Hammond says no-deal Brexit would harm British people

LONDON ( ) – Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said it would be against British people’s interests to leave the European Union witho,上海品茶群二维码Nala,ut an exit deal, but declined to say how the government would respond if parliament refused to back its Brexit plans.

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Britain’s parliament on Wednesday began a five-day debate over Minister Theresa May’s deal with the rest of the bloc ahead of a vote in the lower house next Tuesday.

May has refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the EU after leaving in March, pressing ahead with a vote she is expected to lose.

“I firmly believe that my job is to look after the welfare and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in their interests to leave without a deal,” Hammond told an annual reception hosted by European planemaker Airbus.

British lawmakers earlier on Wednesday demanded the government come up with a plan B within days if she loses the vote on her deal to leave the European Union.

Asked how in that situation the government would prevent a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, Hammond told : “We are very determined that we need a deal. We need a deal that allows us to continue to co-operate and to have a smooth and orderly exit and we’ll make sure that we do.”

May’s allies have said there is no ‘plan B’ that would break the parliamentary deadlock.

Hammond was speaking after Airb,上海喝茶资源群[随机符,上海品茶交友群Idaia,],us (AIR.PA) Chief Executive Tom Enders stepped up pressure on decision-makers to end months of uncertainty over the terms for Britain’s departure.

The company, which employs 14,000 people in Britain and builds most of its commercial airplane wings there, has spent tens of millions of euros on contingency plans including extra stockpiling of parts in anticipation of border delays.

“What we and many other British businesses need most urgently, is for politicians from all sides to come together and pass a pragmatic agreement that allows an orderly Brexit,” Enders said, with Hammond and other politicians in the audience.

“We don’t see any specific benefits in the current deal. It’s just a lot less bad than a ‘no deal’,” he added.

A so-called ‘hard Brexit’ with no deal could have consequences for future Airbus investment in Britain, Enders said, reiterating previous warnings.

Responding to Enders’ comments in a speech, Hammond said the government’s job was to ensure “that it will be business logic that keeps you here in the yea上海品茶QQrs ahead.”

Airbus is planning for a no-deal Brexit as its “baseline” scenario, according to a November staff memo.

Factbox: Britain’s Brexit vote – How many lawmakers are backing PM…

LONDON ( ) – Britain’s parliament is debating whether to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a decision which will define Britain’s departure from the European Union and set the course for the country’s economy.

The odds look stacked against M,上海喝茶资源群Hadrian,ay winning parliamentary approval for her deal, which has come under fire from all 上海品茶QQsides, including euroskeptics, supporters of the EU and the Northern Irish party propping up her minority Conservative government.

Below is a running tally of the number of lawmakers who have indicated during the first of five days of debate whether they will support the Brexit deal on Jan. 15.

Lawmakers are entitled to change their mind before the vote, and some who speak are yet to make a final decision on the deal.

There are a total of 650 lawmakers in parliament. Of those, around 100 are govern,上海妹子品茶微信Mace,ment ministers and Conservative Party enforcers, or whips, who are required to support the deal and so are not included in the tally.

May’s Conservative Party has 317 lawmakers. It governs with a working majority of 13 thanks to a deal with the 10 lawmakers of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

Lawmakers who have indicated they will support the deal: 29

Lawmakers who have indicated they will oppose the deal: 69(including 16 of May’s Conservative lawmakers,上海品茶群二维码Hal,)

Baltimore primary voters back reform candidate for mayor after…

BALTIMORE ( ) – A Maryland state senator backing law enforcement reform won a narrow victory on Tuesday in the Democratic nominating contest for the mayor of Baltimore, as the city recovers a year after rioting sparked by a black man’s death in police custody.

The primary election in the mostly African-American city of 620,000 people comes as Baltimore residents confront rising violent crime and unrest sparked by the death of Freddie Gray in April, 2015.

The incident stoked a simmering U.S. debate on treatment of minorities by law enforcement officers and prompted the current mayor to decline to seek re-election.

Whil,上海妹子品茶微信Rae,e the Republican Party and other parties also held primaries, the Democratic race’s winner almost certainly will win November’s general election because Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to one in Baltimore, about 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Washington.

In the Democratic contest, state Senator Catherine Pugh, the chamber’s majority leader edged out former Mayor Sheila Dixon, 37 percent to 34 percent. Dixon was forced from office in 2010 for allegedly misappropriating gift cards for low-income families.

Pugh defeated a field of 13 Democrats vying for the nomination, including DeRay Mckesson, a nationally known activist with the Black Lives Matter movement that sprang up after police killings of minorities in U.S. cities.

Mckesson logged 12 percent of the vote.

Pugh, Dixon, Mckesson and Mayor Stephanie ,上海品茶QQKailani,Rawlings-Blake are African-Americans. Pugh, who co-chaired a legislative working group on law enforcement reform, has called for greater accountability for Baltimore police and the use of mobile units to help residents find jobs.

Voters said they hoped the election would bring positive change to the port 上海品茶QQcity. At 7.1 percent, Baltimore’s jobless rate is above the national average, and the city has been hit by a surge in murders.

“I think it’s a very important election. It’s time for change,” retiree Diane McCants, 67, said at a polling place in West Baltimore.

Tyrone Forney, a 52-year-old voter in northeast Baltimore, said the mayor’s race was critical. “We need new faces, new ideas,” he said.

The onetime steelmaking city exploded into world headlines a year ago after Gray, 25, died from a broken neck suffered in police custody.

,上海外卖品茶群Falkner,His death sparked protests and a day of rioting. Six police officers – three black and three white – have been charged in Gray’s death.

Rawlings-Blake, the mayor since 2010, came under fire for her handling of the crisis. She said in September that she would not seek re-election.

France tells Iran to stop ballistic missile work designed for…

PARIS ( ) – France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Teh,上海妹子品茶微信Naia,ran sai,上海品尝嫩茶Mace,d it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.

“France recalls that the Iranian missile program (does) not conform with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily briefing.

“It calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed上海品茶QQ to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology.”

Von der Muhll was responding to comments by President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, who said two satellites would be sent into space using Iran-made missiles.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United and why it’s not happening at Liverpool

Marcus Rashford may believe Manchester United are coming after Liverpool, but there’s one player seemingly intent on sprinting in completely the opposite direction.

While Rashford talks up the potential of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transitional United team, the mercurial Paul Pogba wants out at Old Trafford. Again.

“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on,” his agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed recently. “We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.

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“Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul’s wishes.”

Pogba struck a sulky figure when United jetted out to Australia on the pre-season tour this week, cameras later picking up what seemed a minor bust-up with team-mate Jesse Lingard.

Solskjaer wasn’t impressed, stating on Wednesday: “It’s an agenda against Paul, he’s a great, great professional, never been any problems, he has a heart of gold.

“Paul’s never put himself out of the team, always given his best and I can’t report anything other than that agents talk all the time.”

If this all smells vaguely familiar – it was only last year Pogba ,上海品茶QQIreland,was agitating for a move amid reports of a falling-out with Jose Mourinho – it’s not just restricted to United.

Liverpool, of course, have had sufficient experience themselves, most recently with the case of Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds stood firm when Coutinho wanted to leave for Barcelona in the summer of 2017, the Brazilian eventually returning to the first-team fold and responding wi爱上海419th some of the best football of his Anfield career before he was allowed his Camp Nou opportunity in January 2018 in exchange of £142million.

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Matters were similar for Luis Suarez in 2013, although Raheem Sterling kicked up enough of a fuss in 2015 that Liverpool decided cutting the winger free was the best course of action as soon as possible.

And while United struggle to contain a continuing issue with Pogba, Liverpool have no such problems.

The reasons are straightforward.

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For a start, Liverpool are winning again. As Champions League holders, none of their leading players are angling for a transfer, instead concentrating on defending their European crown and another tilt at the Premier League title.

Then there’s the character of the squad constructed by Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team, personalities that reflect those of the manager.

They won’t always be happy – witness Alberto Moreno and Simon Mignolet grumbling last season at a lack of action – but that’s understandable.

What they didn’t do, though, was rock the boat, with Mignolet’s professionalism in ,上海品茶微信Tara,particular impressing Klopp.

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Finally, there’s the Raiola question.

The agent and Klopp had a difference of opinion in 2016 over Liverpool’s treatment of his client Mario Balotelli, and the Reds have subsequently had no dealings with the Italian, whose current clients include Matthijs de Ligt.

Liverpool will recognise United’s problem. Sympathy, though, will be in very short supply.

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