President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, US President Donald Trump has said, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the “caliphate”.

Mr Trump shocked allies in December by declaring the pullout of roughly 2,000 US troops who had been assisting local forces in Syria against IS, whose sole remaining territory is half a square kilometre in eastern Syria.

The pending US pullout set off a countdown for governments whose citizens, having joined IS, were captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” Mr Trump said in a tweet, using another acronym for IS. Continue reading President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

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Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to speak to every EU leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

It comes days after another defeat in parliament and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.

In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, she will be seeking to change the Irish backstop, one of the most contentious parts of the withdrawal agreement she agreed in November, her office said.

Mrs May has told EU leaders she could pass her deal with concessions primarily around the backstop – a guarantee that there can be no return to border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Continue reading Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six people have been charged after a number of police officers and emergency workers were attacked at a pro-Brexit yellow vest protest march in London.

Footage posted on social media appears to show some activists clashing with officers at the march through Whitehall and Piccadilly on Saturday.

Five protesters were charged with assault on an emergency worker, and one was charged with obstructing police.

They are all due to appear before Westminster magistrates on 19 March. Continue reading Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Prime Minister Theresa May says she intends to return to Brussels with new ideas on the Irish backstop.

The EU has already dismissed the idea of putting a time limit on the backstop, so what other ideas have been suggested? Continue reading Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP

Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP

David Jones said those calling for a second referendum or more negotiating time had no plan for leaving.

The Tory MP for Clwyd West, a former Brexit minister, predicted a deal will not be agreed until “a few days” before the UK’s departure on 29 March.

It comes as Labour’s Anna McMorrin said a General Election or final say vote were the only ways to avoid “chaos”.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiators reached a departure agreement with the EU last October, but this was rejected by a record number of MPs Continue reading Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP