Kim Jong-un fury: North Korean newspaper issues BIZARRE attack on US

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The international affairs department the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) issued a statement after Mr Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired another salvo in the war of words with Beijing. Mr Pompeo told Fox News recent actions by the Chinese Communist Party suggest it is “intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values” and “puts Americans at risk”

American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression

Workers Party of Korea

But a WPK spokesman said Mr Pompeo’s comments on Hong Kong, Taiwan, human rights and trade disputes were “nonsense” and slandered the Chinese leadership.

The spokesman said: “Pompeo, who has been deeply engrossed in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, has become too ignorant to discern where the sun rises and where it sets.

“Such statements by American leaders are a sign of their concerns about a declining United States.

“Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House.

“This is the reality in the US today. American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression.”

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said it was the first time the WPK international affairs department had issued a statement of its own since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.

China, Russia and Iran were also quick to taunt Mr Trump over the violent scenes and angry protests that have engulfed the US since the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Chinese officials and state media compared the angry protests to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying Tweeted: “I can’t breathe” – Mr Floyd’s last words which have become a slogan for the protestors.

Fellow ministry spokesman, Lijian Zhao retweeted numerous comments and reports on the protests, including from Russia’s deputy representative to the UN, accusing the US of double standards.

Dmitry Polyanskiy had tweeted: “Why US denies China’s right to restore peace and order in Hong Kong while brutally dispersing crowds at home?”

State media has also taunted President Trump about the violent clashes.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times, wrote: “US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight to behold.’

“US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows.”

In a series of tweets and editorials over the weekend, Mr Hu and his paper accused the US of hypocrisy.

He said: “Mr President, don’t go hide behind the secret service.

“Go to talk to the demonstrators seriously. Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters.”

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Iran has also goaded the US over the violence and reminded Washington of the statements it released during civil unrest in the Islamic Republic in 2018.

The foreign ministry condemned what it called “the tragic murder of black people and deadly racial discrimination in the United States”.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: “Some don’t think #BlackLivesMatter.

“To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism. Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”

In another tweet echoing a 2018 statement from Mr Pompeo, Mr Zarif said: “The US government is squandering its citizens’ resources.”

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North Korea warns US is in NO POSITION to criticise China on human rights

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In an article carried by one of North Korea’s main state-run newspapers, the spokesman criticised recent comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said recent actions by the Chinese Communist Party suggest it is “intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values” and “puts Americans at risk.”

The WPK spokesman said Pompeo’s remarks on Hong Kong, Taiwan, human rights and trade disputes were “nonsense.”

They accused the US Secretary of State of slandering the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

They added: “Pompeo, who has been deeply engrossed in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, has become too ignorant to discern where the sun rises and where it sets.”

Such statements by American leaders are a sign of their concerns about a declining United States, he said.

The official made reference to the ongoing protests against police brutality.

“Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House,” the spokesman said.

“This is the reality in the US today.

“American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression.”

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South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said it was the first time the WPK international affairs department had issued a statement of its own since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.

The news comes as people worldwide protest the murder of George Floyd.

George Floyd was killed by then Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin after he knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while detaining him.

However, tensions increased when police were ordered to disperse a group of protesters in Lafayette Square with tear gas and rubber bullets, creating a clear path for Trump to get to St John’s Episcopal Church, where he took photos.


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Bishops in charge of the church were not made aware of the visit.

Many were outraged at the police violence towards protesters fuelled by his visit.

Reverend Gini Gerbasi, from a nearby church in Georgetown, told Religious News Service that when she left briefly to get supplies, armed police began to set off tear gas to expel protesters.

“I was suddenly coughing from the tear gas.

“We heard those explosions and people would drop to the ground because you weren’t sure what it was,” Ms Gerbasi said.

“They turned holy ground into a battleground.”

The nation’s highest-ranking African-American bishop Archbishop Wilton Gregory spoke out against the visit.

The Archbishop released a statement released just before Trump’s visit to the national shrine. 

He said: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.”

Archbishop Gregory has led the Archdiocese of Washington for just over a year.

He said Donald Trump’s actions in posing for photos at religious sites are “reprehensible”

The archbishop, like many claimed that Trump’s actions Monday and Tuesday were all for a photo-op.

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China ‘afraid of the truth coming out’ about coronavirus outbreak response – shock claim

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Asia political expert and author Gordon Chang accused China of allowing the virus to spread beyond its borders and claimed the nation suppressed information to the world on the severity of coronavirus. China’s President Xi Jinping has denied both these accusations and repeatedly insisted the Chinese Government acted swiftly to protect its people from the virus as well as inform the world of the severity of the disease. During an interview with, Mr Chang argued China is fearful closer scrutiny will show how they initially reacted to the virus.

Mr Chang said: “I think China would be afraid of the truth coming out.

“China, in a real sense, had tamed the world.

“The world by the day is becoming untamed, as far as China is concerned.”

Mr Chang then accused China and President Xi of spreading the virus “maliciously”.

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He said: “China maliciously spread this disease beyond its borders.

“This could have been an accidental release from the lab or could have been from the wet market, who knows.

“What is important is not how the disease started by how Beijing did in response to it.”

China has repeatedly rejected claims coronavirus originated from a lab.

Mr Chang also attacked China for the way they informed the world about the dangers of coronavirus.

He claimed: “Beijing only announced human to human transmission on January 20.

“But doctors in Wuhan knew that in the second week of December.

“If during that interim period, China had said nothing that would have been grossly irresponsible.

“But what Beijing tried to do was to deceit the world into believe coronavirus was not human to human transferable.”

The COVID-19 outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, and has since spread around the globe.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at China over the coronavirus pandemic demanding an investigation.

When questioned on the US’ suffering at the hands of coronavirus Mr Trump has previously tweeted: “It was the incompetence of China and nothing else, that did this mass worldwide killing.”

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China has repeatedly urged the United States and Donald Trump to stop what it sees as virus slander.

The Chinese Government’s top diplomat Wang Yi last Sunday said: “The US should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country.”

Australia has demanded an impartial, independent and comprehensive investigation into the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking on Sky News on Monday, Beijing’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, welcomed an “international review” and said any “review should be independent, free from politicisation, it should be based on science, the scientists should take the lead.”

Mr Liu rejected criticism of China’s response to the virus, claiming Beijing had “wasted no time in sharing information” with the international community.

He said: ”China’s record is clean [and] it can stand the test of time and history.”

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Coronavirus news: Futurologists reveal their predictions for the post-pandemic world

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But now, as the controls are slowly set in reverse, and we begin the process of coming out of lockdown, our post-pandemic lives will look very different. At times it is going to feel as if we are still trapped in a strange version of the past where families spend most of their time together, our social lives are more restricted and overseas travel is an exotic option few can enjoy. Yet, at the same time, we have accelerated our move into an online world of working, buying and communicating. That leap forward also reveals perhaps our greatest future challenge – how to keep both the economy and an older population healthy. So what can we learn from this time travel? What should you expect now and in the future and how should you prepare yourself? Two leading futurology experts share their predictions…


Next Six Months

In the short-term, even as non-essential shops reopen and some return to offices, we will continue to grapple with lockdown policies whilst preserving social distancing. That means phased shifts at work and hybrid work/office arrangements and dealing with the challenges of commuting safely. Expect frequent workplace health tests to reassure people it’s safe to return and further encouragement to cycle or walk to work.

Next Two Years

The Bank of England believes we are heading for the worst recession in more than 300 years. That means a tough financial environment and firms looking to cut costs and jobs. Expect accelerating automation through greater use of Artificial Intelligence and robotics. Coronavirus has revealed how financially vulnerable we are to sudden social disruptions, so make sure automation isn’t your next unpleasant shock. Building up your online skills will help, but also focus on roles where human qualities such as empathy and creativity still dominate.

Next Five Years

As part of those efforts to cut costs, companies will look to reduce their property footprint. They will shift further towards a hybrid of working from the office and home, and invest in local hubs. Expect flexible working hours to become the norm with a four-day week for many. Much of this flexibility will come through the growth of the so-called “gig economy” – a labour market of short-term contracts and freelance jobs. We will have to be more entrepreneurial about managing our long-term career.


Next Six Months

It’s time now to focus on losing those extra pounds gained during lockdown. Over the summer, you are likely to be joining millions of others in taking outdoor exercise. With gyms closed, expect parks, roads and the countryside to be packed with cyclists, runners and walkers. As the number of Covid-19 infections falls, contact your GP about non-coronavirus-related health issues.

Next Two Years

GPs have moved online during the crisis and this will continue apace as monitoring your health increasingly becomes a digital activity. Expect a vast array of new wearable apps to appear as Amazon, Apple and Google battle it out to become major players in the healthy living sector.

Next Five Years

The UK population is getting older. In 1970, just one in 25 people was over 75; and one in 120 over 85. By 2050, that will change to one in seven; and one in 20. Coronavirus has revealed how crucial healthy ageing is. We need a health system that keeps people out of hospital, rather than one based on treating them when they become ill. That means a greater emphasis on healthy ageing and lifestyles, especially for those over 50. Expect greater interventions and more drug treatments aimed at slowing down the biological path of ageing itself.


Next Six Months

The traditional boundaries between work and home have dissolved as millions work from home. And whilst women are still carrying the major load in caring, more fathers than ever are getting actively involved with their children. Over the coming months parents will begin to decide which aspects of these short-term habits they have developed they want to take into the future. Expect many (possibly heated) negotiations on the roles within families!

Next Two Years

Coronavirus has exposed the extent of problems in the care home sector at the same time as bringing the generations within families closer. This will create a strong incentive for families to work out how best to support their older parents – either in multi-generational homes or by using technology to support independent living for longer.

Next Five Years

In the past, a parent hoping to combine work with childcare experienceda pay penalty for flexible working. Post-Covid-19, as flexible working becomes increasingly the norm, expect that pay penalty to reduce. That will lead to more equal sharing between both partners around childcare and running a home. As working from home becomes more important, and working from the office less important, it will free up extra time to invest in your neighbourhood and local community.


Next Six Months

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair famously described his priorities as “Education, education, education”. For the education sector, its short term priorities are “Online, online, online”. Expect ever more imaginative ways of using online education in schools, colleges and universities – far beyond simply reciting the usual lesson into a camera.

Next Two Years

As online lessons becomes an increasingly accepted part of how we learn, there will be enormous growth in companies offering online learning – from fun-based apps through to full degrees. As with health, Amazon, Apple and Google will be seeking to be major players in this growth market.

Next Five Years

The big emerging trend will be lifelong learning. In part, that will be a response to the need to upgrade skills in the face of automation. It will also be driven by the need to work for longer as the cost of dealing with Covid-19 places pressure on household finances and the state pension.

Expect universities and firms to partnerwith each other to create new types of skill certificates. Many younger people will think hard about how they learn across the whole of their life – expect fewer to enrol for university and instead pick up skills as they need them later in life.


Next Six Months

Expect nose-to-nose traffic jams as workers seek to avoid public transport by driving into work. The problem will be made worse as roads are increasingly configured to allow for more cyclists and pedestrians. As for holidays, the coronavirus time machine will be set firmly in reverse as family vacations in the UK soar.

Next Two Years

Pack an extra book to read at the airport as health tests lead to lengthy check-ins. The financial pressures on airlines will lead to bankruptcies and mergers – so expect fewer and more expensive flights. Meanwhile back home, as more people work flexibly and go to the office less frequently, expect to explore other ways of getting around – such as electric bikes and scooters.

Next Five Years

Coronavirus will shift the balance from global to local in many ways, including more local supply chains as firms seek to avoid disruption from future outbreaks. The increased possibility of trade wars will tip the global/local balance further. And as markets become less global and politics more national, expect many countries to become more difficult to visit as visa requirements increase and costs rise.

The pandemic taught us many lessons – not least that the future we get can be very different from the one we anticipated.

But these experiences have also catapulted us into a future where how we work, relateto each other and learn will shift profoundly. We may have been caught out by Covid-19, but we don’t need to be caught out by what is to come.

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice and Andrew J. Scott a Professor of Economics, both at London Business School.The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World by Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton (Bloomsbury, £20) is out now.

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Incredible moment SpaceX astronauts enter ISS a day after rocket launch

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The pair began their journey on SpaceX’s the Crew Dragon capsule on top of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday evening. Although the space station orbits at around 220 miles above the planet, it took almost a day for the Dragon to rendezvous with the moving laboratory. The spacecraft had to perform a series of manoeuvres to raise its obit to come close enough to dock at the space station.

The Dragon docked autonomously to a port on the bow section of the station’s Harmony module, 16 minutes ahead of schedule.

Mr Hurley congratulated the teams at Nasa and SpaceX said: “It’s been a real honour to be just a small part of this nine-year endeavour since the last time a United States spaceship has docked with the International Space Station.”

Once the Dragon is sealed in place and pressure checks are completed, the hatch door will open and Mr Hurley and Mr Behnken will join the three other space station residents, Nasa’s Chris Cassidy and Russia’s Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, to become members of the Expedition 63 crew.

Shortly after the bell rang on the space station to mark the arrival of the Crew Dragon capsule, Mr Cassidy said: “Dragon arriving.

“The crew of Expedition 63 is honoured to welcome the Dragon and the Commercial Crew Programme.”

He added: “Bob and Doug, glad to have you as part of the crew.”

The mission, named Demo-2, marks the first time Nasa has launched astronauts from US soil in nine years.

SpaceX also made history by becoming the first private company to send humans into orbit.

More to follow…

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Pentagon scrambles military forces for deployment in US streets following widespread riots

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The US Pentagon has taken the rare step of putting the national military police on alert, as ongoing clashes continue to erupt across major American cities. The Pentagon’s unprecedented decision, ordered by the US President Donald Trump, would see the American Army deploy active-duty military police units to Minneapolis in a bid to take back control of the city. This comes as the brutal police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, has sparked widespread protests across the country.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to the AP.

Troops in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have also been told to be ready within 24 hours.

The military orders were issued on Friday, after President Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for “military options” to help squash the unrest in Minneapolis.

The President asked Mr Esper for rapid deployment options if the protests continued to spiral out of control, according to a senior Pentagon official who was on the call.

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The official told AP: “When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak.”

The last time military units were deployed on US streets under such orders was during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King trial.

Brad Moss, a Washington DC attorney, who specializes in national security, said: “If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.”

The unrest over George Floyd’s death first turned violent in Minneapolis, where rioters torched the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct near where Mr Floyd was arrested.

On Friday night, thousands defied a citywide curfew order in a largely peaceful protest, as chants and signs denounced police behaviour. 

Following this, Minnesota National Guard announced that it was preparing to deploy 1,700 soldiers to the streets to maintain law and order.

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Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz told an early morning press briefing that the situation was “chaotic, dangerous and unprecedented”.

Over night, the chaos spread to New York, LA and Atlanta where violent unrest erupted, while the White House was briefly locked down due to ongoing clashes between police and protesters

On Friday, Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis policeman seen in the harrowing footage of George Floyd, was charged with murder over the death.

Mr Chauvin was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old Mr Floyd’s neck on Monday.

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EU chaos: Brussels panic as MAJOR revamp to food industry needed to stop future crisis

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City University Food Policy Professor and author Tim Lang explained the European Union could see some member states food industry struggle post coronavirus. During an interview with, Professor Lang explained Europe’s over-reliance on migrant labour could prove problematic as travel between nations is expected to change post-crisis. He added countries that do feed themselves are in a better position than those that import much of their food.

Professor Lang said: “For the most part, France feeds itself and the Netherlands feeds itself.

“Britain does not feed itself, unlike Spain and Italy feed themselves.

“Those countries I have mentioned will recover but they all depend upon migrant labour.

“The entire European food model has been based upon very quick flows of migrant labour.”

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Professor Lang also explained what locations those in the food labour industry come from and how it will be impacted post-crisis.

He said: “This is mostly labour from east to west and also from northern Africa to southern Europe for picking in Spain, Italy and Greece.”

Professor Lang also claimed the European Union had a responsibility to ensure all food industry issues are resolved.

Professor Lang said: “Eastern Europe’s Visegrad group, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia appear to be extremely right-wing in political terms.

“They were posing barriers and putting up borders to stop migrants, adding delays to wagons etc.

“But the EU kicked in and demanded fast access and fast flows for food.

“This is because whatever we all think about the European Union, the EU does not have any powers over health but it does have powers over food.

“Health is a national responsibility and the EU’s coordinating function on food has kicked, belatedly.

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“There were great concerns for that initially.”

Professor Lang also insisted that Britain would need to reassess the structure of its food industry as the nation cuts ties with the European Union.

He said after years of membership to the bloc, the country would need to refocus how quickly it gets food from abroad and where it gets its labour from. 

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South China Sea: US warns of ‘serious threat’ as Beijing tracks US navy vessel

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The US Navy has issued a stern response to China after Beijing accused Washington of “violating international laws” during a routine freedom of navigation operation. Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command, said sea and air units were deployed to “warn off” US vessels from the region.

Colonel Li claims a US ship had illegally ventured near to the China-occupied Paracel Islands – something Washington has denied.

In a fiercely worded statement, Colonel Li said: “The provocative actions by the US have seriously undermined China’s sovereignty and security interests, seriously violated international laws and regulations and severely damaged the peace and stability of the region.

“It is a brazen act of navigational hegemony.”

US Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Rachel Maul disputes China’s version of events and said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law”.

The US insists it is the actions of China that is threatening peace in the disputed region.

Lieutenant Maul said: “This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law by challenging the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also by challenging China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands.

“Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas.

“Including the freedom of navigation and overflight and the right of innocent passage of all ships.”

The US regularly conducts freedom of navigation operations in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Just last month, two US-flagged vessels have sailed through the contested Spratly Islands as part of scheduled operations.

The USS Barry guided-missile destroyer travelled near the disputed Paracel Islands, this was followed 24 hours later by the USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier.

China’s Sansha city has established control over the Paracel Islands and the Spratly islands – two disputed archipelagos in the South China Sea.

Beijing has also established military outposts on the artificial islands.

China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea is disputed by claims from neighbouring Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.


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Under international law, a large part of the South China Sea comes under Vietnamese sovereignty.

However, Beijing disagrees and says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to China – a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016.

The contested South China Sea is also one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is crucial to global trade.

A 2015 US Department of Defense report found an estimated $5.3trillion (£4million) worth of goods are shuttled through the waterways every year.

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Brexit prediction: Why ‘no great progress’ will be made in crunch talks until September

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David Henig, director of the UK trade policy project and a former trade negotiator, predicts both sides will report “no great progress” while both “play to domestic audiences”. Speaking out on Twitter this afternoon, Mr Henig predicted the “real political negotiations” would begin in September.

It comes after the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost said the Government would not ask for an extension and pledged that any request by the EU for one would be rejected.

Britain left the EU on January 31 but the main terms of its membership remain in place during a transition period until the end of this year, allowing it time to negotiate a new free trade deal with the bloc.

Mr Frost told the Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union on Wednesday: “That is the firm policy of the Government, that we will not extend the transition period and if asked we would not agree to it.”

This was despite the European Union being “open” to a two-year Brexit delay, chief negotiator Michel Barnier confirmed.


In his letter, Mr Barnier said: “Such an extension of up to one or two years can be agreed jointly by the two parties.

“The European Union has always said that we remain open on this matter.”

Mr Henig added on Twitter: “Negotiators can only try to find the wiggle room around the red lines, ultimately the political leaders have to decide on the importance of compromise or no-deal.

But he stressed “right now neither side is ready for that conversation”.

Mr Henig continued: “Assuming that there is no extension, which I think is now quite a safe assumption as the need to say no to Europe is still more important than the detail.

“That only real UK red line (claiming victory over the EU) is harder to forecast in September.”

Speaking to the Financial Times earlier this week, the trade director also said that the UK was “cherry-picking” what it liked about EU membership.

He added: “The UK is looking for more than Canada, Korea or Japan in exchange for the same — or probably even less — in terms of level playing field provisions.”

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Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has also backed Mr Frost’s views on a two-year extension.

Mr Gove was answering questions from Peers on the House of Lords EU Committee on the progress of UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Lord Wood of Anfield asked Mr Gove, said: “If indeed the European Council comes back and says, ‘Look we really do need a little extension for this transition period in order to get the basics sorted out’, is the Government’s position that it will say no to that request?”

Giving a short response, Mr Gove said: “Yes.”


The EU seemed to disagree with Mr Gove today with Michel Barnier’s senior adviser saying there were still “huge challenges” to come meaning an extension is likely.

Speaking during an online event hosted by the Institute for Government, Stefaan de Rynck said: “We have seven months left and huge challenges.

“The future relationship… there’s a couple of tough nuts that need to be cracked still in the economic and security partnership and in the governance.”

He continued: “There is the protocol in Northern Ireland which needs to be implemented and ready to be implemented by January 1 (2021) which is again seven months from now.

“If there’s a need for more time, it needs to be decided jointly and so we have said we’re certainly open for that.”

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Chelsea Clinton’s cold response to TV host’s ‘be human’ request exposed

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Chelsea, 40, first entered the White House as the daughter of US President Bill Clinton in 1993 when she was 12 years old. She later supported her mother Hillary Clinton in bid to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, and as the party’s candidate in 2016. Ultimately, Mrs Clinton lost to Donald Trump, however, but Chelsea has not stopped opposing the government.

She appeared on The Late Show in March 2018 and sent the host into a frenzy over her response to one of his questions.

Mr Colbert asked her: “How do you guys talk about this at home? Come on, spill the tea.

“How do you guys talk about Donald Trump? Give me a conversation you had recently.”

At first, Chelsea just exclaimed “Goodness!” to which Mr Colbert asked: “That’s the strongest language you use? Gee williker!”

Then, Chelsea launched into a slightly robotic paragraph as to how her family discuss dealing with an administration they don’t like.

She said: “We just talk about what we should be doing today ‒ which organisations and candidates should we be supporting?

“How do you both stand in opposition to the degradation of norms and institutions, as well as the retrograde policies around voting rights, around womens’ rights, around transgender rights?

“And what do we do to keep pushing forward for the world that both my parents have been working on since before I was born and which I am really eager to help build for my children, for your children, for future generations.

“Because, as you noted, the President I think thrives on anxiety and insults, there is always so much to talk about.

“And because I think, unfortunately, this administration is the collision of cruelty and incompetence, there’s so much going on even beyond the president on any given day.”

While the audience appeared to enjoy her level-headed attitude, as they erupted into applause half way through, Mr Colbert appeared to find it oddly infuriating.

He asked: “Does your entire family speak in paragraphs? Because that was a really beautiful paragraph there.

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“It doesn’t get any sharper than that at home? No one ever throws a glass of chardonnay at the TV, ever?”

Chelsea replied that she does not think it is productive to respond like that.

Mr Colbert quipped: “It’s not productive, but it feels so good.

“You must have some weaknesses, show one, come on, be human here! What have you yelled about?”

Still resolutely calm, Chelsea said she would rather go to a protest or convince more people to vote in the mid-term elections.

These mid-term elections in November 2018 ended up being somewhat a success for the Democrats, who gained 41 seats in the House of Representatives and thus took control of the Chamber.

Nancy Pelosi became the new Speaker of the House and has since traded verbal blows with the President on a number of occasions.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has continued to criticise the government, especially in relation to its handling of the pandemic in recent months.

She has even spoken out against her former friend Ivanka Trump, who she said she has no sympathy for, because she has chosen to work for her father out of her own free will.

Chelsea branded the whole administration “a collision of cruelty and incompetence” and implied that the First Daughter is part of that.

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