Brexit deal: Could the UK be facing no deal? Time running out for Barnier

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Despite the ongoing effects of coronavirus, Brexit talks are pressing ahead, albeit with little progress being made as the UK and EU reach loggerheads. The process of negotiating the UK’s way out of the EU is far from over despite the fact the country left the bloc on January 31 this year, when coronavirus was first emerging in Europe.

January 31 marked the beginning of the ‘transition period’ for the UK leaving the EU – the UK is still in the single market, and must still uphold the rights of UK and EU citizens under agreements such as freedom of movement.

The main objective for UK negotiators is to ‘take back control’, and Boris Johnson has refused to make any concessions in agreements and still wants a “great relationship with our friends.”

UK and EU negotiators have remained in talks throughout the coronavirus crisis, but they are still struggling to agree on key issues, with reports that the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier is exasperated with the UK’s approach.

After the third round of talks in recent weeks, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said: “I regret however that we made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding issues between us.


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“It is very clear that a standard Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, with other key agreements on issues like law enforcement, civil nuclear, and aviation alongside, all in line with the Political Declaration, could be agreed without major difficulties in the time available.

“Both sides have tabled full legal texts, there are plenty of precedents, and there is clearly a good understanding between negotiators.

“The major obstacle to this is the EU’s insistence on including a set of novel and unbalanced proposals on the so-called ‘level playing field’ which would bind this country to EU law or standards, or determine our domestic legal regimes, in a way that is unprecedented in Free Trade Agreements and not envisaged in the Political Declaration.

“As soon as the EU recognises that we will not conclude an agreement on that basis, we will be able to make progress.”

The EU believes if the UK gets access to unprecedented, privileged access to special trade agreements, it could undermine other member states.

On the UK side, ‘take back control’ is still the most prevalent message running through the ordeal, and making concessions to the EU could undermine the reason why Britain embarked on this journey after all.

Will there be a no deal Brexit?

With coronavirus going on, the news and Government agenda has been turned away from Brexit.

Governments of all countries have been pumping money and resources into fighting the crisis – and Europe has seen some of the highest death tolls in the world.

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More key talks will begin next week and the risk that the two sides may not reach an agreement before December is beginning to look more likely.

Mr Barnier and Mr Frost exchanged frosty letters last week, where but the TV host said the EU was treating the UK as an unworthy partner and it was not offering the same deals to the UK as it has to countries such as Canada and Japan.

Barnier responded by saying the exchange of letters was not the finest way to discuss what talks should be achieving.

The testy exchange has now led to a senior EU official saying there is a risk of stalemate if the EU did not see progress on its vital interests, including how to ensure fair competition, or a level playing field, between British and EU companies under a free-trade deal.

In terms of timetable, the process is already late running and the UK is not budging on the timetable, much to the frustration of the EU.

The UK still has time to ask for an extension to the transition period until July 1, however, the UK has maintained the position that this will absolutely not happen.

Last week the UK issued its ‘legal text’, which outlines what the UK’s goals are in all areas of discussion.

Mr Frost said: “We very much need a change in EU approach for the next Round beginning on 1 June.

“In order to facilitate those discussions, we intend to make public all the UK draft legal texts during next week so that the EU’s Member States and interested observers can see our approach in detail.

“The UK will continue to work hard to find an agreement, for as long as there is a constructive process in being, and continues to believe that this is possible.”

Most economists and business groups believe no deal would lead to economic harm.

For example, the Office for Budget Responsibility – which provides independent analysis of the UK’s public finances – believes a no deal Brexit would cause a UK recession.

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EU on brink: Leading economist warns eurozone will collapse within a year – Italy to LEAVE

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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have this week proposed a £447billion (€500bn) bailout for member states hit hardest by COVID-19, but experts have warned the funds may not be enough to prevent the economic turmoil in nations including Italy, Spain and Greece. The fund which is yet to be approved by all 27 EU member states, comes amid deep divisions within Europe, after Germany’s top court ruled the European Central Bank’s (ECB) plan for mass bond-buying to stabilise the eurozone partly violates the German constitution.

On the EU bailout, US economist Nouriel Roubini, lecturer New York University’s Stern School of Business, told German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche: “The fund is smaller than Italy, Spain and Greece had hoped.

“Perhaps that will be compensated for if most of the disbursements become subsidies instead of loans.”

The European Commission has forecast Italy’s economy will contract by as much as 9.5 percent this year, while the public debt is expected to jump to 158.9 percent of GDP – rising to 170 percent in 2021.

Mr Roubini has warned “the danger comes from Italy” if the ECB is unable to help surface the county’s debt through bonds.

The economist warns the consequences are fatal if a financial solution cannot be found, he said: “Otherwise the eurozone will collapse within a year.”

He added: “Even if the ECB helps, Italy has to restructure the bonds.

“Remember, Italy is a problem ten times bigger than Greece.”

A bond is debt-based investment, where funds are loaned to a Government for an agreed rate of interest.

Mr Roubini indicated Italy may not be able to keep up with repayments if Europe’s single currency has a sudden economic bounce back.

He said: “If the value of the euro does not fall enough, Italy’s only option is to leave the eurozone.”

Ms Merkel and Mr Macron published a proposal to help the EU and borrow €500bn as a common debt shared out between member states.

The funds would be transferred to regions and industries hit hardest and increase the EU’s 2021-2027 budget which is already close to €1 trillion.

The French President said: “That’s a real change in philosophy, I believe this is a very deep transformation and that’s what the European Union and the single market needed to remain coherent.

“It’s what the euro zone needs to remain united.”


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The plan to share debt across the EU has called divisions with the so-called frugal northern countries of bloc, such as the Netherlands, Finland and Austria – as the vast majority of the borrowed funds will go to other nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the financial package should be paid back over a long period and that Berlin would shoulder roughly 27 percent of the funds, as it already does for the regular EU budget.

Ms Merkel said: “We must act in a European way so that we get out of the crisis well and strengthened.”

The European Commission will present its own proposal for a Recovery Fund linked to the EU’s next long-term budget on May 27.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “It acknowledges the scope and the size of the economic challenge that Europe faces, and rightly puts the emphasis on the need to work on a solution with the European budget at its core.

“This goes in the direction of the proposal the Commission is working on which will also take into account the views of all member States and the European Parliament.”

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ISIS chief captured: Iraq Intelligence Service ‘arrest candidate to succeed al-Baghdadi’

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Abdul Nasser Qardash, said to be one of the possible successors to former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been captured in Iraq. Iraq’s official news agency INA, reported that the National Intelligence Service announced the arrest of the candidate to succeed the terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

A security source told the publication the National Intelligence Service had managed to arrest the alleged Abdul Nasser Qirdash.

The terrorist had been high up in the organisation while Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was leader.

Writing on Twitter, Feras Kilani, Arabic Special Correspondent at the BBC, wrote: “In intentional play with the phrase ‘potential candidate to succeed Al-Baghdadi’ used by Iraqi intelligence, Abdul Nasser Qirdash, because of his importance, is not Abdullah Qirdash, the senior leader of the organization, and the latter is not from behind al-Baghdadi, but rather al-Qurashi, whose name is Amir Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Salabi, which was confirmed by Washington.

“The matter seems to have a direct relationship to internal accounts, as the intelligence service is still affiliated with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, although information confirms that he has been in detention for some time and is being questioned, perhaps before the formation of the government that was announced a few days ago.

al-Baghdadi rose to prominence in ISIS after his detainment with Al Qaeda commanders at the American Camp Bucca, in Iraq.

He would become directly involved in ISIS’s atrocities and human rights violations including the genocide of Yazidis in Iraq, extensive sexual slavery, organized rape, floggings, and systematic executions.

He directed terrorist activities and massacres as well as embracing brutality as part of the organization’s propaganda efforts, producing videos displaying executions via hacking, stoning, and burning.

Back in October, al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during the Barisha raid, killing two children in the process.

On October 31 2019, ISIS confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead, and named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as his replacement.

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Tropical Storm Arthur warning: First named storm of hurricane season churning off US coast

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Atlantic hurricane season officially starts in June, but this year it has started early with the arrival of Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring the system as it tracks near the US coast.

Where is Tropical Storm Arthur?

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Arthur is currently moving in a north-northeastward direction.

Arthur currently has maximum sustained wind speeds of 40mph, according to the NHC’s 8am (EDT) advisory on Sunday.

The storm is currently 355 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, and is moving at speeds of about 9mph.


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A Tropical Storm warning has been issued for Surf City to Duck NC, and Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.

The NHC said: “At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 77.4 West.

“Arthur is moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours.

“On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.”

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning areas on Monday.

Arthur is expected to produce one to three inches of total rainfall over coastal regions of North Carolina tonight and on Monday.

However locally some areas could see much higher amounts of rainfall.

Arthur is also generating swells in parts of the US southeast coast, which are predicted to spread northward along the mid-Atlantic coast over the coming days.


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The NHC warns “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” could be possible.

So far the impact of Tropical Storm Arthur has been felt in South Florida, with areas such as Miami and Ft. Lauderdale witnessing heavy rain of almost two inches per hour.

A flash flood warning was issued for Miami-Dade County, while thunderstorms and strong winds hit some parts of the metro area on Saturday evening.

By Tuesday Arthur is forecast to weaken to a non-tropical low-pressure system off the mid-Atlantic coast.

When is the Atlantic hurricane season?

Since 2015 at least one named storm has developed before Atlantic hurricane season is officially scheduled to start in June.

After Arthur, the next named storms which form in the North Atlantic will be named Bertha, Cristobal and Dolly for the 2020 season.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season was the fourth consecutive year of above-average hurricane activity, with 18 named storms.

The season’s strongest storm, Hurricane Dorian, became a Category 5 major hurricane, with maximum sustained wind speeds recorded at 185mph.

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Pay up! Trump threatens to sue China for BILLIONS as worldwide compensation campaign grows

China has been accused of mishandling the beginning of the outbreak while some Tory MPs have insisted Beijing has instituted a campaign of misinformation over the virus. This week, Mr Trump has once again ramped up the pressure on China by indicating Beijing could suffer serious consequences following the end of the global pandemic. Mr Trump said: “Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at things, and we’re talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about.

“We haven’t determined the final amount yet.

“It’s very substantial.

“This is worldwide damage.

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Missouri became the first state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus.

The US state has alleged China did little to stop the spread of the virus at the onset.

Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt has said Missouri residents have suffered potentially billions of dollars in economic damages.

A statement from the state said: “In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table.

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“The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease.

“They must be held accountable for their actions.”

A poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies this month found that 55 percent of those asked believed the Chinese government was to blame for the outbreak which has crippled the world.

Of the 2,000 asked, just 26 percent disagreed while only 19 percent said they weren’t sure.

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Tory MP, Tom Tugendhat has been a strong critic of China’s handling of the virus.

Mr Tugendhat, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee has accused the Chinese government of undermining our own freedoms.

He said: “The awareness of the true cost of communist tyranny is growing.

“The lies and fear needed to keep the Chinese people prisoners of the regime is undermining our own freedoms and the fight against Coronavirus.

“We need to wake up to the threats we face and act.”

Tory peer, William Hague has also demanded UK-China relations must change once the pandemic is over.

Speaking to Policy Exchange, Lord Hague said the UK can no longer be dependent on Beijing.

He said: “There are some immediate implications about China policy of the COVID-19 crisis.

“It’s very important for the consumption and trade of wildlife to end in China and the rest of the world unless we want to see this repeated many times in the future.

“We cannot possibly be strategically dependent on China.”

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Pakistan move surface to air missile to border with India – shock satellite pictures

Satellite images surfaced on social media reportedly show the Pakistani Army back in February re-deploying its Surface to Air Missile system. The LY-80 missile is thought to have been strategically moved to a base in the city of Lahore. It is understood the weapon was first moved to the region back in December 2019.

Lahore is located just 14 miles (24km) from Wagah-Attari border between India and Pakistan.

The LY-80 also known as HQ16A is a Chinese-manufactured medium-range missile system – which was introduced into the Chinese armed forces in 2011.

The devastating HQ-16A is able to engage aerial targets at high altitude and can intercept targets at distance of 24 miles (40km).

The advanced system is also equipped with six firing missile containers locked in two rows of three, which can fire at a speed in excess of 600mph.

The Pakistani Army first began using the weapon in March 2017 and conducted its first live military drill in 2019.

On the ground tensions have continued to escalate over the disputed Kashmir region.

Last week military officials confirmed both sides exchanged mortar and artillery shelling along the de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the territory.

India and Pakistan have engaged in two brutal conflicts over Kashmir and relations were strained again in 2019, when New Delhi withdrew the autonomy of the Kashmir region in 2019

The controversial move split Kashmir into territories federally administered by India.

Until then, it had had autonomy over all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

India accuses its neighbour of training and then sending militants across the border to launch attacks and support a separatist movement against Indian rule.


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Pakistan denies giving material support to militants in Kashmir but says it provides moral and diplomatic backing for the self-determination of Kashmiri people.

The India and Pakistani Governments have not engaged in talks over Kashmir since February of last year.

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Scientists identify 30 mutations of coronavirus and warn MOST deadly are in US and Europe

Evidence from the study suggested that the mutations could also continue to create even more deadly strains going forward. There are also fears scientists have underestimated the virus’ ability to mutate which could hinder the chances of a successful vaccine. In the study carried out by Zhejiang University published in non-peer reviewed website medRixiv, professor Li Lanjuan expressed fears drug and vaccine development has not appreciated the rapid mutations of the virus.

The scientists said: “Drug and vaccine development, while urgent, need to take the impact of these accumulating mutations into account to avoid potential pitfalls.

“The true diversity of the viral strains is still largely underappreciated.”

During the research, samples were taken from 11 patients admitted to hospitals in Hangzhou, 470 miles east of Wuhan whereby researchers found 33 mutations of coronavirus – 19 of which were new.

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Researchers also claimed the mutations among SARS-CoV-2 strains, include one strain which has a viral load 270 times more potent than the least potent.

Scientists reported the higher the viral load, the more likely there will be an increase in cell death ratio.

In a worrying development, the study also suggested that the mutations of the virus will require different treatments than may have been initially established.

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At the time of writing, the US has registered 803,018 cases combined with 43,558 deaths.

However, as the study points out, the different strains of the virus have hit the US differently.

New York and the east coast have been likened to Europe’s strain, while the western states have shown similarities with China.

The warnings from China come as Wuhan’s death total has been adjusted.

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Despite Wuhan’s apparent control of the virus, the mortality rate in the city rose by 1,290, as figures were revised.

The overall death toll in the city now stands at 3,869 bringing the overall total to 4,600.

In order to try and combat the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has revealed human trials will be conducted from Thursday this week.

Mr Hancock stated the UK was now throwing everything at Britain’s attempt to develop the first vaccine in the world.

The Government will give University of Oxford scientists an extra £20million to develop a vaccine.

A further £22.5million will also be made available for a project from Imperial College London.

Mr Hancock said: “In the long run the best way to defeat coronavirus is through a vaccine.

“After all, this is a new disease. This is uncertain science, but I am certain that we will throw everything we’ve got at developing a vaccine.

“The UK is at the forefront of a global effort.

“We’ve put more money than any other country into the global search for a vaccine and, for all the efforts around the world, two of the leading vaccine developments are taking place here at home at Oxford and Imperial College London.

“Both of these promising projects are making rapid progress and I’ve told the scientists leading them that we’ll do everything in our power to support.”

Mr Hancok’s announcement comes as 125,000 people have now been infected by COVID-19 in the UK, while 17,339 have died.

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Ivanka Trump’s brazen email after key interview exposed

She wore the $10,8000 (£8,700) gold-and-diamond bangle in the Trump family’s 60 Minutes interview on November 13, 2016. According to the 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’, three days after the interview, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry sent out a “style alert” advertising the bracelet. This led to come critics accusing the First Daughter of using her position to make money.

Ivanka started her jewellery business in 2007 in partnership with Dynamic Diamond Corps, starting out with a line of diamond and gold jewellery to be sold at her first flagship store in Manhattan.

In 2011, the flagship store moved from Madison Avenue to 109 Mercer Street, a larger space in the fashionable Soho district.

However, by 2015 the brand was struggling and the store was “stripped clean” and closed down.

By October 2016, the only dedicated retail shop and flagship boutique for her line was in her father’s building Trump Tower.

The business folded completely in 2017.

The bangle email is not the only time Ivanka’s businesses have been involved in this kind of controversy.

In February 2017, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway encouraged Fox News viewers to buy Ivanka’s products, calling it, in her words, a “free commercial”.

She said: “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff. I’m just gonna give it a free commercial here, go buy it today, you can buy it online.”

It is illegal for a White House employee to use their position to endorse any products or services ‒ let alone those belonging to the President’s daughter ‒ but Ms Conway managed to avoid punishment.

Ivanka’s fashion line, which she started in 2012, came under the spotlight when she was appointed senior adviser to the President in March 2017.

Modern Appealing Clothing filed a class action lawsuit that claimed her line had an unfair advantage due to her father’s political status.

In April 2017, Ivanka came under scrutiny again after she and her husband Jared Kushner had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the very same day her fashion line was approved with new trademarks to sell jewellery, clothing, bags and spa services in China.

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It was over a year until July 2018 when Ivanka decided to finally shut down her fashion line.

She said in a statement: “When we first started this brand, no one could have predicted the success that we would achieve.

“After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners.

“I am beyond grateful for the work of our incredible team, who have inspired so many women, each other and myself included.

“While we will not continue our mission together, I know that each of them will thrive in their next chapter.”

While Ivanka claimed she was closing her business to focus on her work in the Trump administration, some suggested it was actually because the company was struggling financially.

The evidence for this was that, in February 2017, Nordstrom removed her products from their website and stores, citing poor performance.

They told Teen Vogue: “We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance.

“Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business.

“In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”

A couple of months later, the brand dropped multiple stores and it was reported that extra stock was being sold in discount stores with labels that read “Adrienne Vittadini”.

These episodes indicate that Ivanka’s products were not selling well.

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Coronavirus: WHO leader faces calls to resign over claims he ‘deceived’ on China cover-up

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is facing growing calls for his resignation because he has repeatedly denied that China was less than transparent in informing the rest of the world about the disease. The World Health Organization, WHO, receives funding from China and is dependent on the regime of the Communist Party on many levels. Its international experts didn’t get access to the country until Director-General Tedros Adhanom visited President Xi Jinping at the end of January.

Before then, the WHO was uncritically repeating information from the Chinese authorities.

In amidst of the pandemic, the organisation has faced accusations it ignored warnings from Taiwanese doctors, who are unrepresented in by the WHO.

The World Health Organization, at the behest of China, does not recognise Taiwan.

The United Nations body was reluctant to declare “public health emergency of international concern” and had to play catch up with media organisations around the world that declared it before them.

After Director-General Tedros Adhanom’s Beijing visit the WHO said in a statement that it appreciated “especially the commitment from top leadership and the transparency they have demonstrated”.

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Only after this meeting did it declared, on January 30, a public health emergency of international concern.

And after China reported only a few new cases each day, WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic, only on March 11.

By this time it had spread globally.

The WHO has been eager to broadcast Beijing’s narrative on how the pandemic developed.

Doctor Tedros said: “In the face of a previously unknown virus, China has rolled out perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history.”

WHO experts said in their February report on the mission to China that the country had gained “invaluable time for the response” in an “all-of-government and all-of society approach” that has averted or delayed hundreds of thousands of cases and protected the global community.

Republican Senator Martha McSally said Doctor Tedros should resign over this “Chinese cover-up”.

She told Fox News that part of the blame for China’s lack of transparency lay with the WHO director-general.

McSally claimed that the Ethiopian, 55, “deceived the world”.

She added that she “never trusted a communist” and that the Chinese government’s “cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world.


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“I think Doctor Tedros needs to step down.”

The senator added: “Doctor Tedros deceived the world.

“At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency during its coronavirus response efforts.

“Despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak.

“This deception cost lives.” has contacted the World Health Organization for comment.

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Corbyn’s legacy: Labour may ‘never win election AGAIN’ warns political analyst

The challenge for whoever replaces him is to sort of refocus the party or attract the people that perhaps have left Labour in the meantime

Professor Tony Travers

And Professor Tony Travers has warned the party faces the prospect of never winning a general election again if Mr Corbyn’s successor fails to undo the damage of the last five years. The results of the first ballot of the contest between Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey are announced tomorrow – with former Brexit spokesman Mr Starmer widely tipped to get the 60 percent vote share needed to win the contest outright.

Mr Travers told “The challenge for whoever replaces him is to sort of refocus the party or attract the people that perhaps have left Labour in the meantime.

“Keir Starmer would probably have a better chance of doing that than Rebecca long Bailey for example, because he is more of a conventional seeming Labour leader.

“He has himself not really expressed many views on many issues so far but he looks more like a traditional Labour leader.

“He is a sort of centrist and an establishment figure.”

Assessing Mr Corbyn’s leadership, Prof Travers said: “What he did wrong was change the Labour Party in a way that was very ideological and which, wrongly assumed it was possible to win a general election in Britain from a a significantly left-wing position.

“The British electorate is moderate – it has been for decades.

“And there’s no evidence it has ever been easily attracted by relatively extreme left or right wing politicians.

“I think that Corbyn and many of those around him believed that if only they hung on there, as you know losing election after election, eventually the electorate would realise that what they really, really wanted a radical leftist government.

“And they never did, and they were never going to.”


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Prof Travers said there was no denying Mr Corbyn’s impact.

He explained: “To be fair, he that he did enormously increase the party’s membership.

“And although that became problematic, because the members had views which were a very long way away, even from traditional Labour voters and still further from centrist voters, which was a problem, the one thing he did do was to galvanise enthusiasm in a political party, which very few political leaders of any party have managed in 30 years.

“And it has to be said that he did make young people in particular very enthusiastic about politics.”

However, the party’s drubbing in December general election, which saw Labour lose swathes of seats in its traditional northern heartlands as the so-called “Red Wall” began to crumble, underlined the risks of having such a radical leader at the helm – as well as the uphill task facing whoever gets the job.

Prof Travers added: “The loss of responsibility falls on what you would call a ‘soft left’ in the Labour Party, what would have been called a Tribune group if Tribune still existed.

“They are absolutely crucial in all of this, many of them, because they definitely want to win elections.

“How that will be resolved depends on whether Labour wants to win an election ever again 2024 or 2029 or 2030, or whenever.

“I think that will involve the soft left in the Labour Party making a decision about how far they’re willing to empower the centrists in the party to come forward with a more traditional Labour agenda.”

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