Boris Johnson is under pressure to clarify whether dual-nationality Britons can travel to the US during Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The Foreign Secretary has insisted that Britons with dual citizenship would still be free to travel to the US – even if they were born in one of seven majority Muslim countries on Mr Trump’s blacklist.
Mr Johnson’s clarification followed urgent talks with the US President’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Sunday to discuss the position of Britons, such as Olympian Sir Mo Farah.
However, advice on the US embassy in the UK website on Monday morning said there would be a 90-day travel ban to the US for those from the seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
And the notice said this included those with dual nationality.
It warned: “If you are a national, or dual national, of one of these countries (the seven majority Muslim countries), please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time.
“If you already have an appointment scheduled, please DO NOT ATTEND your appointment as we will not be able to proceed with your visa interview.”
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said he had not seen the statement on the website.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Iraq, have joined forces to call for an emergency debate in Parliament on the travel ban.
It comes as more than one million people signed an online petitioncalling for Mr Trump’s upcoming state visit to the UK to be blocked.
But Downing Street has insisted Mr Trump’s state visit will go ahead.
Her spokesman said Mrs May was “very happy” to extend the invitation to Mr Trump and added “we look forward to hosting the President later this year”.
Protests over the travel ban have also been planned in the UK for Monday evening. They are scheduled for 6pm in London, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the ban was “outrageous, illegal and immoral” and that “we should stand up for the values that we believe in”.
He said he would be at the protests if he can but would definitely be sending a member of his team to the London protest.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has spelled out his opposition to a state visit by Mr Trump with the Prime Minister during talks in Cardiff.
A spokesman for the Welsh Government said: “The First Minister raised serious concerns about how the recent US immigration order was handled by the UK Government, and his belief that a state visit would be difficult in the current circumstance.”
Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world.
The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.
Mr Trump pledged that he would be “president for all Americans” in his New York victory speech.
He said he was “reaching out” to the people who had not supported him to “unify the country”.
“Now it’s time to bind the wounds of division. I say to Democrats and Republicans it is time come together as one united people,” he said.
“I pledge to be president for all Americans,” he said, adding: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
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He said it was not a campaign but a movement that had won him the White House, comprised of “all people of different backgrounds and beliefs”.
He said victory had been “tough”. “This political stuff is nasty and it’s tough,” he said, while thanking his family.
It was an extraordinary election night. Mr Trump won some early east coast states and did not look back. When he secured the key swing state of Florida, a clear path to the presidency was laid out. He went on to win Ohio and South Carolina.
In an extraordinary development, Mrs Clinton did not initially concede the election – but then later called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory.
Mr Trump offered generous words for his vanquished opponent, saying she had worked hard for many years and was owed a “deep debt of gratitude”.
The crowd was respectful at the mention of Mrs Clinton.
In a conciliatory speech Mr Trump added: “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground, partnership not conflict.
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our destiny.”
The Republican surpassed expectations and confounded pollsters in Florida, where Mrs Clinton had been expected to win following a surge in the Hispanic vote.
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Mrs Clinton’s hopes of a swift victory faded as the Republican picked up a series of states early on and maintained his momentum.
Financial markets around the world plummeted as votes for Mr Trump stacked up.
Mr Trump’s threats to rip up a free trade agreement with Mexico and tax money sent home by migrants to pay for building a wall on the southern US border if elected president caused the peso to hit a record low.
Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the result as “bigger than Brexit”.
He told The Telegraph that Mr Trump’s election will represent a “massive result” for Britain.
He said that the UK would have a “friend in the White House” who will prioritise trade relations with the UK.
“Jay Z will be joined at the concert by special guests to encourage unity and urge Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on Election Day,” Clinton’s campaign said in a statement.
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The Democratic presidential candidate said today (October 26) in an interview with The Breakfast Club she was “thrilled” at having Hov’s support and that of so many different people.
Election Day is November 8 where Clinton faces off against Republican hopeful Donald Trump.
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Jay Z is scheduled to perform a concert in Cleveland, Ohio in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which is set to happen sometime before the November 8 election day, according to Buzzfeed.
The goal of the event is reportedly to curry the support of young black voters in a state where President Barack Obama squeezed out Democratic victories in 2008 and 2012 after Republican wins in 2000 and 2004. In this election, Clinton is running against GOP candidate Donald Trump. No president has ever won an election without scoring the swing state of Ohio.
Hov has a history of supporting the Democratic party. In 2012, the Hip Hop mogul and Bruce Springsteen headlined a similar concert in Columbus alongside President Obama the night before his reelection.
Tony Blair exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, led Britain into war before peaceful options had been exhausted and sent ill-equipped British troops into battle, a damning report into the controversial Iraq War has said.
Sir John Chilcot’s seven-year long inquiry is scathing in its assessment of the former prime minister.
Sir John said the 2003 war – which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – “went badly wrong, with consequences to this day”.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was not an imminent threat and military action was not the “last resort”, he said.
His report accuses Blair of presenting “flawed intelligence” as fact to Parliament and the British public in the so-called “dodgy dossier” in the run-up to the invasion.
He also said the legal basis for military action was “far from satisfactory”.
In another damning criticism of Blair, it was revealed that in June 2002 – nine months before the invasion – he told US President George W Bush that he was “with him whatever”.
Blair said he took full responsibility for the war as he expressed “more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know”.
But he insisted British soldiers did not die “in vain” and told ITV News: “If I was back in the same place – I’d take the same decision.”
Families of fallen British soldiers are now exploring whether they can take legal action against Blair, with one relative branding him the “world’s worst terrorist”.
Tony Blair expressed “sorrow and regret and apology” but mounted a robust defence of the war in his response to Chilcot’s findings.
Blair told ITV News’ Robert Peston that he would take the same decision – which he described as his “most agonising” as prime minister – again.
In a lengthy press conference, Blair insisted the world was a “better and safer place” as a result and his decision to remove Saddam did not cause the unrest seen in the Middle East today.
Amid accusations he misled Parliament and the public, Blair responded: “I did not mislead this country”
British soldiers put at risk
British troops were ill-equipped for the conflict, the report found.
The Ministry of Defence was rushed into the conflict and was not prepared for evolving security threats, it said.
The MoD’s “slow response” to the threat from Improvised Explosive Devices, which killed so many of the 179 Britons, was highlighted.
It said there were unacceptable “delays in providing adequate medium weight patrol vehicles should not have been tolerated”.
The UK’s defence resources were severely overstretched by military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, it said. “Decisions on resources for Iraq were affected by the demands of the operation in Afghanistan.”
Britain was so poorly prepared for the war that it had to strike deals with enemy militia groups who had killed British soldiers – a decision Sir John Chilcot described as “humiliating”.
Blair ignored warnings
Blair was accused of ignoring “explicit” warnings about the risks of the war and the impact it would have on the wider region as well as the security risk to Britain.
Sir John said the consequences of invading were “underestimated”, branding the planning and preparation for a post-Saddam Iraq as “wholly inadequate”.
His report dismisses Blair’s claim that difficulties after the invasion could not have been known in advance, saying top-level ministers were well aware of the inadequacy of the American’s plans to rebuild the country.
“The government’s preparations failed to take account of the magnitude of the task of stabilising, administering and reconstructing Iraq and of the responsibilities which were likely to fall to the UK.”
Memos, released alongside the report, also shed fresh light on exchanges between Blair and Bush in the run-up to the war.
They revealed that the pair were discussing regime change in Iraq as early as 2001, but Blair had urged Bush not to take rash action in the wake of 9/11.
But by the time Blair met Bush in Crawford, Texas in early 2002, the UK’s thinking had undergone a “profound change”.
The Joint Intelligence Committee said Saddam Hussein could not be removed from power without an invasion” and the government described Iraq as a threat that “had to be dealt with”.
David Cameron is to meet leaders of other EU states for the first time since the referendumvote 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama has officially announced that June 2016 is “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” an initiative that actually started back in 1979 during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.President Carter initially declared June “Black Music Month” but President Obama changed the name when he came into office and has been an advocate for it ever since.
Obama, who is a noted Kendrick Lamar fan, is calling upon all public officials, educators and the people of the U.S.A to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and appreciation of music that is composed, performed and arranged by African Americans.
This month, we celebrate the music that reminds us that our growth as a Nation and as people is reflected in our capacity to create great works of art. Let us recognize the performers behind this incredible music, which has compelled us to stand up — to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.