⊂ UNITED KINGDOM ⊃
Anti-Brexit campaigner threatens no deal court battle: Legal campaigner Gina Miller said on Sunday any attempt to suspend Britain’s parliament in order to push through a no-deal Brexit would be unlawful, announcing her intention to challenge such a move in court if necessary. Miller, who won a legal battle against ministers over Article 50, said the step would be an abuse of powers. She told “Sky News” that she wanted to defend parliamentary sovereignty, not stop Brexit. Former prime minister John Major also said last week he would be prepared to turn to the judiciary if needed to avoid a constitutional crisis. Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become next prime minister, would want to meet US President Donald Trump after becoming prime minister to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal, the “Times” reported on Sunday.
bbc.com, uk.reuters.com (Miller); uk.reuters.com (Johnson)
Tory MP to stand down over concerns about Johnson as PM: The Conservative MP Guto Bebb has said he will stand down at the next election, saying he has grave concerns about Boris Johnson’s suitability to be prime minister and the party’s appeal to the far-right. He told BBC Radio Cymru that Johnson would be a disastrous prime minister. Bebb said he would not be able to with any conscience offer himself as a candidate who agrees with either Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.
Independent process to deal with Labour antisemitism claims: The BBC has been told there will be a concerted push for Labour to adopt an independent process for dealing with complaints of antisemitism. A group will make the demand at this Monday’s regular meeting of MPs. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said earlier Labour must heed the message on antisemitism and not attack the messengers.
⊂ JOB-BOARD UNITED KINGDOM ⊃
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⊂ EUROPE ⊃
EU satellite navigation system Galileo fully offline: The European Union’s satellite navigation system Galileo, developed as an alternative to the United States’ GPS, is currently fully offline. The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency has announced that the interruption is due to a technical incident related to the system’s ground infrastructure. Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible. The agency added that Galileo’s search and rescue system used to locate distress signals at sea or in mountainous regions is still operational.
Trump allegedly left Iran deal because of Obama: US President Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, according to the “Mail on Sunday”. A leaked memo written by the UK’s former ambassador in the US, Kim Darroch, described the move as an act of diplomatic vandalism. The former ambassador said Trump seemed to be discarding the Iran nuclear deal for personal reasons, as the deal had been agreed to by former president Obama. The paper also reported that Darroch hinted at discord brewing between Trump’s closest aides and said the White House had failed to produce a day-after plan on how to handle the aftermath of withdrawing from the deal. France, Britain and Germany have called on Iran to reverse its violations of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend a UN meeting in New York this week. Britain has offered to return an Iranian tanker it seized off the coast of Gibraltar if Iran provided guarantees that the oil would not go to Syria.
bbc.com, cnn.com (Trump); uk.reuters.com (European partners); reuters.com (Rouhani); reuters.com (Zarif); nytimes.com (Gibraltar)
US threaten Turkey with sanctions because of Russian missile system: Turkey has begun receiving a sophisticated new air-defence missile system from Russia that Washington regards as a security threat, potentially exposing Ankara to US sanctions. The Trump administration has already moved to block the delivery of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, one of the United States’ most advanced aircraft, to Turkey, and has suspended the training of its pilots, who were learning how to fly it. The Turkish Cypriot leader on the ethnically divided island of Cyprus reissued a proposal Saturday to establish a joint committee with Greek Cypriots in offshore gas drilling activities amid an escalating tussle over energy reserves.
wsj.com, nytimes.com (Missile system); nytimes.com (Cyprus)
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“If a state becomes less present in large parts of its territory, it could leave the door open for ‘Islamic State’ terrorists to move in.”
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has urged the international community to contribute more in development and security in the Sahel.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
European leaders join Macron for Bastille Day parade: European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday for the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, which this year honoured European military cooperation. Some 4,300 soldiers, around 200 vehicles and more than 100 aircraft, some from other European countries, took part in the parade that was opened by Spanish troops. While the parade on Sunday ended without glitches, a French police source and a court source said some “Yellow Vest” protesters and their leaders were detained near the Champs Elysees as they tried to stage a protest. One day before the annual Bastille Day celebrations, Macron announced that France will set up a new space defence command in September. His proposal follows similar moves by the US, China and Russia in recent years.
German foreign minister calls for coalition to take in rescued migrants: Germany should promote a coalition of the willing among EU countries that are prepared to accept refugees saved in the Mediterranean Sea, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Germany would be willing to make a substantial contribution to the alliance and accept a set share of refugees as part of a binding redistribution system, he added. However, Maas’s proposal was immediately rejected by Germany’s FDP party and Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who dubbed the common refugee policy a failure, adding that all Mediterranean migrants should be sent back to their home countries. Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi has announced that Italy will present a new proposal for dealing with migrant flows to EU partners this Monday.
dw.com (Germany); bloomberg.com (Italy)
Salvini struggles to contain fallout from Russian financing scandal: Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s efforts to quell the fallout over reports his League Party was soliciting Russian financing suffered a setback when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte contradicted his recollection of events. Conte said in a statement that Salvini’s office had invited Gianluca Savoini, a Salvini ally at the heart of the scandal, to a dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Rome. Salvini had previously said that he hadn’t invited him and didn’t know why Savoini was at the dinner.
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Varoufakis in Paris airport row: Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Saturday accused French police of violent behaviour over a passport check at Paris’ main airport. Varoufakis told AFP he had just landed at Charles de Gaulle airport on a flight from Athens when a police officer standing near the plane ramp asked to see his passport. The former minister said he complied, but the officer subsequently left him little room as he tried to pass and used physical force. Varoufakis demanded an apology from the police. One of the officers in turn said he plans to lodge a complaint against Varoufakis.
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Trump tells Democratic congresswomen to go back to where they came from: US President Donald Trump has told a group of mostly American-born Democratic congresswomen to go back and help fix the corrupt places from which they came, a comment that was condemned by Democrats as racist. While he did not mention names, Trump appeared to be referring to first-year Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – a group that has been very critical of Trump. US authorities started raids against undocumented immigrants on Sunday.
reuters.com (Trump); theguardian.com (Raids)