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May appeals for party unity at ‘toughest phase’ of Brexit

BIRMINGHAM: Prime Minister Theresa May appealed on Wednesday to her divided party to unite behind her as she heads into the “toughest phase” of Brexit negotiations, as EU leaders pressure Britain to change tack. She offered delegates at her Conservative party conference a positive vision of life after Brexit, which she announced would also see the end of eight years of austerity measures. Brexit was a “moment of opportunity”, she told a packed hall in Birmingham, England, adding: “There is a whole world out there.…

Canada’s Trudeau to run again in 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday he will run for re-election in 2019 legislative polls. The Liberal Party leader was officially nominated by his party in the central Montreal district of Papineau, a centrist stronghold he has represented since 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He spoke of his "deep conviction that despite the politics of fear and division, staying positive, pulling people together, looking for ways to emphasize our common ground, our shared values among our differences,…

British election tighter than expected

LONDON: Polls opened in Britain on Thursday, in an election Prime Minister Theresa May once expected to win easily but which has proved increasingly hard to predict following a campaign shadowed by terrorism. May called the snap vote in April, when opinion poll ratings for her and her centre-right Conservative party were sky high, presenting herself as the strong leader to take Britain into Brexit talks. But Islamist attacks in London and Manchester have put her under pressure over her six years as interior minister,…

Canadian parliament passes anti-Islamophobia motion

OTTAWA: Canada’s Parliament passed an anti-Islamophobia motion on Wednesday by having strong backing of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. Though the motion had support of Liberals and New Democrats, two political parties in Canada, however majority of Conservatives opposed it. The bill was tabled by a Muslim Member of Parliament (MP) Iqra Khalid, urging federal government to condemn Islamophobia and to develop a government approach to counter systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia.…

British PM faces party rebellion over Brexit

LONDON: Up to 40 lawmakers from British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party could back a motion in parliament demanding she publish her plan for Brexit before starting negotiations, it emerged Tuesday. The rebellion might be enough to push the opposition motion through the 650-seat House of Commons on Wednesday, in a symbolic blow against May's refusal to provide a "running commentary" on her strategy for withdrawing from the European Union. The government is currently fighting a legal challenge at the…