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British PM David Cameron heads meeting on Greek Referendum

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London: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday chaired a meeting of senior ministers and officials to assess the impact on Britain of Greece’s “No” vote on its austerity package.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Chancellor George Osborne, who will address the MPs later, were present at the meeting.

The headquarters of the executive arm of the British government said in a statement that contingency plans were already in place following the “decisive” referendum outcome, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported.

According to the BBC report, the British government could not “stand back” from events in Greece, with over two million Britons visiting the country each year and over 40,000 residing there.

Before the vote, Cameron had predicted Greece would leave the eurozone if it voted “No” because it would be a “very significant default and a very significant problem”, and the chancellor has warned Britain “cannot be immune” from the Greek crisis.

The Greek people on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected the European Union’s (EU) bailout offer with stringent conditions by 61.3 percent voting “No” to 38.7 percent voting “Yes” in Sunday’s referendum.

European Union (EU) officials warned that it could see the country ejected from the eurozone.

(IANS)

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Blame Game continues as UK Citizens are only left with Brexit to counter their problems

A major move made by the ‘The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ challenging the aim of integration.

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Representational Image, Brexit. Image source: www.catholicherald.co.uk
  • UK is in the state of mourning and there’s an atmosphere of politic toxicity
  • Brexit was a boiling pot waiting to explode, that the resentment of the public in UK had reached its ‘Breaking Point’
  • There’s a petition doing the rounds that is demanding for a second EU referendum

Brexit- Britain exit- a final act by the UK to seal shut their borders, to put an end to the growing fears of Terrorism, to retain the 350 mn pounds a week, which went as Membership fees to the EU and well, to be in charge of making their own laws and relationships. All the above and then some more were the reasons cited by some civilians and the far right parties for being Pro-Brexit.

There are always two sides to a coin. In this case there was a side, which resulted in Sensex plummeting down, Pound dropping down to levels not seen since 1985 and then the silver lining -Immigration being controlled. And then there was the side of the progressive citizens, the ones believing in Co-operation and not confrontation, a side, which believed in pulling together because without immigrants UK will collapse. On Thursday, June 23, UK saw the former being voted by 51.9% of the population.

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Currently, UK is in the state of mourning and there’s an atmosphere of politic toxicity. While the world was still trying to wrap their head around the recent separation, David Cameron, British Prime minister announced his resignation saying, “I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination”. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party publicly retracted his claim that there’d be £350M a week set out for NHS (National Health Service) after the outcome of Brexit, after 17 million people voted to leave, some solely based on that piece of information. And all of the above happened in 24 hours. Phew!

Brexit (Representational IMage) Image source: The Street
Brexit (Representational IMage) Image source: The Street

Some would argue that Brexit was a boiling pot waiting to explode, that the resentment of the public in UK had reached its ‘Breaking Point’- headline of a controversial poster showing a vast queue of refugees which was unveiled by Nigel-and that the wrong doing of the government, the unemployment scene and the anti-immigrant feeling, all of it together had resulted in what UK stands as today. Separated but failed.

Impact on the Indian Market

“India remains a haven of stability in the risk environment” says Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance. Even as he spoke, the fact that Brexit knocked off Rs. 4 Lakh crore from Indian Stock market remained a fact. Tata Motors and Tata Steel have the most significant exposure to UK and fell over 10% on Thursday,June 23, due to Brexit snowball effect. Needless to say Indian owned Businesses in the UK would also feel the heat.

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Situation Today

There’s a petition doing the rounds that is demanding for a second EU referendum. This petition was introduced by William Oliver Healey and it reads, “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60 per cent based a turnout less than 75 per cent there should be another referendum.” It’s already signed by more than a million people and the numbers just seem to be going up. The response of the Government on the above matter is still pending.

As of now we can simply go by the statement, ‘The British people have spoken and the decision shall be respected.’

-This report is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram.

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David Cameron: Will investigate possible racial bias in courts

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London: David Cameron, British Prime Minister asked his lawmakers to investigate possible racial bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system of the country.

At present, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals make up more than a quarter of prisoners, compared to 14 percent of the wider population of England and Wales, according to statistics released by Downing Street, Xinhua reported.

Latest figures also show that BAME people make up a disproportionate 24 percent of Crown Court defendants, and those found guilty are more likely to receive custodial sentences than white offenders.

“If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university. And if you’re black, it seems you’re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if you’re white. We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination,” Cameron said in a statement.

The Prime Minister has appointed David Lammy, a member of parliament, to lead a review of the criminal justice system in England and Wales to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.

Lammy was asked to report back in the spring of 2017 and provide recommendations to reduce the proportion of BAME individuals in the criminal justice system and make sure that all suspects and offenders are treated equally.

The review will consider BAME people’s treatment and outcomes to identify and help tackle potential bias or prejudice, according to Downing Street.

It will address issues arising from the point of arrest onwards, including through the court system, in prisons and during rehabilitation in the wider community.(IANS)

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Madrassas should be barred from teaching Urdu says Shiv Sena

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Wednesday said Madrassas in India should be barred from using Urdu and Arabic as a medium of instruction and should be replaced with Hindi or English, while asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a hint from UK government, warning that migrants on spousal visas who fail to speak English may face banishment.

The party hit at PM and his colleagues, by commenting that from where would they get the courage to fight enemies within the country? They are busy in getting investments into the country by touring others nations.

The government should show strength and start the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and bring in the Uniform Civil Code.

“The British government is not wrong in thinking that Islamic State militants use uneducated Muslim women to propagate their ideas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take cues from the British government,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“India will benefit if the government can show courage like British Prime Minister David Cameron and bar madrassas from teaching in Urdu and Arabic and instead impart education in English and Hindi languages,” it opinioned.(inputs from agencies)

Earlier this week British PM David Cameron linked the lack English speaking skills to the extremism and suggested that without this might impact the stay of a person in the UK.(inputs from agencies)