Political parties are limbering up for a fight as the Electoral Commission is quietly poised to deliver European elections at the end of May in the event of an extension to Article 50. “We’ve advised people to make an adequate record of donations and spending,” a spokesperson for the Electoral Commission told The Londoner yesterday. “Candidates are being considered, compliance is being completed and money is being raised,” a spokesperson for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party told The Londoner, reiterating Farage’s own pledge to stand candidates if Article 50 is extended.
Megan Barton Hanson has revealed she is bisexual in the wake of her split from Wes Nelson. The pair, who met on Love Island, called time on their six month romance last month, with Barton Hanson appearing to blame Nelson’s Dancing on Ice stint for the split.
A Brexit breakthrough is “in God’s hands”, Jean-Claude Juncker has said – after Brussels once again rebuffed UK pleas to renegotiate the deal struck by Theresa May last year. In an interview with a German newspaper the European Commission president said an extension of Article 50 was an option to avoid a no deal. Theresa May is to come to Brussels on Wednesday evening to meet with Mr Juncker, but her ministers were already sent home empty-handed at the start of the week.
Michael Gove has shattered Brexiteer hopes of unilateral free trade byannouncing Britain will impose tariffs on EU imports to protect farmers in a"difficult and damaging no-deal Brexit"
Comedian Jack Whitehall was forced to apologise after accidentally swearing during an interview on ITV’s Lorraine. The 30-year-old appeared on the show to discuss his upcoming gig as the BRIT Awards host, and was taken to task by presenter Christine Lampard for using a rude word live on air.
Jihadi bride Shamima Begum could be arrested if she arrives at the UK border, the head of the Met Police has said.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be "spoken to" if she comes back to Britain.On Tuesday, Ms Dick said: "If she does, under whatever circumstances, arrive at our borders, somebody in her type of circumstances could expect, of course, to be spoken to and, if there is the appropriate necessity, to be potentially arrested and certainly investigated."If that results in sufficient evidence for a prosecution then it will result in sufficient evidence for a prosecution."The officers will deal with whatever they are confronted with."The initial police stance when Ms Begum left the UK in 2015 was that she may be treated as a victim of grooming, but the Scotland Yard chief said on Tuesday: "We're a long way down the road since then."Her comments come as Home secretary Sajid Javid said a rewrite of Britain's 650-year-old treason law could be implemented to prosecute returning jihadis.Mr Javid told the House of Commons on Monday that a change to the 1351 Treason Act was "worth considering carefully".He said: "This is a complex situation and we should always be looking to see what tools we have at our disposal to ensure that those who are guilty of terrorism, or of supporting terrorist groups, are brought to justice."That means ensuring that we have the right laws in place. There are already powers in existence, including those covering extra-territorial jurisdictions."Mr Javid has said that no British troops will be used to rescue any Britons who travelled to Syria to support terrorism, and vowed to block Ms Begum's return. IS supporter Shamima Begum admits to @BBCNews she was a poster girl for IS recruitment, apologises to Britain for joining IS and says she is ready to face prison if she's allowed to return. pic.twitter.com/KkYAWd4pnN \- Quentin Sommerville (@sommervilletv) February 18, 2019In an interview with the BBC's Middle East correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, Ms Begum said she is ready to face prison if it means returning from a Syrian refugee camp to the UK with her baby boy, who was born on Saturday.The 19-year-old said: "I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the UK and settle back again and rehabilitate and that stuff."She left east London along with two other teenage girls in 2015 to join Islamic State in Syria, but now wants to return home.She later told ITV News she did not see why Home Secretary Sajid Javid would see her as a threat."I'm a 19-year-old girl with a new born baby. I don't have any weapons; I don't want to hurt anyone even if I did have weapons or anything," she said."He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in Isis, that's it. I don't know how I would be seen as a danger."I'm not going to go back and promote people to go to Isis or anything, if anything I'm going to encourage them not to go because it's not all it seems in their videos."I do regret it because when I went I thought I was going to make a family and I didn't realise what the things they were doing that they weren't showing in their propaganda videos, and I actually do regret it, I do feel bad for anyone who was affected by the actions of Isis."But Ms Begum had earlier caused controversy by comparing the Manchester Arena bombing to military assaults on Syria.In her interview with the BBC, she said the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 were akin to the "women and children" being bombed in IS territory in Baghuz.She said: "I do feel that it's wrong that innocent people did get killed. It's one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it's self-defence, but to kill the people like women and children."Just people like the women and children in Baghuz that are being killed right now unjustly, the bombings. It's a two-way thing really."Because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now and it's kind of retaliation. Like, their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought 'OK, that is a fair justification'."The mother-of-three, who gave birth to her third child at the weekend, left east London with two friends in 2015 to join the terrorist group.She was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages and partly by other propaganda films showing the "good life" IS could offer. Since she has been there, her two older children have died.UK authorities now face the difficult question of what to do if Ms Begum manages to return to Britain.Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he anticipated she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the UK, but that it was the family's hope she would be given professional help following her experience in Syria.\- This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK
Football agent Willie McKay has exclusively told Sky News his family arranged and paid for flights linked to the Emiliano Sala deal before his death. Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was on board two of the flights organised by Mr McKay. The Bluebirds boss denied last week that he was "good friends" with the football agent, who has found himself at the centre of attention over the events which led to the footballer's death.
‘I am not pretending to be down with the kids – but I do wonder about the way generational differences are playing out.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Get your eggs, flour, milk and butter ready: Pancake Day is just a few weeks away. But why do we apparently need to use up our basic foodstuffs every year?
Motorcyclists in Pakistan pass a banner welcoming Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Mohammad bin Salman has been welcomed with a fighter jet escort, a gold-plated submachine gun and Pakistan’s highest civilian honour on the lavish first leg of an Asian tour aimed at rehabilitating the image of the Saudi Arabian crown prince five months after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. After being personally chauffeured from the airport by the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, Prince Mohammed signed agreements worth $20bn on Monday, a crucial injection of funds for an ailing economy suffering a foreign-currency crunch and which is currently negotiating its 13th IMF bailout in 40 years.
It is tempting, when one reads stories such as the one broken by my colleague Mark Kleinman about Honda shutting down its Swindon factory, to leap to conclusions. Within minutes of the story going live, commentators on Twitter (Frankfurt: A1W6XZ - news) were saying this was yet another consequence of Brexit. The first is that Brexit is hardly the only thing happening in the motor industry at present.
LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Europe will experience above normal temperatures for the better part of March to May, with most of the continent enjoying a generally warm and wet spring, The Weather Company said on Tuesday.
Maajid Nawaz said a white man set upon him from behind outside the Soho Theatre in central London on Monday night.
Police are searching for a young British tourist and his French companion after they vanished from a beach in Australia. Personal items belonging to backpackers Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux, both 20, were discovered by walkers on Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie, north of Sydney, on Monday morning. Further personal belongings, including travel documents, were found in the vehicle.
A pilot has died after two planes collided in mid-air while rehearsing for an aerobics show in India. The two Indian Air Force jets crashed while flying in the southern state of Karnataka on Tuesday.
Wearing a good puffer feels like wrapping yourself in your own personal duvet, but you can put any fears of looking like the Michelin Man to bed. The modern take on this classic winter coat is lightweight, cleverly contoured (look for narrow quilting at the waist) and easy to pack away while still keeping you toasty on even the coldest days. Puffer, or quilted, jackets get their name from the “puffs” created when stitching over fluffy down or synthetic filling.