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Let's remember, THIS is what Barr allowed to seen publicly. Surely there is hotter stuff that is

redacted, that shouldn't be, which would make things a lot clearer in the questions we have ?

Julian Assange to be expelled from Ecuadorian Embassy within hours after UK deal.

The WikiLeaks founder has been in the London building since 2012 after seeking asylum there as Swedish police wanted to question him over allegations of sexual assault and rape. WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday night: “A high-level source within the Ecuadorian state has told WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the INA papers offshore scandal as a pretext and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.” Mr Assange is wanted by American authorities for his role in publishing secret US documents.

According to The Guardian, Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, said Mr Assange had “repeatedly violated” some of the conditions of his asylum.

Mr Moreno said that “Assange cannot lie or, much less, hack into private accounts or private phones”. Mr Assange was also ordered by Ecuador to not “intervene in the politics of countries, or worse friendly countries”. The president claims that photos of his bedroom, wife and family were circulated online, although he didn’t accuse Mr Assange of doing this.


What happens to all that money raised, if a candidate pulls out ?

I mean you can't give it back, or if you can, do you give it back proportionately ?

Brexit: Theresa May to ask EU for further extension, seeks Labour's help.

Theresa May will ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline to "break the logjam" in Parliament.

The PM says she wants to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree a plan on the future relationship with the EU.

But she insisted her withdrawal agreement - which was voted down last week - would remain part of the deal.

Mrs May said she wanted the extension to be "as short as possible" - before 22 May so the UK does not have to take part in European elections.

The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan - which must be accepted by the EU - or it will leave without a deal.

The UK was supposed to leave the EU on 29 March, but Mrs May agreed a short extension after realising Parliament would not agree a deal by the deadline.


If she and Mr Corbyn do not agree a single way forward, she proposed putting a number of options to MPs "to determine which course to pursue".

So now she's trying to tie Labour in, but Corbyn has not been in favour of helping her out of the stew. In the probable likelihood of no labour help, then her options will be even more limited with the April 12 deadline looming.

There was a rumour circulating on Irish radio this morning that she might offer Corbyn a deal, a Confirmation Referendum which contained her Withdrawal Agreement including Customs Area versus Remain. One to watch.


Brexit : Rats jumping overboard !

Following on from the RWNJ Tea Partyish ERG wing of the Conservative Party deciding to vote for PM May's Withdrawal Agreement, the Ulster RWNJ DUP landed a bombshell signalling they are running for the hills. I genuinely guffawed until I could guffaw no more. The consequence of all this is that Brexit is slowly sinking. Remember

- No Deal Brfexit is ruled out.
- May's Deal is ruled out
- 7 other posibilities in the Indicative Vote were all beaten.

You shouldn't need to join the dots as to where this is headed

Brexit: Nigel Dodds 'would rather stay in the EU than risk union'

The DUP deputy leader has said he would "rather stay in the EU and remain rather than risk Northern Ireland's position" in the union.

Nigel Dodds told BBC Newsnight his position showed how strongly he felt about the union.

It comes after Theresa May saw her Brexit deal defeated in the House of Commons by 344 votes to 286.

However Mr Dodds also said the government must not accept the EU's position as "unalterable".
The prime minister said the UK would have to find "an alternative way forward", which was "almost certain" to involve holding European elections.

Mr Dodds said he did not rule out supporting a "soft Brexit" and that the withdrawal agreement in its current form risked leaving "Northern Ireland behind, causing economic and political ruptures between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom".

However, he did maintain the DUP's support for Brexit: "We believe the referendum result should be respected and delivered on."

He reiterated his party's position that it wants Brexit delivered without the Northern Ireland backstop.

Brexit : LIVE - Debate before May's 3rd attempted vote on her Withdrawal Agreement.

Link here

I hope the standard of subtitling improves....

Brexit : Ken Clarke on Brexit hangovers and amendments

Interesting interview, but from 24 min mark on what has caused this, which will resonate in the US.

Conaway demands Schiff resign, Schiff gives him his answer....all kicking off at the House Intel

Committee right now


ABOUT LAST NIGHT #459 - Craig Ferguson

I really enjoyed this podcast where Craig shoots the breeze with the guys.

Brexit : Just weeks from mayhem as EU sets ultimatum for UK

Just weeks from mayhem as EU sets ultimatum for UK

Threat of a no-deal Brexit remains very much alive. European leaders growing increasingly frustrated as political chaos in Britain raises risk of no deal. Chancellor Merkel said if there was a no-deal Brexit there would have to be a hard Border in Ireland

The threat of a no-deal Brexit remains very much alive after the EU’s superpowers wrangled over setting a point of no return for British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The UK’s exit from the European Union will not now happen in seven days’ time after a two-tier delay was eventually agreed. Mrs May now has until May 22 to plan an orderly Brexit if she can finally get support for her deal next week. However, should the House of Commons reject it for a third time the UK would only have until April 12 to decide whether to crash out or begin preparations for holding European Parliament elections.

Mrs May was shut out of a meeting of EU leaders last night as they rowed over how to stave off a cliff-edge scenario. Germany’s Angela Merkel argued for flexibility while French President Emmanuel Macron took a hard-line stance. During a private meeting, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Mrs May that it is now the UK’s responsibility to end the uncertainty. Speaking to German journalists, Chancellor Merkel said if there was a no-deal Brexit there would have to be a hard Border in Ireland. “We’re trying to avoid that,” she said.


Over the course of the evening, France and Belgium are understood to have argued for the UK to be forced out of the EU before a May 9 summit in Romania, to celebrate the "renewal" of Europe. This led to the option of an unconditional extension to April 12, the final date on which the UK can opt to take part in European Parliament elections. It will then be up to Westminster to decide to either crash out or take part in those elections in order to get a longer extension. Mrs May wants to avoid a longer extension at all costs as it raises the chances of her being bounced into either a second referendum or even a general election.

The news for the prime minister wasn't much better back in London, where MPs were still furiously arguing over the next steps. Remain-supporting ministers were reported to have told Mrs May they are prepared to resign unless she offers a free vote on a backbench move to prevent the UK leaving without a deal. A cross-party group of MPs is today expected to table an amendment to force her to accept a longer extension to Article 50 if her deal fails.

The amendment, to be put to the vote next week, will mean that parliament, rather than the prime minister, will take control if Mrs May's deal is again defeated in the House of Commons.
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