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No-deal Brexit would hurt all of Europe - Macron thinks Britain would be the worst off

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday Britain would be the biggest loser if it left the European Union without a deal, after the British parliament resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce agreement.

Macron was reaching the end of an almost seven-hour debate with local officials when he was told of the result of the British vote.

"First option, they go toward a no deal. They say: 'there is no deal'. That's scary for everybody. The first losers in this would be the British," Macron told mayors during a town hall meeting in Normandy.

Comment: RT reports that it seems no one in the EU really wants a no-deal Brexit:
German minister says 'hard Brexit would hurt everyone in Europe' after historic defeat of May's deal

It is up to British legislators to avoid a "hard Brexit" because the EU will not substantially renegotiate its terms, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. An exit with no deal would hurt both the EU and UK, he said.

Britain still has "a few days" before the scheduled departure date of March 29 to come up with a Brexit roadmap, the German minister told public broadcaster ZDF. The substance of the deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet with the EU is "non-negotiable," but some minor details may yet be changed, he suggested.

Altmaier said it was up to British legislators, who defeated May's proposal in a record 'nay' vote on Tuesday, to come up with an alternative. A "hard Brexit" would hurt both the EU and Britain, he warned. "Everyone in Europe would lose, nobody would win," the minister stated.

The defeat of the Brexit deal in the British Parliament was followed by a motion of no confidence in May's government from the opposition Labour Party. The vote on the motion is scheduled for Wednesday, and the outcome is far from certain. The prime minister already survived one vote of no confidence from her own party over the terms she managed to get from Brussels.
The no confidence vote went ahead and PM May won by a very slim margin.

More from RT on the EU negotiator's position:
Risk of 'no deal' Brexit has never been so high - EU negotiator Barnier

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told the European Parliament that the risk of no deal on Brexit has never been higher, and that he fears "more than ever" a chaotic UK departure from the bloc.

Barnier hinted that the EU is ready to renegotiate a new deal on Britain exiting the EU if London is willing to give way on some of the pre-existing 'red lines' hammered out in the previous, now defeated, Brexit plan put forth by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May.

The EU negotiator did, however, insist that preventing a physical border on the island of Ireland was non-negotiable.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is currently just about propping up May's minority government, does not view an Article 50 extension as necessary.

"I don't think [an extension of Article 50] is inevitable, and it's not in my view necessary because the EU can act when it wants to," DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said, as quoted by Reuters. "On the [Irish] backstop, people want to see that we are not trapped into it."

Conservative British MP and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom stated that she believes Prime Minister Theresa May will survive Wednesday's no-confidence vote, reiterating that the government has been engaging with opposition party leadership on the Brexit issue.

Leadsom added that all parties must find a way to salvage May's original deal, in part at least, or find an alternative to put to the EU as quickly as possible.

"The prime minister will then not necessarily be looking for brand new ideas that no one has thought of before, but actually seeking a consensus, actually a fresh initiative to find a solution that is negotiable with the European Union and that would command a majority in the House of Commons," Leadsom said.

The Tory was steadfast in rejecting claims that the current British government would not delay Article 50, and that while a 'no-deal' Brexit is not ideal, it is, however, the legal default in a worst-case scenario.

Meanwhile, Belgium's Guy Verhofstadt has called for all parties to "come out of the trenches" and agree a common policy position on Brexit, but said that Britain must offer more leeway on its "red line" issues in the negotiations.

Verhofstadt also stated that it would be unwise to extend Article 50 beyond the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.

His comments came just one day after the British Parliament decisively struck down May's draft Brexit deal on Tuesday by 432 votes to 202 - a record margin of 230.

No sooner had the votes been cast than opposition and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no confidence motion against May's Tory government in the House of Commons. If defeated, May would have just 14 days in office, after which a second confidence vote would take place which could, in turn, trigger a general election.
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The FBI's investigation of Trump as a "national security threat" is itself a serious danger. But J. Edgar Hoover pioneered the tactic

Nelson Rockefeller Recinos Henry Wallace
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Nelson Rockefeller, left, chats with Senor Dr. Don Adrian Recinos, center, minister from Guatemala to the United States and Vice President Henry Wallace, right, at the National Press Club dinner party for Latin-American diplomats and leaders in Washington, D.C., April 19, 1941.
Last week, the New York Times reported that the FBI, in 2017, launched an investigation of President Trump "to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security" and specifically "whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." The story was predictably treated as the latest in an endless line of Beginning-of-the-End disasters for the Trump presidency, though - as usual - this melodrama was accomplished by steadfastly ignoring the now-standard, always-buried paragraph pointing out the boring fact that no actual evidence of guilt has yet emerged:

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IMF measures in action: Argentina average inflation at 47.6% during 2018

Jair Bolsonaro
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Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a meeting with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, January 16, 2019.
National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (Indec) of Argentina says the country's 2018 inflation rate reached 47.6 percent, the highest in 27 years.

The National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (Indec) of Argentina says the country's 2018 inflation rate reached 47.6 percent, the highest in 27 years when the Carlos Menem administration was in office.

According to the report, the most significant increase in prices was regarding basic consumer goods such as food, beverages, cleaning products and public transport, which directly affected all classes of the population. The Macri administration also eliminated certain transport subsidies that increased bus and subway costs for passengers. In sum public transport went up by 67 percent during 2018, cleaning products were up by 50 percent.


Lavrov: Russia will continue cooperating with UK and EU, whatever the outcome for Brexit

Moscow is ready to cooperate with Brussels and London, regardless of how the UK's exit from the EU is completed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told at a press conference on the results of 2018 on Wednesday.

"We have always said, long before the Brexit bid was outlined, that a united, strong and, most importantly, independent EU is in our interests," Lavrov stressed. "We will see what happens. Naturally, we will be ready to cooperate both with the European Union and Great Britain, if everything ends with the UK's withdrawal from the EU. But we will determine what form it is better to do (to cooperate - TASS) it in, once we get a handle on what actually took place," he specified.


Italy's Salvini slams Macron for allowing terrorists to 'freely drink champagne under the Eiffel tower'

Matteo Salvini
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini urged French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to extradite leftist guerrillas who have been hiding out in France for decades to avoid serving prison sentences in Italy.

"I appeal to the French president to return to Italy the fugitives that should not be drinking champagne under the Eiffel tower, but should be rotting in jail in Italy," Salvini said in an interview with Canale 5 TV.

Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, spoke a day after the return of communist militant Cesare Battisti to Italy from Bolivia to serve a life sentence for his involvement in four murders in the late 1970s.


Lunatic neocon John Bolton is steering Trump into war with Iran

John Bolton
"Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday night tweet.

Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton.

Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliation.

The Wall Street Journal quoted one U.S. official as saying Bolton's behavior "rattled people. ... People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran."

Comment: And lest we forget - Bolton is a bought-and-paid-for shill for the MEK - a 'regime change in Iran' terror group:


PM Theresa May attacks Jeremy Corbyn to sideline him from cross-party Brexit talks

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Prime Minister Theresa May and leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to enter into cross-party Brexit discussions without the official opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been widely condemned by MPs and political commentators on social media.

In the immediate aftermath of the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday, May stated that she would now seek cross-party talks with senior politicians to find "genuinely negotiable" solutions which she can take to EU negotiators.

One of those senior politicians who wont be included in talks with the PM is the Labour leader, according to the leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Leadsom dismissed any notion that Corbyn would be invited to discuss the best way forward.

Comment: Even though May has just been annihilated by the House decision, it is unlikely she will consult with Corbyn (a further grovel) to the detriment of the UK and its murky way forward. How typical of the mindset and current political milieu - not only in Britain.

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Washington confirms: US to begin INF Treaty withdrawal as of February 2nd

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The US will begin its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on February 2, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson told NATO officials in Brussels.

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the treaty - originally signed by the United States and Russia in 1987 - comes after negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, fell through on Tuesday. Thompson claimed that Russia is in breach of the treaty, and that Moscow's 9M729 missile system violates the terms of the agreement.

Under the agreement, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, land-launched nuclear missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 km are banned. Washington claims, without evidence, that the 9M729 has a range greater than 500 km and is therefore in violation of the treaty.

Comment: Reason would suggest expanding the treaty to include all other countries that have the same missile capability as well as the infringements and new technology that outdates and negates the current treaty. The SouthFront video is succinct and informative.

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'It's becoming clear Scotland's wider interests will only be protected with independence' - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon has said it is becoming increasingly clear that Scotland's wider interests will only be protected with independence.

The Scottish First Minister is travelling to London today to meet with Westminster leader Ian Blackford to back a People's Vote after insisting a second European referendum was now the "only credible option" for the UK after the proposed Brexit deal was defeated.

However, while backing a so-called 'People's Vote' which could see the UK remain in the EU, she said that "it is becoming increasingly clear that Scotland's wider interests will only be protected with independence."

Comment: Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit will lead to 2nd Scottish independence referendum


Erdogan on Manbij blast: 'Trump will not halt Syrian withdrawal, it would mean ISIS wins'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The terrorist attack in Syria's Manbij killed 20 people, including 5 US soldiers, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding he believes the attack won't make US President Donald Trump to cancel the withdrawal of troops.

Speaking on live TV amid a visit of the Croatian president to Turkey, Erdogan said that the Wednesday suicide attack in Kurdish-controlled Manbij was directed at Trump's decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.

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