Lords oppose ‘breaking’ Brexit deal

The House of Lords (Upper) dealt a political setback on Monday to the British Prime Minister, the conservative Boris Johnson, by withdrawing from the controversial Internal Market law the clauses designed to unilaterally break the agreement with the European Union (EU) over the border in Ireland.

Johnson may reintroduce those provisions when the text returns to the House of Commons (Lower), expected in early December, although he will face a possible diplomatic conflict with both Brussels and with the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

By 433 votes to 165, the elimination of the clauses was easily imposed in a chamber in which the Conservative government does not have a majority.

The EU has initiated a legal process against the Internal Market law, which in its eyes jeopardizes the Ulster peace treaty of 1998. This agreement requires that there be no border between the Republic of Ireland and the British region of Ireland from North.

With his version of the Internal Market law, Johnson wants to reserve the ability to break the mechanism agreed with Brussels, which stipulates that customs controls after Brexit will be carried out when goods cross between Northern Ireland and the island of Great Britain but not between the two Irlandes.

The newly elected president of the United States, who has spoken on numerous occasions about his Irish roots, warned already in September, when he was still only a candidate, that the Good Friday Agreement that ended the Northern Irish conflict cannot “become a victim of Brexit “.

Johnson’s official spokesman stressed today that the controversial provisions of the Internal Market law are a “safety net” for the UK, suggesting that the government hopes to assert its absolute majority in the Commons to reintroduce them into legislation.

Biden upsets the Brexit balance

The victory of the Democratic candidate in the United States elections causes Johnson to lose one of his closest allies, Republican Donald Trump, who has shown himself in recent years as a fervent supporter of Brexit.

Trump celebrated as a “great victory” the result of the 2016 referendum in which the British decided to leave the EU, and his team assured that the United Kingdom would be “first in line” to sign a new trade agreement with Washington.

With Biden, however, the possibility of a transatlantic trade treaty is conditional on maintaining a frictionless customs between the two Ireland, one of the main workhorses between London and Brussels.

The Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, said today that the Brexit negotiations can take a turn with the election of the democrat, whom he defined as a “true friend of Ireland”.

The Lords uphold international legality

Several conservative lords spoke out during today’s debate against the plans of their own prime minister, considering that the Internal Market law passed by the Commons may violate international legality.

Michael Howard, leader of the tories between 2003 and 2006, he regretted that the “recently won sovereignty” of the United Kingdom with its departure from the EU serves the Executive to “break his word, violate international legality and deny a treaty signed just a year ago.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, one of the representatives of the Anglican Church in the upper house, for his part asked the Government not to try to recover the clauses eliminated in the Lords, but to draw up others that guarantee “compliance with the law, peace and the balance of powers “.

Brexit negotiation continues

The EU chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, is back in London to continue this week with the dialogue on the future relationship between the two sides of the English Channel.

Despite the fact that both teams have maintained intensive contacts since the end of October to try to unravel the negotiation, the blockade continues in the two most problematic areas: future European access to British fishing waters and the state aid scheme for companies that London will apply after Brexit.

The dialogue is taking place against the clock, since the United Kingdom will cease to be linked to community structures on December 31.

If an agreement has not been signed and ratified by then, trade with the EU will be governed by the generic rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with the consequent imposition of quotas and tariffs.

Barnier stressed today in a message on Twitter that any treaty must incorporate effective mechanisms to “guarantee compliance” with what was agreed, as well as respect “the autonomy of the EU and the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.”


New hope and a hopeless world… Biden – 09/11/2020 Opinion

Many qualifiers can be said about him, but those that characterize him the most are dialogue, pragmatic and for Europe it is a respite and is a possibility in relations with the United States.

Again the dialogue that Trump omitted will return and the forms of understanding will be activated again. Perhaps some emblematic European leaders like Macron or Merkel herself, do not have it excessively easy, but light years from him I deal with the egomaniac and now, fortunately, a loser, a word widely used by his own, there is no doubt about that.

Putin and Trump, formerly traveling companions. Now with Biden, what Putin can hope is sanctions against the Russian economy. With China, a more open future is expected, in the face of almost constant threats from the outgoing president.

Let’s not be naïve, because the tension between China and the United States will not cease to exist, but it will not be a small thing, and for international and global politics, much more favorable than what has existed until now.

With regard to Turkey, that Erdogan had aligned himself with Trump, I have no doubt that he will know how to take advantage of this new situation, because strategically it is a vital country in relation to the Middle East and in the process improves Europe-Turkey relations, regarding to adversaries like Russia and China.

With regard to Latin America, he is also in luck, with the exception of Bolsonaro and López Obrador, who are closer to Trump. Dialogue will flow again and the conversations and the thawing with governments like Cuba will surely return, which I believe will have a beneficial effect on their citizens.

Let’s not forget that Trump, backed by Russia, expressly supported Brexit and the disintegration of the EU, now it should be the opposite.

We must not forget that it was Trump who dynamited the two Brussels agreements, considered fundamental for the fight against climate change (the survival of the Earth as a habitable planet) and the nuclear treaty with Iran.

Trump really was a real THREAT for the survival of the EU as much and on the same level as Russia, China or jihadist terrorism.

Biden has strong ties to Ireland and has already warned Johnson that if he breaches the divorce treaty signed with the EU in relation to Northern Ireland, as he has threatened, he will not sign any trade agreement with him.

That is a great foothold for Europe in the face of Brexit and its separation from Europe, which puts us on the winners’ grid (EU) against clear losers named Boris Jhonson.

Not all are advantages and among the disadvantages they can lead to is forgetting their desire to achieve “strategic autonomy” and continue to depend on the United States Security umbrella, leaving behind the European Defense Cooperation Agreement (PESCO) in the one that was currently being worked on.

Jose Luis Ortiz


Armenians of La Mancha try to help their country in the war

The province of Ciudad Real has a small community of Armenian immigrants, about 500 people, who represent approximately a fifth of those who have settled in Castilla-La Mancha. All of them live with the utmost concern the news coming from their country, which recently denounced the aggression by the Azerbaijani army within its own borders as a consequence of its operations against the territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The area that is also known as Arsaj, although formally part of Azerbaijani territory, is actually an autonomous enclave controlled by a population of Armenian origin with independence aspirations.
Marian Sukiasyan, a resident of Socuéllamos, affirms that what is happening “is not a war, it is a humanitarian catastrophe”, which is why she asks the European countries to stop a conflict that she accuses Azerbaijan with the direct support of Turkey. The Armenians cry out for the sale of arms to the Ottoman state to be suspended, since these resources will be used in the war against Armenia.
His compatriot Sona Margaryan, also living in Socuéllamos, explains that although residents in Spain try to receive news about the situation in their country it is complicated, on the one hand, what the local media publishes is very scarce for their desire to know and on the other, trying to talk to your country by phone is a complex task.
Both have family and friends at the front, “but they have asked us not to call them on their mobile phones”, since the sound of the alarm can reveal their position to the shooters of the enemy side, reveals Sukiasyan, who already affirms people have died from an inopportune phone call.
Both are part of the large Armenian diaspora spread around the world, made up of five million people, more than currently residing in the Caucasian country, which has about three million inhabitants. Much of that diaspora originated in 1905, when Turkey undertook the so-called Armenian genocide, recalls Sona Margaryan.
The group of Armenians living in Castilla-La Mancha has also launched a fundraising campaign to help their country. The deposits are made directly into the Bank of Armenia’s account in an international financial institution, Sukiasyan reveals, while some young people have returned to the country to join the ranks.
Margayan, for her part, recalls that Armenian culture “has existed since 15,000 years before Christ, while Azerbaijan is a country with only 100 years of history.” Of the lands in dispusta in Nagorno Karabakh, he points out that they have been historically linked to Armenian culture. Now they are being bombed by drones, hospitals, schools, markets are attacked and positions have even been attacked on the Armenian side of the border. In fact, recently a drone was shot down over the territory of the Republic of Armenia.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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Citizens again demand a system for evaluating public policies – 10/22/2020 Region

Ciudadanos has insisted on the need to establish evaluation systems for public policies. On account of the intervention in the Plenary session of this Thursday by the Minister of Agriculture to give an account of the situation of the countryside in the region, the president of the orange parliamentary group, Alejandro Ruiz, stressed that “we need more transparency on the part of the council, without knowing what the objectives are, it is impossible to evaluate the data, which is offered to us without context ”.

In this sense, Ruiz recalled that precisely in the plenary session last week Citizens requested the implementation of a law for the evaluation of public policies that would oblige the Government to account for the results of its actions according to quantifiable criteria “to avoid that it is sold to us as a great success which it really is not ”. And it was precisely the negative vote of the PSOE that prevented this initiative from going ahead, something that today the orange deputy has reproached.

Contingency plan

On the other hand, the president of the centrist group has regretted that the Ministry of Agriculture has not developed a contingency plan in the field of exports. Councilor Martínez Arroyo has excused himself from the difficulties of the Castilla-La Mancha agri-food sector due to the protectionist policy of the United States and the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. “If a solid plan had been drawn up at the time, as requested by Citizens a year ago, perhaps today our farmers and ranchers would not have to suffer from international restrictions,” Ruiz said.