Russia-UK Relations to Improve?: May and Putin ‘pledge to improve ties’

SOURCE: BBC

Theresa May has, according to the BBC, made contact with the Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiate a better relationship between the UK and Russia. 

It’s reported that both leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with UK-Russian relations, and pledged to improve ties, the Kremlin state.

A Downing Street spokeswoman has said that they (May and Putin) have agreed that co-operation on aviation security was a ‘vital part of efforts to fight terrorism.’

The two leaders will meet to talk about building stronger ties at the G20 summit of world leaders in China next month.

The relations between the two countries have been strained overtime, particularly following the UK inquiry which blamed the 2006 poisoning death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko on Russian agents and said it was ‘probably’ approved by Mr Putin.

Other contentious topics have included Russia’s support for the Syrian regime, the annexation of Crimea and fighting in Ukraine, and western sanctions against Russia.

A Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed that the leaders discussed common security threats faced by both countries.

She said: “The prime minister noted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Russia and expressed the hope that, despite differences on certain issues, they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them.

The two leaders agreed to develop a “dialogue between their security agencies on issues relating to aviation security”, the Kremlin said.

The Russian government also said Mrs May confirmed the UK’s intention to participate in the 75th anniversary of the first arrival of wartime aid by British convoys to the Russian city of Arkhangelsk, later this month.

How positive are you towards the potential improvement of UK-Russia relations?

Will this be a vital step forward to secure european peace between two major european players? How will America react to this after the past feuds they’ve had with Russia? Will the two nations be able to find common ground and create strong ties between one another?

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The Trident Weapons System has been renewed after MP’s vote 472-117 for it’s renewal

SOURCE: BBC

Tonight, MPs have heavily backed the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system, voting 472 to 117 in favour for it in Parliament.

The vote has now approved the manufacture of four replacement submarines at an estimated cost of £31bn.

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon spoke to MPs in the house, saying nuclear threats were growing around the world and Trident ‘puts doubts in the minds of our adversaries’.

The Labour party was split over the issue with many of its MPs defying leader Jeremy Corbyn and backing the government.

Although Labour MPs were given a free vote, many used the occasion to attack Mr Corbyn, who is a longstanding opponent of nuclear weapons. The BBC has quoted that ‘60% of Labour’s MPs voted in favour of Trident renewal.’

Furthermore, the BBC have said that the SNP ‘opposed the move’, saying nuclear weapons were ‘immoral’ and the continued stationing of submarines on the Clyde could accelerate moves towards independence.

The vote saw a majority of 355 for trident renewal and was announced at the end of a five-hour debate, in which Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at the despatch box for the first time as prime minister.

Mrs May said it would be an ‘act of gross irresponsibility’ for the UK to abandon the continuous-at-sea weapons system.

Although preparatory work on renewal is already under way, Monday’s vote will give the final green light to a new fleet of submarines which are due to come into service by the early 2030s.

Mr Fallon has also spoken to say Trident had ‘helped protect the UK for more than 50 years’ and to disown it now would be to ‘gamble the long-term security of our citizens’.

The UK has faced growing threats from rogue nations, such as North Korea, as well as a more assertive Russia, he said.

“Nuclear weapons are here, they are not going to disappear,” Mr Fallon furthered. “It is the role of government to make sure we can defend ourselves against them.”

What’s your view of the Trident renewal?

Was it the best choice for the future of the UK’s defence matters? Is it to expensive to fund? Will it serve to be a ‘good’ decision for the UK overtime? What do you make of the overwhelming majority for it’s renewal?

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Stronger In: Voice YOUR views on Britain Stronger in Europe’s Campaign

Official Website: http://www.strongerin.co.uk/

This specific blog aims to allow you to simply voice your views about the Europhile Campaigners Britain Stronger in Europe. Stronger In are headed by individuals such as the UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Conservatives), Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (Conservatives) and Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. 

Britain Stronger in Europe mainly argue the following key points as to why the UK should remain in the European Union.

  • The EU allows for better security and citizen protection via its policies and working together with the other 27 EU states. It relates to boosting the UK defence industry. 
  • The UK expenditure given to the EU allows the UK to access the EU’s Free Trade Market. This allows for a no tariff or taxation process to occur when importing, exchanging and transporting products to other EU states, which ultimately keeps prices low and reduces VAT. 
  • Migration and Immigration allow the UK Economy to grow due to skilled workers and laboured jobs being filled and worked at efficiently.
  • They argue over 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU, so leaving would potentially effect the way these businesses are run and could see many close or go bankrupt.
  • The last key point they have is the high number of economists who give warnings of a Brexit, due to the potential negative economic consequences of this occurring which includes the IMF. 

These are the main points from the Stronger In campaign as to why the UK should remain in the EU, which is mainly focussed upon the negative Economic consequences that  could occur if Britain were to leave the EU.

So what’s your view of the Stronger In campaigning and are their arguments valid and solid enough to sway you to vote for them?

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Brexit: Voice YOUR views on Vote Leave’s Campaign

Official Website: http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/

This specific blog aims to allow you to simply voice your views about the Eurosceptic Campaigners Vote Leave. Vote Leave are headed by individuals such as the Justice Minister Michael Gove (Conservatives), former London Mayor Boris Johnson MP (Conservatives) and a helping hand from UKIP leader and head of the defunct Grassroots Out Campaign Nigel Farage MEP. 

Vote Leave mainly argue the following key points as to why the UK should Leave the European Union.

  • Britain Pays £350 million every week to the EU which amounts to the cost of facilitating and building a new hospital.
  • They argue that Five new nations want to join the EU with a total up too 89 million potential new migrants and immigrants allowed to come to work and live in the UK. The nations are as follows: (Population in Brackets)
  1. Albania (2.8 million)
  2. Montenegro (600,000)
  3. Macedonia (2.1 million)
  4. Turkey (76 million)
  5. Serbia (7.2 million)
  • The EU overrules UK Laws: Vote Leave suggests that UK laws are ‘dictated’ by the EU that stops the British public being able to vote out the politicians who make european laws.
  • Vote Leave claim that the UK can still trade within the EU and tap into the european market just like Norway.
  • UK Sovereignty is lowered because Vote Leave argues the UK has lost its power and law making abilities to govern its own state.

These respective points outline the key arguments from the Vote Leave campaign, focusing on mainly the negatives of Immigration and decreased Sovereignty showing why the UK is better off outside the EU.

So what’s your view of the Brexit campaigning and are their arguments valid and solid enough to sway you to vote for them?

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EU Referendum: Who argues what?

Source: BBC – Referendum Arguments Guide

This helpful article provides readers the chance to see who argues what in terms of each campaigning side.

As we know, the two respectful sides campaigning in the EU Referendum are firstly the Vote Leave Campaign, a group of eurosceptics aiming to exit the EU and this is simply known in other terms as ‘Brexit’. The other campaigners are called Britain Stronger in Europe, which as obvious as their counterparts are europhiles aiming to keep the UK in the European Union.

This BBC article is essentially a ”guide to find out the arguments from the Leave and Remain sides on a range of key topics.”

Britain goes to the polls on Thursday 23 June to decide whether the UK should stay a member of the European Union. Ultimately, this article could be beneficial for you to read and gauge where you stand when giving your vote on June 23rd, and seeing what side you feel speaks ‘more sense’. 

Highlighting some of the Key arguments within the article of both sides campaigning in the EU include:

  • Immigration
  • Sovereignty and Laws
  • Work and Pay
  • Trade and the Economy
  • Global Roles and Defence

More arguments are on the article, so go and check it out to find more about your curiosities!

ThePoliticsView asks, whats YOUR view of each sides arguments?

Who are more realistic and reliable in what each side claims? Who will get more votes on the 23rd of June and why? Who do you want to win?

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Queen’s Speech: The Key Points

Source: The Guardian

As many know, the Queen has recently informed the nation of the new parliamentary business agenda for the foreseeable year coming, in front of parliament itself.

Within the article, its states that the Prime Minister David Cameron has described the speech as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government”, using the opportunities presented by Britain’s strengthening economy to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Below are some of the key points highlighted from the queens speech:

  • High speed broadband: The rights for families to have automatic compensation if their broadband fails is proposed, under measures announced in the Queen’s speech.
  • British Bill of Rights: David Cameron risks a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations, by trying to push ahead with plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’. Furthermore, the Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore “common sense” to human rights legislation.
  • Better Bus services: The Bus Services Bill will give elected mayors powers over buses nationally.
  • Education and Young People: Currently, councils are responsible for moving pupils who have been excluded from school into other arrangements but there are concerns that this leads to students being forgotten about. Now schools will consequently be responsible for this themselves and the hope is it will lead to specialist centres being set up to help pupils back into mainstream education.
  • Justice and Prisons Reforms: Prisons will have to compile data on education and reoffending under a new drive for openness.
  • Sugar Tax: A new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks will be introduced from April 2018.

These are the key factors that ThePoliticsView has chosen from the Guardians article, however many additional factors were covered in the Queens speech that are also a major part of the Governments new agenda, including:

  • Tackling Extremism
  • International Development
  • National Security
  • National Citizens Service
  • Spaceports, Driverless Cars and Drones
  • NHS
  • Pensions and Savings
  • Welsh Devolution Settlements

What did you make of the Queens Speech?

Is their enough depth to the new Agenda? Will it be carried out successfully by the Government? What’s the biggest issue to address first on the Agenda? What do you disagree with most about the Agenda?

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EU referendum: Brussels attacks spark UK security debate

Source: BBCProspect Magazine

The BBC have stated that ”The Brussels terror attacks have heightened the intensity of debate over whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU, ahead of the referendum.”

Furthermore, ”Former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove said EU-based security bodies were of “little consequence” and that leaving the EU could boost Britain’s security.”

”But Europol chief Rob Wainwright said the argument “doesn’t stand scrutiny”, saying intelligence sharing was vital.”

Argument suggesting EU exit improves UK Security

Writing in Prospect magazine, Sir Richard – head of MI6 from 1999 to 2004 – argued that leaving the EU could strengthen Britain’s security.

“Brexit would bring two potentially important security gains: the ability to dump the European Convention on Human Rights… and, more importantly, greater control over immigration from the European Union,” he said. (BBC 2016)

Argument suggesting EU stay improves UK Security

”Former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand, has also entered the debate, saying the UK “would be the loser in security terms from Brexit not the gainer”.”

”He said the “stronger security on the continent of Europe is, the safer we will be” and warned that leaving the EU would “jeopardise” intelligence sharing.” (BBC 2016)

Where do you stand in the Security debates? Are you a believer that we are safer within or out of the EU?

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Inquiry into foreign backers of UK extremists gets green light

Source: The Guardian, The BBC

The Guardian have stated that ”David Cameron has authorised an investigation into the foreign funding and support of jihadi and extremist groups in the UK, a development that could lead to a potential standoff with the government’s key Gulf ally Saudi Arabia.”

They further to quote that ”Political pressure on Cameron to investigate extremist revenue streams in the UK has come from the Liberal Democrats who requested the inquiry in exchange for supporting the extension into Syria of British airstrikes against Islamic State.”

What’s your view on this?

Should the UK be Involved with this? If the UK was to leave the EU, would this effect anything to do with this involvement? Should we be focusing on more local issues, like pay issues and flooding, rather than Saudi Arabian affairs?

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Sunday Politics: Your view on todays show

Source: The BBC

The Politics Show on the BBC today are discussing the EU, Pay Inequality and Trident.

The BBC have quoted that a ”New Conservative campaign group on EU warns of risks of British exit” from the European Union. Should we take the EU referendum more seriously and get as many people to know what the positives and negatives of leaving are?

When discussing pay inequality, the BBC quote that ”Jeremy Corbyn has said that a Labour government could ban companies from paying dividends to shareholders unless they pay workers the living wage. Should the conservatives take note of the ever growing inequality of pay, and how should they alleviate this issue? 

When it comes to trident, the BBC state that Scottish SNP leader Ms Sturgeon, ”wants to see Trident scrapped, says the money that would be saved could be spent to create jobs elsewhere.”Should there be a vote on wether to have development and funding of trident on nuclear weapons or not? 

From reading/watching the link, what’s YOUR view on the main topics discussed on the politics show today?

 

Foreign affairs in Saudi Arabia ask the UK to ‘respect’ their death penalty laws

Source: The Independent

The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, has come out to state that ‘In our country the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this…’ when responding to a question over the kingdom’s “terrible image problem”, put to him by Channel 4 News’ (The Independent 2016)

The Independent further this to say ”The foreign minister’s comments come after international outcry over the Saudi kingdom’s execution of 47 prisoners in one day earlier this month. Among those put to death was the prominent Shia cleric and dissident Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that flared up in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province in 2011.”

What’s your view on this? Should the death penalty still exist in the world? Should the UK inherit the death penalty into Laws? Do you respect the Saudi Arabian’s use of the death penalty in recent years?

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