Mr Cameron Will Travel To Brussels For His Last European Council Summit As Prime Minister.

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David Cameron is to meet leaders of other EU states for the first time since the referendum vote for Brexit.

Government sources said that the PM would use the potentially awkward meeting to urge the other 27 leaders and EU institutions to take a “constructive” approach to negotiations over a new relationship with the UK.

But he will resist pressure for an early start to the two-year talks process, insisting that it is a matter for his successor as PM to decide when to issue formal notification of Britain’s intention to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The new PM may not be in place until as late as September 2.
The new PM may not be in place until as late as September 2. Credit: PA

Despite calls for an “immediate” move to withdrawal negotiations from European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, the new PM may not be in place until as late as September 2.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested Britain could hold another vote on the leaving the EU.

Mr Cameron will attend a working dinner devoted to the consequences of the referendum vote, which has sent shockwaves through Europe’s political establishment and sent stock markets tumbling across the continent.

But he has not been invited to the second day of the summit, when the other 27 leaders will hold informal discussions on the stance the EU should take towards the UK’s demands.

Standard & Poor's downgraded the UK
Standard & Poor’s downgraded the UK Credit: PA

The summit comes a day after ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the UK by two notches from its top AAA grade to AA, warning that victory for Leave had led to “a less predictable, stable and effective policy framework”.

A Government source said Mr Cameron would use the meeting to “encourage people to think about how the UK and EU make the best of the decision of the British people”.

He will make the point that, until the withdrawal negotiations are complete, the UK remains a full member of the EU entitled to the full rights of membership.

After telling the House of Commons on Monday that it was vital for Britain to maintain the “strongest possible” economic links with the EU, Mr Cameron will tell fellow leaders that a good economic relationship is in the interests not only of the UK but of all the remaining member states.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-06-28/cameron-to-meet-eu-leaders-for-first-time-since-brexit-vote/

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David Cameron: ‘ I Promise To “Steady The Ship” Over The Coming Months Before Stepping Down In October’

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Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

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Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, he said he would attempt to “steady the ship” over the coming weeks and months but that “fresh leadership” was needed.

The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s “independence day”.

The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results.

 

“I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” he said in a statement outside Downing Street.

Mr Cameron, flanked by his wife Samantha, said the result was the “will of the British people” which was an “instruction which must be delivered”.

Close to tears and with his voice breaking, Mr Cameron said: “I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.”

 

The referendum, called by Mr Cameron, delivered a shock victory for the Leave campaign.

The Brexit vote immediately sent the pound tumbling and sparked calls for his resignation.

Boris Johnson is the early favourite to replace Mr Cameron.

David Camerons full speach

Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.

Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.

We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.

We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we’ve governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.

The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believe was the national interest and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign for the spirited and passionate case that they made.

The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.

It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.

So there can be no doubt about the result.

Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made.

I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.

There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.

We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union.

This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.

But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.

I’m very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.

I believe we’ve made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people’s life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain’s economic strength.

– DAVID CAMERON

 

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WHO “We Expect The Zika Virus To Spread To Europe By The Summer”.

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The likelihood of local Zika transmission if no preventative action is taken is “moderate” in 18 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

While the UK is deemed to be “low” risk, global health chiefs have urged people to be prepared.

Officials will also continue to be alert to detect imported cases early and provide public health advice to travellers.

WHO said the risk is higher where the mosquito that carries the virus is present such as the island of Madeira and the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea.

A map showing the likelihood of the spread of the Zika virus in Europe – the darker the colour, the more likely the virus is to spread in that country Credit: WHO

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: “With this risk assessment, we at WHO want to inform and target preparedness work in each European country based on its level of risk.

“We call particularly on countries at higher risk to strengthen their national capacities and prioritise the activities that will prevent a large Zika outbreak.”

The Zika virus, which is known to cause birth defects, is currently present in 58 countries.

The most recent figures show that 23 UK travellers have been infected after visiting affected regions.

The likelihood of local Zika transmission if no preventative action is taken is “moderate” in 18 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

While the UK is deemed to be “low” risk, global health chiefs have urged people to be prepared.

Officials will also continue to be alert to detect imported cases early and provide public health advice to travellers.

WHO said the risk is higher where the mosquito that carries the virus is present such as the island of Madeira and the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea.

 

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: “With this risk assessment, we at WHO want to inform and target preparedness work in each European country based on its level of risk.

“We call particularly on countries at higher risk to strengthen their national capacities and prioritise the activities that will prevent a large Zika outbreak.”

The Zika virus, which is known to cause birth defects, is currently present in 58 countries.

The most recent figures show that 23 UK travellers have been infected after visiting affected regions.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-18/zika-virus-set-to-spread-to-europe-by-summer/

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BREAKING NEWS: Prostate Cancer Medication “Degarelix” Could Be The New Treatment For Paedophilia.

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Paedophiles are being treated with medication as part of a groundbreaking study to see whether it can prevent them from abusing children.

In the first scientific trial of its kind, men who are having sexual fantasies about children are being given a drug normally used to treat prostate cancer.

The drug, called degarelix, dramatically lowers levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, roughly to those of a prepubescent boy.

Sky News was given exclusive access to the trial at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Paedophiles are being treated with medication as part of a groundbreaking study to see whether it can prevent them from abusing children.

The drug being used is normally given to prostate cancer patients

Lead researcher Dr Christoffer Rahm said the drug had been shown to reduce sex drive in cancer patients, raising hopes that it could also reduce the risk of paedophiles sexually abusing children.

He said: “What is considered to be a negative side effect when you use the drug for advanced prostate cancer – reduced sexual arousal – is the effect we want to have in this context (treating paedophilia).”

The researchers will give a single injection of degarelix to 60 paedophiles who volunteer to join the study. None of the men have sexually abused children.

They will be compared with an equal number of men given dummy placebo injections.

Neither the men nor the doctors will know who is getting active medication and it is the first time a rigorous scientific trial has been done on paedophilia treatment.

Past attempts at chemical castration have been anecdotal and inconclusive.

But degarelix is a newer drug that has an immediate testosterone-lowering effect.

Dr Rahm said: “It’s important we have evidence-based treatment.

“We need to shift the focus away from what to do when the damage is already done on to preventing the sexual abuse happening in the first place.”

Sky News met one young man involved in the study. We agreed to protect his identity and gave him a fake name.

‘Anders’ has not abused children, but fears he might.

He told Sky News: “We didn’t choose to be this way. Nobody would, obviously. And yet nobody accepts us, everybody hates us, we can’t be open with it.

“Hopefully (the drug) will take my mind off these things so I don’t have to be so frustrated and miserable.”

All the men in the study will have a series of MRI brain scans taken while they look at computer-generated images.

Anders’ brain scan shows more activity in areas involved in visual processing and arousal when he sees images of children.

The researchers hope to identify a typical ‘brain pattern’ of a paedophile and that treatment will normalise the scan results.

Read on: http://news.sky.com/story/1674062/clinical-trial-of-treatment-to-cure-paedophiles

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EU Migrant Crisis Deal Backfires As Half As Many Migrants Sent To Turkey Are Brought Back To Greece By The Coastguard.

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The first boat carrying migrants from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU deal to deport those who have failed to gain asylum.

Ships carrying around 200 migrants and refugees – more than 130 from Lesbos and over 60 from Chios –  set off across the Aegean Sea from the islands on Monday.

The first boat with several dozen passengers on board arrived at Dikili on the Turkish coast at around 9.20am (local time), accompanied by two Turkish coastguard vessels and a police helicopter.

A boat carrying migrants and refugees from Greece arrives in Dikili, Turkey

The first ferry with migrants docks in Dikili, Turkey

They were taken to a small white tent on the quayside, behind security fencing, where they were met by immigration officials as they disembarked.

“All of the migrants returned are from Pakistan except for two migrants from Syria who returned voluntarily,” Giorgos Kyritsis, a spokesman for a government refugee crisis committee, told state television.

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He said there was “no timetable” for further deportations, adding the examination of asylum applications “will take some time”.

Sky’s Michelle Clifford in Lesbos said: “The whole idea about this scheme is to deter people from making that dangerous sea crossing from Turkey here to Greece.

“But as those ferries left here we filmed 58 migrants being brought to shore by the coastguard – so half as many almost as were taken away to Turkey – arrived from Turkey. Clearly the message they will be sent back is not deterring people at the moment.”

Clifford earlier spoke to charity workers from Save The Children who have been talking to migrants, mainly Syrians, at a detention centre on the Greek island.

“They told us women and children there were sleeping in the outdoors, and some of them we were told disturbingly had said that they would commit suicide, they would jump overboard, if they were sent back to Turkey because they couldn’t bear the thought potentially of being sent back to Syria,” she said.

Migrants protest in Greece against plans to deport them back to Turkey
 Migrants Protest In Greece

As each migrant was led aboard a ship, a small group of protesters outside the port in Lesbos shouted “shame on you!”

Riot police officers also boarded the boats.

Europe’s leaders are hoping the controversial plan of collective deportations from Greece will alleviate the migrant crisis affecting the continent.

Journalist Andrew Connelly, on Lesbos, told Sky News: “We think that there should be around 250 taken to Turkey today and possibly by the end of the week another 750.

“What we hear from my contacts in the detention centres is that we didn’t see violent scenes of refugees being forced by police to get on the buses. There is no way of knowing how the situation may escalate.”

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said they had made provision to receive 500 people on the first day, but the Greeks had only provided the names of 400.

In Dikili in Izmir Province, contractors were quickly converting the port into a makeshift readmission centre.

Although the first migrants to be sent back are expected to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, Syrians who have illegally crossed will also be expelled under the deal if they have arrived since 20 March.

Europe’s politicians are hoping the mass expulsions will act as a deterrent and discourage migrants from boarding the smugglers boats, but already there are signs it is not working.

The deal will of course fail if large numbers of people continue to make the crossing.

200316 Migrants arriving on the Greek Island Of Lesbos
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In Dikili, migrants are still arriving hoping to connect with the smugglers and get to Europe.

Human rights groups argue the collective deportations break international law and mark a dark time in Europe’s history.

Read on: http://news.sky.com/story/1672084/greece-begins-sending-migrants-back-to-turkey

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BREAKING NEWS: 11.5 Million Documents Leaked, Exposing The Hidden Wealth Of Some Of The World’s Most Prominent Leaders.

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The hidden wealth of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians and celebrities – including three former Tory MPs and six peers – has been revealed in a massive leak.

Millions of documents leaked to a number of media organisations across Europe apparently show the ways the rich and famous can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.

It is reported that journalists from more than 80 countries have been reviewing 11.5 million files leaked from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm.

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Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s PM, is named in the Panama Papers

Among the revelations is a network of secret deals and loans worth £2bn which apparently leads to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to The Guardian, one of the media organisations receiving the leaked documents – the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ – reveal:

:: Six members of the House of Lords, three former Conservative MPs and dozens of donors to UK political parties have had offshore assets.

:: A key member of FIFA’s powerful ethics committee, which is supposed to be spearheading reform at world football’s scandal-hit governing body, acted as a lawyer for individuals and companies recently charged with bribery and corruption.

:: Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.

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Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine, is said to have a fortune offshore

:: Among national leaders with offshore wealth are Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister; Ayad Allawi, ex-interim prime minister and former vice-president of Iraq; Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine; Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt’s former president; and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

:: The families of at least eight current and former members of China’s supreme ruling body, the politburo, have been found to have hidden wealth offshore.

:: Twenty-three individuals who have had sanctions imposed on them for supporting the regimes in North Korea, Zimbabwe, Russia, Iran and Syria have been clients of Panama-based Mossack Fonseca. Their companies were harboured by the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and other jurisdictions.

One leaked memo from a partner of Mossack Fonseca said: “Ninety-five per cent of our work coincidentally consists in selling vehicles to avoid taxes.”

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David Cameron, pictured with Iceland’s PM, has vowed to tackle tax secrecy

 

The company has denied any wrongdoing. It says it has acted beyond reproach for 40 years and that it has had robust due diligence procedures.

The document leak comes from the records of the firm, which was founded in 1977.

The information is near live, with the most recent records dating from December 2015.

Around 370 reporters from 100 media organisations have spent a year analysing and verifying the documents.

David Cameron has promised to “sweep away” tax secrecy – but his political opponents claim little has been done.

He is planning a summit of world leaders next month, which will focus on the conduct of tax havens.

The Prime Minister set out his line in 2011 when he said: “We need to shine a spotlight on who owns what and where the money is really flowing.”

Oxfam’s head of UK policy, Richard Pyle, said: “This leak highlights the key role that UK-linked tax havens like the British Virgin Islands play in allowing a privileged elite to dodge paying their fair share of tax.

“People in the world’s poorest countries pay the highest price for the billions of lost tax money when their governments are unable to fund life-saving healthcare such as midwives and vaccinations for children.

“The UK is in a unique position to help clean up the murky world of tax havens – starting by ensuring that the real beneficiaries of shell companies registered in the UK’s Crown dependencies and overseas territories, such as the British Virgin Islands, are revealed ahead of May’s Anti-Corruption Summit in London.”

Campaign group Global Witness said: “This investigation shows how secretly-owned companies, many of them based in the UK’s tax havens, can act as getaway cars for terrorists, dictators, money launderers and tax evaders all over the world.

“The time has clearly come to take away the keys, by requiring the collection and publication of information on who really owns and controls these companies.

“This would make it much harder to launder dirty money and leave the rest of us safer as a result.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1672075/offshore-accounts-of-world-leaders-revealed

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Zaventem Airport Partially Operational, Following Terror Attacks.

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Brussels airport plans to partially reopen on Sunday with new security controls, 12 days after it was attacked by suicide bombers. Airport authorities said three Brussels Airlines’ flights would depart for European destinations.

Zaventem has not handled passenger flights since the attack on its departure hall claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

The attacks on the airport and a metro station left 32 people dead.

In another development, Belgian authorities charged a third suspect – named only as Y A – with terrorist offences linked to a plot to attack France.

The charges come in the wake of the arrest of Frenchman Reda Kriket in a Paris suburb on 24 March.

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Brussels airport chief executive officer Arnaud Feist said that “from Sunday morning, Brussels Airport should be partially operational”.

He said he was expecting to receive official authorisation for the reopening later in the day.

The first flight is expected to take off in the early afternoon for the Portuguese city of Faro. The others will be bound for the Greek capital Athens and Turin, Italy.

Passengers will only be able to get to the airport by car or taxi – the terminal is still closed to trains and buses.

Under the new security arrangements:

  • vehicles and passengers travelling to the temporary departures area will be screened on the access road
  • an additional police check and ID and boarding pass check will take place at the entrance to the temporary departures area. Those not flying will not be allowed in
  • passengers will then proceed towards the departure gates, undergoing the usual access and security controls

Late on Friday Belgian officials reached a deal with police unions on enhanced security at the airport.

The dispute had delayed the reopening.

Mr Feist said he hoped the airport would get back up to full capacity in time for the start of the summer holidays at the end of June.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35951454

 

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