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

Watch Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis And Nahko Bear Jam Out On Acoustics

first_imgRecently premiering on the Frendly Presents network, this fun video shows Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis and Nahko Bear from Nahko & Medicine For The People in an intimate acoustic session. The two Skype in some random guests for one of the greatest acoustic mash-ups yet!Enjoy the video below:Be sure to catch Twiddle on tour this fall, alongside The Werks. Their TWERK tour kicks off tomorrow, October 8th, and you can see the full schedule below:Twiddle and The Werks ‘TWERK TOUR’ Dates:10/8    Asbury Park, NJ    Stone Pony10/9    Philadelphia, PA    TLA10/10    Baltimore, MD    Ram’s Head Live10/11    Richmond, VA    The Broadberry10/12    Asheville, NC    New Mountain Asheville10/13    Chattanooga, TN    Revelry Room10/14    Athens, GA    Georgia Theatre10/15    Birmingham, AL    WorkPlay10/16    New Orleans, LA    The Parish at House of Blues10/22    Dallas, TX    Trees10/23    Rockdale, TX    Art Outside10/24    Houston, TX    Warehouse Live10/27    Columbia, MO    Rose Music Hall10/28    St. Louis, MO    Old Rock House10/29    Urbana, IL    The Canopy Club10/30    Grand Rapids, MI    The Stache10/31    Chicago, IL    Bottom Lounge11/1    Chicago, IL    Chop Shop11/3    Iowa City, IA    Blue Moose Tap House11/4    Omaha, NE    Waiting Room11/5    Kansas City, MO    The Riot Room11/6    Fort Collins, CO    Aggie Theatre11/7    Boulder, CO    Boulder Theater11/10    Seattle, WA    Tractor Tavern11/11    Portland, OR    Star Theater11/12    Eugene, OR    The WOW Hall11/13    San Francisco, CA    The Independent11/14    Crystal Bay, NV    Crystal Bay Club11/19    Bloomington, IN    Bluebird Nightclub11/20    Columbus, OH    Newport Music Hall11/21    Cleveland, OH    The Beachland Ballroom & Tavernlast_img read more

Visitors Traveling to Jamaica from Florida and other States To Pretest…

first_imgThe announcement was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday, two weeks after the island reopened its airport to allow for international travel. The pre-requisite for entry applies to individuals coming from COVID-19 hot spots, including Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. Visitors must upload their test results to the Visit Jamaica portal. The four states combined have recorded more than 700,000 COVID-19 cases and are among Jamaica’s most important source markets in the United States. Holness said, however, that other states may be added to the list. All arriving passengers will still be subjected to health screening and risk-based assessment at ports of entry. He said the controlled re-entry programme that was implemented between June 1 and 15, and the controlled entry programmed from June 15 to 30, had been generally successful. The prime minister said, while approval for entry is subject to pretesting, negative results do not mean automatic approval as permission to enter is still risk-based. At the same time, Holness urged individuals to reconsider travelling at this time if they have been confirmed with COVID-19. “Persons registering to visit Jamaica coming from these areas, as of July 1, will be required to upload a valid PCR test [result], which must [not have] been more than seven days old from the expected date of their arrival… As of July 10, persons visiting Jamaica [non-residents] from the declared high-risk areas will be required to present their PCR test,” he stated. Visitors traveling to Jamaica from Florida and other states in the United States will be required to pretest before arrival on the island as of July 1. The Government says it had not moved to impose the requirement for all US visitors due to issues with widespread availability of the polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test, among other considerations.last_img read more

Fun facts about the Battle Line Rivalry

first_imgOFFICIAL NAME: Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS: University of Arkansas (SEC Western Division)University of Missouri (SEC Eastern Division) DISTANCE BETWEEN CAMPUSES: 308 miles TROPHY:The two institutions are working cooperatively to commission a permanent trophy for the Battle Line Rivalry. The permanent trophy will be presented to the inaugural winner of the Battle Line Rivalry at an event to be announced in 2015. In the interim, a temporary award will be presented to the winning team following the game on Friday. BACKGROUND:The rivalry clashes against both geographic and historical boundaries – from disputed demarcations of the border separating the two states to notable alumni and former personnel with ties to both storied athletic programs. The historic rivalry between the two states will take on even more meaning now as the Battle Line will be drawn on the gridiron. The Razorbacks or Tigers will ultimately stake claim to the “Line” – until the next meeting.PREVIOUS FOOTBALL SERIES HISTORY: Missouri leads series 3-2Date Site ResultNov. 10, 1906 Columbia, Mo. MU 11-0Sept. 23, 1944 Columbia, Mo. UA 7-6Sept. 28, 1963 Little Rock, Ark. MU 7-6Dec. 31, 2003 Shreveport, La.* UA 27-14Jan. 1, 2008 Dallas, Texas** MU 38-7* Independence Bowl** Cotton Bowl INAUGURAL BATTLE LINE RIVALRY MEETING:Friday, November 28 at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. TELEVISION COVERAGE: CBS (National), 1:30 p.m. CTlast_img read more