British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly avoided an embarrassing Brexit bill defeat as Conservative rebels accepted significant concessions from the government on the ‘meaningful vote.’ After May won the vote, the pound rose against the US dollar and the euro. May promised key concessions which grant greater control of Brexit to parliament.
Roman Abramovich the billionaire owner of the Chelsea football club and the Russian oligarch has flown to Tel Aviv after being granted Israeli citizenship. Abramovich faced unusually long delays in renewing his expired UK visa due to UK-Russia tensions following Sergei Skripal poisoning in March. Abramovich exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which says that Jews from anywhere can become Israeli citizens. Abramovich is now Israel’s wealthiest person.
Amber Rudd resigned from her position of the UK’s Home Secretary, saying she ‘inadvertently misled’ government over the growing migrant scandal regarding the government’s treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’, denial of basic rights to the descendants of people from Caribbean nations invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971. Rudd is the fourth high-ranking official to resign from May’s cabinet in six months, bringing the government into crisis.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced the arrival of their third child on Monday. Middleton gave birth to the couple’s second son who is fifth in line to the British throne. Kensington Palace confirmed that both mother and son are doing well, and the Royals returned home yesterday.
The House of Lords challenged British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday, opposing her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU following Brexit. The EU Withdrawal Bill will return to the House of Commons. The opposition to the bill adds to the difficulty May faces in unifying her Conservative Party over Brexit.
The international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed on Thursday that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in Britain with a nerve agent, with investigators calling the agent ‘high purity.’ Experts say the nerve agent Novichok was developed in the Soviet Union. Russia continues to deny Britain’s claims it was responsible for the attack.
Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former Russian spy poisoned in the UK was released from the hospital on Monday and moved to a secure location after making a faster recovery than her father. Skripal and her father were poisoned using the military-grade nerve agent novichok, prompting the UK to accuse Moscow of the attack.
In response to London’s decision to expel Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, Russia announced they will expel 23 British diplomats, ‘declared persona non grata,’ and close the St. Petersburg British consulate. Britain says they have evidence Russia has been manufacturing the nerve agent used in the poisoning.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced suspension of high-level contacts with Russia and expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats following Moscow’s refusal to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used to poison a former double agent and his daughter. The diplomats, identified as ‘undeclared intelligence officers,’ have a week to leave. Russia denies attempted murder.
Following a poison attack on a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday, British investigators determined it is ‘highly likely’ Russia executed the poisoning. Investigators say the poison was a ‘military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.’ Russia denies responsibility for the attack.