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London mayor urges Brexit delay 

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London mayor urges Brexit delay 

LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union, warning time has run out to rework her withdrawal agreement.

“It’s clear that we can’t reach a meaningful deal that’s agreed by parliament by March 29,” Khan, from Britain’s main opposition Labour Party told the Media.  “I’m hoping the prime minister sees sense and either extends the notice period for Article 50 or withdraws Article 50.” 

Article 50 is the EU law that Britain invoked in 2017 triggering a two-year countdown to Brexit that ends at 11 pm (2300 GMT) on 29th March. The country is currently on course to leave without an agreement after MPs in January overwhelmingly rejected a divorce deal May struck with the EU late last year. The embattled leader is now seeking changes to the pact which she hopes will be enough to get it through parliament by March 12.

 In her revised strategy unveiled this week, May has vowed that if her deal is rejected, lawmakers will vote in the following days on whether to leave without a deal or delay Brexit briefly. But European leaders have warned any postponement would come with conditions. 

Khan, a leading advocate for a second referendum on EU membership, argued that freezing the process by unilaterally withdrawing Article 50 was the most feasible way forward. “Let’s do it… stop the clock,” he said. “The deal the prime minister negotiated, even if she’s able to improve it, is a bad deal… parliament’s in gridlock.  “In those circumstances, I think the British public should be allowed to… have a say,” the mayor added.

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Five mosques vandalized in Birmingham!

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BIRMINGHAM: Windows of at least five mosques had been damaged by means of sledgehammer(s) here last night.

According to local police, the first act of vandalizing took place on Birchfield Road at 2.30 am. Less than an hour later mosque on Slade Road, Erdington was attacked.

Birmingham Council of Mosques told that not less than five mosques had been damaged: “We were deeply horrified to hear a number of mosques were vandalized during the early hours of this morning. Birmingham’s mosques are a place of worship, serenity and a source of peace and tranquility. We are appalled by such acts…”  Counter-Terrorism Unit is investigating the attacks in order to ascertain the motive of the suspect.  

Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove & Home Secretary Sajid Javid took to the twitter to comment on the incidents: 

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Tehmina leads delegation in Pak-EU dialogue

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday headed the Pakistani delegation in the 5th session of Pak-EU Political Dialogue in Brussels.
Foreign Office Spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, said the European Union delegation was led by Deputy Secretary-General EEAS Jean-Christof Belliard.
He said the entire spectrum of Pak-EU relations, including global and regional issues discussed.

 

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School bus set on fire to protest against immigrants’ drowning!

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MILAN: Ousseynou Sy, a 47-year-old Italian of Senegalese origin, had hijacked and set a school bus harboring 51 students on fire here today.

Luckily all the kids escaped unhurt before the incendie engulfed the vehicle. A child even claimed that the driver had threatened to douse them with petrol and set them alight. 

The act was to register a macabre protest against the drownings in the Mediterranean as transpired by the shouting of  the culprit, now in police custody: “Stop the deaths at sea, I’ll carry out a massacre”.  

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