Johnson Faces ‘Tory’ Revolt As Brexit Countdown

The term ‘crucial’ has long since lost its meaning in the particular Brexit dictionary. During the divorce negotiations it was used ad nauseam. And the same is happening now with the talks in which London and Brussels try to close a trade deal. But the truth is that yes, that starting this week, we enter a “crucial” phase. And it is not due to political promises or deadlines that they like to impose so much on the protagonists and then skip them, but because we are entering the final countdown.

The United Kingdom, which legally left the bloc on January 31, will actually leave on December 31. And that is a fact. There is no going back, or possible calendar extensions. There is barely a month left (with Christmas in between) to consummate the historic divorce. And the trade agreement is conspicuous by its absence. Without a pact, relations would be based solely on the guidelines of the World Trade Organization, that is, with quotas and tariffs that, in the short and medium term, would damage the economies, already quite affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

Management of the health crisis, by the way, is dramatically undermining Boris Johnson’s authority both outside and within his own ranks. The rebel “Tories” see social restrictions as undermining civil liberties and further damaging the economy. So a revolt is not ruled out this week, when the new measures that will be imposed when the current confinement imposed in England ends on Wednesday.

The weakness in his leadership does not exactly help the British prime minister in the negotiations with Brussels. To calm the spirits in his ranks, he insists that he will not strike a deal at any cost.

So are we heading for a tough economic Brexit? Nobody is interested in such an outcome. But to this day we still have no progress. The script has not changed. Brussels warns that to have access to the single market, certain requirements must be met. And London responds that it already owns its sovereignty and is not willing to remain as a satellite state. The technical discussions would have already given their all. The political momentum is now lacking. But governance, fair competition and fishing remain the top three stumbling blocks.

The community negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his British counterpart, David Frost, have been holding meetings in the British capital since last Saturday. However, there is still no hint of white smoke.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab yesterday rejected the latest offer from Brussels that it could accept a cut of between 15 and 18% in its share of fishing rights in British waters: ‘Does that sound good? 18% of the control of fishing in our own waters. That cannot be correct, “reflected the Foreign Minister.

Although the fishing industry represents only about 0.1% of UK GDP, its political weight is key, as the perception that British fishermen have been harmed by community arrangements was one of the arguments put forward by Eurosceptics.

Brussels wants to avoid opening a new distribution of quotas that would lead to clashes between EU countries, while London requires each year to negotiate mutual access to territorial waters, the total amount of fishing allowed and the quotas assigned to each State.

In the absence of progress, Johnson also has to deal with those threatened within his party by his management in the face of the pandemic. Around 80 rebellious “Tories” are currently rejecting the controversial plan that will subject the different areas of the country to rules of three levels of risk (medium, high and very high), depending on the incidence of the coronavirus.

That strategy would begin to work from Wednesday, when the current four-week confinement that began on November 5 ends, although it must be previously voted on in Parliament tomorrow.

In order to prevent the umpteenth internal rebellion among the “Tories”, Boris Johnson yesterday wrote to his ranks promising an “expiration date” to the plan of February 3. In the letter, which was collected by British Sundays, the “premier” indicated that the rules could be relaxed this December and that they would vote on it again in January 2021. The conservative leader affirms that he believes that next Easter there will be “a real possibility of returning to something like normality. It warns, however, that there would be “disastrous consequences” for the public health system (NHS) if the government does not introduce this new system of three-tiered restrictions when the lockdown ends. 99% of England will have to comply with the two strictest levels of standards – high risk and very high risk – with strong restrictions in the hospitality sector. In high-end areas like Manchester, indoor and outdoor social gatherings will remain prohibited and bars and restaurants that do not serve take out will remain closed.


Time is running out to reach an agreement on Brexit, according to British minister

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union are running out of time to close a Brexit trade deal, but if talks progress this week, the negotiating process could be extended, the British minister said on Monday. of the Environment, George Eustice.

With just over a month to go before the UK leaves the EU permanently, both parties continue to demand concessions from the other in terms of fisheries, state aid and a mechanism to ensure compliance with the agreements.

“We are really running out of time, this is the crucial week, we have to get a breakthrough,” Eustice told Sky Network.

“If progress is made this week, and it is almost there, it is always possible to extend the negotiations,” he said.

The UK formally left the EU on January 31. Since then Brussels and London have been going through a transitional period in which the rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged.

As of January 1, 2021, the UK will be treated by the EU as an independent country.

Talks between the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the British chief negotiator, David Frost, continued on Sunday. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab pointed out that this was a very significant week for Brexit.

“David Frost has made it clear that we continue with the negotiations because we think there is a prospect of reaching an agreement and, while there is, we must persevere,” said Eustice.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney indicated that an agreement could be reached this week, but that, to do so, both parties had to give and take.

Fishing remains one of the main stumbling blocks.

While this activity alone accounted for only 0.03% of British economic output in 2019, it is more of a sentimental issue. Many Brexiters see fishing as a symbol of the regained sovereignty that leaving the EU should bring.

Combined with fish and shellfish processing, the sector accounts for 0.1% of UK GDP.

Information from Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; edited by James Davey, William Maclean; translation by Jorge Martínez


Champions League: match schedule and when Inter, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus play

A new week of UEFA Champions League, entering the right-hand clay of the group stage with his fifth matchday and with the Inter Milan from Alexis Sanchez Y Arturo vidal having a great challenge ahead: before him Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany, where they need to win yes or yes.

Of course, only the tocopillano will go to Teutonic lands, whenever King was sent off last week against Real Madrid, taking two yellow cards in a row for angrily claiming a presumed penalty when only 33 minutes into the game. To add insult to injury the Lombard cast fell 0-2.

This setback left the Inter, since it is last with just two units and now it will collide with the leader of the area, the Gladbach, which has eight. Mathematically he still has options, but he must win on the road and wait for results to try to get into the round of 16.

Inter Milan will play with him Borussia M’Gladbach on Tuesday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Chile, while the other members of the group, the Shakhtar Donetsk and the Real Madrid, they will meet in Ukraine on the same day, but at 2:55 p.m. in our country.

Other notable events this week are those that will sustain the Atlético de Madrid with Bayern Munich, Liverpool vs Ajax, Porto vs Manchester City, Manchester United before PSG, Ferencváros versus Barcelona Y Juventus vs Dynamo of Kiev.

UEFA Champions League schedule, date five of the group stage:

Time Zone: Chile


OPEC + has yet to forge consensus on oil policy by 2021: sources

FILE PHOTO: The OPEC logo before an informal meeting between members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Algiers, Algeria. September 27, 2016. REUTERS / Ramzi Boudina

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – OPEC and its allies, led by Russia, have yet to reach consensus on oil production policy for 2021, following an initial round of talks on Sunday and ahead of the decisive meetings of the Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC + sources told Reuters.

OPEC +, a grouping made up of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), plus Russia and others, planned to moderate production cuts starting in January 2021, but a second wave of coronavirus has reduced the demand for fuel around the world.

OPEC + is now considering extending existing cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day, or around 8% of global demand, in the first months of 2021, according to sources.

Preliminary consultations on Sunday among top ministers, including OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and Russia, have not reached a consensus on the length of the extension.

Sources have said talks were now focused on extending the cuts from three to four months, or a gradual increase in production. Ideas for deeper cuts or a six-month renewal were much less likely, according to sources.

“There is no consensus yet,” said one of the four sources.

A second source said: “There are many different ideas on the table (…) also a gradual increase (of production).”

The main meeting was expected to start at 1300 GMT on Monday.

Reporting by Rania El Gamal in Dubai, Alex Lawler and Ahmad Ghaddar in London and Olesya Astakhova and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow; Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida


UK confirms bird flu outbreak at turkey farm

FILE PHOTO: A group of turkeys in a field at Kings Coppice Farm in Cookham, Berkshire, UK, on ​​November 10, 2020. REUTERS / Matthew Childs

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Britain has confirmed an outbreak of bird flu on a turkey farm in northern England, the British government reported on Sunday.

“An outbreak of avian flu has been confirmed at a turkey feedlot near Northallerton in North Yorkshire county,” Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said in a statement. It is the H5N8 disease strain.

The statement added that the 10,500 birds on the farm will be culled to limit the spread of the disease, reporting that the risk to public health is very low. The outbreak does not pose a risk to food safety, the statement added.

Information from William James; edited by Kirsten Donovan; translated by Darío Fernández in the Gdansk newsroom


Parliament, the Filmin series that laughs at Brexit, Procés and all of Europe



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Filmin premieres this Tuesday, November 24, Parliament, a French, Belgian and German production that answers what many have wondered: “What is the European Parliament for?” He does it through characters from different countries, with accents of all kinds and a humor that manages to relativize even the most capital themes.


Turkey achieves surprising gold in mixed fiscal year | What’s Up News

Sports writing, Nov 28 (EFE) .- Turkey starred in the great surprise of the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which are held in Kiev, after hanging gold in the final on Saturday for sets of three rings and two pairs of clubs.

The Turkish team, who closed the qualifying round in last position on Friday, surprised everyone this Saturday with a brilliant exercise that earned the Ottomans a score of 31,150 points.

The same qualification that Ukraine obtained, which, however, had to settle for the silver medal.

Despite achieving the same note both in execution -7,150- and in difficulty -24,000-, Turkey snatched the gold from the local companies due to the lower technical deductions it had in the execution of its exercise.

If the continental crown was decided by small nuances, equally close was the fight between Azerbaijan and Israel for the bronze medal.

A fight that finally settled on the side of the Azerbaijanis, thanks to their best execution mark, after finishing both teams with a total score of 30,650.

Where there were no doubts was in the final by sets of five balls, in which Ukraine hung with a note of 35,350 points for gold, after surpassing Israel by almost one point, silver with 34,450, and by more than two to the surprising Estonia, who took a rating of 32,800 with an unexpected bronze.

Results that confirm the equality prevailing so far in Europeans marked by the absence due to the coronavirus pandemic from countries such as Italy, Spain and, above all, Russia, the world’s leading power in this sport.


Brexit negotiations restart in person as clock ticks down

LONDON (Reuters) – Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted on Saturday, in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier arrived for talks in London on Saturday morning. He said on Friday night that he was “very happy” to be back in the city and would keep working with “patience and determination”.

Barnier and Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost are working to secure a deal before the UK’s transition period with the EU ends on Dec. 31. Both sides are calling for the other to compromise on the three main issues of contention – fishing, state aid and how to resolve any future disputes.

Britain left the bloc on Jan. 31 this year and a “no-deal” final exit would snarl borders, spook financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond — just as the world grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin on Friday evening. Johnson underlined his commitment to reaching a deal that respects the sovereignty of the UK, according to a UK statement.

On the major sticking point of fishing, some media reports on Friday suggested that Britain had rejected an EU proposal on the value of fish quota that European fleets catch in British waters that are due to be restored to the UK.

The Telegraph newspaper reported that the EU was set to concede on Brexit fishing rights.

Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Frances Kerry


Ligue1 | PSG against Bordeaux with Keylor Navas: see here channels, when he plays and where to watch the football match of November 28 for the twelfth date of France 2020/21 Ligue1

The PSG from Keylor Navas will play again for Ligue 1 tomorrow, Saturday, November 28, after the 1-0 win over RB Leipzig for the UEFA Champions League. The match will be against Bourdeaux, in the Parc des Princes, where the locals will try to recover from the defeat against Monaco on the last date.

PSG vs. Bordeaux: When, where and through which channel to watch the game

The duel will take place tomorrow Saturday, November 28, from 14 hours of Central America in the Princes Park. It can be seen on television through ESPN North Y ESPN Play Norte. In addition, it will have Jeremie Pignard as chief referee.

PSG vs. Bordeaux: How the venue arrives

The PSG has had a double-sided week, what a coin. The crara? 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig that allows him to stay alive, and a lot, in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The cross? 3-2 loss to Monaco in the last date, in a game that they were winning 2-0, and that cut the streak of eight wins in a row.

Ligue 1 position table (Source: Promiedos)

PSG vs. Bordeaux: How the visitor arrives

Bordeaux is having a season more than irregular, with a twelfth round that finds him in the middle of the table, with 15 units product of 4 wins, same number of losses and three draws. He is 7 points behind the permanent positions, although five of those that would classify him for international competitions.

PSG vs. Bordeaux: Last match for Ligue 1

The last time he PSG and Bordeaux they saw the faces was the February 23 this year, for the twenty-sixth matchday of the unfinished Ligue 1 2019/20. At that time, those of the gala capital prevailed at home by 4-3, in a match that they had started winning. Edinson Cavani; Marquinhos in duplicate and Kylian Mbappé scored that time for the Parisians.


ANALYSIS – AstraZeneca Vaccine Data Questions Could Delay Approval

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Days after grabbing the headlines with its COVID-19 “vaccine for the world”, AstraZeneca faces sensitive questions about its success rate that some experts say could hamper its chances of success. Quickly obtain regulatory approval from the United States and the European Union.

Photo illustration featuring vials of coronavirus vaccines next to the AstraZeneca logo. October 31, 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic

Several scientists have raised doubts about the robustness of the results showing that the vaccine was 90% effective in a subset of trial participants who, by initial error, received a half dose followed by a full dose.

“All we have is limited data disclosure,” said Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London.

“We have to wait for the full data and see how the regulators see the results,” he said, adding that regulators in the United States and Europe “could possibly have different points of view.”

British pharmacist AstraZeneca said Monday that its experimental vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, averaged 70% prevention of COVID-19 cases in third-phase trials conducted in the United Kingdom and Brazil.

While the success rate was 90% in the volunteer subgroup, the efficacy was 62% with the full administration applied twice, as was the case for the majority of participants.

That’s well above the 50% efficiency required by the US regulatory body. Europe’s drug regulator has said it will not set a minimum level of efficacy for potential vaccines.

More worrying, however, is that the trial’s most promising result of 90% comes from a subgroup analysis, a technique that many scientists say can lead to incorrect readings.

“Subgroup analyzes in randomized controlled trials are always fraught with difficulties,” said Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

He said, in particular, that such analyzes increase the risk of “type 1 errors”, that is, when an intervention is considered effective when in fact it is not.

This is in part because the number of participants in a subgroup is greatly reduced, making it more difficult to trust that a finding is not just due to fortuitous differences or similarities between participants.

“To be confident in the results,” Hunter said, any subgroup analysis “should be powerful enough,” with large numbers of volunteers taking the readings.

Only 2,741 volunteers were in the subgroup that read 90% efficacy, a fraction of the tens of thousands in the trials that resulted in efficacy data of more than 90% published earlier this month for Pfizer vaccines. -BioNTech and Modern.


AstraZeneca said the administration of the half dose was reviewed and approved by independent data safety monitors and the UK regulator, adding that the regulator publicly confirmed that there were “no concerns”.

“We are in discussions with regulators around the world to evaluate these findings and we look forward to the publication of the peer-reviewed results, which have now been presented to the journal,” added a spokesperson.

Oxford University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has not commented on the results of the AstraZeneca vaccine trials. The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday that it will “evaluate the data on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine in the coming weeks once it has been received from the company.”

However, the regulatory process has suffered, according to experts, who point to crucial gaps in the data AstraZeneca has released so far.

“The devil is in the details,” said Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London. “We’re trying to evaluate really complex trial designs based on little press releases.”

Beyond the headline efficacy ratings, AstraZeneca’s data release didn’t give scientists much to work with. It did not say how many infections occurred in the subgroup, for example, or in the group that received two full doses, or in the group that received placebo.

“Many questions remain unanswered,” said Morgane Bomsel, an expert at the French National Center for Scientific Research, adding: “We have the impression that they (AstraZeneca) are choosing the data selectively.”


Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific advisor to the United States Government’s vaccine program, Operation Warp Speed, also highlighted gaps.

He said that no one in the subgroup that received the initial half dose was older than 55 years, suggesting that the efficacy of the regimen in the crucial older age groups is not proven in these interim data.

The group that received a correct full dose followed by a full dose, he noted, included older people.

Such concerns, and the possible consequences for the speed of regulatory approval, led AstraZeneca shares to their lowest level since April on Thursday, falling 7% since the company released the data on Monday.

By contrast, Moderna is up 22% since publishing its vaccine trial data on November 16, and Pfizer and BioNTech are up 6% and 14%, respectively, since announcing their successful data on November 9. .

“There are a number of variables that we need to understand, and what has been the role of each of them in achieving the difference in efficacy,” Slaoui said Tuesday. “It is still possible that the difference (in efficacy) is a random difference,” he added.

“It is unlikely, but it is still possible.”

Information on Kate Kelland in London; additional information from Matthias Blamont in Paris, Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt and Francesco Guarascio in Brussels; edited by Josephine Mason and Pravin Char, translated by Michael Susin at the Gdansk newsroom