Trade deal unlikely under May’s Brexit deal, US envoy warns UK

first_imgThe U.K. will likely miss out on a HUGE Donald Trump-style trade deal if Prime Minister Theresa May wins parliamentary approval for her Brexit, the U.S. ambassador to Britain warned Monday.Ambassador Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets football team and fierce Trump loyalist, delivered his ominous forecast in a radio interview with BBC4.Johnson stressed that overall he is tremendously optimistic about the U.K.’s future — more optimistic perhaps than many Britons whom he suggested were too focused on the past. But, describing his extensive travels around the country, he offered a devastating verdict on the state of the Union under May’s government. “I’ve been all over Wales, I’ve been all over Ireland and Scotland and also England — and I am feeling that the country is in need of leadership,” Johnson said.Johnson said the Trump administration hopes Brexit will lead to a bright new chapter in the so-called special relationship between the U.S. and U.K., but said a comprehensive trade deal seems unlikely if the Brexit Withdrawal Treaty that May brokered with the EU is ratified.So far, May doesn’t yet have the needed support for the deal in the British Parliament — a challenge made harder by Johnson’s comments.While British media outlets quickly began reporting that Johnson had “savaged” May’s deal, his full comments were nuanced.President Trump’s preference is “to do a quick, very massive bilateral trade deal,” Johnson said, “that could be the precursor of future trade deals with other countries around the world for Great Britain, that will really take you way, way into an exciting future.”Asked specifically about Trump’s earlier comment that May’s deal is too favorable for the EU and would make a U.S.— U.K. trade deal unlikely, Johnson added: “It doesn’t look like it would be possible.” Also On POLITICO UK to spend over £100M on ferries in case of no-deal Brexit By Simon Van Dorpe Spanish PM Sánchez: Brits’ rights won’t change after Brexit By Kait Bolongarocenter_img Johnson said he believed members of May’s cabinet understood the risks to a U.S. deal but acknowledged that  the U.K. government had to balance its interests in making a decision.”I think they do understand but there are trade-offs in the situation they are dealt with and so they are going to have to measure the impact of all the other trade-offs in terms of how important these kinds of new trade arrangements, these new important trade arrangements, would benefit the people in the country.”Throughout the interview, Johnson strongly defended Trump and his presidency despite the seemingly incessant chaos in Washington and an American foreign policy that many allies view as unpredictable and dangerous. Johnson also complained about press coverage in the U.S. and in Britain, which he said did not accurately reflect current events.”I would rather focus on the positives coming out of this presidency,” Johnson said of Trump. “All of his accomplishments and what he is taking on that nobody was willing to take on. Nobody was willing to take on China. Nobody was willing to take on North Korea. Nobody was really willing to take on Iran. So I think his vision deserves a lot of respect, a lot more respect than it is getting, certainly in the press.”As for Britain, Johnson urged Brits to be more cheery about their prospects and to focus more on the future.“If you look back and you just try to project the past into the present and future, it’s going to be bleak. But you are leaving out the great thing that Britain has to offer and that is all of the people and all of their efforts, and their ability to solve problems. And if you factor that in, I think the future is extremely positive, extremely bright,” Johnson said.last_img read more

Community spirit with new Challenge Weymouth Reward Scheme

first_imgIn partnership with the local businesses of Weymouth, the team at Challenge UK have confirmed the launch of the new Challenge Weymouth Reward Scheme. The scheme has been introduced to celebrate the first year of the Challenge Family’s UK event in Weymouth, and further maximise the strong local links that have been forged by the events team.It offers a number of exclusive offers that have been put together especially for Challenge Weymouth competitors and supporters, allowing them to enjoy a number of special discounts across many popular local Weymouth businesses – including shops, hotels and restaurants across the town.Alan Rose, Challenge Weymouth Event Director is excited to be in a position to launch this scheme. He said, “As many of our Challenge Weymouth athletes are likely to visit Weymouth ahead of September, we thought it would be good to offer some special deals for them to enjoy. And recognising that they will travel with family and friends, we have also opened up this special deal to include them too.”He continued, “We have formed extremely close relationships with the local Weymouth community and this is also our way of thanking them for their on-going support and also help strengthen these partnerships moving forwards. We look forward to welcoming lots of you down to Weymouth over the next few months, and hope that your training is going well so far!”Weymouth Councillor Ian Bruce, the Brief Holder for Tourism in the town, is thoroughly supportive of the scheme and also very excited about welcoming the event to Weymouth in September.He said, “The Challenge Weymouth Reward scheme is the perfect way to offer a friendly welcome to Challenge Weymouth competitors and their supporters. We have a very lively summer of activities here in Weymouth and will be hosting a range of events, festivals and days out for the whole family. We look forward to welcoming many of you down to our beautiful coastal town.”Athletes competing in Challenge Weymouth 2014 will soon receive a Challenge Weymouth membership card, along with three key-fobs for closest family and friends. To find out more about the offers that are available athletes will be able to go to the new ‘Rewards’ page on the Challenge Weymouth website.For those in Weymouth checking out the course, athletes are also advised to look out for the Rewards Scheme posters in shops, hotels and restaurants across the town and surrounding area.www.challengeweymouth.com Relatedlast_img read more

Northeast Ohio Baseball/Softball Scores: March 27

first_img Matt Medley Coaches/Parents/Players: If you do not see your school’s score, e-mail us @ [email protected] or comment your scores at the bottom of the article.BaseballNordonia 7 vs Connellsville 3Highland 7 West Mifflin 2Highland 11 Medina 8Dublin Jerome 9 West Geauga 5Sidwell Friends 14 West Geauga 4Padua 10 Olmsted Falls 9Wickliffe 5 Euclid 1Elyria 13 Bay 0Massillon Jackson 5 Solon 2Boardman 7 Massillon Washington 2Reading 5 Hawken 4Avon 4 St. Vincent-St. Mary 2 St. Edward 5 Cuyahoga Falls 1Chagrin Falls 9 Albert Gallatin, Pa. 1Chagrin Falls 6 Cincinnati Mariemont 2Mayfield 4 Montour, Pa. 3 *8 innings*Fairport Harding 4 Harvey 3 *8 innings*St. Ignatius 1 Bishop England 0Lincoln West at Lake CatholicNormandy vs Garfield HeightsEastlake North vs PaduaValley Forge vs Brooklyn PPDUniontown Lake vs Streetsboro PPDIndependence vs Cardinal PPDNorth Royalton vs Brunswick PPDFairview vs North Olmsted PPDBenedictine vs Trinity PPDBedford vs Lorain PPDClearview vs Vermilion PPDSoftballPlainfield Central 8 Highland 1Metamora Twp. 6 Medina 5Brecksville 3 Olmsted Falls 1East 5 Firestone 3Uniontown Lake 12 Massillon Washington 2Willoughby South 6 Appleton East 5Willoughby South 14 Grayslake North 4Elyria 10 Euclid 0Ursuline 10 Padua 0Amherst 2 Holy Name 2 scrimmageWestlake at ParmaEastlake North vs Plainfield CentralKenston at Cardinal PPDMagnificat at Vermilion PPDWellington at Rocky River PPDNorth Olmsted at Valley Forge PPDLorain at Bedford PPDSolon vs Shaker Heights PPDClearview at Sandusky PPDFirelands at Bay PPDOberlin at Elyria Catholic PPDStrongsville vs Brunswick PPDBaseball or softball teams, tweet us your scores @NEOSportsInside. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Online Film Critics Society names “Get Out” Best Picture, Christopher Nolan Best Director

first_imgUniversal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The latest picks for award season come courtesy of the Online Film Critics Society, who just announced their 2017 award winners. Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit Get Out was named Best Picture, while Christopher Nolan earned Best Director for his World War II film, Dunkirk.The organization has awarded Gary Oldman the Best Actor honor for his much-buzzed-about portrayal of Prime Minister Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. Sally Hawkins was named Best Actress for her role in The Shape of Water.Timothée Chalamet was honored as the Breakout Star of the Year for his work in the LGBT coming-of-age film Call me By Your Name and his smaller role in Lady Bird. Diversity was the watchword this year. “The race this year was tight, and for good reason,” the Online Film Critics said in making the announcement. “There were so many films made by minorities about minorities. They presented important stories, perspectives, and much needed social commentary.”The awards come less than a month before the Motion Picture Academy announces its list of Oscar nominees Jan. 23.Check out the full list of winners:Best Picture — Get OutBest Actor — Gary Oldman, Darkest HourBest Actress — Sally Hawkins, The Shape of WaterBest Director — Christopher Nolan, DunkirkOriginal Screenplay — Jordan Peele, Get OutAdapted Screenplay — James Ivory, Call Me By Your NameBest Documentary — Faces PlacesBest Foreign Language Film — BPM (Beats Per Minute)Best Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Supporting Actress — Laurie Metcalf, Lady BirdBest Animated Feature — CocoBest Editing — Lee Smith, DunkirkBest Cinematography — Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049Best Ensemble — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBreakout Star of the Year — Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your NameCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more