European Union Court Rules Britain Can Revoke Brexit Unilaterally

The European Court of Justice ruled today that Britain could halt withdrawal from the EU. (file)


Europe’s top court ruled Monday that Britain could halt Brexit without the approval of fellow EU member states, in a victory for pro-Europeans on the eve of a key House of Commons vote.

“The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU,” the European Court of Justice said, in response to a suit from a group of Scottish politicians.

“Such a revocation, decided in accordance with its own national constitutional requirements, would have the effect that the United Kingdom remains in the EU under terms that are unchanged as regards its status as a member State,” the court ruled.

Following a 2016 referendum, Britain declared its intention to quit the European Union on March 29 last year, triggering the “Article 50” EU treaty procedure that would see it definitively leave two years later, on the same date next year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government insists it has no intention of halting the process and has agreed a draft withdrawal agreement with the 27 remaining member states.

The withdrawal agreement is expected to go before the British parliament for approval on Tuesday.

If, as appears likely, it is rejected it would raise fears that Britain could crash out of the union on March 29 without a deal or that it could revoke or postpone Brexit in order to hold another referendum.

The court’s ruling will be welcomed by campaigners for a second referendum, but May’s government insists it has no intention of reversing course, whatever the court in Luxembourg might say.

“We don’t want to stay in the EU. We voted very clearly,” Environment Secretary Michael Gove, an influential cabinet Brexiteer, told BBC radio.

“This case is all very well but it doesn’t alter either the result of the referendum or the clear intention of the government to leave.

“It’s the intent of the government to honour that referendum mandate.”

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh said Kashmirs mainstream leader is more dangerous than separatists – केंद्रीय मंत्री जितेंद्र सिंह बोले

केंद्रीय मंत्री जितेंद्र सिंह बोले- अलगाववादियों से ज्यादा खतरनाक हैं कश्मीर के मुख्यधारा के नेता

केंद्रीय मंत्री जितेंद्र सिंह की फाइल फोटो.

नई दिल्ली:  केंद्रीय मंत्री जितेंद्र सिंह  (Union Minister Jitendra Singh) ने रविवार को कहा कि कश्मीर के ‘‘कथित” मुख्यधारा के नेता अलगाववादी नेताओं से ज्यादा ‘‘खतरनाक” हैं. स्थानीय भाजपा मुख्यालय मुखर्जी भवन में मानवाधिकार दिवस की पूर्व-संध्या पर एक सेमिनार को संबोधित करते हुए सिंह ने कहा, ‘‘कश्मीर के कथित मुख्यधारा के नेता अलगाववादी नेताओं से ज्यादा खतरनाक हैं, क्योंकि अलगाववादियों के रुख के बारे में तुलनात्मक रूप से ज्यादा अंदाजा लगाया जा सकता है, लेकिन मुख्यधारा के नेताओं के रुख के बारे में आप पहले से कोई अंदाजा नहीं लगा सकते.” उन्होंने आरोप लगाया कि अलगाववादी किसी समर्पण के कारण नहीं बल्कि अपनी सुविधा से अलगाववादी हैं जबकि कथित मुख्यधारा के नेता तो अपनी सुविधा के मुताबिक पाले बदलते रहते हैं.

मानवाधिकार हनन की निंदा ‘‘चुनिंदा” तरीके से किए जाने की प्रवृति को आड़े हाथ लेते हुए सिंह ने कहा, ‘‘कश्मीर केंद्रित राजनीतिक पार्टियां किसी अपुष्ट आरोप के आधार पर भी किसी सुरक्षाकर्मी पर तुरंत अंगुली उठा देती हैं, क्योंकि वे जानती हैं कि पलटवार का कोई जोखिम नहीं है क्योंकि सैनिक को तो अनुशासन का पालन करना ही है.” सिंह ने कहा कि लेकिन ऐसे लोगों में इतना साहस नहीं कि वे एक आतंकवादी को आतंकवादी कह सकें. श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी की रहस्यमय मृत्यु को आजादी के बाद राज्य में ‘‘मानवाधिकार उल्लंघन का पहला बड़ा मामला” करार देते हुए सिंह ने कांग्रेस पार्टी और तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री जवाहरलाल नेहरू पर आरोप लगाया कि उन्होंने मुखर्जी की मां और प्रजा परिषद के अनुरोध के बाद भी उनकी मृत्यु की निष्पक्ष जांच नहीं कराई.


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Yashwant Sinha Says Union Cabinet, Parliament Casualties Under Modi Government

Union Cabinet was a casualty under the Modi government, Yashwant Sinha said.


Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of destroying various institutions in the country, including the Union Cabinet.

Speaking at a talk show, ‘Idea of Bengal’, organised by the ruling Trinamool Congress, Mr Sinha accused the prime minister of trying to “undermine” the Rajya Sabha during the passage of key bills.

“The Modi government has destroyed various institutions of the country. But the biggest casualty is the Union Cabinet,” the former Union minister alleged.

“I am saying this because several important decisions are being taken without informing the Cabinet, be it the Rafale jet deal or demonetisation,” added Mr Sinha, who held the finance and external affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Parliament was the “second casualty” as the Modi government has “tried to undermine” the Rajya Sabha, during the passage of several important bills, Mr Sinha said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not enjoy majority in the Upper House of Parliament.

Calling demonetisation a “disaster”, Sinha said the government was trying to “dress up” the figures of economic growth to hide the “failures” of its economic policies.

“First they changed the methods by which GDP is calculated. Next when it came out that the UPA government performed better that the present regime, they withdrew the data from the website. Then the government fudged figures to put up a healthy picture of the economy,” he said.

The Modi government has a “habit” of blaming the previous governments for all the wrong things that had “either happened or are happening” in the country, he added.

“In 2014, the government had given specific figures of the amount of NPAs, now again in 2018 they have come up with a new figure of NPAs till 2014. The idea is to put all the blame on the previous regimes,” he said further.

Mr Sinha stressed that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee had “all traits” to make a good prime minister.

 He hoped that West Bengal and TMC would play a major role in defeating PM Modi in the 2019 general elections.

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Union Minister Ramdas Athawale Allegedly Assaulted Near Mumbai, Blames Police For Inadequate Security

Union minister Ramdas Athawale is the chief of the Republican Party of India (Athawale).


A 30-year-old man has been detained for allegedly slapping Union minister Ramdas Athawale during an event in Maharashtra, police said. Soon after the Republican Party of India (Athawale) chief had finished his speech in Ambernath on Saturday night, a man called Pravin Gosavi walked up to Mr Athawale with a garland and allegedly slapped him, eyewitnesses have told the police.

Mr Gosavi was beaten up by people present at the rally before he was taken to the hospital by the police. While the attacker is yet to be questioned, he is a former worker of the RPI(A)’s youth wing, police said.

The minister of state for social justice and empowerment, however, has blamed the police for “failing to provide him adequate security”.

“Police didn’t provide sufficient protection that helped the assailant to target me. My popularity is growing and it may have resulted in a jealous person charging against me. I am going to meet chief minister of Maharashtra regarding the same,” Mr Athawale said in a statement.

After the alleged assault, RPI (A) workers gathered outside Mr Athawale’s home with their party’s flags, raised slogans and demanded action. One of the leaders even claimed that it was “pre-planned” attack.

The party has called for a shutdown in Ambernath, about 50 km from Mumbai, today as a mark of protest, but Mr Athawale has asked his party workers to maintain peace.

A case has been registered and investigations are underway, said inspector KG Chavan.

“Gosavi’s membership was terminated from the Republican Party of India (Athawale) a year ago for criminal activities as he was blackmailing people through RTI (Right to Information pleas). He may have been frustrated over it,” PP Shewale, deputy commissioner of police (zone IV), Thane Police, told news agency PTI.

Dalit leader and Gujarat lawmaker Jignesh Mevani condemned the incident, but said that the anger has roots into Mr Athawale’s “silence” on a host of issues.

In September, Mr Athawale had controversially said that the rising petrol and diesel prices don’t affect him as he is a minister. After his comment drew widespread criticism, he apologised saying he had no intention of hurting the sentiments of the common man.

(With inputs from PTI)

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People thrash Pravin Gosavi who slapped Union Minister Ramdas Athawale watch video

मुंबई: केंद्रीय मंत्री रामदास अठावले को एक सार्वजनिक कार्यक्रम में कथित तौर पर थप्पड़ मारने की कोशिश करने के मामले में 30 साल के एक शख्स को हिरासत में लिया गया है. रिपब्लिकन पार्टी ऑफ इंडिया (ए) के पूर्व कार्यकर्ता प्रवीण गोसावी ने अठावले को माला पहनाने के बहाने कथित तौर पर थप्पड़ मारने की कोशिश की. इसके बाद वहां मौजूद लोगों ने उसे पकड़कर पीटना शुरू कर दिया और फिर पुलिस के हवाले किया.

पुलिस के एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि आर पी आई (अठावले) के प्रमुख महाराष्ट्र के ठाणे जिले के अम्बरनाथ में शनिवार शाम एक रैली को संबोधित करने पहुंचे थे. संविधान पर भाषण देने के बाद मंच से नीचे उतरते समय करीब सवा दस बजे यह घटना हुई. अब घटना का वीडियो सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल हो गया है. युवक की पिटाई का वीडियो…

अधिकारी ने बताया सामाजिक न्याय एवं सशक्तीकरण राज्य मंत्री को कोई चोट नहीं आई क्योंकि उनके साथ खड़े लोगों और पुलिसकर्मियों ने गोसावी की मंशा को सफल नहीं होने दिया. पुलिस ने बताया कि लोगों द्वारा पीटे गए गोसावी को पहले उल्हासनगर में भर्ती कराया गया था लेकिन बाद में उसे मुम्बई के सरकारी अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया.

थप्पड़ कांड से गुस्साए केंद्रीय मंत्री रामदास अठावले, कहा- सुरक्षा के इंतजाम नहीं, मैं मुख्यमंत्री से मिलूंगा
अंबरनाथ पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर केजी चव्हाण ने कहा, ‘‘हमने आईपीसी की धारा 353 और 332 के तहत मामला दर्ज किया गया है. गोसावी को अभी हिरासत में लिया गया है, गिरफ्तार नहीं किया गया.’’ पुलिस के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने बताया कि गोसावी ने हमला क्यों किया, इसका अभी पता नहीं चल पाया है. उसे आरपीआई (ए) से बर्खास्त किया जाना एक वजह हो सकता है.

आरपीआई से हटा दिया था
ठाणे के पुलिस उपायुक्त (जोन चतुर्थ) पीपी श्वाले ने कहा, ‘‘ गोसावी की सदस्यता आरपीआई (ए) ने करीब एक वर्ष पहले अपराध जगत में शामिल होने पर और लोगों को आरटीआई के जरिए ब्लैकमेल करने के मद्देनजर रद्द कर दी थी.’’ डीसीपी ने कहा, ‘‘शायद वह इस बात को लेकर गुस्से में था और इसलिए ही उसने शायद केंद्रीय मंत्री पर हमला करने की कोशिश की.’’

पुलिस फोर्स तैनात
स्थानीय आरपीआई (ए) इकाई ने घटना के विरोध में रविवार को अम्बरनाथ बंद का आह्वान किया है. पुलिस ने बताया कि शहर में स्थिति शांत में है और निगरानी रखने के लिए बड़ी संख्या में पुलिसकर्मी वहां तैनात किए गए हैं. सुबह से किसी भी अप्रिय घटना की कोई खबर नहीं है.

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European Union Court To Issue Brexit Ruling On December 10

Brexit has repeatedly plunged British politics into crisis since the 2016 vote to leave the EU (File)


The European Court of Justice will deliver its judgment on whether Britain can unilaterally reverse its move to leave the European Union (EU) on Monday, December 10, at 0800 GMT, the court said on Thursday.

The ruling, delivered with unusual urgency, will come on the eve of a crucial vote in the British parliament on whether to accept a Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

An ECJ adviser issued an opinion in the case on Tuesday that Britain could simply stop Brexit without seeking approval from other member states, boosting hopes of those who want to halt the process. The judges usually follow such opinions.

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Moscow Looks Back, George HW Bush A Steady Hand While Soviet Union Fell

George HW Bush’s presidency will be forever linked with the Soviet Union’s collapse. (File)

George H.W. Bush’s presidency will be forever linked with the Soviet Union’s collapse. But in Moscow, his death provoked an outpouring of nostalgia Saturday for an American leader who chose careful diplomacy over brinkmanship as the postwar order was thrown into disarray.

Russians recalled bygone days of summits, treaties and transatlantic statecraft – a contrast to a present tableau of disruptions and uncertainties from the Trump White House.

The news of Bush’s death arrived on the day that Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump in Argentina – until a last-minute cancellation-by-tweet.

Putin made no mention of those circumstances in his letter Saturday to former President George W. Bush. But his message of condolences released by the Kremlin underscored the difference to how Russian officials view the present day’s chaotic state of U.S.-Russian relations.

George Bush Sr. was well aware of the importance of a constructive dialogue between the two major nuclear powers and took great efforts to strengthen Russian-American relations and cooperation in international security,” Putin said.

Konstantin Kosachyov, a Russian lawmaker who heads the foreign relations committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, described the Bush era as “probably the peak of trust between our two states.”

And former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who marked an end to the Cold War together with Bush at their summit in Malta in December 1989, praised “the attention, amiability and ease in communication” of the entire Bush family.

“We had the opportunity to work together during the era of great changes,” Gorbachev said, according to the Interfax news agency. “It was a dramatic period, which required everyone to be tremendously responsible.”

Many Russians laud Bush for having treated their country with respect during the painful last years of the Soviet Union, drawing a contrast with what they often see as a disregard for Russian interests under the administrations that followed.

Bush and Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991, which drastically cut the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. Its successor treaty, New START, is due to expire in just over two years.

The future of the arms-control groundwork laid by Gorbachev, Bush and his predecessor, President Ronald Reagan, is now increasingly in doubt. Trump has vowed to pull out of a 1987 treaty that limits intermediate and short-range nuclear weapons.

Although he was full of praise for Bush on Saturday, the 87-year-old Gorbachev had previously criticized the former president for not helping Russia get back on its feet as its economy reeled from the Soviet collapse.

“There was a critical year during the Bush administration between 1989 and 1990 when substantial aid from the United States could have made a difference,” Gorbachev said in an interview for a 2011 book. “But Western leaders stood on the sidelines, remaining forever skeptical.”

In Germany, both Bush and Gorbachev are hailed for their key roles in bringing down the Berlin Wall.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said Bush was “a true friend” of the German people. He “recognized the significance of that historic hour and gave us his trust and his support.”

Arab leaders in the Persian Gulf hailed his decision to lead the international coalition that drove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991. Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, said Bush never “forgot the Kuwaiti people and will remain in their memory,” according to the state-run KUNA news agency.

Neighboring Saudi Arabia described Bush as a “true friend.”

“The kingdom will never forget his resolve during the Gulf War of 1991,” said a statement from the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Bush “a great statesman”‘ who had a pivotal role in “navigating a peaceful end to the Cold War he made the world a safer place for generations to come.”

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Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram said government could not fulfil the promise of double-digit economic growth. (File)


Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram said Saturday the BJP governments at the Centre and Rajasthan could not deliver the promises made to the people and it was a time for change.

According to Mr Chidambaram, five years ago, when the state’s people voted in the last Assembly election, they were in the spell of Narendra Modi and his catchy slogans and attractive promises.

Attributing the coming of Vasundhara Raje to power with the rise of PM Modi, the senior Congress leader said: “Neither (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi nor (Chief Minister) Vasundhara Raje delivered on the promises made to the people.”

The government could not fulfil the promise of double-digit economic growth. It could not create jobs, increase savings of the people, boost capital investment and increase exports, Mr Chidambaram said at a press conference.

The 7-per-cent growing economy had a negative impact on farm sector as it could not fetch remunerative prices for agriculture produce, and boost agriculture income and wages, he said. “There is a sense of crisis everywhere due to mounting unemployment, rising bank NPA (non-performing asset), deeper debt stress on farmers.”

Mr Chidambaram said demonetisation and the ill-conceived Goods and Services Tax (GST) destroyed millions of jobs, pushed the small traders and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) into debts.

He said the situation was no better in Rajasthan, where the compounded gross state domestic product (GSDP) was 5.7 per cent during 2013-18 against 6.5 per cent in the previous Congress government.

Crime has increased, while conviction rate has seen a dip. Standard of education, female-literacy rate, health parameters are equally bad in the state, he added. 

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Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the Congress has tried to confuse people with a “vicious propaganda”.


Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday said the Congress president will maintain his record of returning to pavilion without scoring even in Rajasthan.

The BJP leader said his party is confident of winning the state assembly elections and it was benefitting from the “infighting” within the Congress for chief ministerial post.

Talking to PTI on his campaign trail in Pokhran, Mr Shekhawat said, “Muttiah Muralitharan (former Sri Lankan bowler) used to get out at zero after batting at number ten but Rahul Gandhi scores nothing even after playing as an opener.”

“He (Gandhi) will get out at zero in Rajasthan as well. He will maintain his record,” the minister said drawing a cricket analogy.

Mr Shekhawat said the BJP is confident that it will win the state elections and its situation is improving everyday.

Claiming that the the Congress president’s election rallies in state have been “ineffective”, Mr Shekhawat said, “Rahul Gandhi will lose the Rajasthan elections with a much bigger margin than his earlier defeats. He will create a world record here.”

He said the Congress has tried to confuse people with a “vicious propaganda”, but when people compared the work of the previous Congress government and that of the current administration they realised that the BJP is the only option.

Taking a jibe at the Congress, Mr Shekhawat said, “We said from the beginning that their infighting will help us very much. After ticket distribution the infighting that happened in Congress has brought their real face in front of the people.”

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies have boosted the BJP’s election campaign and will have a positive impact.

When asked if people were angry with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Mr Shekhawat said, “I absolutely don’t agree that people are angry with the chief minister. The kind of gatherings that we are witnessing at her rallies, it is clear that people are with her.”

He said, “If people are angry with Vasundhara Raje, then why didn’t Congress put up a chief ministerial candidate against her? Congress knows that the situation is absolutely not like that and therefore they didn’t dare to field a chief ministerial candidate.”

Rajasthan will be voting for 199 assembly seats on December 7 and the counting will take place on December 11. 

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