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April 2019 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 29 Apr 2019 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Syria.
- US warns UK of risks to intelligence sharing over Huawei Press TV 29 Apr 2019 -- A senior US official has hinted that Britain could be denied having access to American intelligence if it goes ahead with involving Chinese giant telecommunication company Huawei in plans to build its next-generation internet network.
- Scottish first minister calls for independence referendum by 2021 Press TV 24 Apr 2019 -- Scotland's' first minister Nicola Sturgeon says the region should hold a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom in the next two years.
- GCHQ rejects claims that it was asked by Obama admin. to spy on Trump Press TV 24 Apr 2019 -- The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has rejected claims that it was asked by the administration of former President Barrack Obama to spy on then-President Elect Donald Trump after the 2016 presidential election.
- Sri Lanka terror attacks: Foreign Secretary's House of Commons statement UK FCO 23 Apr 2019 -- Following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a statement in Parliament.
- Separatist Irish group claims deadly attack that killed journalist Press TV 23 Apr 2019 -- A separatist group seeking disintegration of Northern Ireland from Britain has claimed responsibility for an attack in the region on Thursday that killed a young journalist.
- New IRA Admits Responsibility For Killing N.Ireland Journalist - Report Sputnik 23 Apr 2019 -- The New Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility for the killing of journalist Lyra McKee and offered "sincere apologies", according to the Guardian citing IRA's statement to The Irish News Tuesday.
- Foreign Secretary statement on Sri Lankan attacks UK FCO 21 Apr 2019 -- The UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka, says Jeremy Hunt.
- Following in France's Footsteps, UK Sends Apache Helicopters to Russian Border Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Earlier, France sent around 300 soldiers, five tanks, and 20 infantry fighting vehicles to a military base located near the Russian border with the Baltic States in a bid to boost NATO's presence in the region.
- Pollsters: Britain's Governing Conservatives Heading For Electoral Wipe-Out VOA 19 Apr 2019 -- Britain's governing Conservative Party faces an historic loss in next month's European Parliament elections, warn party insiders and pollsters, as a result of its handling of Brexit and the delay of the country's departure from the European Union.
- UK condemns US move to sue foreign companies over Cuba sanctions Press TV 19 Apr 2019 -- Britain has condemned the new attempt by the administration of US President Donald Trump to require foreign companies to abide by American sanctions on Cuba that have been rejected by the UK and other European countries.
- France, UK and U.S. Navies Complete Artemis Trident 19 NNS 18 Apr 2019 -- France's Marine Nationale, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy completed the U.S. 5th Fleet mine countermeasures exercise Artemis Trident in the Arabian Gulf.
- Hungary, augmented by the United Kingdom and Spain, will lead 50th NATO Baltic Air Policing detachment NATO 17 Apr 2019 -- Hungary is scheduled to be the lead nation for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, together with augmenting nations Spain and the United Kingdom.
- UK Sends Attack Choppers to Russian Border to Deter 'Credible Russian Threat' Sputnik 16 Apr 2019 -- The UK has maintained a presence at a base in the Baltic nation of Estonia some 100 km from the Russian border since April 2017, and is set to lead a series of NATO drills in the country, known as 'Baltic Protector', next month.
- Apaches take off for Estonia UK MOD 15 Apr 2019 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson bid farewell to Army aviators as they took off for Estonia, where they will be training alongside NATO forces working to reassure our allies and deter our adversaries.
- UK deploys choppers, troops to deal with Russia's "credible threat" Press TV 15 Apr 2019 -- Britain has reinforced its controversial military presence near Russia's border as part of a NATO military alliance mission as government authorities claim the threat from Moscow has become more credible.
- UK Special Forces Spying on Russian Border to 'Monitor Potential Enemy' - Report Sputnik 15 Apr 2019 -- The UK and its NATO allies began deploying thousands of troops in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on a rotational basis in 2017, with London recently promising to beef up its Estonian presence.
- BoE governor weighs up cost of managed no-deal Brexit against crashing out of EU People's Daily 14 Apr 2019 -- Despite the UK entering into the European Union (EU) exit process more than two years ago, no plan has yet achieved consensus, and all the various options from a no-deal Brexit to no Brexit could still happen.
- UK starts implementing controversial legislation on terror zone presence Press TV 13 Apr 2019 -- A controversial legislation enabling the UK government to jail people travelling to war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria have become effective as campaigners express deep concerns that the new laws could lead to the imprisonment of journalists and press freedom activists.
- UK PM May admits 'huge frustration' over Brexit delay Press TV 11 Apr 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her decision to delay Brexit, though admitting it has created a "huge frustration" among many people in the UK, as some members of her own party repeating their call for her to resign.
- PM statement at the European Council: 11 April 2019 UK FCO 11 Apr 2019 -- Prime Minister Theresa May's press statement at the EU Council.
- Brexit Delay Gives Britain Respite, Enrages May's Critics VOA 11 Apr 2019 -- Pro- and anti-Brexit supporters have vowed to step up their campaigns after European Union leaders gave Britain a six-month extension to the process of leaving the bloc.
- Sir Alan Duncan statement on Julian Assange UK FCO 11 Apr 2019 -- A statement from Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan.
- EU leaders agree Brexit delay until October Press TV 10 Apr 2019 -- European Union leaders have agreed to grant British Prime Minister Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of October 31, officials say, after French President Emmanuel Macron opposed efforts to give her another year.
- UK's MoD Reviewing Status of F-35s Following Japan Crash Sputnik 10 Apr 2019 -- The UK Ministry of Defence is collaborating with US authorities as they look to review the status of 17 F-35B fighter jets - the probe was initiated after a Japanese F-35 jet crashed on Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, according to a ministry spokesperson.
- EU likely to give Britain long delay to Brexit: Report Press TV 09 Apr 2019 -- Reports from a meeting of European Union foreign ministers show member states are mostly opposed to a demand by Britain for another short delay to a withdrawal deadline imposed by the bloc, as top diplomats insist any extension to UK membership should be a long one accompanying some strict conditions.
- UK Lords approve Brexit law forcing May to consult parliament on delay Press TV 09 Apr 2019 -- Britain's House of Lords approved legislation on Monday that will give parliament the power to scrutinize and even change Prime Minister Theresa May's request that the European Union agree to delay Brexit until June 30.
- British PM forced to delay Brexit to avoid no-deal as MPs pass law People's Daily 08 Apr 2019 -- Proposals to force British Prime Minister Theresa May to delay the date of Brexit -- again -- on Monday were approved by both the House of Lords and House of Commons.
- EU hopes for positive outcome of UK cross-party discussions: Barnier People's Daily 08 Apr 2019 -- The European Union (EU) hopes that the ongoing cross-party discussions in Britain will produce a positive outcome, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said here on Monday.
- PM May warns Brexit could slip away as crunch week looms People's Daily 08 Apr 2019 -- Talks between Britain's two big political parties resume Monday after Prime Minister Theresa May issued a stark warning that the Brexit people voted for could "slip through our fingers".
- UK's most advanced jets deploy overseas for the first time UK MOD 08 Apr 2019 -- F-35B Lightning aircraft are set to deploy to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
- UK Labour says no immediate chance for compromise on Brexit deal Press TV 07 Apr 2019 -- Britain's main opposition Labour Party has ruled out any immediate chances of reaching a compromise on government's European Union withdrawal agreement, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of wasting time by insisting on her red lines.
- May Says Brexit Choice Narrowed to Leaving EU With Deal or Remaining in Bloc Sputnik 07 Apr 2019 -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out the option of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no deal on Saturday, saying that London would either get a divorce deal passed or remain in the bloc as the UK Parliament opposed a no-deal Brexit.
- Billion-pound investment in vital MOD testing sites UK MOD 05 Apr 2019 -- Military equipment testing, training and evaluation sites are set to get a £1.3bn boost, the Defence Secretary has announced.
- Royal Navy vessel identifies evasion of North Korea sanctions UK MOD 05 Apr 2019 -- A Royal Navy vessel conducting United Nations sanctions enforcement against North Korea has successfully tracked an illegal transfer at sea.
- UK to lead Baltic Protector drills aimed at 'supporting European security' Press TV 04 Apr 2019 -- Britain says it is set to lead massive Baltic Sea military maneuvers aimed at "supporting European security," a move that is expected to further fuel long-running tensions between the NATO member and Russia.
- UK and Cyprus agree to closer defence and security ties UK MOD 04 Apr 2019 -- Gavin Williamson and his Cypriot counterpart sign Memorandum of Understanding enhancing defence co-operation
- EU rejects further delay to Brexit, US advises clean break Press TV 03 Apr 2019 -- The European Union has told Britain that another short delay to the deadline imposed on the country for leaving the bloc would not be possible as US authorities keep recommending a clean break on April 12 that would help spur trade talks between London and Washington.
- UK-led high-readiness force to deploy to the Baltic Sea UK MOD 03 Apr 2019 -- Nearly 2,000 UK Armed Forces personnel will deploy to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises in support of European security.
- UK Ambassador: Don't Mistake Brexit Uncertainty for Weakness VOA 03 Apr 2019 -- As the British parliament ties itself in knots over how to exit from the European Union, that nation's senior diplomat in Washington is cautioning U.S. opinion leaders not to mistake the debates in London for signs of weakness – either in the economic or security domain.
- May: Britain to Seek Further Brexit Delay VOA 02 Apr 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will seek a further delay to the country's exit from the European Union to allow more time for parliament to pass a deal on the terms of its withdrawal.
- UK PM says she will seek another short delay to Brexit Press TV 02 Apr 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will ask the European Union for another short extension to the deadline imposed on her country for leaving the bloc as efforts for passing a divorce deal in the parliament have hit a snag.
- Brexit: Some Are Fed Up With Delay and Want No Deal – British PM May Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the European Union cannot be held hostage to the political crisis in the United Kingdom for a long time.
- Macron Says EU Cannot Be Held Hostage to Brexit Crisis in UK Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- The European Union cannot be held hostage to the political crisis in the United Kingdom for a long time, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday during his joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
- More Than Ever Today UK Should Indicate Way Forward - Barnier Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- Earlier, UK lawmakers rejected all four alternative Brexit options in the second round of the indicative votes; the most popular scenario was to withdraw from the European Union but to retain membership in the customs union.
- UK economy nearing zero growth amid Brexit standoff Press TV 02 Apr 2019 -- A major political standoff over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union has caused the economy to stagnate as business groups and industries report almost zero growth for the first three months of this year.
- European Union's chief negotiator warns no-deal Brexit more likely Press TV 02 Apr 2019 -- Britain is becoming more likely to crash out of the European Union (EU) without a proper withdrawal agreement, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator.
- British parliament rejects all Brexit alternatives Press TV 02 Apr 2019 -- British lawmakers have rejected four motions presenting different Brexit alternatives, further complicating the country's bid to leave the European Union.
- UK Parliament Rejects All Brexit Options in 2nd Round of Indicative Votes Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- British MPs were holding an indicative vote on Brexit's new direction in the House of Commons in London on Monday.
- British lawmakers reject all four Brexit options in second round of unbinding vote People's Daily 02 Apr 2019 -- British lawmakers on Monday voted to turn down all the four proposed Brexit options on the table, the second time since Friday that none of MPs' proposed Brexit options wins clear backing in the House of Commons.
- UK frontline army units face serious understaffing crisis: Report Press TV 01 Apr 2019 -- Fresh data released by The UK ministry of defense shows that the British army faces a real staffing crisis in its frontline units.
- £75m investment set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations UK MOD 01 Apr 2019 -- Robots and autonomous mine-hunters are set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations after the Defence Secretary announced a £75m injection into new technology.
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