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.

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Brexit is already in the price

This morning I have to be honest and admit that I did not know what to write about, what to recommend to you in which I really had conviction. Suddenly I realized the obvious. At United Kingdom Only two things have been talked about in recent years: Brexit and the covid-19. So, as I already wrote about the pandemic or Juan Pedro did it for me, today we have Brexit.

The UK is cheap, that’s a fact. The FTSE 100 trades at 12x PE (2022), 35% off the S&P 500. In the coming weeks, most economists expect it to be signed with the European Union (EU) a “minimum” trade agreement (zero tariff and zero quota), with a formal ratification at the end of December. It is therefore more than likely that the elimination of Brexit risk will be a major positive catalyst for UK domestic stocks.

The removal of long-term political uncertainty, coupled with a large valuation disconnect, may act as an impetus to encourage mergers and takeover bids (takeover bids). The country’s valuation discount, cheap financing and high existing liquidity mean that both ‘private equity’ and strategic buyers are on the prowl (GFS, William Hill, Hastings o RSA are recent examples).

Different investment banks shuffle different pools. Prudential, ITV, BT, o British land appear in many of them. Although it is difficult to get the right name right, what is clear is that it is not difficult to get the subject right: start looking at English values, because the possibility that they will do it better than anyone else is high.

It is very likely that the EU Council meeting of the days December 10 and 11 is the deadline for whether Britain makes a trade “deal” with Brussels or not. For all practical purposes, it will symbolically mark the end of the period of Brexit uncertainty before the “transition period” ends in 35 days. And it will mark the beginning of a period that many in the current government would like to be characterized by their own vision with the word “Global Britain.”

Start looking at English values, because the chance that they will do better than anyone else is high

From a perspective of markets and investmentIt also marks a line in the sand and presents a simpler opportunity in the future. There are different aspects to consider:

The pound has had a clear downtrend since 2007, and flat since the 2016 Brexit vote. That trend may be about to change.

Because of this poor pound behavior And the uncertainty created by Brexit, it is clear that almost all professional investors have a very low percentage of their assets in the UK.

Furthermore, from a perspective of equity market, two realities are worth highlighting. On the one hand, the sectoral composition of both the FTSE100 and the FTSE250 are very suitable for ongoing cyclical exposure / recovery / value (finance and commodities 38% of the FTSE100, and 45% of the FTSE250). On the other, the discount at which the FTSE is compared to other world indices previously mentioned.

Likewise, in the last two weeks there have been two important events that will most likely encourage investors to increase their positions in the UK. On the one hand, the “Expenditure Review” by the Chancellor, this Wednesday, points to a flexible line that promotes both the required and necessary fiscal expansion, as well as responsible and prudent financial management. But, above all, the most relevant and illustrative of future ambition is Boris Johnson’s ‘Green Plan’: the ban on all sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles By 2030, maintain the position of world leader in offshore wind capacity, a radical electrification program, etc. These are all not just policy goals, but a loud and clear call for ESG funds.

And look at the money inflows into these funds, in recent months. (GS source)

The end of uncertainty, the new vision towards a green economy, the economic recovery after the covid, together with a very low position in the British economy by funds, present an opportunity to say the least. Do not forget in the annual review of your pension to put part of your savings supporting the British index.

To say goodbye, because I know you like comments about our own territory more, I will tell you that I think Sabadell and BBVA will end up merging, and that the break it is one more way to negotiate. Sabadell knows that it has no future alone and BBVA needs not to be eaten by the competition. Sooner or later we will have a wedding.

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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

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Last chance for an agreement? EU and Great Britain continue to negotiate

One month before the end of the Brexit transition period and after countless failed attempts, the EU and Great Britain are not giving up: Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier is continuing to negotiate with representatives of the British government in London in order to reach a trade agreement.

No breakthroughs have been reported on the difficult issues of fishing rights, competition, and the handling of future disputes. There is still about a week to reach an agreement, according to the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab in an interview with the broadcaster “Sky News” on Sunday. There is an approximation of ideas about what fair competition between EU and British companies could look like, according to Raab. When it comes to fishing rights, the EU must accept that Britain is about principle. With the end of the transition phase in January, Great Britain will become an independent coastal state that will have to control its waters itself.

There is still an argument about fishing

It is about the access of European fishermen to the fish-rich British areas, which is currently regulated by quotas that are set in Brussels. As with Norway, the British government wants to renegotiate every year how many foreign fishermen are allowed to catch. The EU and especially France are pushing for a longer-term solution.

But also in Great Britain the pressure is immense: The North Wales fish industry exports 90 percent of its products to the EU, said the head of government of Wales, Mark Drakeford, the German press agency. Without a commercial contract, delivery problems could arise and the goods could spoil. “Delays in the process could end this industry,” said Drakeford.

If a trade agreement is not reached by January 1st, European fishermen may initially have no access to British waters. But chaos threatens in other areas as well, since Great Britain is leaving the internal market and the customs union without any regulation.

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Kristine Braden: “Citi works in a Brexit scenario without a final agreement” | Markets

A woman at the top of an investment bank is still a rarity. Kristine Braden, managing director of Citi in Europe and CEO of the firm’s Germany-based broker, is one of the pioneers paving the way to which they will reach. With a career of more than 22 years in the entity and after having held positions of maximum responsibility in Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Egypt, among other countries, her last mission was to be the director of the counselor’s cabinet. Citi delegate at the planetary level, Mike Corbat. “I am extremely proud of the culture of diversity and inclusion that Citi promotes,” she says. Installed in Frankfurt just when Covid-19 broke out and after doing an enormous job there, it answers the questions of Five days through a questionnaire.

He pilots the broker that provides service to the European Union after dispensing with, due to Brexit, the one that was based in London. What will the final break with the UK look like?

I want to hope that an agreement is still possible. But given that the situation remains uncertain, Citi has based its planning on a scenario in which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a final agreement or a transition period.

What consequences would a rough Brexit have?

London will remain a key financial center, regardless of the bottom line, because the UK is an important business center in its own right, as well as serving the rest of the world. But we will certainly see a reconfiguration of trade flows and foreign direct investment, both to the UK and to the EU. We look beyond Brexit to the possible opportunities that this situation will represent for our clients in both jurisdictions. From a cultural and geographical perspective, we have deep roots in Europe. For example, in Spain, Belgium and Italy we have been operating for more than 100 years.

Will there be more business movements from the UK to continental Europe?

We already have a relevant presence on the continent, with around 14,000 employees serving our customers in Europe. We have planned to add more than 200 new positions in several key markets, in a combination of staff transfers and new employee onboarding.

Cross-border bank mergers will depend primarily on regulatory frameworks

What will be the structure of Citi in the EU after the exit of the United Kingdom?

After Brexit, we will essentially operate from two vehicles: our bank, Citibank Europe, whose headquarters are in Dublin, and our investment firm or broker, Citigroup Global Markets Europe, with headquarters in Frankfurt. Our staff consists of some 14,000 people in 23 countries, including Norway and Switzerland. We have also expanded our presence in key capitals such as Madrid, Paris, Dublin, Luxembourg, Milan and Amsterdam, so we are well positioned to serve our clients. We were prepared last March and we are fully prepared for January 1st.

Has there been a problem with the creation of the bank in Ireland and the transfer of the broker to Germany?

Not fortunately. We established the headquarters of our European bank in Dublin before the Brexit referendum took place, and it is seamlessly integrated into our European network of 23 countries. Our investment company in Frankfurt is fully operational and we are preparing to be under the supervision of the European Central Bank in the future. We have already carried out operations for our clients and we expect flows to increase substantially in the periods before and after January 1, 2021.

From that key date, what will be the growth plans in Europe?

I believe the greatest growth opportunities are in our corporate and investment banking and capital markets businesses, and in our foreign trade and treasury solutions. In both cases, they provide services to the main companies and financial institutions. Private banking and commercial banking also have unique opportunities to grow their penetration and market share in the region. After a very solid 2020 for the markets, we expect volumes to normalize in 2021; however, overall, we continue to invest to enhance our capabilities.

We have expanded our presence in Madrid, Paris, Dublin, Luxembourg, Milan and Amsterdam

Will there be more changes in Spain, in addition to the transfer of its core of private banking from southern Europe to Madrid, How did CincoDías publish on March 16?

Spain is an important market for us in Europe. We are one of the leading banks in investment and corporate banking, capital markets, private banking and transactional banking for large Spanish and multinational companies, as well as one of the main banks in helping to raise financing for the country.

How has the bank dealt with Covid-19 with its employees and clients?

I am extremely impressed by the resilience of all our staff, not only in Europe, but also around the world. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 200,000 employees have adopted telecommuting, and that has involved a huge effort for the operations and technology teams. Our priority has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our employees. We also focus on our clients and assist them, both in their immediate liquidity needs and in advising them on their long-term strategic corporate decisions.

What has been Citi’s role in the markets during the pandemic?

In March, we reopened the European corporate bond market, with an offer for European companies, Engie and Unilever. Our head of corporate debt capital markets conducted that transaction from his kitchen table! Another iconic operation, in this case in Spain, was the advice of Telefónica on its operation in the United Kingdom, which has been the largest operation of the year, and which was successfully closed at the height of the pandemic. We were also very active in the syndicated loan sector for European clients, participating in 13 of the 14 loans signed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the first quarter.

In Spain, we have the first major banking merger with Bankia-CaixaBank, pending approval at the meeting. And after the break between BBVA and Sabadell, the negotiations between Unicaja and Liberbank are ongoing. Will there be more operations of this type in Europe?

Increasing difficulties we face – such as Covid-19 – tougher regulatory requirements and pressure to maintain cost efficiency and profitability are conditions that are precipitating consolidation in the industry. Our perspective is that there will be an increase in consolidation at the national level, but cross-border consolidation processes will depend primarily on regulatory frameworks.

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UK Culture Secretary suggests that “The Crown” be considered a “fiction series”

The UK Secretary for Culture, Oliver Dowden, asked Netflix to tag the series The Crown as fiction, since according to him some events are not so true.

“It is a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other television productions, Netflix should be very clear at first that it is just that “Dowden said in an interview with Daily Mail.

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“Without this, I am afraid that a generation of viewers who did not experience these events may confuse fiction with reality”, he expressed.

Dowden will formally request the streaming platform to add a message at the beginning of each chapter, indicating to users that it is a “fiction series”.

critics

Dowden’s remarks come amid growing criticism of the production created and written by Peter Morgan. Some scenes from the fourth season have been considered harmful to the royal family and Prince Charles in particular.

The suggestion that romance between Carlos and Camilla Parker Bowles would have continued during her marriage to Diana, it has caused particular consternation in the royal house. Both were even forced to restrict comments on their social networks.

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Who was Margaret of England, sister of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was born on August 21, 1930, at Glamis Castle, Scotland., and was the second daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. As a member of British royalty, Margaret of England tried to balance his independent spirit and passion for the arts with his royal obligations, despite the disagreements he had throughout his life.

She was born Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret of York and was baptized at Buckingham Palace on October 30, 1930. His father, Prince Albert of York, ascended the throne as King George VI after the abdication of Edward VIII and his coronation took place in 1937.

After his death, on February 6, 1952, her older sister became queen and, although her particular interests were focused on the field of social work and the arts, Princess Margaret played an active role in the public work of the British royal family.

A separate education and a controversial romance

She was educated alongside her sister until, as heir to the throne, she had to receive a separate education, while Margarita continued under her mother’s supervision. From a young age “she learned to ride, enjoyed swimming, and became a great gardener. She had a keen interest in music from a young age, took piano lessons at the age of four, and later became an accomplished pianist. ” stand out on the official website The Royal Family.

Helena Bonham Carter, on the red carpet at the Berlinale.

During his youth, he became one of the most controversial people of British royalty, especially after her affair with Colonel Peter Townsen after the war. Their relationship generated a lot of controversy because there was no possibility that they could marry since, among other things, Townsen was divorced.

Later, in February 1960, Queen Elizabeth II announced her consent to the Princess Margaret’s engagement to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones and the ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on May 6 of that same year.

The couple settled in an apartment in Kensington Palace and Armstrong-Jones was appointed Earl of Snowdon and Viscount Linley in 1961. As a result of this relationship, Princess Margaret had a son and a daughter. Lord Linley was born on November 3, 1961, baptized David Albert Charles, and his daughter Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth was born on May 1, 1964. However, the relationship ended shortly after, in May 1978.

He suffered several strokes before passing away

She was known among society for her extensive work in social organizations, her sympathy and her modern and independent spirit. However, the later years of his life they were marked by various health problems.

Queen Elizabeth II in a file image.

At the beginning of 1985 they had to remove part of his left lung as a consequence of smoking. Shortly after, she had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and on February 23, 1998, she suffered a mild stroke while at her vacation home in Mustique.

Just a year later, “suffered severe foot burns in a bathroom accident and this affected her mobility to the extent that the princess later required support to walk and was sometimes limited to a wheelchair. “In 2000 and 2001 more strokes were diagnosed.

Princess Margaret passed away on February 9, 2002 as a result of another stroke.. Unlike other royals, she was cremated and her ashes were deposited in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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A busy December in Brussels: sprint before Christmas

This December is a hot month for the European agenda. We will have several fronts and many moments of action, with a European Council on December 10 and 11 and a plenary session of the European Parliament that will begin on 14. What are the fronts?

Budget pulse

Hungary and Poland decided last week to cast their veto on the budget package, which includes the € 750 billion Recovery Fund from which Spain could get up to 140 billion. It is in retaliation for the agreement on a rule of law mechanism that could cut off their access to European funds for their attack on judicial independence.

Press conference of the Prime Ministers of Poland (in the foreground) and Hungary.  (EFE)
Press conference of the Prime Ministers of Poland (in the foreground) and Hungary. (EFE)

The safest thing is that this matter is pending until the summit of December 10 and 11. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, intends to hold this meeting in person in Brussels, because the videoconference format has proven to be of little use in solving serious problems.

When Hungary and Poland formalized their veto two weeks ago, it was thought that a change in the wording could be enough, but Budapest and Warsaw are directly opposed, and the rest of the Member States and the European Parliament do not feel like making concessions. That is why many voices in Brussels believe that it is only a matter of waiting for them to continue seeing each other alone and without the possibility of obtaining concessions so that they end up withdrawing their bluff in exchange for some minimum transfer.

The agony of Brexit

After Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, traveled to London on Friday after a difficult week, this past weekend has been one of intense negotiations. Many assume that the Frenchman’s trip is due to a good signal from the British side.

Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations.  (EFE)Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations.  (EFE)
Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations. (EFE)

The three pending issues are those already known to all: governance of the agreement, fishing and ‘level-playing field’ or equal conditions. With 95% of the agreement completed in its technical aspects, as they have assured from the European Commission, these three issues are linked to an ideological element. That is precisely what is making them especially difficult to negotiate.

Once an agreement is reached, if at all, the job is not done. The ratification process will not be straightforward either, and Brexit will surely have to continue to be paid attention to well into December. The European Parliament has been willing to ratify the agreement as late as is December the 28th.

If it is not possible to close a deal, it goes without saying that the matter will gain importance as Member States have to prepare for an unknown scenario in their trade with the United Kingdom. as of January 1, 2021. Again, deal or no deal, Brexit will be one of the main issues at this month’s summit and will keep diplomats busy for weeks to come.

Turkey continues to give problems

European leaders promised Cyprus, which was calling for sanctions against Turkey for its oil and gas exploration in Cypriot and Greek waters, that they would take up the issue in December. In the meantime, Ankara would be offered the possibility of building a “positive agenda”. Despite strong friction between Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron, the dialogue between Berlin, Brussels and Ankara has not ceased.

Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean.  (Reuters)Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean.  (Reuters)
Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean. (Reuters)

But the tensions between the Hellenic, Cypriot and Turkish governments have not abated either. “Europe cannot pretend that Turkey is acting as an acceptable player in the regionNikolaos Dendias, the Greek foreign minister, complained last week, calling Ankara’s behavior “delinquent and provocative.” Last week, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, the Spanish Josep Borrell, explained to the European Parliament that the EU bloc is at a “critical moment” in its relationship with Turkey.

The European Parliament called in a non-binding resolution addressed to the meeting of leaders on December 10 and 11, that the European Union “act and impose harsh sanctions in response to the illegal actions of Turkey.” The atmosphere will heat up in the coming days, especially if there is any kind of tension in the Aegean Sea.

This week

This coming week, the one prior to the key dates of December, it will also come loaded, with meeting of finance ministers of the Eurozone and the European Union this Monday and Tuesday, with a review of the national budget plans, including the Spanish one, which have received the general approval of the European Commission.

Huawei's counter at an electronics conference in China.  (Reuters)Huawei's counter at an electronics conference in China.  (Reuters)
Huawei’s counter at an electronics conference in China. (Reuters)

Also on Monday there will be a videoconference of ministers of Education and also of Youth. It will be the turn of those of Culture and Sports on Tuesday, and on Wednesday that of the Ministers of Justice, who will discuss the launch of the European prosecutor’s office, and also of those of Health, who in an informal meeting will address the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the European Union. Also on Thursday Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, will have a meeting with Ken Hu, CEO of Huawei, and also with Abraham Liu, CEO of Huawei in Europe.

The week will close with an employment and social affairs council. In addition, Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Employment, will see a lot of faces with the commissioner of the branch, the Luxembourgian Nicolás Schmit, because in addition to the Council they will participate together in a videoconference on social economy that same Friday.

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Ansarolá to Riyadh: London cannot protect you from Yemeni retaliation

Ansarolá rules out that the alleged deployment of British troops in Saudi Arabia could protect this regime against retaliatory attacks from Yemen.

“The deployment of UK forces in Saudi Arabia does not change anything”said Muhamad al-Bujaiti, a member of the Political Council of the Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá, in an interview with the Qatari network Al Jazeera, published on Saturday.

Al-Bujaiti made such a comment in reaction to a report published on Friday by the British newspaper. The Independent which reveals that the British Ministry of Defense, without notifying Parliament or the public, deployed soldiers from the 16th Royal Artillery Regiment on the territory of Saudi Arabia to provide support in the protection of oil fields from aircraft attacks unmanned (drones) from Yemen.

In fact, London and the Saudi Ministry of Defense and other international partners studied how to strengthen the defense of Riyadh’s economic infrastructure, after the oil facilities of the Saudi company Aramco were the target of an attack, with 10 Yemeni drones, on September 14, 2019, the report states.

For Al-Bujaiti, the United Kingdom, together with the United States, are basically members of the aggressor ‘coalition’, led by the Arab kingdom, against Yemen, which has plunged this country into a catastrophic humanitarian situation, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded.

Faced with this situation, Yemeni troops have promised to reinforce their military might and launched several attacks, with drones and domestically made missiles, against various Saudi targets, including its airports, bases and oil areas.

In this regard, the Yemeni official alerted the attackers to the continuation of retaliatory attacks by the Yemeni Army and Ansarolá. “All facilities [de los enemigos] they have become a legitimate target of the attacks, “he added.

For his part, the spokesman for the Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá, Mohamad Abdel Salam, warned, through a message on Twitter, that “Neither American and British weapons, nor any other force are capable of providing an umbrella to protect the aggressor Saudi regime”.

Abdel Salam emphasized that Riyadh will regain its security once it ends its bombing and blockade campaign against the poorest country in the Arab world.

tqi / anz / fmk / mkh

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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

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