Martin Griffiths meets Arab coalition ambassadors ahead of Security Council meeting

UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. (AFP)
Updated 02 August 2018

Martin Griffiths meets Arab coalition ambassadors ahead of Security Council meeting

LONDON: The UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is meeting with the ambassadors of Arab coalition countries ahead of a Security Council meeting on Thursday. 

Griffiths is expected to announce on Thursday the date of the Geneva talks that are due to take place in September and an outline of his vision of the Yemen peace settlement, a report by Asharq Al-Awsat said.


UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

Updated 28 min 47 sec ago

UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

LONDON: Britain said Monday it will immediately end freedom of movement for people from the European Union after Brexit on October 31, in a policy shift under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“Freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on October 31 when the UK leaves the EU,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
She added the government planned “tougher criminality rules for people entering the UK” as part of the new hard-line stance.
“Details of other changes immediately on October 31 for a new immigration system are currently being developed,” the spokeswoman said.
The change comes amid growing fears Britain is set to leave the 28-member bloc without a divorce deal in two and a half months.
Around 3.6 million EU citizens already in Britain have been told to apply for “permanent settled status,” under an interior ministry scheme started by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May.
So far only around one million have signed up for the status.
May’s government said in January that it would end free movement “as soon as possible” after a no-deal Brexit, but keep allowing EU arrivals “for a transitional period only.”
Legislation drawn up to deal with the issue is stuck in parliament in the House of Commons gridlock over Brexit.
Johnson has said he favors a skills-based immigration system post-Brexit, but Downing Street is yet to unveil full details.
Critics representing EU citizens claim he is trying to evade parliamentary scrutiny of his changed stance toward new arrivals after Brexit — and fear those already in Britain could get mistakenly caught out.
“Ending freedom of movement abruptly on Oct 31st will lead to mass discrimination against potentially over 2 million EU citizens,” the3million lobby group said on Twitter, calling the move “reckless.”