EU President Jean-Claude Juncker says that a new Brexit deal is possible if the backstop is replaced by Alternative Arrangements.
In an interview with Sky News Juncker says: ”If the objectives of the backstop are met by alternative arrangements we don’t need the backstop”.
“We can have a deal”
You can watch the interview here: Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘We can have a deal’ and ‘Brexit will happen’
FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, has released their latest world ranking of football nations for men.
The ranking has impact on the game structure at tournament play-offs and qualifications.
BBC reports that the Finland PM Antti Rinne and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed that the UK needs to produce the new Brexit proposals in writing by the end of September, adding if not, “then it’s over”.
Finland currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
A Downing Street source said: “We will continue negotiating and put forward proposals at the appropriate time.”
Mr Johnson has said a deal is possible at a crucial summit of EU leaders on 17 October, but he has insisted Brexit will happen by the 31 October deadline, even if a deal is not agreed.
You can find the article here Brexit: UK has 12 days to set out plans – Finnish PM
Brandon Lewis is minister of state for security and deputy for EU exit and no deal preparation. In an article in thevTomes today he claims that UK is ready for a No Deal Brexit.
Lewis says: “Our border is our gateway to the world. Whether its businesspeople coming to strike a deal or holidaymakers coming to see the sights, the UK border provides a secure and swift way for visitors to enter our country.
As we get ready for Brexit on October 31, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the UK border remains one of the safest and most efficient in the world.
I recently visited Heathrow airport to see how our Border Force and counter-terrorism police are preparing for Brexit. Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe, with more than 80 million passengers passing through it every year. It is crucial that security is watertight and it is Border Force’s responsibility to ensure this, at Heathrow and across the UK.
The chancellor recently announced a £344 million boost to ensure border and customs operations are fully ready for a no-deal scenario. We’re putting that to good use, recruiting up to 1,000 new Border Force staff to maintain security as well as ensure that passengers and freight continue flowing smoothly across the border.
The recruitment campaign is progressing at pace. Since the job adverts went live at the end of July, we’ve had more than 34,000 expressions of interest from applicants wanting to become Border Force officers or apprentices.
We’ve also already delivered training to more than 5,500 Border Force officers and staff.
This includes the recent training of over 150 Border Force ‘superusers’ to disseminate guidance throughout the rest of the workforce and accelerate the necessary preparations before 31 October.
This will help to ensure that, whether they’re staffing passport control or examining lorries coming into Dover, all our Border Force officers are equipped to keep our country safe.
It’s also important that we have the right technology in place to verify the identity of those seeking to enter our country.
The UK is a world leader in the use of ePassport gates, which use facial recognition technology to identify impostors. We have 264 gates in operation at 15 ports across the UK.
Since we expanded their use to seven additional nationalities in May, more than 2.5 million people from these countries have used the e-gates, ensuring that our border remains a safe and efficient point of entry to our great country.
At Heathrow, I also saw how our CT police work behind the scenes to protect our national security. This includes using Schedule 7 powers — where necessary and proportionate — to detect and disrupt individuals involved in terrorism.
Between 2015 and June 2018, Schedule 7 examinations assisted in around 30 per cent of cases where an individual was later charged under the Terrorism Act.
These powers were integral to the conviction of Khalid Omar Ali, who was arrested by courageous police officers in Westminster in April 2017 with a stash of knives. Ali’s arrest followed months of investigation by police, in which a Schedule 7 examination played a crucial role.
Ali’s fingerprints had been taken during a Schedule 7 examination at Heathrow Airport in November 2016. Just a month later and through close cooperation between UK and US authorities, Ali’s fingerprints had been positively matched to those found on IED component parts seized by coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2012.
Source: The Times
Swedish teenager climate change activist Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement of school-children have been honoured with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, the human rights organization announced today.
“Activism works. So, what I’m telling you to do now, is to act. Because no one is too small to make a difference” Greta Thunberg
Yesterday President Barack Obama met Great, for a second time and weote on Twitter:
Obama said: “Just 16, GretaThunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates. Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change, she’s unafraid to push for real action. She embodies our vision at the @ObamaFoundation: A future shaped by young leaders like her”
Greta Thunberg is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.
This morning LA Galaxy beat Kansas City at home in Majo League Soccer (MLS).
Galaxy superstriker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three new goals. He has now scored 26 goals in 25 games this season, a new record for LA Galaxy.