DAVID DAVIS TO HOLD BREXIT TALKS AMID SIGNS OF CABINET SPLITS
Brexit Secretary David Davis will attempt to reassure EU negotiators over Britain’s plan to guarantee the future rights of European nationals living in the UK amid deep scepticism in Brussels.
Mr Davis returns to the negotiating table in the Belgian capital for the second round of talks with the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
The meeting takes place against a backdrop of increasingly bitter and public feuding among UK ministers over the Government’s Brexit strategy.
EU FOREIGN MINISTERS TO BACK SANCTIONS AGAINST ASSAD REGIME
EU foreign ministers are set to agree a fresh round of sanctions against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad over its use of chemical weapons against its own people.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said 16 named military officers and scientists would be subjected to travel bans and asset freezes when ministers meet in Brussels on Monday.
It will take the total number of sanctioned individuals up to 256 since the start of the Syrian conflict.
SOUTH KOREA OFFERS TALKS ON TENSIONS AND FAMILY REUNIONS WITH NORTH
South Korea has offered to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s.
It is unclear if North Korea would agree to the proposed talks as it remains suspicious of the South Korean president’s overtures, seeing the new leader’s more liberal policy as still resorting to the United States to force North Korea to disarm.
Seoul’s proposal for two sets of talks indicates President Moon Jae-in is pushing to improve ties with Pyongyang despite the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile this month.
TEENAGER TO FACE COURT OVER SERIES OF FIVE ‘ACID ATTACKS’
A 16-year-old boy is due in court charged in connection with five linked acid attacks which took place in less than 90 minutes in London.
The teenager is charged with 15 offences including grievous bodily harm and possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, the Metropolitan Police said.
He was remanded in custody and is expected to appear before Stratford Youth Court on Monday.
FUNDING FOR TECHNOLOGY TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL TERRORISTS IN CROWDS
Ministers have launched a hunt for new technology to identify possible terrorists in crowds.
Up to £2m is to be made available to fund research into techniques that could boost efforts to protect citizens from bomb or gun attacks.
The Government hopes the scheme will yield new methods that will improve the surveillance and detection of potential threats in crowds.
ROUTE OF MANCHESTER AND LEEDS ARMS OF HS2 SCHEME TO BE UNVEILED
The final route of the Manchester and Leeds arms of the HS2 high-speed railway will be announced on Monday.
Ministers suggested in November last year that the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.
But critics have warned this will mean homes on the new Shimmer housing estate in nearby Mexborough will be bulldozed.
GEORGE AND CHARLOTTE TO JOIN ‘BREXIT DIPLOMACY’ TOUR TO POLAND AND GERMANY
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Warsaw with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany.
William and Kate’s trip, taken at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy tour, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.
But all eyes will be on the couple’s children, George aged three and two-year-old Charlotte, who are getting used to travelling overseas having joined their parents in Canada last year for an official trip.
SPECIALIST WHO CLAIMS HE CAN HELP BABY CHARLIE TO EXAMINE HIM
An American specialist who has offered to treat Charlie Gard is expected to examine the terminally-ill baby for the first time over the next two days.
Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, is scheduled to visit Charlie at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and discuss the case with doctors treating Charlie plus other medical experts.
The visit has been organised as part of the latest stage of a court fight over whether 11-month-old Charlie should be given experimental treatment in America.
ILL RETIRED LECTURER BRINGS REVIEW OVER ASSISTED DYING LAW IN ‘FIGHT FOR CHOICE’
A man who is terminally ill with motor neurone disease is to continue his “fight for choice at the end of life” at the High Court.
On Monday, retired college lecturer Noel Conway is bringing a judicial review over the current law on assisted dying.
Mr Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with the disease in November 2014 and is not expected to live beyond 12 months.
BARCLAYS AND EX-TOP BANKERS IN COURT OVER ALLEGED SIDE DEALS IN FINANCIAL CRISIS
Barclays, its former chief executive and three top bankers will appear in court over alleged side deals struck during emergency fundraising at the height of the financial crisis.
The bank, ex-chief executive John Varley, 61, Roger Jenkins, 61, Thomas Kalaris, 61, and Richard Boath, 58, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud over a June 2008 fundraising.
The case marks the first criminal charges to be brought in the UK against a bank and its former executives for activities during the financial crisis.
Source : Chroniclelive