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BBC: Theresa May to say she won't change tack on Brexit Theresa May to say she won't change tack on Brexit 21 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images UK prime minister Theresa May is set to confirm she will not change tack on Brexit despite her Chequers plan being rejected by EU leaders. Mrs May will shortly make a statement in Downing Street on the state of Brexit negotiations following a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said there was no "credible alternative" on the table from the EU at the talks. And he expressed doubt over how serious EU leaders were about the negotiations. He told the BBC's Politics Live: "It did not feel like the reciprocation of the statesmanlike approach that she (Mrs May) has taken". The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Mrs May says her plan for the UK and EU to share a "common rulebook" for goods, but not services, is the only credible way to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Tusk: May's plan won't work Court to rule on whether UK can halt Brexit Sturgeon calls for Brexit to be delayed Brexit: All you need to know But it is opposed by some within her own party who argue it would compromise the UK's sovereignty. And it got a cool reception at this week's EU summit in Austria. In a news conference, European Council President Donald Tusk said there were some "positive elements" in Mrs May's proposals, known as the Chequers plan. But he said EU leaders had agreed that the proposals needed to be redrawn: "The suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market." He followed it up by posting a photograph on Instagram of he and Mrs May looking at cakes with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries." The EU has argued that the UK cannot "cherry-pick" elements from its rulebook. What's behind Tusk's Instagram diplomacy? The UK and EU are trying to reach a deal by mid-November and want to avoid a hard border - physical infrastructure like cameras or guard posts - between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic but cannot agree on how. The EU insists on its own "legally binding Irish backstop" - what it describes as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border, if no other solution can be found. View the full article Read this BBC: Brexit: 'No deal' without EU compromise, says Grayling Brexit: 'No deal' without EU compromise, says Grayling 21 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May's Chequers plan was rejected by EU leaders at their Salzburg summit Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has said there will be no deal with the EU on Brexit if it does not soften its position on the Irish border. He said the UK would not abandon its Chequers plan, despite EU leaders rejecting it at their Salzburg summit. EU chief Donald Tusk said a key part of that plan "will not work" but Theresa May said it was the only credible way to avoid a hard Irish border. Mr Grayling told the BBC "tough language" was to be expected. He said he was still confident a deal could be done. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Both sides are trying to reach a deal in time and want to avoid a hard border - meaning any physical infrastructure like cameras or guard posts - between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic but cannot agree on how. The EU insists on its own "legally operationally backstop" - what it describes as an insurance policy to prevent the return of physical infrastructure on the border in the event no other solution can be found. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChris Grayling: EU's position on Irish border 'simply impossible to accept' It has put forward a proposal that would see Northern Ireland stay aligned with the EU in key areas, effectively staying in the customs union and single market and not needing those border checks. But the UK insisted this was unacceptable as it would split Northern Ireland off from the rest of the UK. Theresa May says her Chequers proposal for the UK to sign up to a common rule book for trade in goods and a combined customs territory with the EU is the only way to avoid a hard border and breaking up the UK. She has said the UK will come forward "shortly" with new proposals on the so-called "backstop" arrangements, but also insisted Chequers was the "only serious and credible proposition" for an overall deal. Katya Adler: What just happened in Salzburg? EU must 'evolve' Irish plans, insists May Sturgeon calls for Brexit to be delayed Brexit: All you need to know Transport Secretary Mr Grayling told BBC Newsnight they had put forward the only proposal that meets the UK's red lines and also provides the "right solution" for the Irish border. "At the moment what the European Union is asking in and around Northern Ireland is simply impossible for any UK government to accept. And actually if they stick with that position, there will be no deal," he said. "No UK government, certainly not this one - and the Labour party have said the same - could possibly accept any border in the Irish sea, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK." He said the negotiation where people were setting out "robust, firm positions" was typical of the EU. "They build up, there's tough language and actually a deal is done at the last. And I'm still confident that we will reach agreement," he said. Please upgrade your browser Your guide to Brexit jargon Enter the word or phrase you are looking for Search However David Davis, who quit as Brexit secretary after the Chequers plan was agreed by the cabinet, suggested Mrs May's plan would not get through the UK Parliament - where it has many critics in her own party. He told HuffPost UK that, with Labour also planning to vote against Mrs May's plan, "the critical size of the voting bloc is quite small, it's basically a dozen people. "The rock-solid core of the [European Research Group] is a multiple of that. I'm not even an ERG member. It's probably 30, 40." But he added that Leave-backing Tory MPs were "reasonably terrified" of the possibility that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn could win an ensuing general election: "That's what they [No 10] are banking on. We will see who blinks." Mrs May set out her proposals for the key issue of cross-border trade after a Chequers summit in July, but it has been fiercely criticised by some Brexiteers who say plans for a "common rulebook" on goods would compromise the UK's sovereignty. On Thursday after a two-day meeting in Salzburg, Austria, Mr Tusk said EU leaders agreed the UK proposals needed to be redrawn. He said: "Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market". Mr Tusk added that October would be the "moment of truth" for reaching a deal, and that "if the conditions are there" an additional summit would be held in November to "formalise" it. French President Emmanuel Macron said Brexit had been "pushed by certain people who predicted easy solutions". He added: "Brexit has shown us one thing - and I fully respect British sovereignty in saying this - it has demonstrated that those who said you can easily do without Europe, that it will all go very well, that it is easy and there will be lots of money, are liars. "This is all the more true because they left the next day, so they didn't have to manage it." Prominent Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, said Mr Tusk's remarks signalled the end for the Chequers proposals while Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Mrs May had to "urgently drop her reckless red lines and put forward a credible plan for Brexit". But DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds blamed the EU for its "unreasonable and inflexible approach" adding: "The UK government must demonstrate a resolute determination not to be bullied." View the full article Read this NCA: Nurse who was jailed in landmark slavery case sees her sentence increased Return to News 20 September 2018 A London-based nurse who was jailed for trafficking Nigerian women into Europe where they were forced into sex work has had her sentence increased to 18 years. Josephine Iyamu, 52, became the first British national to be convicted under the Modern Slavery Act for offences committed overseas at Birmingham Crown Court on 28 June 2018. The conviction followed a lengthy investigation undertaken by the National Crime Agency, working in co-operation with German police. She was arrested by NCA officers after landing at Heathrow airport on a flight from Lagos on 24 August 2017. Iyamu was originally jailed for 14 years but, following a reference by the Solicitor General which was heard today at the Court of Appeal this was increased to 18 years. On increasing her sentence, Lord Justice Davis said: “This was very very grave offending and Iyamu’s role was found to be a leading one. “She made considerable financial gain from her five victims whose vulnerabilities she exploited. They were exposed to appalling suffering and risks, including dangerous trafficking routes and threats towards them and their families. “Iyamu has shown no remorse and is still denying these offences, however it is crystal clear that her role was one of the highest culpability and the highest harm.” NCA deputy director Tom Dowdall said: “This was a truly horrendous case where a nurse carried out humiliating rituals on her vulnerable victims in a bid to exert power over them. She then forced them to work in brothels, and profited from that exploitation. “The charges she faced were extremely serious, and I think that is reflected in the increased sentence handed down by the court today.” The NCA’s investigation into Iyamu began in July 2017 following information from the German Police who had identified one of her victims working in a brothel in Trier. After locating Iyamu, AKA Madame Sandra, in London, NCA investigators worked with the Nigerian Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to look into her activities in Nigeria. Enquiries identified that she had positioned herself as a rich and powerful woman in Nigeria and had launched a political campaign through which she claimed she wanted to empower women and families. Using her status, Iyamu recruited vulnerable women from rural villages and promised them a better life in Europe. She charged them up to 38,000 Euro for facilitating their travel and forced them to work as prostitutes in Germany to pay off their debts. Before they left, she put her victims through a Juju ceremony - a humiliating ritual designed to exert control over them. The women believed serious harm would come to them or their families if they broke their oath to Iyamu or tried to escape. At her trial five of her victims gave evidence via video link. They detailed the horrendous conditions they endured whilst travelling over-land across Africa, and then by boat to Italy before flying to Germany using false ID documents provided to them by Iyamu’s associates. On 28 June 2018 at Birmingham Crown Court she was found guilty of five counts of facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation and one count of attempting to prevent the course of justice. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Wanted people smuggling suspect arrested in Birmingham Home News Wanted people smuggling suspect arrested in Birmingham Return to News 19 September 2018 A man wanted in connection with an alleged people smuggling network shipping migrants across the English Channel in lorries has been arrested by the National Crime Agency. British national Saman Sdiq, 33, was arrested at his home address in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham on Monday 17 September. He is wanted by the authorities in Antwerp, Belgium, in connection with an organised criminal network believed to be operating there, but with links in the UK, France, Spain, and the Kurdish region of Iraq. Several other alleged members have already been arrested and are in custody in Belgium. The network are suspected of collecting migrants around Calais and taking them into Belgium, before loading them into lorries near the town of Postel, near the Dutch-Belgian border. From there they would be transported across the Channel. Sdiq is suspected of providing vehicles from the UK to the network. Belgian prosecutors believe they have identified more than 15 attempts to smuggle migrants between November 2017 and April 2018. On a number of occasions migrants, including minors and young children, were found hidden in the cargo space of lorries. After being arrested by officers from the NCA's Armed Operation Unit on a European Arrest Warrant Sdiq appeared before Westminster Magistrates yesterday, Tuesday 18 September, where he was remanded in custody until 24 September as extradition proceedings continue. The arrest was co-ordinated by the NCA-led Project Invigor Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce, working in partnership with Belgian law enforcement. Chris Hogben, Head of the Taskforce, said: “Gangs involved in organised immigration crime treat migrants as a commodity to be profited out of – they don’t care about keeping them in horrendous conditions and moving them hundreds of miles at a time. “We are working with international partners such as the Belgian authorities to disrupt these criminal networks, attacking their business models and cash flows, and of course seeking to arrest and prosecute those responsible wherever possible. “Tools such as the European Arrest Warrant are crucial to us in making that happen, allowing both the UK and our European partners to pursue criminals across international borders.” Invigor is the UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK and the European borders. It is led by the NCA and includes Immigration Enforcement, Crown Prosecution Service, Border Force and the Home Office working in the UK and internationally. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Eight year sentence for suitcase drug smuggler Return to News Gholamreza Pourmirzaei, aged 46, from Manchester, was stopped by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport on 21 November 2016 after flying to the UK from Turkey. An x-ray revealed the Class A drug was hidden in the lining at the bottom of his suitcase. On the same day NCA officers searched Pourmirzaei’s home in Kippax Street, Manchester, and seized £3,965 cash. The NCA investigation revealed that Pourmirzaei had travelled to Turkey and Iran on 31 occasions in 2016. Following a six day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Pourmirzaei was found guilty yesterday (17 September) of being knowingly concerned in the importation of controlled drugs. NCA branch commander, Matt Rivers, said: “Pourmirzaei was a frequent traveller to Iran and Turkey, taking 31 flights in 2016 alone. He claimed they were for business but we believe, even though we could only evidence one importation, he was regularly bringing large quantities of drugs into the UK. “Drugs fuel further crime and violence on our streets, which is why we work closely with Border Force to target smugglers such as Pourmirzaei.” Taylor Wilson, Border Force Assistant Director at Stansted Airport, said: “There is no doubt that had Pourmirzaei not been stopped by my officers, these dangerous drugs would have ended up being sold on the UK’s streets. “Border Force seize drugs worth hundreds of millions of pounds every year. Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to bring those responsible to justice.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this Coventry police black males advice is 'inflammatory' Police advice to pubs to look out for "young black males who look as though they are intent on committing disorder" has been branded inflammatory. Full Story Read this NCA: NCA statement on contingency planning in relation to UK withdrawal from the European Union Return to News 18 September 2018 Director General (Operations) Steve Rodhouse The ability to share information and collaborate with international partners is essential to tackle serious and organised crime. The EU law enforcement tools that the UK currently uses are some of the most efficient and effective mechanisms for partnership working that are available anywhere in the world. UK access to these tools helps law enforcement, both in the UK and across Europe, to protect European citizens. We want to maintain access to the tools and ensure the future agreement allows us to keep shaping and joining future innovations in this area. We have been clear with international partners that our commitment to working together is unchanged – and the message we hear from them is that they are committed to working with us and see the significant value of UK access to these EU tools. Key tools identified by the NCA and NPCC include the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), Schengen Information System (SISII), European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), Europol and Eurojust. These tools enable us to work more effectively with EU partners. They help to share data rapidly, inform prompt and effective action, and coordinate and drive joint action (including shaping strategic priorities). Without maintaining the current access we have, we will be less effective. For example, prior to the implementation of the European Arrest Warrant in 2004, fewer than 60 individuals a year were extradited from the UK. Since 2004, the EAW has enabled the UK to surrender over 10,000 individuals accused or convicted of a criminal offence to other Member States. Without access to databases and judicial tools, our response to crime across Europe will become more fragmented. Our ability to track criminals’ movements, monitor sex offenders and locate fugitives will be reduced. For example, access to overseas conviction data allows us to more quickly identify those individuals who pose a threat to our communities (for instance, by identifying a history of sexual offending). Equally, the value of SISII is that it gives officers on the street (both in the UK and EU) immediate knowledge of whether a person is wanted in a member state. European law enforcement is more effective when we take coordinated action against shared priorities. A lack of access to these European tools would mean a reduction in the ability of the UK to contribute to keeping Europe safe. The negotiations and outcome need to reflect that vital cooperation. The opportunities which technology provides will continue to develop and the agreement needs to cater for this. Otherwise, future solutions will be harder to deliver and may be less broad in coverage. We don’t want to end up with a number of fragmented systems in Europe. UK law enforcement is preparing for all possible outcomes, including drawing up contingency plans should we no longer have access to EU law enforcement tools. These contingency processes would be sub-optimal, and in many cases not an exact match. In some cases, more than one measure may be needed to obtain the same result, and the lack of automation of these fall back measures would make processes much more labour intensive and time consuming. The NCA and the wider UK law enforcement community remain committed to maintaining close relationships with EU partners to make most effective use of the tools and processes available to us after the UK leaves the European Union. Share this Page: View the full article Read this BBC: Westminster inquest: No armed police in hour before attack Westminster inquest: No armed police in hour before attack 17 September 2018 Related TopicsWestminster attack inquest Image caption PC Keith Palmer was pronounced dead at 15:15 on the day of the attack There were no armed officers at the entrance to parliament for almost an hour before PC Keith Palmer was stabbed, an inquest has heard. PC Palmer was killed by Khalid Masood in New Palace Yard, in last year's Westminster terror attack on 22 March. One firearms officer was at another entrance due to Prime Minister's Questions, the inquest heard. Earlier, Tobias Ellwood MP described how he tried to save PC Palmer until he was ordered to stop giving CPR. Four other people died after Masood drove into them on Westminster Bridge. The inquest into the deaths of PC Palmer, 48, Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea, 31, is taking place at the Old Bailey in London. Westminster attack: What happened Victims of the Westminster terror attack Watch: 'Hero' MP's emotional terror attack defiance Westminster attack PC 'unprotected' at gate Dominic Adamson, representing PC Palmer's widow Michelle, told the court that firearms officers were only near Carriage Gates for 14 minutes of the 108 minutes before the attack. PC Lee Ashby, one of the two authorised firearms officers (AFOs) who was on duty in New Palace Yard, had not been near the gate at all before the attack. "I have responsibility to the Members' Entrance, Carriage Gates and College Green. I can't do all of those areas," he said. "There were certain days, Wednesday being one of them, where, as a result of Prime Minister's Questions, you were actively encouraged to be next to the Members' Entrance partly because of the number of high-level MPs and Cabinet ministers." CCTV footage showed officers on a roving patrol were last at Carriage Gates at 13:42, nearly an hour before the attack began to unfold at 14:40. The inquest heard how armed officers used to be in fixed posts, but this was changed to roving patrols. PC Ashby said he thought the previous security arrangements had been "better". "For me, what we had prior to sectors was the better option because I believe you should have a fixed point firearms officer at every entry point," he said. CCTV footage showed he and his colleague PC Nicholas Sanders moving towards to the area where PC Palmer had collapsed after three shots rang out. They came from a plain-clothed protection officer shooting Masood. The two officers faced a misconduct investigation that found they should have been near the gates when they were open, but no formal action was taken against them. Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Ellwood is a former Army officer and is medically trained Earlier, the inquest heard from Tobias Ellwood who tried to save PC Palmer's life. Mr Ellwood - Conservative MP for Bournemouth East and a medically-trained former Army officer - told the court he was in a meeting close by when the attack occurred. He said he heard a crash followed by screams, adding: "These were not screams of pain... these were screams of shock." After running through crowds of people and hearing shots fired, Mr Ellwood said he saw a number of police officers crouched near Carriage Gate and PC Palmer and Masood on the floor. The three officers helping PC Palmer told him he was risking his life because of the chance of a secondary attack, but the MP - whose brother died in the Bali attack in 2002 - told the court: "My brother was killed in a secondary attack... so I was very aware of that. "I was concerned about what would happen if things were to ratchet up, but my immediate concern was that we had somebody who was clearly badly bleeding and needed assistance." Mr Ellwood said PC Palmer was unconscious, but that he still had a pulse. But PC Palmer's heart stopped, and Mr Ellwood had to begin chest compressions while someone else gave the officer mouth-to-mouth. "By this time the whole of Westminster was very silent," he said. A medical team arrived by helicopter and moved PC Palmer so they could operate on him in the courtyard. Mr Ellwood had to pause in the witness box, before saying: "Forgive me, it's sometimes easier to do the helping rather than to talk about it afterwards." 'I'm sorry' Despite their efforts, the doctor said there was nothing more they could do. Mr Ellwood said: "I told a doctor present 'you're going to have to order me to stop', and the medic said, 'Sir, you've done your best, but you do need to stop'. "We both covered the body as best we could, closed the eyes and I said, 'I'm sorry'. "It was a very strange end to a very traumatic four or five minutes, to suddenly be left completely alone with just one other person." Asked by the lawyer representing PC Palmer's widow, about security in Westminster, Mr Ellwood said there had always been a "sense of vulnerability" around the Houses of Parliament and that, at times, there had been less firearms protection at the site than he would have liked. But he did not want it to become "a tower of protection", as it would "change the face of what Parliament is about". The MP added: "[With] the level of security we have in place [now], I'm not sure we could do more." 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