Duty-free Australian lamb plans outraged British farmers

The Financial Times reported that a bitter dispute was raging within the government. The responsible Environment Minister George Eustice warned on Tuesday on Sky News that a balance was necessary between commercial interests and the desire for free trade.

The planned agreements are considered an important step – they would be the first free trade agreements that the government negotiated itself after Brexit. Minister Truss wants to complete it by the G7 summit in Cornwall in mid-June, at which Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is also attending as a guest. The bilateral agreements announced so far are ultimately only copies of the existing EU treaties.

The online portal “Politico” quoted an unnamed Truss ally: “If we can’t even make an agreement with Australia (…), we can pack up and close the shop right away.” The government is hoping that the Australia deal will generate an increase of up to 0.02 percent of gross domestic product over 15 years. But farmers fear a “creeping death”. “There is a very real risk that UK agriculture will suffer irreversible damage instead of thriving in the way we all want,” said Farmers Association President Minette Batters.

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UK Lockdown Ends, COVID Passports Introduced

The UK will exit the lockdown from today, May 17th. Restaurants and pubs can receive visitors inside, as well as museums, cinemas and gyms.

The complete lifting of restrictions in Britain is expected on June 21. However, the government has concerns about this due to new strains of COVID, in particular from India.

It is noted that the establishments resumed receiving visitors inside at midnight. By that time, according to the publication, there were queues at bars and pubs wishing to celebrate the cancellation of the lockdown.

Also, COVID passports are being launched in Britain from May 17. They are presented as an application on a smartphone. Such a passport will allow the British to travel abroad without going through quarantine or self-isolation if they receive two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.


New COVID Strain Will Prevent Brits From Exiting Prolonged Quarantine

Bad news in Britain: A strain of the so-called “Indian” coronavirus has arrived in Albion. He chose the most inappropriate time for this: the British, inspired by the almost already won victory over Covid-19, wasted no time, gathered to rest in the warm regions marked by the “green traffic light”. The liberalization of vacations meant that upon returning home, apart from a negative test for coronavirus, nothing was required from the rested. However, as soon as the Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson proclaimed something like “free, all free!”

The “Indian” mutant, unknown to this day on Albion, causes particular concern, since there is currently no antidote for it. Meanwhile, Elizabeth II identified the fight against the covid epidemic as one of the top priorities of the government. Premier Johnson urged the country’s citizens to take further steps with considerable caution. Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke out against the rapid exit from quarantine, warning the country that the Indian variant could quickly become dominant in Britain.

The swiftness of its spread surprised the experts. Recently, the number of infected Covid-19 has been steadily decreasing. Over 60 percent of the country’s inhabitants now live in areas with zero covid presence. More than 53 percent of the population has already received the first vaccination, which is why Britain has begun to cautiously return to sports and cultural activities. There is anxiety today that none of the vaccines will be effective against the Indian strain of coronavirus.

A further vaccination strategy should proceed from the need to make up to a million vaccinations daily. Meanwhile, a large number of fake covid tests and fake vaccination certificates have appeared on the British black market.

They decided not to wait for government decrees, fearing a new quarantine closure, and even 17-year-olds were vaccinated. Over the past Saturday and Sunday in Bolton managed to vaccinate nine thousand residents of the city. The alarming situation today is observed in the north in the city of Bolton, in Blackburn, in the south-west of England and in north-west London. No concrete decisions “from above” on the fight against the new deadly virus have yet been reported.


How dangerous is the Indian variant for Great Britain?

In Great Britain, further opening steps are imminent, thanks to the tremendous success of the vaccination campaign: More than two thirds of adults are vaccinated for the first time, over a third are already completely vaccinated.

Indoor restaurants, theaters, cinemas and museums, among others, are again allowed to receive guests. All Corona measures should actually be lifted by June 21.

But how dangerous is the Indian virus variant? There is at least one hope that the vaccinations will at least protect against serious illnesses with the mutated pathogen, according to British Health Minister Matt Hancock:

“We have registered a good 1300 cases of this Indian variant. It is already becoming the dominant virus type in some parts of the country, for example in Bolton. – First data from Oxford University – although I would like to emphasize that it is laboratory data and not clinical data is still very early – but these data give us some degree of confidence that the vaccines will also work against this Indian variant. ”

Spain also continues to open. So far, local tourists in particular have flocked to the beaches. The restaurant employees are just relieved, many people are still afraid of Covid-19.

“It almost seems as if we are gradually returning to normal. But we still have respect for the virus, many things have happened, many people have died and we must continue to be very careful,” said Francisca Muñoz, a tourist from Cordoba:

“It’s going very well. Everything is fully booked, it looks like things are looking up again,” says restaurant employee Angel Prieto.

And the Czech Republic is also easing. The infection situation in the former hotspot has improved dramatically, the 7-day incidence has fallen to 72, the lowest level since September.

Outside areas of restaurants are allowed to reopen and people are training again in fitness studios. The retail trade has been open since May 10th under strict conditions. Visits to museums are also possible with restrictions.


UK introduces vaccination passports from 17 May

IN Britain from May 17 The National Health Service (NHS) is launching vaccination passports for nationals who plan to travel abroad, informs The Times. They will look like an app for smartphones and tablets.

The NHS app will act as the vaccine passport for international travel from Monday, but only for those who received both doses. Those who do not have smartphones can call 119 and receive a paper certificate confirming their vaccination.

Downing Street has promised that the app will be able to show vaccination status in time so that people can use it after the lifting of the ban on foreign travel, including to Greece, which sought it in negotiations with the British authorities.

The app will not show test results for coronavirus, but it is hoped that they will be included before the internal certification of COVID status for public events on June 21 is introduced.

Residents of the United Kingdom must register and do so at least two weeks before traveling abroad. Alternatively, they can apply for a paper certificate, which will be available five days after the second dose of vaccine. It will take another five days to deliver them to applicants.

All comers “will be able to access the free NHS app on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets from May 17,” the British government said in a statement, recommending registering for this purpose “before booking international travel.”

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Recall that Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on May 14 that an increase in the number of cases of infection with a new variant of the coronavirus from India could “seriously undermine the “plans of Great Britain to restore activities.


British school proposes to ban the phrase “Good morning, boys and girls”

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, director of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, UK, suggested that teachers abandon the “Good morning boys and girls” greeting and other phrases that, according to the leader, have sexist connotations. Sarah also suggested avoiding the phrases “Man up” and “Grow a pair” – both phrases can be translated as “Be a man.”

“If our boys and girls grow up in a world where they say the phrases“ Be a man ”or“ Boys don’t cry, ”this can traumatize their psyche. Hooligans will use this – fear is their main weapon. If a boy is told all his life that he should not be afraid, then where should he go if he is scared? “Sarah said. on the air of the program Good Morning Britain.

Hewitt-Clarkson advised using a more inclusive greeting, “Good morning, everyone.” Among other things, the director wants to ban the word “guys”, but host Ben Shepard disputed this and stated that the word “guys” is gender neutral.

Leading Suzanne Reid worried that such rules should not be burdened by elementary school students. But the director is convinced that it is necessary from an early age to tell children about sexism and teach them the “language of respect.”

At the end of January this year, the newly elected US President Joe Biden was one of the first decrees to lift the ban on transgender service in the US Armed Forces. People who changed their sex received the right to serve in the US Army back in 2016 by order of Barack Obama, but later, Donald Trump, taking over as president, canceled this decision.


The European Parliament is dissatisfied with the migration policy of Britain

London, May 16. After the country left the European Union, the British authorities are applying too harsh measures against citizens coming to the territory of the island state from EU countries.

The Guardian in one of the materials indicated that Britain is pursuing an openly hostile policy towards potential migrants from the EU. If the British government has even the slightest suspicion that someone is coming to the country to get a job, then a foreign citizen runs the risk of instantly getting into a special center for the maintenance of migrants. This problem has escalated so much that attention has been drawn to it in the European Parliament.

Earlier it was reported that the UK intends to introduce a new law to combat “hostile countries.”


Hardliner at the top (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

The new DUP chairman Edwin Poots in front of the Parliament building in Belfast on Friday

In the end, the victory was extremely close. On Friday, the ultra-conservative Edwin Poots won the election as the new chairman of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) with 19 to 17 delegate votes quite surprisingly. Many had previously seen his competitor Jeffrey Donaldson as a favorite. From now on, Poots is an evangelical hardliner at the head of the pro-British, loyalist right-wing party.

In a first statement to the press after the election, Poots said: “My program as party leader is to reform, inspire and revitalize unionism.” remains an integral part of the UK. In the “Brexit” referendum, the party had campaigned alongside Nigel Farage to leave the European Union.

Fifty-five year old Poots comes from near Lisburn, a Protestant and agrarian milieu just a few kilometers south of Belfast. He is strictly religious and, as an avowed creationist, negates the theory of evolution. The farmer is extremely conservative on other issues as well. In 2012, for example, Poots made headlines with statements that homosexual men should be banned from donating blood. All people who had sex with “Africans” and prostitutes should also be excluded from donating blood, according to the politician. Poots is also an open opponent of equality for LGBTIQ people. In 2016 he clearly showed how misogynist he is when he “admonished” the then newly appointed Belfast head of government, his party colleague Arlene Foster, that her most important job was her role as wife, mother and daughter.

All the more piquant that Poots is now inheriting the same Foster in the office of DUP chairmanship – a process that can certainly be described as a palace revolt. Just three weeks ago they had loud BBC A total of 26 MPs from Northern Ireland’s largest unionist party withdrew their confidence in a letter from previous chairman Foster. As a result, she resigned from her position, clearing the way for the election of a new party leader.

But the DUP has been raging for a long time. On the one hand, the joint government with the Irish Republican Left Party, Sinn Féin, caused displeasure in the party, which is, however, enshrined in the principle of »power sharing«. On the other hand, the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, which was negotiated between Great Britain and the European Union as part of the “Brexit” negotiations, weighed more heavily on the DUP base. The regulations laid down there provide for a customs border in the Irish Sea. Parts of the DUP base therefore see the protocol as the first step in a detachment from London, for which they also blamed Foster, who had stood firmly at the side of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the negotiations. Over the past few weeks there have been violent protests by loyalist-unionist circles over the settlement.

The background to this is also the fear of important parts of the DUP of losing their position as the strongest force in Northern Ireland to the left-wing Republican Sinn Féin party. That could happen as early as June next year. Then the regional parliament should be re-elected – a decisive test also for the new party chairman Poots. In the meantime, the DUP has decided to occupy the offices of party chairman and head of government separately. As a consequence, this means that Foster will continue to hold office as head of government until the election.


UK Appoints Special Representative for Sexual Minority Rights | Right | Society

The UK has established the position of a Special Representative for Sexual Minority Rights. This is stated in a statement released by the Office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

It is noted that the new post will be taken by a member of the House of Lords of the British Parliament Nick Herbert. He will lead the fight to protect the rights of the LGBT community, both domestically and internationally.

Johnson, commenting on this appointment, stated that Britain is one of the most progressive and liberal countries in the matter of LGBT rights. For his part, Gilbert added that it is important to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Note that 58-year-old Herbert has been in a same-sex marriage with lawyer Jason Eads since 2009.

Earlier it was reported that Buckingham Palace intends to pay more attention to supporting minorities and ethnic diversity in all royal houses.


The wind of freedom has blown in Europe

As part of a plan to gradually ease quarantine measures in the UK, museums and theaters will open from Monday, and restaurants and cafes will be able to receive visitors in their enclosed spaces.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that the government will continue to phase out restrictions, even as the virus strain, first identified in India, is becoming dominant in parts of the kingdom. According to Hancock, data cited earlier by the University of Oxford indicates that the current vaccination campaign in the country is working successfully against the strain. The head of the Ministry of Health urged compatriots who have not yet vaccinated themselves not to hesitate with this.

“We need to be extremely vigilant about the spread of the disease. The vaccination campaign is our race to fight the virus. And the new strain has given the virus new opportunities in this race. But the vaccine will still work, we have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will win, “Hancock said.

The Portuguese government said Friday that British tourists will be able to visit the country from Monday – Lisbon is lifting restrictions imposed in January to contain the spread of Covid-19. The move came after Britain added Portugal to its green list of countries that can be visited without the need to isolate itself upon returning home.

The British will be able to visit Portugal if they have a negative PCR test for Covid-19, made no later than 72 hours before boarding the plane.

The wind of freedom blows in Poland too. People enjoyed their first outdoor mask-free weekend at many tourist destinations across the country. The decree came into force on Saturday, allowing restaurants and bars to receive visitors on open terraces. Warsaw is taking such steps against the backdrop of a decrease in the number of coronavirus infections.