British PM rules out second Brexit referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May said if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on ‘a path of deep and grave uncertainty.’ (AP Photo)
Updated 15 November 2018
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British PM rules out second Brexit referendum

  • Theresa May: As far as I’m concerned, there will not be a second referendum
  • May: I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for my country

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday ruled out holding a second referendum on Brexit despite calls from several MPs who argued her draft divorce deal with the EU was doomed.
“As far as I’m concerned, there will not be a second referendum,” May said at a press conference in Downing Street.
Defiant in the face of mounting criticism, May added, “I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for my country.”

May compared herself to legendary English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, noting that he was hard to get out even if his run-scoring was sometimes slow.
Asked whether she would be able to “deliver the runs” for Britain, May said she would dig in and fight.
“Can I just say that you might recall from previous comments I have made about cricket that one of my cricket heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott,” she said.
“And what did you know about Geoffrey Boycott? Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end.”
Boycott, who was known for his conservative batting style, scored over 8,000 runs in test cricket. 

Meanwhile, The Northern Irish party propping up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), wants a Conservative Party leader who will “deliver on Brexit,” its deputy leader said following calls for May to resign on Thursday.
“There’s a lot of machinations going on within the Conservative Party at the moment, we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out,” Nigel Dodds told Northern Irish broadcaster UTV.
“The leadership of the Conservative Party is a matter for the Conservative Party but what we want to see is a Tory leader that will actually deliver on Brexit and most importantly, match their actions with their words when it comes to the integrity of the union.”


US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

Updated 19 December 2018
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US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

  • The US is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language
  • Following reports, the US said that it had suspended business with the Chinese supplier and was investigating.

BEIJING: The US government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language and may be subject to political indoctrination.
US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that reporting by The Associated Press and other media “for the first time appears to link the internment camps identified in Western China to the importation of goods produced by forced labor by a US company.”
The AP tracked shipments from a factory in a detention camp in China’s Xinjiang region to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina. The company ships clothing to universities, colleges and schools around the United States.
Following the reports, Badger said that it had suspended business with the Chinese supplier and was investigating.
The Washington-based Workers Rights Consortium, which has agreements with many educational institutions to make sure the products they sell on campus are ethically manufactured, said that “forced labor of any kind is a severe violation of university codes of conduct.”
It’s against US law to import products of forced labor. Customs and Border Protection said it is part of its mission to enforce “both laws to protect individuals from forced labor and our Nation’s economy from businesses profiting from this form of modern slavery.”