Tuesday, 11th February Daily Roundup
Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald.
British authorities should be “under no illusion” on financial services in future relations with the European Union after the Brexit transition period ends, the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Barnier made it clear that equivalence regimes, which govern relations with foreign partners on specific financial sectors like clearinghouses or stock exchanges, would remain under tight EU control, with no special treatment for Britain.
Britain plans on introducing import controls on European Union goods at the border once the transition period ends in December 2020, according to senior minister Micheal Gove. Britain committed to stick to the EU riles till the 11-month transition period ends and in the meantime, intends on negotiating a free trade deal for its future relationship with the bloc.
Scotland is already taking steps to hold a referendum on independence and believes it is a matter of when rather than if the country separates from the rest of Britain, Scotland’s First Minister said. “We should agree on a process between ourselves and the UK government for a referendum in line with the clear mandate given by the people of Scotland,” Nicola Sturgeon told a news conference in Brussels.
In coronavirus news, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had doubled to eight as the government declared the virus a serious and imminent threat, giving it additional powers to isolate those suspected of being infected.
Soleimani was pursuing stability and calm in the Middle East. Rouhani said that if Soleimani had wanted to kill American generals, it would have been easy to in Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else but he did not do that.
Rouhani cited the missile strike which Iran carried out against a U.S. base in Iraq to retaliate for Soleimani’s death and said that the ballistic missile program was not meant for attacking neighbouring countries.
The missiles, Rouhani stated, were meant for use against terrorism and crimes. They were not meant for aggression and a peaceful co-existence is what people in the region desire.
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