – 30 personnel – and organically dependent upon the Humanitarian Rescue Unit. The Epidemiological Unit was created, trained, and sustained with resources from the Army,” Col. De la Cruz explained. “Secondly, the Commanders from senior units responsible for different regions throughout the country identify vulnerable communities and possible infection foci with help from their medical personnel and by coordinating with civil authorities in their operational areas. Thirdly, a team from the unit is sent to conduct the fumigation operations and awareness campaigns for those living in the communities where counter-Zika operations are being held.” Fumigation campaign ongoing The Dominican Republic’s Army (ERD) said it attained excellent results from its cooperative campaign with other government institutions in recent months to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for spreading the Zika, dengue, and chikingunya viruses throughout the country. The operations centered on the capital of Santo Domingo and its peripheral areas, as well as the provinces of San Cristóbal, Azua, Pedernales, Independencia, Elías Piña, Dajabón, and Montecristi. In January, the First Infantry Brigade was assigned all Military zones, while the Second and Sixth Brigades was deployed to the nearby neighborhoods of Santiago de los Caballeros and San Pedro de Macorís, which are in the provinces of Santiago and San Pedro de Macorís, respectively. They also carried out preventive operations in the provinces of San Juan de la Maguana under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health and in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center. From January 25th until the end of March, the ERD coordinated with Ministry of Public Health, provincial governors, and mayors to conduct epidemiological monitoring throughout the operation. “[It’s been] a great success for us,” Colonel Puro De la Cruz Arias, the ERD’s public relations director, told Diálogo.“The Army provided an immediate and timely response to the alert declared by the Ministry of Public Health and the [orders] of the government through the Armed Forces to execute an urgent program of prevention, mitigation, and response in the presence of the Zika virus in the country.” The Military will maintain its fight against the diseases. “We will continue with the operations under the instructions of the Ministry of Defense regarding the prevention and mitigation [of the spread and impact of Zika] throughout the national territory,” Col. De la Cruz said.last_img read more

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WHO reports record daily rise in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded a record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 307,930 reported over 24 hours.The agency said that deaths rose by more than 5,500, bringing the global total to 917,417.The biggest increases in infections were reported in India, the US and Brazil. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Peru, Israel, South Korea and Australia.On Sunday, police in the Australian state of Victoria arrested more than 70 protesters for flouting stay-at-home orders. About 250 people had attended the protest in the city of Melbourne, which was promoted by social media groups sharing conspiracy theories about the pandemic.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsVictoria has been the epicentre of Australia’s outbreak, accounting for 75% of cases and 90% of deaths.Neighbouring New Zealand is to lift coronavirus restrictions – apart from in the largest city of Auckland – on 21 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday.The country has had great success containing coronavirus but restrictions were imposed on Auckland last month after a number of new infections were identified.Israel, meanwhile, is to impose a new nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases there continue to rise. Tough restrictions will come into effect on Friday – Jewish new year – and will last at least three weeks, authorities said.Israel has seen more than 153,000 confirmed infections and 1,108 deaths from Covid-19, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The previous one-day record for new cases was on 6 September when the WHO reported 306,857 new infections.Where are cases rising most steeply?According to the WHO, India reported 94,372 new cases on Sunday, followed by the US with 45,523 and Brazil with 43,718.More than 1,000 new deaths were recorded in the US and India while Brazil said 874 people had died from Covid-19 related illness in the past 24 hours.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningIndia has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world, behind the US. Last week it reported nearly two million Covid-19 cases in August, the highest monthly tally in the world since the pandemic began.began.The country saw an average of 64,000 cases per day – an 84% hike from average daily cases in July, according to official data. The death toll has topped 1,000 every day since the beginning of September.Brazil has recorded more than four million cases, the third highest in the world. It has the highest number of deaths in Latin America, with about 131,000 so far.The US has recorded almost a quarter of the world’s total number of coronavirus cases – more than six million. It saw an increase in the number of daily cases in July, but the numbers have fallen since then.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayThe US has the world’s highest recorded death toll from Covid-19, with more than 194,000 fatalities.What’s the situation elsewhere?Countries across Europe are recording a rising number of daily cases amid fears of a resurgence of the virus.Local lockdowns have been imposed in the worst-affected regions, and there have been renewed appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.center_img Worldwide there have been more than 28 million confirmed cases, half of which have been in the Americas.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan crowned as 2014 best foreign player in Asia

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan has received his award as the Best Foreign Player in Asia for the year 2014.The Black Stars captain was presented with his award before Saturday’s training session with his UAE club Al Ain.Coach of Al Ain Zlatko Dalic with his backroom staff and the rest of the players gathered to celebrate with their lethal striker before the morning’s workout.The Asian Confederation (AFC) announced Gyan as the Best Foreign player late last month following his heroics in the 2014 Champions League where he emerged top scorer with 12 goals – two more than closest rival Al Hilal’s Nasser Al-Shamrani.Asamoah Gyan with his Al Ain teammates celebrating his feat Gyan’s goals were however not enough as his side crashed out of the competition at the semi-final stage to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal.His goals and overall performance in the Champions League plus his ever-improving record in the UAE made him the obvious choice.The former Sunderland man has won consecutive Goal King awards ever since making the unpopular move to the UAE in 2011.He is statistically, the best African player in 2014 – a record that his earned him his second nomination for the CAF African Player of the Year award which will be revealed early next year in Lagos.last_img read more

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Purple & Bold: LeBron on retirement: ‘We’re gonna play ’til we can’t walk no more’

first_img“As long as I feel great and as long as I can still play at a high level and mentally I’m sharp and I’m there and I’m giving everything to the game and nothing can distract me from what the main objective is, I’ll probably play this game,” he said. “When I physically can’t play or mentally I’m a little checked out or I’m not approaching the game like I’ve always done in my whole career since I picked up a basketball, then you can start looking at (the end) that way.”While James might not relate to Anthony’s deep consideration that his career might be over, he sympathized with his close friend, who he worked out with over the summer. When he and other NBA stars get together in the offseason, James said, the conversation mostly revolves around wine, family and cigars – not the game.Still, James could see Melo was hurting as he worked out on his own after getting cut by the Houston Rockets last year. At one point last season, James hoped that Anthony would catch on to the Lakers roster, a possibility that raised some eyebrows when the Lakers considered making a playoff push.“His name was brought up with us last year and I hoped that opportunity presented itself as well when we had our injuries,” James said. “I was hoping he was going to be a part of here and it didn’t happen for whatever reason. But I’m happy that he has an opportunity to go back and play the game that he loves to play and do it at this level.”For his own part, James has offered up that he’d like to play with his son, Bronny, who is currently a freshman on the Sierra Canyon High basketball team with Zaire Wade. But it’s hard to envision James coming to terms with aging in, say, the way that Vince Carter has. Once a superstar, always a superstar? Or could James become a role player who gracefully finds a way to contribute into his late 30s or even early 40s?That’s a question James isn’t willing to entertain at the moment. He balked at another question about how athletes come to terms with ending their careers. It’s not for guys like him and Tom Brady to ask themselves yet.“I have no idea,” he said. “I’m not at the end of my story.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Nov. 15 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.One would assume, at some point, that LeBron James might start thinking about retirement like the rest of us.Turning 35 next month, James is one of the few left in the esteemed 2003 Draft class. Dwyane Wade is retired. Carmelo Anthony finally got a second chance with Portland after a year out of the NBA – and many thought he might not get back. LeBron played against several coaches he’s had during his career, including Ty Lue, Luke Walton and Jason Kidd.But if James is doing any internal debate about when he hangs up the sneakers for good, it’s going to stay internal. On Friday morning, a reporter asked – in the context of Melo’s return – if he had given much thought to his post-basketball life. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Not really. Not the way I feel right now,” he said. “Me and Tom Brady are one in the same: We’re gonna play until we can’t walk no more.”It was a little bit of an overstatement (Brady is 42, in case you’re wondering), but James hardly jokes when it comes to measuring his own ability to stand up to time. And so far, he has delivered the goods in his 17th season – and helped cleared away any perception (if it existed) that he’s the “Washed King.”He’s averaging 24 points per game, which is his lowest scoring average since his rookie year, but c’mon, he’s got Anthony Davis. James is also doing something he’s never done before: Leading the league with 11.1 assists per game. He has 20 more assists this season than his nearest competitor, Luka Doncic. And Wednesday’s dominating performance against the Warriors (23 points and 12 assists in 26 minutes) is a reminder that James can turn on the afterburners, even without Davis.This is in part due to relentless training and recovery. James and trainer Mike Mancias recently appeared on the Nike Trained podcast, discussing James’ various methods of recovery, diet and sleep for how he stays at a near-MVP level while his contemporaries have slowly left the stage around him.But even James understands that it’s eventually a losing battle. And he’s done some visualizing of the criteria that will eventually send him out. UP NEXTIt’s a busy weekend for the Lakers, who have the Sacramento Kings on Friday and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Luke Walton returns to Staples Center for the first time with Sacramento, who hired him the day after he and the Lakers parted ways.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingThe latest on injuries – What to know about Avery Bradley, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo going into Friday’s game.Living large – The Lakers aren’t afraid to be big in a league that goes small, and it’s helped them succeed.No need for AD – The Lakers didn’t need another star to lay a licking on the Warriors.Nothing Golden can stay – What it’s like when a dynasty collapses.Pro-load management? – Mirjam looked into how a fan might actually want a star to rest.Tales from the sideline – I enjoyed this podcast by Laker Film Room with team podcaster Aaron Larsuel with a look behind the scenes.Green room access – Since I wrote about Danny Green’s podcast last week, it wouldn’t be much for followup if I didn’t share the season’s first episode with Dwight Howard.last_img read more

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