THE EU dramatically ramped its Brexit demands for even more cash and Irish border pledges to give the green light for crucial trade talks to start next month.
To the fury of Brexiteers, France and Italy have warned Theresa May the controversial divorce bill will be higher than the £38billion approved by her exit war Cabinet on Monday.
PA The EU has dramatically ramped its Brexit demands for even more cash and Irish border pledges to give the green light crucial trade talks
Meanwhile Ireland repeated their threat to veto the future talks over a hard border with Britain.
Their Foreign Minister said “we’re not going to move on” until Britain givens written undertakings that there will be no barrier to goods and people on the island of Ireland.
Simon Coveney told the Evening Standard: “Anybody who thinks that just because the financial settlement issue gets resolved that somehow Ireland will have a hand put on the shoulder and be told, ‘Look, it’s time to move on.’ Well, we’re not going to move on.”
Claiming that there was “a lot of solidarity” amongst the EU27 for Ireland’s hardline stance, he added: “Anybody in London, or anywhere else in Britain, who underestimates the politics of this or the strength of feeling in Ireland, I think, is making a mistake.”
AFP Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney repeated threat to veto the future talks over a hard border with Britain
Reacting to the Cabinet approving another £20billion offer to Brussels in return for trade talks, EU diplomats claimed the sum may get phase two discussions started.
However the final amount the UK pays to quit the bloc would be still be larger yet, they insisted.
One diplomat from a larger EU state said: “For some countries, it could be enough but I don’t see France or Italy agreeing.”
And a smaller state told the Politico website: “This €40 billion could make sense only if it’s a first step with an openness to discuss further commitments.
“It could be enough to say, OK we are ready to move to phase 2, but only if it’s not the final figure.”
PA Jacob Rees-Mogg compared Brussels to Viking raiders holding Brits to ransom under threats of violence
But furious Brexit supporting Tory MPs compared Brussels to Viking raiders holding Brits to ransom under threats of violence.
Quoting poet Rudyard Kipling, Jacob Rees Mogg blasted: “We never pay any-one Dane-geld, No matter how trifling the cost; For the end of that game is oppression and shame, And the nation that pays it is lost!”
EU leaders will meet in mid-December to decide whether to give the go ahead to the next phase of talks — but last night Theresa May was fighting for it two fronts.
Her DUP ally Arlene Foster yesterday accused the Irish of “meddling” in Northern Irish politics.
The Ulster heavyweight reiterated that both Dublin and Brussels were being “reckless” in hardening up the rhetoric.
PA Comes after DUP boss Arlene Foster yesterday accused the Irish of ‘meddling’ in Northern Irish politics
Ms Foster blasted Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who wants to see Northern Ireland stay in the EU Customs Union when the UK quits in 2019.
She hit out: “Some people are taking their moment in the sun at the moment to try and get the maximum in relation to negotiations and I understand that.
“But you shouldn’t play about with Northern Ireland.”
And she added: “I recognise that the UK leaving the European Union is a big shock for the Republic of Ireland and they’re trying to process all of that.
“But they certainly shouldn’t be using Northern Ireland to get the maximum deal for their citizens.”
Who was Rebecca Dykes and when was the diplomat murdered in Beirut?
A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway. Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death. Who was Rebecca …
A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway.
Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death.
Family Handout Ms Dykes had reportedly been working in the Lebanese capital since January
Who was Rebecca Dykes?
Rebecca Dykes was a British diplomat who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut.
She was believed to be 30 years old at the time of her death.
Ms Dykes had worked as the programme and policy manager for The Department of International Development in the Lebanese capital since January.
She was a graduate of the University of Manchester, and also had a masters in International Security and Global Governance.
Pakistan attack video shows dramatic moment cloaked ISIS gunman opens fire with a Kalashnikov in deadly suicide bombing on Catholic church
THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan. At least nine people are dead …
THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan.
At least nine people are dead and 56 wounded in the horrific attack claimed by ISIS on a Sunday service in Quetta city less than a week before Christmas.
Reuters The terrorist can be seen approaching wearing a cloak
CCTV footage released by the police showed the attackers, both carrying guns, approaching the church gates.
One of them is wearing a brown cape from which he produces the automatic rifle as he nears the gate.
His accomplice can then be seen following behind and he appears to trip up before getting back on his feet.
Meanwhile, the first gunman appears to be struggling to open the gate.
But with help from the other terrorist, he manages to scramble over into the church’s compound.
The second militant is then let in.
Worshippers sitting at tables outside the church are then running from the scene after spotting the killers.
Reuters He then whips out his weapon as he approaches the gate Reuters A second gunman wearing a suicide vest then follows behind Reuters Christians sitting on chairs flee in terror as the gunmen storm the church compound
Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers.
But the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside the prayer hall just after Sunday services began, said Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister.
ISIS has claimed the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said in an online statement, without providing any evidence for its claim.
Officials have yet to confirm who is responsible.
AP The bloody entrance to the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church EPA Dozens were injured in the suicide bomb and gun attack EPA Locals react after the attack at the church in Quetta, Pakistan Interior of Christian church where suicide bomber killed seven in Quetta, Pakistan
Police guards at the church exchanged fire with the attackers before they could enter the main sanctuary, said local police chief Moazzam Jah.
He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.
“There were nearly 400 people inside the church,” Jah said. “We killed one of them, and the other one exploded himself after police wounded him.”
Jah said the venue – Bethel Memorial Methodist Church – was on high alert as Christian places of worship were often targeted by Islamist extremists over Christmas.
AFP Armed police opened fire on the attackers AFP Pakistani security personnel were quickly on the scene AFP The church was on high alert before today’s atrocity
Baluchistan has long been the scene of an insurgency by separatists fighting against the state to demand more of a share of the gas- and mineral-rich region’s resources.
They also accuse the central government of discrimination.
The Taliban, Sunni Islamist militants and sectarian groups linked to al Qaeda and the ISIS group also operate in the strategically important region, which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan.
AFP No one has claimed responsibility for today’s horror attack AFP Pakistan’s president and other senior officials condemned the attack EPA
Hospital officials said two women were among the dead while another five women and two children were among the wounded.
A young girl in a white dress sobbed as she recounted the attack to Geo television, saying many people around her were wounded.
Aqil Anjum, who was shot in his right arm, told The Associated Press he heard a blast in the middle of the service, followed by heavy gunfire.
“It was chaos. Bullets were hitting people inside the closed hall,” he said.
Scene after two suicide attackers open fire inside a church in Pakistan killing at least five and wounding multiple people EPA Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of security AP A body is carried away from the murdeorus attack
Married maths teacher, 32, accused of having sex with 14-year-old boy at school
A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school. Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three count…
A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school.
Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at the Ohio middle school.
Montgomery County Jail Jessica Langford is the latest female teacher in the US to be accused of sex with a teenage student
The teacher and mum-of-one, who had taught at Miamisburg Middle School for nine years, allegedly performed oral sex on as well as receiving it.
Fox News reports she also had sex with the teen twice during May 23 at the school, Cleveland.com reported.
The student allegedly told another teacher about the sexual encounters with Langford and it was reported.
Miamisburg Superintendent Dr David Vail: “We did our own little, quick investigation at that point.
“Because of that fact, we were mandated to report it to the Ohio Department of Education.”
Langford resigned her position in late May after allegations of sexual misconduct had come to light.
She was the second teacher to be busted for alleged sex with a student in the Miami Valley area during a two-week span in November.
Google Miamisburg Middle School where the teacher is alleged to have had sex with the teenager
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