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October 2019 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- A Left Labour Gov't Would Weaken Imperialism, Work for Peace TeleSUR 31 Oct 2019 -- A left Labour government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell, would constitute an unprecedented opportunity for the anti-war and anti-imperialist movements. It would put our ideas at the heart of government, and in so doing could start to turn Britain into a force for peace and justice in the world.
- Trump Accused of Attempting to Interfere in British Election VOA 31 Oct 2019 -- Accusations of attempted interference in a foreign election are being leveled at U.S. President Donald Trump after he phoned into a British radio station Thursday.
- First Poseidon aircraft delivered to the RAF UK MOD 31 Oct 2019 -- The first submarine-hunting Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) has been delivered to the Royal Air Force.
- EU's Barnier says no-deal Brexit risk persists Press TV 30 Oct 2019 -- The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday the risk of Britain's chaotic departure from the bloc without a divorce agreement still existed, and that future trade talks would be "difficult and demanding."
- HMS Pembroke back in action after Fife refit UK MOD 30 Oct 2019 -- HMS Pembroke is back with the Royal Navy ahead of schedule and ready for action after a successful 42-week, £8 million refit at Babcock's Rosyth dockyard in Fife.
- UK MPs back Johnson's plan for general election on Dec. 12 Press TV 29 Oct 2019 -- British lawmakers have approved a plan by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold a snap national election on December 12.
- Joint Statement on Xinjiang UK FCO 29 Oct 2019 -- Statement delivered by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN at the Third Committee session on the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- British MPs reject PM Johnson's bid for December 12 election Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- British lawmakers have rejected an attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold an early general election on December 12. Johnson, however, has said he will try again for a pre-Christmas election.
- UK Parliament Votes to Reject a General Election in December Sputnik 28 Oct 2019 -- The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been demanding a general election for almost two months after growing frustrated with the deadlock in Parliament over Brexit. The polls have the Conservatives well ahead of their rivals.
- EU Approves Brexit Extension Until 31 January 2020 - Donald Tusk Sputnik 28 Oct 2019 -- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested that Brussels prolong the deadline after being pressured by the Parliament. The lawmakers, however, have approved his divorce bill in general, opening the possibility to strike a proper agreement and end the Brexit drama after over three years of heated debate.
- UK Government statement on death of Daesh's leader UK FCO 27 Oct 2019 -- UK Government reaction to the announcement of the death of Daesh's leader.
- US grants renewed waiver for Iran-UK joint gasfield: Report Press TV 26 Oct 2019 -- The US government has granted a new waiver to sanctions affecting work at a joint Iranian-UK gasfield in the North Sea.
- EU reins in after UK PM gives ultimatum on Brexit Press TV 25 Oct 2019 -- EU officials have put everything on hold after UK PM Boris Johnson threatened to pull his Brexit deal over opposition in the House of Commons.
- Boris Johnson frustrated over choosing Brexit vs. election Press TV 24 Oct 2019 -- UK PM Boris Johnson has grown frustrated over whether to hold a snap election or try instead to push his Brexit-enabling withdrawal agreement bill through the House of Commons again.
- British PM Johnson, Stymied on Split from EU, Calls for Dec. 12 Election VOA 24 Oct 2019 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stymied in his efforts to have Britain divorce itself from the European Union by next week, on Thursday called for a snap national election on Dec. 12 to give voters a chance to weigh in on protracted but indecisive wrangling over Brexit in parliament.
- Britain Awaits EU Verdict on Brexit Delay as Deadline Looms VOA 23 Oct 2019 -- European Union leaders are deciding on another extension to Britain's exit from the bloc, after lawmakers in Britain frustrated Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to leave by Oct. 31. The EU's decision is likely to come toward the end of this week.
- Europe-US Communiqué on the Afghan Peace Process US Dept. of State 22 Oct 2019 -- The text of the following statement was agreed by Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States of America, when they met in EU Headquarters, Brussels on October 22, 2019.
- British Lawmakers Reject PM Johnson's Expedited Brexit Plan VOA 22 Oct 2019 -- British lawmakers on Tuesday rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for expedited approval of his plan to divorce the country from the European Union by the end of October.
- British Parliament Speaker Blocks New Brexit Vote VOA 21 Oct 2019 -- British Parliament Speaker John Bercow on Monday blocked the House of Commons from holding a new vote on Brexit, the latest setback for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his effort to have Britain divorce itself from the European Union.
- Engel & European Allies Condemn Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs 21 Oct 2109 -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement with his counterparts in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the European Parliament condemning Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria
- British Special Forces in Syria beat a hasty retreat following the US withdrawal Press TV 20 Oct 2019 -- British Special Forces in Syria have been forced to withdraw from their positions in the north of the country, following the sudden retreat of US forces.
- UK PM sends unsigned letter to EU asking for Brexit delay Press TV 20 Oct 2019 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to the UK's exit from the bloc.
- Boris Johnson Refuses to Sign Brexit Delay Request, Says It Is 'Parliament's Letter' Sputnik 20 Oct 2019 -- UK PM Boris Johnson has told the EU that he is "not asking" for a "deeply corrosive" delay to Brexit, as he ordered a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the request drawn up by MPs asking for a Brexit extension.
- British PM calls on lawmakers to back Brexit deal People's Daily 20 Oct 2019 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday carried out his persuasion campaign inside the parliament to call upon lawmakers to support his Brexit deal with the European Union (EU), voicing his hope that an historic sitting of the House of Commons will be "the moment" to "finally resolve Brexit."
- Britain's 'Super Saturday' as Brexit Vote Goes to Wire VOA 18 Oct 2019 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is battling to persuade lawmakers to back the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement he signed with the European Union, ahead of a special session in the British Parliament scheduled Saturday. The vote on the deal is set to go to the wire and is likely to prove critical for Britain's future in or out of the EU.
- Democratic Unionist Party: Brexit deal to open path to united Ireland Press TV 18 Oct 2019 -- The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) says UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal may open a path for Northern Ireland to join into a united Ireland.
- Scotland high court to hear legal challenge to Brexit deal Press TV 18 Oct 2019 -- Scotland's highest court is to hear a challenge to have Boris Johnson's deal agreed with the EU declared unlawful, arguing that it is illegal for Northern Ireland to form part of a separate customs territory – originally amended by the Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.
- Media: Boris Johnson offers thwarting Brexit concessions Press TV 18 Oct 2019 -- The Brexit accord, struck between the UK premiere and EU officials, has drawn widely mixed reactions, with many saying Boris Johnson succumbed to pressure and granted Brussels the greatest and most humiliating concessions.
- First Ukraine-UK Joint Military Exercise Starts in Mykolaiv - Ukrainian Navy Sputnik 17 Oct 2019 -- The first joint military exercise between Ukraine and the United Kingdom, dubbed Warrior Watcher, began on Thursday in the city of Mykolaiv, the Ukrainian Naval Forces said.
- Parliament to scrutinize Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal Press TV 17 Oct 2019 -- The UK premiere and EU officials say they have secured a Brexit deal – who are the three groups PM Boris Johnson must now win over in the House?
- New Brexit deal may fail to persuade MPs at home Press TV 17 Oct 2019 -- As a Brexit deal has been provisionally agreed upon between the UK Government and EU officials, major challenges await Prime Minister Boris Johnson at home.
- UK, EU clinch Brexit deal after lengthy negotiations Press TV 17 Oct 2019 -- Britain and the European Union (EU) have agreed on a long-awaited Brexit deal just a few hours before a meeting of the bloc's leaders in Brussels.
- Brexit Breakthrough, but British MPs Could Torpedo EU Deal VOA 17 Oct 2019 -- Britain and the European Union sealed a new withdrawal agreement Thursday, on the first day of an EU summit in Brussels, paving the way for Britain's possible exit from the bloc at the end of the month.
- Johnson Assures EU to Do Everything Possible for Approval of New Brexit Deal - Merkel Sputnik 18 Oct 2019 -- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured his colleagues at the EU summit in Brussels that he would do everything possible to have the updated Brexit deal approved in the UK parliament, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
- Minutes To Midnight: Barnier Gives Brexit Ultimatum to Boris Johnson Sputnik 15 Oct 2019 -- As the clock to the UK's departure from the EU begins to wind down, talks of a last minute deal begin to materialise. With the UK government beginning to shift towards accepting Brussels proposals to keep Northern Ireland within the bloc's full customs code, while not legally within the Customs Union.
- Scottish finance secretary says country can 'afford' independence Press TV 15 Oct 2019 -- On the second day of the Scottish National Party's conference in Aberdeen, the party struck an upbeat note on the economic justification for independence.
- UK Foreign Secretary Says Licenses for Defence Exports to Turkey Will be Suspended Amid Syria Op Sputnik 15 Oct 2019 -- The Turkish offensive in northern Syria, which started on 9 October, has been condemned by the international community, with Syria calling it a violation of its territorial integrity.
- Turkey military action in Syria Urgent Question: Foreign Secretary's opening statement UK FCO 15 Oct 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab answered an Urgent Question in the House of Commons about Turkey's incursion into north east Syria.
- Defence Secretary Ben Wallace addresses the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 2019 UK MOD 14 Oct 2019 -- Defence Secretary Ben Wallace addressed parliamentarians from across the NATO Alliance at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Monday 14 October 2019.
- Russian Wedding Photos Highlight Novichok Suspect's Security Ties RFE/RL 14 Oct 2019
- First UK fighter jets land onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth UK MOD 13 Oct 2019 -- Pictures released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain's next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.
- Cayman Islands to establish a new reserve unit with support of the UK military UK MOD 12 Oct 2019 -- Defence Minister Mark Lancaster travelled to the Cayman Islands and met with the Governor, and the Premier to agree the first steps in establishing the new unit
- UK PM Johnson Denounces Turkey's Incursion in Syria, Urges Erdogan to End Military Operation Sputnik 12 Oct 2019 -- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday evening, expressing grave concern about the ongoing military operation in northern Syria.
- Turkish unilateral military action in north east Syria: UK government statement UK FCO 09 Oct 2019 -- Following an incursion by the Turkish military in north east Syria today, the Foreign Secretary has issued a statement expressing concern.
- EU accuses Boris Johnson of wrecking chances for a Brexit deal Press TV 08 Oct 2019 -- As the Brexit drama continues its twists and turns, it is looking increasingly unlikely that a new deal can be agreed before Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union (EU) on October 31.
- Trump's withdrawal decision leaves Britain's Syria policy in disarray Press TV 08 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American military forces from the Syria-Turkey border has caught everyone by surprise, including the UK, which counts as one of America's strongest allies.
- Over 3,000 troops from 14 countries in UK for NATO Exercise UK MOD 07 Oct 2019 -- Joint Warrior, the major multinational military exercise which will boost the defensive capabilities of the UK and its Allies, takes place across Scotland and Northern England over the next two weeks.
- Pompeo, UK Counterpart Raab Discusses Turkey's Planned Operation in Syria - State Dept Sputnik 07 Oct 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and British counterpart Dominic Raab discussed Turkey's planned military operation in northern Syria, the US State Department reported.
- Iran accuses UK of delaying overdue payment of Chieftain tanks IRNA 07 Oct 2019 -- Iran accuses UK of hampering efforts and delaying the payment of Iran's debt that dates back to more than 40 years ago.
- British gov't promises Brexit extension if no deal reached People's Daily 06 Oct 2019 -- The British government on Friday promised the highest court of Scotland that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask the European Union (EU) to extend Britain's membership if no deal is agreed on this month.
- PM makes final dash for Brexit as zero hour approaches Press TV 06 Oct 2019 -- With the clock ticking on Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to maintain that a deal may still be struck.
- Trump told May he doubted Russia was involved in Skripal case Press TV 06 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump reportedly told former British Prime Minister Theresa May he was doubtful whether Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England.
- British PM waiting for EU leaders' verdict on his final Brexit plan People's Daily 03 Oct 2019 -- A nail-biting waiting game started Wednesday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to Brussels which outlined his final deal to break the three-year impasse over Brexit.
- U.S. And UK Sign Landmark Cross-Border Data Access Agreement to Combat Criminals and Terrorists Online US Dept. of Justice 03 Oct 2019 -- The United States and the United Kingdom entered into the world's first ever CLOUD Act Agreement that will allow American and British law enforcement agencies, with appropriate authorization, to demand electronic data regarding serious crime, including terrorism, child sexual abuse, and cybercrime, directly from tech companies based in the other country, without legal barriers.
- Attorney General Barr Signs Letter to Facebook From US, UK, and Australian Leaders Regarding Use of End-To-End Encryption US Dept. of Justice 03 Oct 2019 -- The Department of Justice today published an open letter to Facebook from international law enforcement partners from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia in response to the company's publicly announced plans to implement end-to-end-encryption across its messaging services.
- UK slipping into recession as service sector shrinks unexpectedly Press TV 03 Oct 2019 -- The British economy may have slipped into recession after the dominant services sector took an unexpectedly sharp downturn last month, as firms brace for the risk of a disruptive Brexit, according to a new survey.
- US, UK Sign Electronic Data-Sharing Pact Under Controversial Law VOA 03 Oct 2019 -- The United States and the U.K. on Thursday signed an agreement, under a controversial new U.S. law, that will allow law enforcement agencies in the two countries to demand electronic data from tech companies for use in criminal and counterterrorism investigations.
- PM urges EU to respond to UK's 'compromise' offer Press TV 02 Oct 2019 -- The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday addressed the Conservative Party conference and said the only alternative to the Brexit proposals he will put to Brussels later in the day is a no-deal Brexit, claiming that the UK would leave "come what may" if Brussels refused to engage with his "final offer".
- EU: Britain's New Brexit Plans Not Good Enough VOA 02 Oct 2019 -- The European Union has reacted with skepticism to new proposals from Britain for a deal to leave the bloc.
- Hong Kong protests, 1 October 2019: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCO 01 Oct 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave a statement following today's (1 October 2019) protests in Hong Kong.
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