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Sri Lanka blames local Islamist extremist group for Easter bombings that killed 290

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By Joanna Slater , Amantha Perera and Shibani Mahtani April 22

Explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed 290 people and injured more than 500 Sunday. This is what we know so far:

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● Government says attack carried out by National Thowheed Jamaath, a local Islamist militant group, with suspected international assistance.

● Churches were attacked by suicide bombers as worshipers gathered for Easter services.

● Prime minister says elements of government had prior intelligence of attacks.

● At least a dozen of the dead were foreigners, including from India, Japan, the United States and Britain.

● The Sri Lankan air force said it defused an explosive near Colombo’s main airport.


‘This is a very cowardly attack’: Sri Lanka blasts leave hundreds dead on Easter Sunday

Coordinated explosions targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and injured more than 450 on April 21. (Drea Cornejo, JM Rieger/The Washington Post)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka on Monday accused a local Islamist extremist group, the National Thowheed Jamaath, of being behind a string of Easter bombings against churches and hotels that killed at least 290 people.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the group, which roughly translates as National Monotheism Organization, perpetrated the attack using suicide bombers against three churches and three hotels, adding that it likely had international links.

“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” he said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

He also called for the police inspector general, Pujith Jayasundara, to resign because security agencies had received a report warning of attacks by this group against churches and hotels weeks before.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said he would seek “international assistance” in the investigations into the serial blasts. Intelligence agencies have reported that “international organizations” were behind these “acts of local terrorists,” said a statement from his office. The statement also said that the government would implement anti-terrorism measures that give additional powers to police, effective at midnight.

Attention is now focusing on why and how the government and security forces were unable to foil the coordinated bombings. Two officials provided The Post with the three-page intelligence report that the health minister alluded to, in which a senior police official warned of potential suicide attacks by the same Islamist extremist group.

Sri Lankan security forces officers secure a site believed to be a hideout of the militants following a shootout in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

The report also identified several members by name, including its alleged leader, Mohamed Zaharan. Mujibur Rahman, a member of Sri Lanka’s Parliament who was briefed on the report, said it was based on input from Indian intelligence agencies.

The highly coordinated attacks left the island nation reeling, a crushing blow after almost a decade of peace since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. 

In that time, tourism in Sri Lanka had been steadily growing, the country transformed by the apparent end of instability, bloodshed and frequent suicide bombings over the 26-year war. 

A huge number of the dead were worshipers at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo; officials reported at least 104 dead there. A church in Batticaloa on the island’s eastern shore was also attacked.

In Colombo, the three high-end hotels attacked included the Shangri-La and the Cinnamon Grand hotel. An official at the Sri Lankan air force said an explosive was defused close to the city’s main airport, the Bandaranaike International Airport, on Sunday night, probably an additional target. 

At the Shangri-La Hotel, the blast occurred in a restaurant as guests were having breakfast. Investigators who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press said that two suspects had checked into a room at the hotel earlier in the morning and gave local addresses to hotel staff.

A curfew has been imposed from 8 p.m. Monday night until 4 a.m. the next morning.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters Sunday that some government officials had prior intelligence about the attacks but did not act on it.

“Information was there,” he said at a news conference. “This is a matter we need to look into.”

[Sri Lanka timeline: How eight explosions wrought devastation on Easter Sunday]

The security apparatus in Sri Lanka is controlled by the president, Maithripala Sirisena. Relations between him and the prime minister have been at a low point since Sirisena tried to oust Wickremesinghe from office late last year, launching a political crisis. 

Rahman, the member of Parliament briefed on the report, is affiliated with country transformed minister and said Wickremesinghe “had the letter in his hand” when he met with lawmakers Sunday, referring to the notice. 

“He told us that the Indian intelligence had conveyed threats of possible attacks. Two possible dates were mentioned, April 4 and 11,” Rahman said. “Part of the problem is since the October 26 coup, the prime minister has not been invited to the security council meetings, so we don’t know what is being discussed,” he added.

Police arrested 13 people in connection with the bombings, and three police officers were killed during a raid at a suspect’s house. 

Images of splintered pews and bloodstained floors played across local television screens Sunday as the enormity of the attacks, launched on the holiest day of the Christian calendar, became clear.

From the altar of St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, the Rev. Joy country transformed out at worshipers packed into pews and standing along walls for Easter Sunday.

Nearly halfway through the Mass, as the congregation stood to recite prayers, he heard an enormous blast and saw what he described as a fireball.

The explosion was so powerful that it blew off much of church’s roof, sending debris raining down on the people below.

As the smoke cleared, he saw a terrifying scene: scores of wounded and dead, crying out in pain and fear. At first, Mariyaratnam was motionless with panic. “I was thinking, ‘How could such a thing happen in a place of worship?’” he said. “We are still in shock.”

Delicia Fernando, 52, was sitting toward the front of St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo with her son and two daughters. Her husband Ravi preferred to stand at the back of the church. Her first impulse after the explosion was to run, but then she and her children turned back to look for Ravi. They found him crushed under debris from the roof, his body pierced with shrapnel.

Sitting in the living room of her parents’ home near the church, she said she had never experienced anything like this violence, not even at the height of the country’s civil war.

A view of St. Sebastian’s Church, damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. (Chamila Karunarathne/AP)

Though a majority of the dead were Sri Lankan, at least a dozen were foreigners including people from India, Japan, Britain, the United States and Turkey. The unidentified bodies of 25 people believed to be foreigners were at a government mortuary in Colombo.

The dead included “several” Americans, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. He blamed “radical terrorists” for the attacks. 

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist nation, but it is also home to significant Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. While there has been intermittent conflict between religious groups — including threats to Christians — nothing remotely like Sunday’s attacks had occurred.

Blasts ripped through three churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa at approximately 8:45 a.m. Sunday as worshipers were gathering for services, police said. 

Ruwan Wijewardene, the state defense minister, said the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Six of the attacks occurred between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m.

There was a seventh blast at a banquet hall about 2 p.m. and an eighth at the house raided by police around 2:45 p.m.

The deadliest attack was at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, known as “little Rome” for its Catholic presence. Also targeted was St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, the largest Catholic congregation in Colombo, and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.

Two people at the Shangri-La Hotel described a powerful explosion that made the ground shake just before 9 a.m. Photos showed broken windows and shattered glass on a street next to the hotel.

Sarita Marlou, a guest at the hotel, wrote on Facebook that she felt the impact of the explosion in the hotel’s flagship restaurant all the way up on the 17th floor. She described seeing pools of blood as she evacuated the hotel.

Also targeted were the ground-floor Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and the luxury Kingsbury Hotel.

[Sri Lankan government blocks social media and imposes curfew following deadly blasts]

Three police officers were killed in a clash at a home in the Dematagoda area of Colombo, police said. They had gone there to interrogate an individual.

Pompeo condemned the attacks “in the strongest terms.”

“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security,” he said in a statement.

A victim’s relative mourns at the police mortuary in Colombo. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

In an updated travel advisory issued late Sunday, the State Department warned that “terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka,” citing threats to tourist sites, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship and other public areas.

Sri Lankan authorities blocked Facebook and the messaging application WhatsApp in an attempt to halt the spread of false and inflammatory messages. Security was heightened at churches across the country, and the streets of Colombo grew quiet and deserted as the curfew took effect.

Wickremesinghe, the prime minister, condemned “the cowardly attacks on our people today” and urged the country to remain “united and strong.”

The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist activity online, reported Sunday that Islamic State supporters were portraying the attacks as revenge for strikes on mosques and Muslims.

Yousef A. al-Othaimeen, head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, “strongly condemned” the “cowardly attacks [on] innocent worshipers and civilians.” The OIC represents 57 predominantly Muslim nations.

People in Sri Lanka expressed a sense of disbelief at the eruption of violence. Biraj Patnaik, South Asia director for the human rights group Amnesty International, said Sri Lanka has witnessed rising hostility toward Christians and Muslims in recent years, including repeated attempts to disrupt prayers at churches. But the scale of Sunday’s attacks, he said, was “shocking and unprecedented.”

The bombings were the worst violence to hit Colombo since 1996, when a blast at the country’s central bank killed nearly 100 people. That attack was carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, which waged a war for a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka’s north for more than 30 years.

Messages of condolence and condemnation on Sunday poured in from around the world.

Pope Francis during his Easter address called the attacks “horrendous” and expressed a “heartfelt closeness to the Christian community, attacked while gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such a cruel act of violence.”

“I entrust to the Lord all who so tragically died, and I pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this traumatic event,” Francis said.

Mahtani reported from Hong Kong. Rukshana Rizwie in Colombo, Niha Masih in New Delhi and Chico Harlan in Rome contributed to this report.

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First Montserrat Graduate of Sandhurst Military Academy, returns


(l-r) HE Governor, Hon. Premier, RMDF Officers –
Alvin Ryan, Darion Darroux, Peter White, and
Glenroy Foster

His Excellency Governor in hosting a brief welcome home ceremony at the Governor’s Office for 2nd Lt. Darrion Darroux, who completed his commissioning course at the acclaimed prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst a few weeks ago. In his welcome, the Governor claims his love for and interest in the military.

And, perhaps in a small way, the media as well, as with champagne and grape juice and other sparkling white drink, and some appropriate eats, (no doubt geared at the military personnel) he welcomed the small group of officers as he congratulated and toast young 2nd Lieutenant Darion Darroux upon his return from a successful completion of the military training course in the UK.

The Governor in brief remarks opened: “I’m a real huge fan of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF)…They’re spot on for Montserrat – a group of people who help us when the chips are down.”

Governor Pearce noted that 2nd Lieutenant Darroux embodied self-discipline, the desire for personal development and service to the public and how the officer had impressed the British armed forces minister Mark Lancaster on his visit to the island last year. Lancaster was also in attendance at the graduation ceremony.

(l-r) HE Governor Pearce, Lt. Darroux and Premier Romeo

Premier Romeo was also on hand to welcome and congratulate the young man, noting that the senior officers in the RMDF were extremely proud of Darroux’s success, which was their achievement as well.  The Premier said he was a “model” of what the RMDF has done for the people of Montserrat…not just in disaster and to train youth but to become men and women of substance.

“I am extremely proud of this opportunity to congratulate you on achieving a first…this opportunity to congratulate you also proves that we need to support more and respect more, the work of the RMDF,” he said.

“I saw the development of an individual that is absolutely impressive, he is a model like many others, of what the RMDF has done for the people of Montserrat and for individuals. Not just during disaster time, not just to train youths, but to train them to become men and women of substance,” Romeo added.


Capt. Alvin Ryan, CO Peter White, Lt. Glenroy Foster and Lt. Darrion Darroux,

Major Alvin Ryan, who leads the local force, joined in the toasts. He said he sleeps well at night knowing that people like Officer Darroux are in the ranks of the organisation, which is over 100 years old. He thanked Defence advisor Colonel Anton Gash who continues to deliver for Montserrat.

Gash was instrumental in recent upgrades of uniforms and other equipment at the RMDF. He also facilitated the officer’s attendance at the military school.

Darroux responded and told the small gathering, that it was a privilege to have been trained at Sandhurst, which he counts as a personal and professional accomplishment. He said he wanted to deliver training to help better the young people in Montserrat and also the soldiers and start to make the change we need in Montserrat.

The young officer, who works at the Integrated Border Security United, began his para military career with the Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corps, said proudly: “I’m privileged to have trained and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy…it’s quite an accomplishment for me personally and professionally and I’m just happy that I got to spend some time there and to better myself in terms of my training professionally and myself as a person.”

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The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

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If president Donald Trump isn’t guilty of obstruction of justice, who ever could be? Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, made public Thursday in redacted form, outlined over nearly half of those pages how the president reacted to and fumed over the Russia probe, seeking to undermine it, curtail it, and even fire the special counsel himself.

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The first section of the Mueller report details Russia’s efforts to upend the 2016 presidential campaign, and scrutinizes the many interactions between Trump associates and Russia. But it’s in the second half, which provides a litany of instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice, that the real bombshells await.

‘I’m F***ed’

According to the report, Trump’s reacted to Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in May 2017 as follows: “Oh my god, this is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”

And then, as Mueller lays out in sometimes lurid detail, in at least 10 episodes over the ensuing months Trump sought to block or stop that very investigation. He did so even as Mueller doggedly made public the “sweeping and systematic fashion” in which the Russian government attacked the 2016 presidential election, and brought serious criminal charges—and won guilty pleas—from a half-dozen of the president’s top campaign aides.

Little if any of those revelations had made their way into attorney general William Barr’s four-page summary of the Mueller report last month. Even as he correctly summarized that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign conspired—distinct from colluding, which the report makes clear—with the Russian government, Barr appears to have misled the public about the severity of the evidence on obstruction of justice. He also misrepresented Mueller’s reasoning for not making a “traditional prosecutorial decision” on the obstruction half of his investigation.

The attorney general has implied that Mueller left that choice to Barr. In truth, the report makes clear that Mueller felt constrained by the Justice Department policy that a sitting president could not be indicted. Don’t mistake lack of prosecution, in other words, for absence of wrongdoing. “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president did not obstruct justice, we would so state,” Mueller’s report says. “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Mueller then points to Congress, not the attorney general, as the body appropriate to answer the question of obstruction. As Mueller wrote in what seems to be all but a referral for impeachment proceedings, “The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balanced and the principle that no person is above the law.”

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That the contents of the Mueller report diverges so sharply from Barr’s portrayal has long seemed possible, based on his initial summary and subsequent appearance before Congress. Barr was appointed, after all, after writing a memo casting the Mueller investigation as illegitimate. In the hours leading up to the report’s release, that suspicion increased sharply.

Ninety minutes before the public had a chance to read the report, Barr held an odd and at times curt 22-minute press conference in which he re-summarized his views, presenting an argument that made him sound more like the president’s personal defense attorney rather than the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. “The special counsel found no collusion,” said Barr. “That’s the bottom line.” Barr went on to stress how frustrating the Russia probe was to the president, asking reporters to consider Donald Trump’s emotions and mental state.

Barr further praised Donald Trump for “fully cooperating,” ignoring the president’s refusal to sit for an interview with Mueller’s investigators, along with the fact that Trump tried at least once to fire the special counsel, consistently attacked the legitimacy of the investigation in public, and openly encouraged witnesses not to cooperate. Barr also never mentioned that a half-dozen of the president’s top campaign aides—including the former campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, national security advisor, and personal lawyer—have all pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from the probe.

The true scope and implications of Mueller’s work didn’t sink in until over an hour later, when the report itself was posted to the Justice Department’s website. It quickly became clear that the report didn’t line up with the rose-colored glasses with which Barr had presented it over the preceding month.

The contrast was especially stark in the matter of obstruction. The 10 episodes the report details include a Trump lawyer’s attempt attempt to keep national security advisor Michael Flynn from implicating the president, and Trump’s attempts to pressure White House counsel to cover up or stall the investigation of national security advisor Michael Flynn in the opening days of the presidency, and Trump instructing White House counsel Don McGahn to deny that Trump had ever ordered him to fire Mueller. Trump also, the report says, complained that McGahn kept notes of their meetings.

There was, Mueller also concludes, good reason for the president to attempt to obstruct the ongoing FBI probe. “The evidence does suggest indicate that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the President personally that the President could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal or political concerns,” Mueller wrote.

After reading through the numerous episodes, it seems almost nothing short of a miracle that Mueller’s probe appears to have wrapped up on his own terms, though not for lack of effort on Trump’s part to derail it. Instead, Mueller paints a picture of a commander-in-chief who fought back in private and public against the probe, but was ultimately saved from his worst instincts by aides like McGahn, who cooperated extensively with Mueller’s probe and testified for some 30 hours before his team. “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful,” the report reads, “but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

The Russia Probe

The question of obstruction will rightly take much of the spotlight Thursday. But the Mueller report also clarifies some questions about the Trump campaign and Russia—again offering a corrective to Barr’s enthusiastic exoneration of Trump.

The report’s first volume is a highly detailed and deeply informed investigation of the two-pronged attack by Russia on the 2016 campaign. It encompasses both the information influence operations of the Internet Research Agency and the active cyberthefts and document dumps of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, funneled through WikiLeaks using the thinly veiled online personalities of DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. As Mueller wrote, “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 election in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

In the report’s first 200 pages, Mueller walks through Moscow’s efforts, as well as the various odd instances where Trump campaign officials or Trump aides met with Russian-linked individuals. While none of the interactions between Trump associates and Russians apparently rose to the level of a prosecutable conspiracy, Mueller himself set a high bar for such charges—defining such applicable charges as only arising out of an agreement, tacit or explicit, with the Russian government itself. Mueller was careful to say, though, that the Trump campaign apparently “expected” to benefit from Russia’s help.

Barr had previously quoted in his summary the second half of a single sentence on the first page of Volume I, telling Congress that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference efforts.” The full sentence is decidedly more troubling. As Mueller actually wrote: “Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference efforts.”

Moreover, Mueller makes clear that part of the reason he couldn’t find a prosecutable conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia was because he was stymied by lies, obstruction, and evidence deleted by his investigative targets. “The Office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast in a new light) the events described in the report,” Mueller wrote. In one specific example, Mueller says he was unable to reconcile the purpose of a long-mysterious meeting in the Seychelles because two key figures, campaign chair Paul Manafort and Blackwater founder Erik Prince, had deleted their exchanges about the meeting.

What Happens Next

There were countless moments—some accounted in great detail in the Mueller report—where it seemed that Mueller himself might be axed or his investigation hamstrung, including threats from the president and the still-inexplicable appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting attorney general. Yet, in the end, despite all the breathless cable coverage and breaking news headlines, both Mueller and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein endured through to the completion of the investigation on Mueller’s own terms. In Barr’s first letter to Congress announcing the end of the probe, he—as legally required to do—explained that there were no significant areas where he or Rosenstein blocked Mueller.

Given the nearly 200 pages of obstruction-related episodes and evidence that Mueller amassed, including confirmation that Trump tried to remove Mueller and gain control of the probe himself, that fact alone seems like a testament to the resiliency of the country’s democratic institutions.

But the report’s release also made clear just how much more investigation there may be still to unfold, even as Mueller himself prepares to wrap up work in the days ahead and return to private life. Mueller has evidently referred at least 14 ongoing investigations onto other prosecutors, including 12 that are redacted in the report to prevent harm to ongoing cases. The other two, which focus on Michael Cohen and former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, have been publicly known for some time.

And beyond those, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler has already requested that Robert Mueller testify before Congress no later than May 23. Nadler has also said he plans to subpoena for the full, unredacted report, as well as any underlying materials. Which is to say: This is far from over. The long-awaited “Mueller Time” may have come Thursday, but Mueller’s impact will reverberate for some time to come.


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Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) is a contributing editor for WIRED and the author, among other works, of Mueller’s War, available on Scribd. He can be reached at garrett.graff@gmail.com.

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Montserrat hosts the Red Ensign Group Conference


by Bennette Roach

The event was little publicised (in Montserrat), but it was a big conference with an international flavour as the Red Ensign Group Conference was held this year for the first time in Montserrat.

The conference which is an annual gathering of the British ship registers opened at the Montserrat Cultural Center and ran from April 2 – 4, 2019, with representatives from UK Government who meet in a different territory each year on a rolling basis. Members representing the British ship registers and coastal state coordinators from across the Red Ensign Group were in attendance.

Joseph O’Garro

The opening session was brief and to the point, opening in the usual fashion with National Anthem, (it being a UK organisation/conference; a  Welcome by Mr. Joseph O’Garro, Manager, Montserrat Port Authority, main organiser on the ground, and who chaired the session; and prayer Opening Remarks Honourable Donaldson Romeo, Premier, Special Remarks His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Andrew Pearce; Special Remarks Miss Katy Ware, Chair of The REG Conference; all followed by Closing Remarks Honourable Paul Lewis, Minister for Communications, Works & Labour (including Maritime Affairs); ending with a Vote of Thanks Mr. Ashley Lindsey, Access Coordinator, out of the Office of the Premier; and the singing of the Territorial Song, and the dismissal.

The conference then got on the way to conclude on April 4.

Katy Ware, director of maritime safety and standards at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency chaired the conference (at least at the opening). She said: ‘The Red Ensign Group conference matters because it brings us all together to work through those matters of regulation related to flag, port and coastal state responsibility that give us our status as a leading maritime player across the world. Everyone has an equal voice and there is a relationship between us that makes things happen.’

 

Katy Ware

She added in her opening remarks a message to delegates from @Nus_Ghani: ‘You share common goals and common objectives … and you’ve done outstanding work in maintaining the reputation of the Red Ensign Group.’

The bell opens and ends the sessions – https://twitter.com/i/status/1113117714070102017

Information from the conference said “it is a great opportunity for detailed face-to-face discussion of a wide variety of matters of shared interest and to share best practice and discuss ways to optimise performance of the British register in the international arena, both in terms of commercial success and in setting exemplary standards in meeting our international maritime obligations. It is also an opportunity to look at the challenges of meeting Coastal State obligations and share ideas of how to improve those. 

“But more than that is a way to get to know each other which helps the registers work together to drive the success of the total British registered tonnage, which at over 50 million gross registered tons is one of the world’s larger registers with a real part to play at the International Maritime Organization and in influencing international maritime matters.” 

 

Governor Pierce

Governor Pierce tried to be brief, in his remarks shared with the delegates his own love and impressions of Montserrat having just completed just over a year on the job, inviting them to enjoy and appreciate the island. In the end he wished them: “Have a good fulfilling conference.”

 

Premier Donaldson Romeo

Premier Romeo in his remarks to the conference began quoting TV personality and entrepreneur Jimmy Dean who said that “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

“This’” he said as he was quick to speak of Montserrat’s upcoming newest project, “is the secret of Montserrat’s resilience in the face of the volcano crisis, and as we begin to create the first ever protected harbour in Montserrat, we are confident that the maritime sector will make a huge contribution to our redevelopment. That is why we are committed to the maritime industry.”

The Premier said that our tourism sector is largely dependant on sea access and on our marine infrastructure, and, making the announcement, “That is why, as Minister of Tourism, I am happy to announce Cabinet’s approval last Thursday of the Tourism Strategy 2019-2022.”

“So, in this spirit of optimism,” he said, “I welcome the Red Ensign Group (REG) Conference to Montserrat; with over 70 delegates, including representation from the United Kingdom, nine British Overseas Territories and three Crown Dependencies…” noting that the combined British Red Ensign fleet is the 9th largest in the world and that the Conference is a means to help oversee and uphold maritime safety standards across the thirteen British Shipping Registers.

In his brief remarks, the Premier noted also, “This conference is also being held at a strategic time, as the global maritime industry is facing major changes in safety and security.”

 

Minister Paul Lewis

The Honourable Paul Lewis, Minister for Communications, Works & Labour (including Maritime Affairs) for which he is the Minister responsible gave Closing Remarks which he began by welcoming the delegates, from as he said, as far as St. Helena with their travel challenges, “notwithstanding their new airport.”

The Minister referred to several good news items and projects which deserve mention and will be revealed and reported on later. He brought his remarks to a close by recognising the international quality of the flag states while also acknowledging the tremendous efforts of the Montserrat Maritime administration and the Montserrat Port Authority, as well as the various multisector resources drawn from Government departments including the office of the Premier – all of whom were engaged in preparing for the successful hosting and delivery of the REG conference 2019.

Finally, a vote of thanks was delivered by Ashley Lindsey, Access Coordinator and the singing of the Territorial song very ably and beautifully rendered by Mrs. Mildred Chalmers.

 

Vote of Thanks delivered by Mr. Ashley Lindsey

 

A photo from the Conference 2019 Day 2, showing all the delegates from across the 13 members!
 

In the following days, a few reports were available as to the progress of the conference. Day two of #REG2019 was reported as, “another day of collaborative working and productive discussions all around regulation, coastal state preparedness and registration. Everyone has something to give.”

Anguilla delegates in a mention, said the coastal state session at #REG2019 Conference will help them in their ongoing work to meet their maritime obligations. It’s part of #CSSF work funded by the UK Government.

The information came out that Sarah Morgan, head of Registry of Shipping & Seamen who was selected to chair the Red Ensign Group #REG2019 Registrars session in Montserrat. Listen to a comment from her. https://twitter.com/i/status/1113897794161512451

Guernsey’s Harbourmaster Captain David Barker and other delegates from the @RedEnsignGroup have been touring the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat as part of the #REG2019 conference taking place. It was affected by a volcano eruption in the 1990’s. @MCA_media@gsyharbours

Conference began with prayer – head table stands: Joseph O’Garro, Katy Ware, Governor Pierce, Premier Romeo and Minister Lewis

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Judge Redhead Eulogised

by Bennette Roach

He was lauded at his retirement in Montserrat in 2016

Justice Morley opens special sitting to honour Judge Redhead

By invitation from the Registrar of the High Court office in Montserrat it stated that we (media) were “invited to attend a Special Sitting of the High Court of Justice on Friday, 5th April, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – In Recognition of the Late Justice Albert Redhead.

Judge Redhead on the bench at his retirement in 2016
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It showed that the late Judge was born in 1938 and died in 2019. This tribute was in honour “… to his fearless contribution to justice in the OECS and his long service in Montserrat.

Justice Ian Morley who replaced Judge Redhead when he retired (before returning to assist at various times as he did prior), presided over the special sitting where he, in his welcome read the names and titles where required of the long list of persons who were in attendance in the small now packed make-shift courtroom at Government Headquarters, upstairs the High Court Registry.

The order of the addresses as shown on a programme was adhered to by His Lordship Morley. Order of Addresses; – The Honourable Attorney General – Mrs. Sheree Jemmotte Rodney; Mr. Kenneth Allen Q.C. O.B.E – Inner Bar;  Mr. David S. Brandt – Senior Counsel Utter Bar; Mr. Jean Kelsick – President, Montserrat Bar Association; Mr. Oris Sullivan – Director of Public Prosecutions; Mr. Kharl Markham – Utter Bar; Ms. Amelia Daley – Public Bar; and, Reply by His Lordship the Honourable; Mr. Justice Iain Morley Q.C.

A quick change to that order was allowed when Antigua veteran Attorney Ralph Francis, on court duty in Montserrat was granted permission to speak as he had missed the events and opportunity to do so during the events surrounding the deceased ceremonial events and his subsequent burial.

Judge Morley named a long list of persons in his opening welcome at the sitting. They included a list similar to the sitting at which Justice Redhead presided with a junior female judge Agnes Actee beside him.

(see: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/judge-redhead-retires-in-montserrat/).

QC Kenneth Allen, OBE
David Brandt, Senior Counsel
AG Sheree Jemmotte Rodney

He named them: His Excellency Governor Pierce; Premier Romeo, other Ministers of Government, Delmaude Ryan, Paul Lewis; other Legislative members to include Ag. Minister Claude Hogan and wife Cherlyn Hogan, and other hon members of the Legislative Assembly; Government Claude Hogan and Hon Deputy Governor Mrs. Lyndell Simpson and Mr. Roger Simpson; Attorney General Mrs. Sheree Jemmotte-Rodney, Hon Financial Secretary Colin Owen and Mrs. Owen, Professor Sir Howard Fergus; Senior magistrate Miss Pyumini Weeratunpga and Director of Public Prosecution Mr. Oris Sullivan. Then members of the public service commission, permanent secretaries, heads of departments Commander of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force, Major Alvin Ryan; Commissioner of Police, Mr. Steve Foster; President of the Montserrat Bar Association, Mr. Jean Kelsick; members of the Inner Bar, and members of the Utter bar. Members of the clergy, invited guests; Ladies and gentlemen. The judge then said, “welcome and what a long list here to honour Mr. Justice Redhead.

The judge recounted what had taken place already in Antigua for the judge and his funeral. “Albert had the most extraordinary send off on Antigua. There was a special sitting with the Chief Justice and chief justices from other parts of the Caribbean on Monday, 25th March,” he said which lasted for three hours and seven minutes. “And there was a service,” which lasted three hours and 43minutes. And a procession to Parham where I along with my brother and sister judges walked behind Albert in his hearse.”

Clearly impressed with those proceedings, he concluded, “And it was a wonderful day.”

Jean Kelsick, President Bar Association
Kharl Markham
DPP Oris Sullivan

Before calling on the bar members to address their tributes, Judge Morley noted the picture of Redhead on his right and a book of condolence to his left in which he invited guests to enter their names, at the end of the siting and also noting that names had already been entered; as the book  had already been at the entrance to the court room.

The AG Mrs. Jemmotte Rodney, began the tributes, and put the proceedings well into perspective. She had along with few others attended those proceedings in Antigua, where she told colleagues there, that Montserrat had already made tributes to Redhead at his retirement special sitting in Montserrat.

“…it’s unfortunate that as Caribbean people we wait Caribbean people we wait until after someone has passed to basically give them their flowers…in Montserrat we didn’t wait until Justice Redhead had passed…we had a special sitting for Justice Redhead upon his retirement. I was pleased to be able to say that,” she said.

She added an explanation for the reason of “this special sitting.” “My lord that notwithstanding it was still necessary for us to have this sitting. Mainly because we as counsels, we want to pay our final respects. And it also gives Mrs. Redhead and the other members of the family who are here, an opportunity to hear from us. What we thought of Justice Redhead and again, the impact that he had in us as counsels,” adding also, the impact that he had on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

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Judge Iain Morley, Presiding

The AG noted making the point of deviation from not just the usual platitudes, but representing some of the Montserrat recollections of the judge. “Now the people of Montserrat have fond and not so fond memories of…” she declared, adding, it all depends on the circumstances in your interactions with him….”

“He was famous for his harsh sentences. Especially in relation to persons who came before him on child abuse and were convicted of sexual offenses… So basically, you came before him sitting in the dock, then you don’t have very fond memories.”

Immediately following was QC Kenneth Allen OBE, eldest member of the bar in Montserrat. He informed that the judge was called to the bar in the UK in society of the Middle Temple in 1972 returning to his home in Grenada. He gave an outline of Redhead’s career as a judge which began in 1985, following his first meeting with him in St. Kitts in 1975 when he served there as a Registrar. In 1985 he was appointed to serve Montserrat and Antigua.

QC Allen was brief as he continued to speak more of Mr. Redhead’s upward movement in the ECSC where he also served in the appeal courts.

He recalled as he reflected on the great life of Mr. Redhead, a thought that would not leave his mind, “how quickly memories of even very great men fade away.” After citing a story of Harry Belafonte who was a guest speaker at an event in St. Kitts which he attended, it brought him to say, “I hope and pray the memories of Mr. Justice Redhead would never fade away.”

Mr. Allen recalled incidents and remember the judge’s statement, cited by others, when he would win an appeal against Judge Redhead, he would react, “Well, you cannot always be right.”

From the inner bar to the utter bar, senior counsel David S. Brandt was next, and in his tribute, he pronounced: “Abraham Lincoln said “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power”.

 “Albert Redhead was one of the most powerful men I’ve ever known. His power derived from extra-ordinary intelligence, eloquence, charisma and wit, not to mention 34 years as a Judge. Yet the legacy he leaves is not about power. It’s about character,” he said.

He saw the judge as a role model, mentor and best friend to many.  He was fearless and stood up to power, as he cited one trial which involved former deceased Chief Minister John Osborne, where the Governor made certain requests, but refused vehemently by Redhead.

He said the judge had respect for lawyers, prosecutors and defence, and disagreements were not held over.

As he concluded, “…But I can’t help thinking that the Judge would want us to concentrate on what we have been given and what we can give, to celebrate life and carry on his legacy.”

Visiting Antigua Attorney Ralph Francis


The other attorneys who addressed as listed earlier all spoke in the same terms as much was said by the main earlier speakers. All present heard from Mr. Jean Kelsick – President, Montserrat Bar Association; Mr. Oris Sullivan – Director of Public Prosecutions; Mr. Kharl Markham – Utter Bar; Ms. Amelia Daley – Public Bar; and Antigua veteran Attorney Ralph Francis. Then the Reply by His Lordship the Honourable; Mr. Justice Iain Morley Q.C. He informed the rest of the proceedings for the departure from the court room, repeating the availability of the Condolence book and a gathering after in the Administration building meeting area.

 

 

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 (These addresses may be heard as they become available at www.themontserratreporter.com or on soundcloud in due course).

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OECS welcome Guadeloupe to member statehood

President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Ary Chalus signs with OECS chairman, Ralph Gonsalves, PM St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) formally welcomed Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France, as an associate member of the Organisation at a meeting held in Basse Terre, on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Newly elected British Virgin Islands premier, Andrew Fahie, was also welcomed at his first OECS engagement, delivering a passionate address to member states.

Chairman of the OECS and Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves and the President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Ary Chalus.

OECS chairman and prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, noted the accession of the French territory adds tremendously not only to the land and sea space but to the economic potential of the regional grouping, but in furtherance of the deepening and broadening of the regional integration of small Eastern Caribbean islands.

“The enlargement of the OECS, with the accession of Guadeloupe to associate membership, opens up tremendous possibilities not merely to survive but to thrive more markedly across the arenas of economy, society, culture and polity.

On behalf of all Guadeloupeans, President Chalus said that the accession to the OECS was a historic moment in the life of the territory, is an expression of the new levels of collaboration that Guadeloupe as an associate member of the OECS could look forward to, included functional cooperation such as the INTERREG III program which was delivering solid development outcomes for the Eastern Caribbean.

Opening Ceremony of the Special Meeting of the OECS Authority and ceremony of the accession of Guadeloupe to the OECS. From left to right, President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Ary Chalus, President of the Collectivity of Martinique Alfred Marie-Jeanne and Chairman of the OECS and Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves. © Région Guadeloupe

“The program contributes to the integration of the Caribbean space and responds to the aspiration of our populations and our accession will seek to deepen this cooperation and outcomes. We share a unity of destiny; island economies, territories vulnerable to climate change and facing the same challenges in terms of energy supply.

“Guadeloupe is determined to contribute to the vision, shared by all of you here, in which the promotion of the green and blue economy is put forward to make the space of the Lesser Antilles, the world reference in sustainable territories.

“The triple Caribbean, French and European membership must be approached pragmatically because, like Martinique and the French part of Saint-Martin, it offers Guadeloupe real opportunities for its development while nourishing the contribution it intends to make within the OECS.

“Shared education, training, health and realisation of our natural heritage and biodiversity strengthens our Territories’ capacities to respond to environmental challenges, improving public services and the resilience of populations to major natural hazards.

“Between the literary greats of Derek Walcott and Edouard Glissant, there is a unity of vision between our people and a shared culture that is our point of convergence connecting the genius of each of our territories and without which we would be mere dust in the wind,” President Chalus said.

Heads of Governments of the OECS Member states at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Meeting of the OECS Authority and ceremony of the accession of Guadeloupe to the OECS

OECS states comprise countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and now, Guadeloupe.

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PM's deal will 'damage the union'

Brexit mess: Montserrat LegAss mess

Brexit mess How did we get here and what could come next?

And Montserrat Assembly, we know how it got there, but what will happen next?

See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/the-brexit-and-legislative-assembly-mess-cumulating-same-day/

by Bennette Roach

In his analysis of the future for Brexit, Mark Stone says a deal is still possible but it won’t be easy.

By Mark Stone, Europe correspondent in Brussels

Image: Is there still hope for a Brexit deal with the European Union?

Let’s take a step back.

There are two documents at the heart of the Brexit debacle: One is 585 pages, dense and legally binding.

The other is 26 pages, aspirational and not legally binding.

The long one is the withdrawal agreement and it is the divorce deal. It tackles three key areas – citizens (what happens to them after Brexit?), money (how much does the UK owe the club it’s leaving?) and the Irish border (what happens to that after Brexit, given that it becomes an EU border?).

The short one is the political declaration and it deals with the future relationship the UK wants with the EU after Brexit.

For simplicity here, I’ll call them “the long one” and “the short one”.

Brexit supporters march through London

The long one is, as I said, legally binding. It’s the EU’s method of legally tying up loose ends created by Brexit.

It was negotiated by both sides over two years and agreed by the 27 remaining EU countries and by the UK.

It contains the “demon” known as the backstop. “Remind me what that is again?”, I hear you ask.

It’s an insurance clause designed to ensure that the border between Ireland (in the EU) and Northern Ireland (exiting the EU) remains open and free of infrastructure in all circumstances. This is to ensure the integrity of the EU’s single market while also honouring the principles of the Good Friday peace agreement.

To achieve its aim, the backstop, if activated (in the absence of UK/EU free trade deal), locks the UK in a customs union with the EU until alternative arrangements, which meet the same ends as the backstop (no border) are found.

Brexiteers hate the backstop because, far from allowing the UK to “take back control”, it locks the UK to the EU until alternative arrangements (which they say are available now) are realised.


We’re reaching the limits of this process’

The short document is not legally binding. It is a set of aspirations for the sort of relationship the UK and the EU want to have post-Brexit.

At the moment the short document is styled towards Theresa May’s form of Brexit. It doesn’t aspire to a so-called soft Brexit which would see the UK in a form of customs union and/or single market.

It is in keeping with Mrs May’s pledge to stop free movement of people and allow the UK to pursue its own trade deals.

The short and long document together – the deal – have been voted on twice in so-called meaningful votes. They were voted down both times.

Mrs May has allowed the clock to tick down and been able to present the choice as her deal versus no Brexit or a very delayed Brexit (after a majority of MPs rejected allowing no deal to happen – though legally it still could).

In her latest attempt to get the deal through, Mrs May asked MPs to vote only on the big document. Only that document needs a positive vote in order to secure Brexit.

It still didn’t go through. Some Brexiteers held their nose and voted for it but some didn’t and Labour decided it was a “blind Brexit” because it didn’t contain the short document on the future (even though they didn’t like the current contents of that document).

So what now?

Well – firstly – it’s really very very hard to accurately predict anything at the moment.

The two new key dates are 10 April (when the EU has called all leaders to Brussels for an emergency summit) and 12 April which is, ostensibly, the new 29 March – no-deal Brexit day.

Between now and 10 April, the UK has to come up with a plan B.

The central question is: “Will the UK take part in the European Parliament elections?”

If the UK wants a longer extension – which is now almost the only alternative to a no deal rupture – then it must commit to taking part in the elections which are on 24 May.

Why? Because if the UK continues to be a member of the EU after those elections then, legally and democratically, it must have MEPs in the European Parliament.

If the UK commits to those elections (a hard/impossible pill to swallow for Britons who voted leave) then the EU will probably grant a long extension at that 10 April summit.

But there is a view gaining traction among some in governments across the EU that the time is fast approaching to cut the UK loose.

No breakthrough: Brexit vote results in full

The pendulum on the risk/benefit analysis of no deal (very damaging) versus long extension (continued paralysis) is moving.

If the UK committed to the European Parliament elections but had no plan B for sealing an exit deal then it might not be enough to secure the extension.

The EU doesn’t want to prolong the uncertainty. They want a credible, deliverable alternative path from Westminster.

Back to the documents. Remember that while the long document is closed and can’t be changed, the short one can be rewritten in a matter of days.

Therefore, if as a consequence of the indicative votes process where MPs are whittling down the future relationship options they are prepared to countenance an option which gets the thumbs-up from a majority of MPs, then we could be back in business for a deal or a guaranteed extension.

PM’s deal will ‘damage the union’

The next indicative vote round is on Monday. At the last one, both a second referendum and membership of a customs union came close to a majority.

If either one secured a majority next week then the short document could be rewritten by UK and EU negotiators to reflect that.

The short document and the long one could then be married together again and voted on late next week.

That could result in the deal passing.

Many Brexiteers, who held their noses and voted for the long document at this last vote, would probably not do so again (they hate both a customs union and a second referendum) but many on the opposition benches who didn’t vote for the long document this time probably would vote for it.

If the customs union option formed the basis of the new short document then there is still the prospect that Brexit could happen on 22 May – the original extension granted by the EU.

That scenario would mean the UK doesn’t need to take part in the European Parliament elections because they don’t take place until 23 May.

If the confirmatory referendum option was chosen then a longer extension would be required and so too would participation in the European elections.

There is, of course, a snag. Now that Mrs May has committed to stepping down if her deal goes through, many pro-EU MPs will fear that a harder line Brexiteer replaces her and then, down the line, rips up the reworked shorter document.

In that scenario, the future relationship negotiations would break down and the backstop would come into effect – which would be that future Brexiteer prime minister’s nightmare.

Honestly, though by the time you read this, anything could have happened. I haven’t even mentioned a general election.

The Brexit and Legislative Assembly mess cumulating same day
The Brexit and Legislative Assembly mess cumulating same day

See for Legislative Assembly mess: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/the-brexit-and-legislative-assembly-mess-cumulating-same-day/

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Brexit Day

Sadiq Khan‏Verified account @SadiqKhan Mar 29

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Theresa May’s #Brexit deal was a bad deal for jobs, our economy and for communities in London. Her deal is now dead. The PM must now do the right thing – immediately revoke Article 50 and give the British public the final say on Brexit. #BrexitDay

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Prof Tanja Bueltmann‏ @cliodiaspora Mar 29

Today may not be #BrexitDay, but in many ways the damage is done. For me, my sense of home is forever changed. And feeling safe is a feeling of the past. My most personal article — one befitting this day, Brexit or not. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK

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Allison McCann‏Verified account @atmccann Mar 29

I couldn’t keep updating my own Brexit flowchart, so I talked to the guy that made 27 versions instead #brexitday

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·  CNN‏Verified account @CNN Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

.@Nigel_Farage: Only a revolution can save British politics now #BrexitDay

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The Green Party‏Verified account @TheGreenParty Mar 29

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Need some tonic for the #Brexitday chaos? Here’s some great news for our environment

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garycom‏ @garycom101 Mar 29

Pro-Brexit group really regrets holding second referendum poll https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/27/pro-brexit-group-really-regrets-holding-second-referendum-poll-9035987/?ito=article.mweb.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK #BrexitDay #VoteNo29March #Brexit #bbcqt

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

The Independent Group will become political a party called Change UK and contest EU elections LIVE #BrexitDay news: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

‘The public’s relationship with politics is irreparably damaged’ – How are you feeling on #BrexitDay? Telegraph readers have their say https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/publics-relationship-politics-irreparably-damaged-feeling/ …

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab says he ‘does not feel guilty at all’ that on #BrexitDay he will not be backing the Withdrawal Agreement, but says he does not ‘advocate any delay’ on the UK leaving the EU https://bit.ly/2WsyEUQ 

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Liberal Democrats‏Verified account @LibDems Mar 29

ANOTHER embarrassing defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Enough is enough. It’s time to end this mess – join our campaign for a People’s Vote now > http://www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit  #Brexitday #WithdrawalAgreement

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

Tin-eared Theresa May got us into this mess, but Remainers are just as much to blame | Janet Daley #BrexitDay

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jαισον δθμα‏ @jaisonduma Mar 29

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Ten years ago this went on display Happy #BrexitDay enjoy ….. Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimps put on display ‘to mark Brexit day’

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Essex History Dept‏ @essexhistory Mar 29

For proponents of Brexit, World War II has come to frame the narrative about why Britain must leave the European Union – and why anything less is unacceptable. Why does the war loom so large in the debate? With contributions from @LucyNoakes1 https://bit.ly/2WwaHMk  #BrexitDay

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euronews‏Verified account @euronews Mar 29

On #BrexitDay, Bristol Museum put Banksy’s Devolved Parliament on display to mark its 10-year anniversary.

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Slipped Halo‏ @SlippedH 22h22 hours ago

Reports coming in that May wants a Fourth Vote on her terrible deal next week! For God’s sake woman, just GO ! https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17536802.reports-theresa-may-to-schedule-fourth-vote-on-her-withdrawal-agreement-next-week/ … #BrexitDay

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

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BREAKING: PM Theresa’s May’s Brexit deal suffers yet another defeat https://aje.io/fsu3f  #BrexitDay

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LIVE: British politicians vote on withdrawal agreement on the day UK was supposed to be leaving the EU. #BrexitDay For more: https://aje.io/cuaa6  https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1zqKVOjLypMGB …

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🚀‏ @Kinectricity 24h24 hours ago

On #BrexitDay, here’s another great column by the fab @samrenke from last week on how…”The impact of #Brexit on #disabled people’s lives is not a Government priority”: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/the-impact-of-brexit-on-disabled-peoples-lives-is-not-a-government-priority-8927999/ … Eloquent and insightful, as ever. #disability #DisabledLivesMatter #WeDeserveBetter

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Socialist Voice

🌐‏ @SocialistVoice Mar 29

Police across Britain brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been Brexit day ‘We’ll make Paris riots look like a f***ing tea party’ #BrexitDay

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CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Protesters have begun gathering outside UK Parliament. Multiple rallies are planned for today: https://cnn.it/2FK4siB  #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Former Bank of England boss #MervynKing has said Britain SHOULD leave the EU with no deal. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1106986/Brexit-news-no-deal-Theresa-May-Bank-of-England-Mervyn-King-today-deal-vote-EU-UK-BBC …

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🇪🇺‏ @kiasazand 4h4 hours ago

Vote Leave quietly drops appeal against referendum spending fine – on Brexit Day https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-vote-leave-drops-appeal-14205626?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar … #VoteLeaveBrokeTheLaw #BrexitDay #Cheats

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AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP 9h9 hours ago

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Thousands of protesters massed outside the British parliament on #BrexitDay shouting “Give our kingdom back” and “Free Britain now” as they accused MPs of betraying the result of the 2016 #Brexit referendum http://u.afp.com/JcqS  @lealolivas @TolgaAkmen @niklashallen

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·  David Ojcius‏ @ojcius 13h13 hours ago

The Man Trying to Make Sense of #Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/world/europe/brexit-flowchart-confusion.html … #BrexitDay

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US Democracy‏ @usdemocracy1 Mar 29

Today may not be #BrexitDay, but in many ways the damage is done. For me, my sense of home is forever changed. And feeling safe is a feeling of the past. My most personal article — one befitting this day, #Brexit or not. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … … via @MetroUK

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US Democracy‏ @usdemocracy1 Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Queen’s Park Media‏ @ThisQueensPark Mar 29

Britain is plunged into crazy chaos as Theresa May loses Brexit vote for 3rd time and on #BrexitDay. MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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Dan Clark‏ @Dan_Clark5 Mar 29

It’s happened again #BrexitDay https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexit-vote-humiliation-for-may-as-mps-reject-deal-for-third-time-068sj3mz3 …

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

After the 58-vote defeat for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement – on what was meant to be #BrexitDay – what happens next? https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-29/brexit-what-happens-next/ …

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

Embattled PM Theresa May suffers a third major defeat on Brexit as the UK heads for a ‘no-deal’ exit on April 12 https://aje.io/g767x  #BrexitDay

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·  Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

March 29 2019 – remember this date as it will likely go down in history as the day Brexit died. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1107239/brexit-news-latest-vote-no-deal-theresa-may-UK-EU-protest-brexit-day-betrayal …

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·  Economist MoGrapher‏ @MotionNino Mar 29

Theresa May’s departure will leave the course of Brexit as radically uncertain as it has ever been. Our cover in Britain this week The Economist https://econ.st/2FGPlXa  #BrexitDay #RemainDay #Brexit

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

#BREXIT VOTE LIVE: May issues final PLEA before crunch vote – VOTING BEGINS https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk … #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

.@Nigel_Farage demands a political revolution to save Brexit as he brands March 29 ‘a day of shame’. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1107122/Brexit-news-Nigel-Farage-EU-UK-withdrawal-revolution-Theresa-May-vote-today-extension …

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·  CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Up to 13 separate protests are scheduled in London on what was meant to be #BrexitDay, Westminster Council says, and police are bracing

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Newz Bank Plus‏ @newzbankplus Mar 29

Brexit day, UK Parliament to hold third Brexit vote on Friday https://aje.io/rucyr  #BrexitDay

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HuffPost UK‏Verified account @HuffPostUK Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/q5EqY1n 

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·  Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Bercow BLOCKED IT: Geoffrey Cox blames speaker for #Brexit shambles #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds appears to have just confirmed that his party will vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal LIVE #BrexitDay updates: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Today should have been a historic, inspirational moment as the country finally embraced independence, but instead, it’s shambolic, says Leo McKinstry. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/leo-mckinstry/1106979/brexit-uk-politics-battle-brexit-day-historic-but-shambolic-comment …

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·  Fabian ‏ @JustASpaniel 23h23 hours ago

This looks pathetic. Remains march saw BLOCKS tightly packed with people. Leave? A garden and an adjoining intersection, lightly seasoned with people. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47751805 … #BrexitDay

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News Zapper‏ @NewsZapper Mar 29

#BrexitDay #VoteDownTheDeal MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286, defeated by 58 votes. Corbyn: If PM can’t accept a new deal, she must go Farage : This is the end of the road for Theresa May EU: #NoDeal Brexit outcome now likely https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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How unconscious economists define GROWTH: ‘British consumers spent more than they earned for a record ninth consecutive quarter, offsetting flagging business investment to sustain economic growth…’ MOAR debt is NOT growth! #BrexitDay Bravo! https://www.ft.com/content/9de0ec52-5205-11e9-9c76-bf4a0ce37d49 …

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Maxine Taylor‏ @maxinetaylor_ Mar 29

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WHY #Brexit : EU FAILED 2compete globally since inception-FACT(graph)& insanity to stay UK £’s to prop up EU failing economy: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-22/german-factory-slump-drags-down-euro-area-growth-in-march … https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/1087235/eu-news-eurozone-euro-gdp-economy-forecasts-global-germany-recession-spt/amp … We LOSE our democratic rights/control if stay in EU https://youtu.be/UTMxfAkxfQ0  #BrexitDay #NoDeal

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Declan Cashin‏Verified account @Tweet_Dec Mar 29

Sounds like there’s one more option you could pursue that you haven’t mentioned, Theresa #BrexitDay #RemainDay via https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2019/mar/29/brexit-debate-latest-developments-live-news-may-at-risk-of-fresh-defeat-as-mps-debate-withdrawal-agreement-for-third-time-live-news …

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

#BREXIT VOTE LIVE: Now what?! May suffers HUMILIATION as EU exit agreement rejected AGAIN #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Paul Stewart‏ @PaulStewartII Mar 29

Angst and anger reign on the Brexit day that wasn’t https://nbcnews.to/2TE61SN  #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles #BrexitIsBroken

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Dr. Jenny Gove‏ @jennylg Mar 29

Comparison of @FT readers preferences for #Brexit and the votes from Parliament. “Just over 70 per cent of respondents favoured revoking the Article 50 exit process altogether.” https://www.ft.com/content/3db363e6-5192-11e9-b401-8d9ef1626294 … #RevokeArticle50Now #BrexitDay #EUDay

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Belfast Telegraph‏Verified account @BelTel Mar 29

Now Raab will vote for May’s #BrexitDay withdrawal motion – ‘cannot countenance longer extension’ https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/live-updates-dominic-raab-will-vote-for-mays-brexit-withdrawal-motion-cannot-countenance-longer-extension-37963168.html …

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Irish Examiner‏Verified account @irishexaminer Mar 29

Brexit: What happens next? By @MaritaMoloney #BrexitDay #Brexit https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/brexit-what-happens-next-914128.html#.XJ4WpRm-KMI.twitter …

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The Brightside‏ @TheBrightsideHP Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/SRetoP3 

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Sundancin’ Paul‏ @Sundancer_UK Mar 29

Police brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been #Brexit day http://a.msn.com/01/en-gb/BBVlQd6?ocid=st … HAVE NICE DAY? #FridayMotivation #BrexitShambles #VoteNo29March #GTTO #BrexitDay

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Blue Bay Travel‏ @BlueBayTravel Mar 29

Our very own Managing Director Maxine stopped by the @BBCRadioStoke Bus this morning to give our thoughts about Brexit and its effects on the travel industry. You can listen to us at the 1:43 mark here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072f93y … #BrexitDay

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Tradefair‏ @TradefairPlus Mar 29

Third time lucky? May puts a stripped down version of her #BrexitDeal to a vote in parliament today in a last ditch attempt to get it through. https://buff.ly/2TKhkce  #BrexitDay

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

UK Parliament to hold third Brexit vote on Friday https://aje.io/rucyr  #BrexitDay

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Mark Murphy‏ @MarkGlennMurphy Mar 29

Have a listen to Brian in Melton on #BrexitDay on @BBCSuffolk . You’ll be glad you did! Feel free to share https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p074xsn2 …

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CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2FD62kX 

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I support Dominic! #GoWTO #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Geoffrey Cox tells MPs we MUST sign #Brexit deal today or hand ALL control to EU #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Vote Leave has today quietly dropped its appeal against fine for cheating by overspending during the referendum: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-vote-leave-drops-appeal-14205626 … #brexitday #brexit

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Pauline Park‏ @paulinepark 23h23 hours ago

MPs rejected #TheresaMay‘s deal 344 to 286, throwing it on the dungheap of #history, which is where the prime minister will be before long when the #UK crashes out of the #EU without a #Brexit deal… #BrexitDay (cartoon by Bob Moran @bobscartoons) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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‘If Mogg, Boris and Raab can all change their minds then why are the public no entitled to do so?’ – effective line from ⁦@Anna_Soubry⁩ that ⁦@peoplesvote_uk⁩ should use again and again and again #BrexitDay #brexit

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Derek Momodu‏Verified account @DelMody Mar 29

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A picture is worth a thousand words…these are worth a million more. #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles ©UK Parliament/Mark Duffy https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-brexit-theresa-mays-deal-14204094 … #WithdrawalAgreement

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TicToc by Bloomberg‏Verified account @tictoc Mar 29

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The House of Commons rejected Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement by 58 votes. But May gained 44 votes more than her last attempt on March 12. Read more on @business https://bloom.bg/2FILKHU  #BrexitDay

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·  Jennifer McKiernan‏ @_JennyMcKiernan Mar 29

I did some political analysis for BBC Politics Live today to mark #BrexitDay! On with @MattChorley, Culture Secretary @DCMS_SecOfState, @bbradleymp & @jessphillips, Watch it here: https://bbc.in/2UeoNEP  @BBCPolitics

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Johnny Goldsmith‏Verified account @MirrorJohnny Mar 29

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Live pictures from Parliament Square as #WithdrawalAgreement is defeated for a third time inside the House of Commons #BrexitDay https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-brexit-theresa-mays-deal-14204094 … : @GettyImages

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Daily Star‏Verified account @Daily_Star Mar 29

BREAKING: MPs reject May’s Brexit deal AGAIN as UK crashes towards NO-DEAL http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/politics/768713/Brexit-vote-today-time-withdrawal-agreement-news-latest-UK-may-EU-theresa-may … #BrexitVotes #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles

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Al Jazeera News‏Verified account @AJENews Mar 29

LIVE: British politicians vote on withdrawal agreement on the day UK was supposed to be leaving the EU. #BrexitDay For more: https://aje.io/cuaa6 

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·  Paul Stewart‏ @PaulStewartII Mar 29

Brexit at a crossroads: May puts her deal to ‘last chance’ vote in parliament | Reuters https://reut.rs/2TIRhSy  #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles #BrexitIsBroken

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European Institute‏ @ColumbiaEurope Mar 29

“Brexit: as parliament votes again, the next steps explained” “With MPs preparing for the latest vote on May’s deal, all scenarios are still possible” Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/brexit-as-parliament-votes-again-what-happens-next … #Brexit #BrexitDay

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European Institute‏ @ColumbiaEurope Mar 29

“Today in Brexit: Theresa May has another go at getting the deal through Parliament—on what should have been departure day.” #Brexit #BrexitDay https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-29/brexit-bulletin-what-might-have-been?srnd=brexit …

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bheardmedia‏ @bheardmedia Mar 29

Houthi leader attacks UK’s #JeremyHunt over efforts to relax #Saudi arms ban! #Yemen #BloodOnHisHands #GetToriesOut https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/yemen-houthi-leader-attacks-uk-german-arms-sale-ban-saudi-arabia … @STWuk @EmilyThornberry #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

President @realDonaldTrump has thrown his support behind @BorisJohnson to become the next Prime Minister. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106981/donald-trump-boris-johnson-prime-minister-theresa-may-brexit …

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·  Belfast Telegraph‏Verified account @BelTel Mar 29

#BorisJohnson backs May’s deal – #Sturgeon calls him ‘shameless charlatan, devoid of principle’ @theSNP #brexitday https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-vote-boris-johnson-to-back-mays-deal-sturgeon-calls-him-shameless-charlatan-devoid-of-principle-37963168.html …

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Cornwall for Europe #FBPE‏ @Cornwall4EU Mar 29

Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimps goes on display in Bristol to mark “#Brexit Day.” #StopBrexit #RevokeArticle50 #PeoplesVote #BrexitDay https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-47731873 …

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JCNunes #FBPE

🇬🇧🇵🇹🇪🇺‏ @JCNunes Mar 29

“The idea – that if Theresa May ever actually manages to resign, the nation’s future relationship with Europe will be settled via a Tory leadership contest from which the nation is shut out – is almost obscene.” #WithdrawalAgreement #BrexitDay

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Dorje‏ @dorje_m 24h24 hours ago

Brilliant: ‘Jacob Rees-Mogg, all three-piece suit and no spine, walks through the lobby of the House of Commons to turn our country into a “slave state” by putting his name to a “dreadful” scam that’s “not a proper Brexit”.’ #BrexitDay #NoBrexitDay

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demcrats‏ @demcrats Mar 29

The Independent Group will become political a party called #ChangeUK and contest EU elections LIVE #BrexitDay news: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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🇸🇦 سعود بن سلمان‏ @999saudsalman Mar 29

The Brexit deal may not be perfect, it may have flaws, but if other parties refuse to work with @Conservatives, what already is a mess will turn into absolute chaos! #BrexitDay #WithdrawalAgreement

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·  PaulJ‏ @TheGeordieFox Mar 29

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The Knightsbridge Estate‏ @Knightsbridge_E Mar 29

Luxury watchmakers have joined the list of businesses implementing Brexit contingency plans by #stockpiling inventory in Britain before it leaves the #EU, industry leaders said. @FRANCE24 #brexit #brexitday #withdrawalagreement #hardbrexit #luxury #retai http://ow.ly/3ryB30ofrXy 

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nicko‏ @vicenvironment Mar 29

Definition of insanity https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/uk-parliament-rejects-theresa-may-s-brexit-plan-for-the-third-time-20190330-p5194s.html … #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles

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Tonight‏Verified account @ITVTonight Mar 29

We were due to leave the EU today, but we’re not. It’s delayed. As MPs vote down the #WithdrawalAgreement, how did we get here and how has the turmoil affected people’s lives? Catch up with ‘Brexit: The Endgame’ on @itvhub https://www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a9757a0089 … #BrexitDay #BrexitEndgame

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London First‏Verified account @London_First Mar 29

It’s time to stop the clock and revoke Article 50 #StopTheClock #BrexitDay Government loses vote on withdrawal agreement

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HuffPost UK Lifestyle‏Verified account @HuffPostUKLife Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/IK7xYbs 

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Patrick‏ @PW1859 Mar 29

Hey @theJeremyVine, happy #BrexitDay. I wonder could you get Mr Farage back on and ask him about this?

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Emma Veronica‏ @EVBritton Mar 29

Spending #BrexitDay in London with @AIMautistic Protesting The National Autistic society for their treatment of Autistics with Learning disabilities in Mendip house. Please join us if you are able. #HumanToo https://www.facebook.com/events/583534855456518/?ti=icl …

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Eleanor‏ @mscrow Mar 29

MPs, fearing SOME of their voters, continue to repeat the notion we should “respect the result of the referendum” – if they read the meticulous investigative journalism on the falsity of this statement, how can they stand by it? #BrexitDay @carolecadwalla

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💃𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓲𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓵𝓸𝓾‏ @Angielililou Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Bloomberg Opinion‏Verified account @bopinion Mar 29

A reminder on #BrexitDay: Brexit is already hurting the U.K. economy by chasing immigrants away

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Douglas Board‏ @BoardWryter Mar 29

Replying to @TomKibasi

A profound word from @TomKibasi #brexitday http://www.tinyurl.com/Gdn29mar19 

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Luke Kelly‏ @thelukejkelly Mar 29

“A ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a ‘no-deal’ scenario at midnight on 12 April.” Jesus wept. #BrexitDay

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Paul S Armstrong

🇬🇧🇪🇺‏ @paulsarmstrong Mar 29

‘Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge’ #Brexit #BrexitDay #Banksy

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Alistair Mathie‏ @AlistairMathie Mar 29

Instead of “thinking” you know what the rest of the country wants on 29th March 2019 (#Brexitday), why not just ask us? We’ll tell you what we want, not what we don’t want. ‘We can’t leave the country drifting rudderless’ – Grayling https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-parliaments-47696409?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5c9e3a9585e90c0667537e5c%26%27We%20can%27t%20leave%20the%20country%20drifting%20rudderless%27%20-%20Grayling%262019-03-29T15%3A34%3A03.937Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:08688c4b-21aa-4373-b4d5-af5673713197&pinned_post_asset_id=5c9e3a9585e90c0667537e5c&pinned_post_type=share … via @BBCNews

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Catriona Clarke‏ @CatrionaClarke Mar 29

I’ll ask again: ARE YOU SURE WE COULDN’T JUST NOT BOTHER? #BrexitDay

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Field of Wheat‏ @WheatyField Mar 29

Oh no.. She’ll be furious.. I’m in for it tonight! #BrexitDay MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement #BrexitDay #RemainDay

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Evening Standard GO London‏Verified account @ESGoLondon Mar 29

Just in time for #BrexitDay

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Siobhán Doyle‏ @thekickart Mar 29

In all the disillusionment with #Brexitday, I’m only delighted to read about @_shanefinn incredible 36-day, 5,000km coast-to-coast run/cycle across the US for @SBHIreland that he starts today. Me nerves are gone already! #americanultra2019

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ECIPE‏ @ECIPE Mar 29

.@FredrikErixon – ”Some countries will believe that the UK should open its markets much more than it was compelled to do under the agreement that it had with the EU” in http://p.dw.com/p/3Fk6m  by @dw_business @dw_europe #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Talal AlRoqi‏ @Tal8l Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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CentreForNewWriting‏ @newwritingMCR Mar 29

Irish #writers give their reflections on what would have been #BrexitDay via @IrishTimesBooks. Hear from leading Irish writers, including @newwritingMCR‘s John McAuliffe and Vona Groarke: http://ow.ly/7HpF30of2z0  @UoMSALC @UoMNews @ECW_UoM

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🇪🇺‏ @NiraabRaab Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay and there is so much damage already done. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK @cliodiaspora

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BBC Cambridgeshire‏Verified account @BBCCambs Mar 29

It’s Friday March 29th, what was supposed to be #BrexitDay, but we haven’t left the European Union yet. Who are you blaming for this #BrexitChaos? Join @chrismannbbc at 9 on #MannInTheMorning. LISTEN: https://bbc.in/2sxFFau 

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SpaceAngel #StopBrexit & #GTTO‏ @spaceangel1964 Mar 29

A reality check on #BrexitDay

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So‏ @Gibbous_YT Mar 29

BBC News – MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …#Brexit #BrexitDay

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Marisol Estevez‏ @marisolestevezd Mar 29

Let the ordeal continue… #BrexitDay

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Big Big Energy‏ @Alex_TheAlien Mar 29

CALL THE SECOND REFERENDUM #BrexitDay https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/theresa-may-defeated-again-on-brexit-as-mps-reject-her-withdrawal-agreement_uk_5c9dfcc7e4b00ba6327b18ba?5wf … Sent via @updayUK

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Emma Coulthurst‏ @TravelEmmaC Mar 29

I know it’s hard to believe but there is actually some good Brexit news at the end ot this https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47712530 … … so, who is coming to stunning Sardinia with me? @travelsupermkt @beckyrmorton #Brexit #BrexitDay

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WinningTheGameOfLife‏ @WinningwithOana Mar 29

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John Reynolds‏ @johnreyno42 Mar 29

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At least it’s finally 29th March and all this Brexit baloney is finally over #BrexitDay

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European Movement‏Verified account @emireland Mar 29

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“Northern Ireland learned lessons in reconciliation. If only the rest of the UK learned them too over Brexit” Read EM Ireland Board Member, Rory Guinness’ piece in today’s @Telegraph online (€/£). #BrexitDay

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malgosia skawinski. Filthy.‏ @solamiga Mar 29

#BrexitDay “The Irish are incandescent about the mess this abysmally-handled process is making of the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland and the difficult recovery of the economy.” https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ38HmnGY-Z.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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Anton Ehrola / Karppinen‏ @antonkarpp Mar 29

RT CNN “Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Today was supposed to be #BrexitDay, but after months of political infighting, it has been delayed. But what would today have looked like if it hadn’t? https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106792/brexit-day-no-deal-brexit-delayed-brexit-deal-withdrawal-agreement-latest-news …

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·  Oliver Wicks‏ @oliverwicks7 Mar 29

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% correct #BrexitDay #BrokenBritain

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Aimee Meade‏Verified account @AimeePaige Mar 29

‘I think about the substantial hate I’ve received for 1,000 days: being called an ‘EU whore’, a ‘German c***’, being spat at and stalked and receiving messages with descriptions of a threatened rape to worse.’ @cliodiaspora for @MetroUK on #BrexitDay

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Martin Hopkins

😎‏ @hoppo07 Mar 29

For 2 years the PM promised multiple times that we would leave the EU today, she has failed and has the left UK in crisis. #MayMustGo now #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay #Brexit

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

#BrexitDay LIVE: Theresa May in final push as MPs prepare to vote on withdrawal deal

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

On what should have been #BrexitDay, MPs are set to vote on a ‘new and substantially different’ Withdrawal Agreement as Theresa May has a final throw of the dice to get her twice rejected deal passed https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-28/mps-to-vote-on-new-and-substantially-different-withdrawal-agreement-on-friday/ …

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Caelainn Hogan‏ @CaelainnH Mar 29

A cult hero among the Brexit flowchart community Great piece by @atmccann for #BrexitDay

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The Magazine Printing Company‏ @magprintco Mar 29

Brexit vote LIVE: Bercow BLOCKED IT: Geoffrey Cox blames speaker for Brexit shamble https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk … #BrexitDay

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Johnathan Fisher‏ @GoFishJohnathan Mar 29

RT nytimes: RT atmccann: I couldn’t keep updating my own Brexit flowchart, so I talked to the guy that made 27 versions instead #brexitday

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Briefcase Michael‏ @BriefcaseMike Mar 29

While the focus is on the #Commons Brexit debate some grim and Brexit-related economic data has been released today. #Brexit #bbcnews #BrexitDay

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Peter Freeman‏ @Pete_Freeman Mar 29

#BrexitDay: Twitter reacts to Britain’s failure to leave the EU on time https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexitday-twitter-reacts-britains-failure-leave-eu-time/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw … via @Telegraph

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Jordan‏ @jdqofficial Mar 29

A story from back in 2013. Who cares more about the poorest and most vulnerable in the UK, the British government or the EU? Looks like it’s the #EU. Happy #BrexitDay

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Cllr Gary Ridley‏ @CllrGaryRidley Mar 29

I Voted remain but immediately accepted #peoplesvote result. Fact we’re not leaving today on #BrexitDay is an epic failure from the entire political class. If it doesn’t happen at all expect a more divided society & total breakdown in trust of politics

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Peter Davis‏ @Morpheyous Mar 29

(via http://bit.ly/ItRtd  ) CNN: Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Post-Brexit‏ @postbrexit1 Mar 29

Coffee crisis after #Brexit? #BrexitDay

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Rachel Flaherty‏Verified account @rachelfl Mar 29

Angela Merkel plans flying visit to Dublin to discuss Border concerns #BrexitDay https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/merkel-plans-flying-visit-to-dublin-to-discuss-border-concerns-1.3842836#.XJ3zX7lB5K4.twitter … via @IrishTimesWorld

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Manchester Review‏ @mancreview Mar 29

Irish writers in the UK on #BrexitDay #RemainDay @newwritingMCR https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ3qHnfCUrM.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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CatRepublic‏ @catrepublic_cat Mar 29

A million attend rally in Barcelona to call for Catalan independence https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/11/catalans-renew-calls-independence-rally-barcelona?CMP=share_btn_tw … #BrexitDay

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DopeBlackDads‏ @dopeblackdads Mar 29

This is why I will miss being in the EU MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism #Brexit #Brexitday

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Emma Lucy McArthur‏ @EmmaLMcArthur Mar 29

‘New’ artwork from Banksy on display at Bristol Museum, as appropriate today as it was 10 years ago. #brexitday

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Little Britain‏ @little__britain Mar 29

European press gets popcorn out for another chaotic day of #Brexit #BrexitChaos #BrexitDay

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Liongate Partners [LGP]‏ @LionGate Mar 29

Brexit: MPs face new vote on withdrawal deal https://bbc.in/2HLc2f8  #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Laura Owen‏ @LauraAOwen Mar 29

Made 10 years ago, museum in Bristol puts Banksy “Devolved Parliament” chimp artwork on display to mark #BrexitDay

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Fiachra Ó Raghallaigh‏ @thereillywriter Mar 29

#Brexiters made their own bed @ThereseRaphael1 :they made promises they couldn’t keep & then demands that were non-negotiable. They attacked their leader relentlessly, weakening her negotiating position & tried & failed to remove her as leader. #BrexitDay

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Rob‏ @RobHanlon1958 Mar 29

#Banksy artwork depicting MPs as #chimps put on display ‘to mark #BrexitDay

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Marta‏ @martacollins Mar 29

““Is there a word for something that has passed through farce and tragedy like nine times already?”” https://gu.com/p/b55ta/stw  #BrexitDay

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Ian Goodhead‏ @IanGoodhead Mar 29

Happy #BrexitDay. I can think of nothing more appropriate than to thank @MarinaHyde for getting me this far. “Spartans don’t hug it out. Except for Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker”

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Roisin Ingle‏Verified account @roisiningle Mar 29

Thanks to everyone who took part in #IrishTimesHappy this week. Look @RossOCK you are in there! A nice diversion from #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/what-s-making-you-happy-confirmations-enduring-love-and-ross-o-carroll-kelly-1.3840483#.XJ3bKiBDYdw.twitter … via @IrishTimesLife

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Be careful out there today my lovely #Londoners. Police brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been #BrexitDay

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Phil Williams‏ @montaillacman Mar 29

EU has 40 trade deals with other trading blocs. Fabulous Dr Fox said he’d roll them all over by Brexit day, so UK trade would continue. It’s #BrexitDay and guess what? Only 8 partially done. Brexit: Rolled-over UK free trade deals ‘are incomplete’

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Sensible Brit‏ @BritSensible Mar 29

Not before time. Facebook advertising is way more sophisticated than UK politics was prepared for in 2016. If you use Facebook, know that YOU ARE THE PRODUCT! #BrexitDay #RemainDay

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Brian Kilmartin‏Verified account @BKilmartinIT Mar 29

Reflections from leading Irish writers living in Britain and North on the day the UK was meant to leave the EU #brexitday https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ29CdsmxX0.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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·  Advocate‏ @Advocat27001829 Mar 29

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#Metoo #BarneyArmy #TEACHers #Brexit #Christchurch #FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #HappyIreneDay #BrexitDay #Michigan #Trump Her phone texts exposed her sheer malicious delight in her crimes. That’s why access to complainants’ devices is vital for justice.

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

Theresa May faces her day of reckoning on #Brexit – and is warned it will not end well #BrexitDay

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Adam B Roscoe‏ @Tontkowalski Mar 29

Leavers promised sunlit uplands, extra cash for the NHS and David Davis reassured:”No Mad Max-style dystopian #brexit.” Between us, they were telling porkies. #BrexitDay

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Brexit Watch‏ @ukvoteremain Mar 29

Remember that we were told by Liam Fox that we would have signed 40 trade deals by #BrexitDay. He has only done 6 trade deals with little countries & the EU free-trade deals he has managed to roll over are “incomplete”, say trade experts. #LiamFoxMustGo

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Bart Kulpa‏ @KulpaBart Mar 29

The trouble with Theresa May’s promise to resign https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/03/28/the-trouble-with-theresa-mays-promise-to-resign … #Brexit #Brexitday #stopBrexit #peoplesvote #Maybot #MV3 #Bercow

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

On what was meant to be #BrexitDay, it’s time to take a look at how Theresa May has changed her body language while in her PM role

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·  A Crosby‏ @acrosby_mai Mar 29

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Hey @LeaveEUOfficial, how’s your #BrexitDay going? I mean, you were all absolutely right – no planes fell out of the skies, there’s food on the shop shelves, we’re all still OK. But hey, I guess that’s because it was all so EASY, right? http://buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/nobody-said-it-was-easy … #RevokeArticle50

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Jim Eadon‏ @jimeadon Mar 29

Vote down Treason May’s imbecilic surrender treaty – the referendum voted for, you know, Brexit. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/28/must-resist-pms-wretched-deal-clean-brexit-within-sight/ … #BrexitDay @Conservatives @10DowningStreet @UKParliament #uk #brexit

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MediaWindow‏ @GoodOldMedia Mar 29

#BrexitDay : Theresa May tries to buy time for deal as MPs call on her to leave

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benfolley‏ @benfolley Mar 29

School cuts and NHS woes – all the problems ignored since May signed Article 50 #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Phil Hamlyn Williams‏ @PhilWriter Mar 29

Let’s hope that #BrexitDay marks the beginning of a parliamentary process that seeks a Brexit that works for the country and not just a right wing elite

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·  Angela Kalwaites‏ @angelakalwaites Mar 29

So….it is #BrexitDay but as we all know…..it actually isn’t..How are you feeling about that? Would love your thoughts.

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THE HERETIC‏ @admit2sin Mar 29

#Banksy artwork depicting #MPs as #chimps put on display ‘to mark #BrexitDay

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A Crosby‏ @acrosby_mai Mar 29

: Happy #BrexitDay everyone. If you’re reading this, we survived our extraction from the tyrannical EU overlords. Or maybe we’ve not exited at all. Or maybe they weren’t really tyrannical after all. Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of how EASY Brexit’s been.

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·  Advocate‏ @Advocat27001829 Mar 29

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#Metoo #BarneyArmy #TEACHers #Brexit #Christchurch #FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #HappyIreneDay #BrexitDay #Michigan #Trump Her phone texts exposed her sheer malicious delight in her crimes. That’s why access to complainants’ devices is vital for justice

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Central Planner #FBPE‏ @CentralPlanner9 Mar 29

Amazing that some people still want to take the modest powers we give the EU and give them to the politicians causing such chaos in Westminster. Surely on supposed #BrexitDay we can see that’s not a good idea. They can’t cope as it is.

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Deal or no deal – border patrols likely on the border. #Brexit #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay #BrexitMayhem #PeoplesVote #RevokeArt50Now

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Albert Moon‏ @AlbertMoon16 Mar 29

He is absolutely correct. But it is possible to agree with him and still think Brexit is a disaster. #BrexitDay

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The Times of London‏Verified account @thetimes Mar 29

The government’s latest wheeze to get Theresa May’s Brexit deal over the line is to split it in half #BrexitDay

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·  TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

THINK AGAIN Delaying #Brexit Past March 29 Is ILLEGAL, #Brexiteers Claim In Last Ditch Bid To Stop #PM Keeping Us In #EU https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/8725669/delaying-brexit-past-march-29-is-illegal-brexiteers-claim-in-last-ditch-bid-to-stop-pm-keeping-us-in-eu/ …#UKIP #Brexit #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Christianity #Frexit #March29 #BrexitDay #bbcqt

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TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

Rumour has it that revelations of #BorisJohnson‘s ‘TANK TOPPED BUM BOYS’ Article have gone down like a lead balloon at the Foreign Office. http://uk.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-women-gay-people-sexism-bumboys-totty-toby-young-2018-1 … #UKIP #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Brexit #BrexitDay #March29 #bbcqt

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TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

#NigelFarage Issues DIRE Warning To MPs About MORNING Of March 30th – ‘JUST YOU WAIT!’ https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1106843/Brexit-News-update-latest-Nigel-Farage-LBC-Theresa-May … #UKIP #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Brexit #BBC #NWO #Globalism # #Christianity #BrexitDay #March29 #bbcqt

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Ben Glaze‏Verified account @benglaze Mar 29

On what was meant to be #BrexitDay , @JBeattieMirror and I looked at the issues facing the country which haven’t been given sufficient attention by the Govt over the past two years

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

Friday’s Newspaper headlines: Theresa May’s Brexit deal gets ‘one last chance’ #BrexitDay #BrexitChaos #BrexitCrisis #VoteforAnybodyElse

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Manu Bonachela

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#Brexitday: ‘Day of reckoning’: what the papers say on 29 March 2019

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

Brexit: MPs face new vote on withdrawal deal #BrexitDay #Brexit #BrexitChaos #BrexitCrisis #29thMarch #EndofMay

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Jo Warner‏ @JoWarner01 Mar 29

Worth a read for its positive take on the current crisis. He might be right #BrexitDay Parliament may look chaotic. But it is inching towards a resolution Parliament may look chaotic. But it is inching towards a resolution

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.toomanysecrets.‏ @darnstadium Mar 29

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42916708 … #BrexitDay #aliens #BreXFiles

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Thomas Wüst‏ @Thomas_Wuest Mar 29

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Ryan Laird‏ @rjmlaird Mar 28

Tomorrow was meant to be #brexitday but what happens now? #Brexit

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How gracious … so 22 May as #BrexitDay seems to be history…

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HollyEllyatt‏Verified account @HollyEllyatt Mar 21

EU leaders to decide whether to give UK more time for Brexit https://cnb.cx/2Ybnm9m  #Brexit #Brexitday

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Financial Times‏Verified account @FT 29 Mar 2017

From our readers on #brexitday http://on.ft.com/2oaQLBK 

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Lodi Silverado‏ @realLodi 29 Mar 2017

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Never mind Legs-it, who won Hands-it? The moment the UK triggers #Article50 on #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2nLWWuL  #legsit

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

Here’s the full letter from UK to EU triggering Article 50 & starting the countdown to #Brexit http://bbc.in/2oarCH5  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

“We already miss you. Thank you & goodbye” – @eucopresident reacts to Article 50 being triggered by UK on #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf 

EU Council President Donald Tusk: “We already miss you”

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

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This is the letter from the UK to the EU that triggers Article 50 and begins the #Brexit countdown http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

Direction PM is threatening to take UK is “both reckless and damaging” – @UKLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

Jeremy Corbyn on Article 50 being triggered

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Bloomberg Politics‏Verified account @bpolitics 29 Mar 2017

YouGov asked people what they wanted brought back after Britain leaves the EU…https://bloom.bg/2ngsgOA  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

“An historic moment from which there can be no turning back” – UK PM May on having triggered Article 50 http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

UK PM May: “No turning back”

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Tim Farron‏Verified account @timfarron 29 Mar 2017

British voters must have the final say on Brexit – my article for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/29/british-voters-final-say-brexit-theresa-may-brexiteers-britain … #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

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Picture shows letter triggering Article 50 delivered to @eucopresident. The #Brexit countdown begins http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

UK formally begins two year process of leaving EU with letter triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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Bloomberg Brexit‏Verified account @Brexit 29 Mar 2017

BREAKING: Donald Tusk confirms EU has received Brexit notice from Britain https://bloom.bg/2nLrXPR  #BrexitDay

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WIRED UK‏Verified account @WiredUK 29 Mar 2017

Concerned about Brexit? Why not become an e-resident of Estonia. 1,000 Brits have http://wired.uk/ihS0bc  #WIREDClassic #brexitday

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Ahead of Article 50 being triggered, here’s a potted history of the UK-EU relationship http://bbc.in/2oxy8UB  #BrexitDay

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

.@Theresa_May leaves Downing Street on #BrexitDay ahead of Article 50 being triggered http://bbc.in/2oxy8UB 

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

In this briefcase, the letter that will trigger the countdown to the UK leaving the EU #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2mOVLM1 

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

.@Theresa_May‘s letter to trigger #Article50 and begin the #Brexit process will be delivered later today http://bbc.in/2mOA2UF  #BrexitDay

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Holger Zschaepitz‏ @Schuldensuehner 29 Mar 2017

British Pound suffers on #Brexitday. Britain heads into unknown as May signs #Brexit trigger. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-28/britain-heads-into-unknown-as-may-gets-ready-to-trigger-brexit …

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Emma OBrien‏Verified account @ek_obrien 28 Mar 2017

Here we go… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-29/sterling-drops-as-may-signs-brexit-trigger-for-process-to-begin … #BrexitDay

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BBC Radio 5 Live‏Verified account @bbc5live 28 Mar 2017

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#brexitday the letter is signed #Article50 @PhilWilliams is with @BBCEleanorG for the latest Read more http://bbc.in/2o8gpqB 

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Democracy Movement‏ @DemocracyMovemt 28 Mar 2017

#BrexitDay: Sir Tim Barrow will tomorrow hand-deliver Britain’s #Article50 letter to the EU’s Donald Tusk https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/27/tim-barrow-brexit-letter-article-50-donald-tusk-uk-ukrep-eu?CMP=share_btn_tw … #Brexit

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express 21 Mar 2017

Brexit warning: Commons may have to vote through 15 MORE bills, says think tank http://ln.is/www.express.co.uk/ne/ymGoR … #Brexit #brexitday

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Phil‏ @Blackbirds1632 18 Mar 2017

Read, scroll then vote for #BrexitDay #UKIndependanceDay http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/780209/Brexit-Theresa-May-celebrate-EU-independence-day … Then RT

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Get Britain Out‏ @GetBritainOut 18 Mar 2017

Party on #BrexitDay

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Gabriele Carrer‏ @GabrieleCarrer 13 Mar 2017

Nicola Sturgeon, premier scozzese, potrebbe annunciare un secondo referendum. E domani potrebbe essere #BrexitDay.

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Emigrate2‏ @emigrate_2 22 Aug 2016

On #BrexitDay, #NewZealand received 998 registrations to #Emigrate from the #UK with requests still coming through!

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BullionVault‏ @bullionvault 25 Jun 2016

Les Echos: #BrexitDay sees 2 weeks’ worth of #gold + #silver trading on BullionVault http://goo.gl/zR8q3v 

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MyExpatJob‏ @MyExpatJob 23 Jun 2016

Expatriés : les questions que vous vous posez sur le #Brexit http://bit.ly/28KDZ1U  @Le_Scan_Eco #brexitday #expat

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Martin Parlett redone

New Head of Programme Management Office installed

If there are those truly concerned with the haste that is needed to get projects off and concluded, successfully, the other successes notwithstanding, news that a new Head of the new Programme Management Office is on the ground, must be the best news for Montserrat within the last almost two years.

Mr. Carl Gomersal, was the first appointed, just over two years ago before he ‘fired’ without cause, but today it is with expectancy we receive and publish information from release issued today, that “Mr. Martin Parlett has been appointed as the new Head of the Programme Management Office.  He assumes office on Monday, April 1, 2019.”

A leader in the field of portfolio and programme management, Martin is currently managing the establishment of the Enterprise Portfolio Office together with the portfolio and programme management framework, for a significant and complex government subsidiary in the UK, with an annual budget in excess of £2bn.

The release further describes, “Martin marries strategic vision and business understanding, to build and sustain motivated teams with the appetite and momentum for change. Calling upon his expert communication and stakeholder engagement skills, Martin creates meaningful visions for programmes and portfolios, building coalitions of confidence from internal, regulatory and government stakeholders. He has led the authorship of major capital and programme business cases, approved by BEIS and HM Treasury. He has established a new way of understanding and reporting project and programme delivery within the broader context of Enterprise strategy and government outcomes; he is able to integrate business intelligence aspects to articulate a holistic context to inform proactive senior decision making. Before his current role, Martin was responsible for the programme management integration for one of the UK’s highest risk and hazard reduction programmes, establishing best practice arrangements.

“Prior to his work in the nuclear sector, Martin worked as a campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Virginia, establishing new strategic approaches and communication initiatives that were adopted at the national level. His efforts were recognised in a personal letter of thanks from the future President. This experience influenced Martin’s academic work in the fields of politics, communication and race studies, and he published his first book “Demonizing a President: The Foreignization of Barack Obama” in 2014. In the UK, he is a trustee and director of a charity focused on alleviating acute social need and homelessness, as well as being a Chair of Governors. In 2018, Martin was named as one of the Confederation of British Industry’s ‘35 Under 35’, and serves on its committee.

“Martin received his MA from the University of Oxford, where – together with his wife Lydia – he received an Oxford Leadership Prize. He was subsequently awarded a Canadian Rhodes Foundation Scholarship for his postgraduate research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Martin holds qualifications in Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), the Management of Portfolios (MoP), and Portfolio, Programme and Project Office Management (P30).”

Further information, Martin’s wife, Lydia, a secondary school educator, and their daughters Arabella (3) and Cordelia (1), look forward to participating in island life.

When asked about this new opportunity, he said, “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I accept the position of Head of Programme Management Office for the Government of Montserrat. This role emerges at a threshold moment for the Emerald Isle, and I look forward to building a dynamic and strategically-driven PMO to maximise the Government’s return on investment, whilst enabling the effective execution of transformational programmes for the benefit of all Montserratians. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues across government departments and beyond to build a sustainable path for successful project, programme and portfolio delivery on the island, building confidence for new investments in the future.”

See Related: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/head-of-pmo-dismissed-without-cause-the-premier-laments//

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The State of Brexit on the 29th March 2019 – leaving day 

Today was supposed to be the day the United Kingdom walked away from the European Union. But the world’s most contentious divorce is far from settled. So, instead of throwing lavish parties celebrating the UK’s split from the EU, Brexit supporters plan protests outside Parliament today, while lawmakers inside will vote again on a version of Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. If the deal passes today, Brexit will happen on May 22. If the vote fails, then the UK crashes out of the EU on April 12 with no deal, which many have predicted would be a financial calamity for Britain.

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