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BBC: Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans 'pure illusion'

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans 'pure illusion' 23 February 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a "single market a la carte"The UK's approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on "pure illusion", Donald Tusk says. The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was still trying to "cherry pick" its future relationship with the EU. Mr Tusk said he could only go on media reports of Brexit talks at the PM's country retreat Chequers on Thursday. Theresa May is set to deliver a key speech setting out British ambitions on Friday. EU leaders split on spending after Brexit Laura Kuenssberg - a happy ending? The customs union explained in 45 seconds Labour's policy 'evolves' on customs union Mr Tusk, who is due to meet the PM the day before, said media reports suggested the "cake philosophy is still alive" in the UK. He added: "If the media reports are correct I am afraid that the UK position today is based on pure illusion." He went on to reject - as he has done before - any notion of the UK "cherry picking" aspects of its future relationship with the EU or being able to join a "single market a la carte". The BBC understands that the 11 senior ministers at Chequers made a breakthrough on so-called "managed divergence", where the UK could select EU rules to stick to post-Brexit. Skip Twitter post by @BBCkatyaadler Report End of Twitter post by @BBCkatyaadler Skip Twitter post 2 by @BBCkatyaadler Report End of Twitter post 2 by @BBCkatyaadler Skip Twitter post 3 by @BBCkatyaadler Report End of Twitter post 3 by @BBCkatyaadler Mr Tusk said the EU would continue to be "extremely realistic" during the forthcoming negotiations. The second phase of Brexit negotiations will cover transitional arrangements after the UK leaves and economic and security co-operation in the future. Mr Tusk, who spoke at an informal meeting of 27 European heads of states and governments, said he would present draft guidelines on the future EU-UK relationship at a summit in March. "Our intention is to adopt these guidelines, whether the UK is ready with its vision of our future relations, or not," he said. "Naturally it would be much better if it were. But we cannot stand by and wait." He said he hoped to have more clarity when he meets the PM in London next week. The leaders also spoke about the EU's post-2020 budget, the composition of the European Parliament, Turkey and Syria. Image copyright Jay Allen/Downing St Image caption The cabinet's Brexit sub-committee discussed the government's approach for eight hours at Chequers on Thursday The government is set to pursue a policy which puts the UK outside a customs union with the EU - but matching EU rules in some industries in an attempt to achieve "frictionless trade". Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who did not attend the meeting of senior ministers, said despite "divergent views" there was a "central common understanding". He said some sectors could align regulations with European regulations, adding: "But it will be on a voluntary basis, we will as a sovereign power have the right to choose to diverge." View the full article

Four police officers viciously attacked by dad and his two sons

They were punched in the head and face, and one was bitten on the finger - now the father and sons have been locked up

Delayed emergency services network review... delayed *sigh* I'm not looking forward to this, especially as it has been suggested we'll be getting them sooner rather than later.

BBC: Boy, 2, killed in 'hit-and-run'

22 February 2018 Two-year-old boy dies and six-year-old brother critically ill after hit-and-run in Coventry - West Midlands Police This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article

BBC: Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin

Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin 21 February 2018 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK PM 'is facilitating talks gridlock'The government "does not have a viable plan" to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin's president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared "entrenchment and drift" in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP at Westminster. It comes exactly a week after talks aimed at ending the deadlock at Stormont collapsed. What is direct rule? Stormont deadlock: Need-to-know guide Disputed Stormont 'deal' pages leaked In an interview with the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Ms McDonald accused Mrs May of "facilitating the DUP blocking" the restoration of power-sharing. "I believe whether intentionally or not, Theresa May is actually facilitating the DUP blocking advancement and resolution on these core issues," she said. Mrs May has emphasised that her government remains committed to doing all it can to restore devolution. At a press conference outside Westminster earlier, the Sinn Féin president said: "We can only surmise from our meeting with the British prime minister that the government doesn't have a viable plan for carving a pathway for the restoration of the institutions. "We're disappointed that the government seems wedded to what they are calling 'a reflection period'," 'DUP crashed the bus' Ms McDonald added that her party called for the "reconvening of the inter-governmental conference as per the Good Friday Agreement" - the 1998 deal which brought an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. "We tried to impress upon the prime minister and secretary of state that standing still and doing nothing is simply not an option," she said. "Just because the DUP have crashed the bus, does not mean that everyone has to sit at home now and cross their fingers and hope against hope that things will improve and that these issues will be resolved." Image caption Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster said the DUP was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland Budget 'within weeks' Following the DUP's meeting, Arlene Foster said she was hopeful a new budget would be in place for Northern Ireland "within weeks". "The people of Northern Ireland deserve to have a budget in place as soon as possible," she said. Her party colleague, MP Nigel Dodds added that the party "want to see devolved government" reinstated. "In the absence of the devolution that we all want, we can't continue to have Northern Ireland left in limbo as it has been in the last 13 months," he said. "We simply want a commonsense interim position, whereby ministers are taking decisions, budgets are being set, whilst we continue to work through the issues." Skip Twitter post by @markdevenport Report End of Twitter post by @markdevenport In relation to the draft agreement which was leaked on Tuesday, Arlene Foster said it contained "only one of a number of documents that were circulated and put out and about". She added that her party was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland. On Tuesday, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley declined to immediately re-impose direct rule from Westminster. Image copyright Dominic Lipinski Image caption Theresa May hosted separate talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP on Wednesday Sinn Féin and the DUP - Northern Ireland's two main parties - had been in negotiations to end a 13-month stalemate at Stormont. The devolved government collapsed in a row over a botched green energy scheme. Talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin collapsed last week, and the two sides blamed each other for an impasse over a proposed Irish language act. The parties still disagree on whether or not a draft agreement was on the table before the talks broke down. Image copyright Reuters Image caption There has been a 13-month political stalemate in Northern Ireland On Tuesday, parts of the draft agreement being worked on were leaked and published. These confirmed what had already been reported about a three-stranded approach to the language question - which would have resulted in an Irish language act, an Ulster Scots act, and a so-called respecting language and diversity act. But there was a degree of ambiguity as to whether this had been fully signed off by all the parties. Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs committee took evidence on the issue of devolution. They heard from witnesses including SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson. Mr Eastwood told the committee that the power-sharing institutions could be out of action for five years "if we keep doing what we're doing". View the full article

BBC: Paedophile Falder jailed for 32 years

19 February 2018 Paedophile Matthew Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail. Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder's crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but escalated. He said the Cambridge graduate would spend a further six years on licence after his release from prison. Some of his victims, who were teenagers at the time, were visibly upset. Falder showed no emotion at all, he just stared straight ahead. View the full article

Drunk American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace - repeatedly punching one in the face and trying to grab his Taser

An American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace after asking them 'Do you know any jokes?', a court has heard. Lucky he wasn’t shot, sentence as expected pathetic.

BBC: Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran

Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran 14 February 2018 Image copyright Twitter Image caption Celine Dookhran was found dead in an empty house in Kingston, south-west London An uncle has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and slitting the throat of his niece before putting her body in a deep freezer. Mujahid Arshid, 33, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Celine Dookhran, 20, and the attempted murder of a second woman. Arshid, 28, snatched the women in July before taking them to a house in Kingston, south west London. His co-accused, Vincent Tappu, 28, was cleared of kidnapping charges. View the full article

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