19 Oct
2020

UK PM gives October 15 deadline for Brexit deal

first_img“So, there is no sense in thinking beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us.”Should that happen, Britain will have an “Australia-style” deal with the EU or one similar to that agreed with Canada and other countries, he said.Australia trades with the EU under World Trade Organization rules and tariffs. But Johnson, whose government had said it wanted a “zero tariff, zero quota” regime, insisted it would still be a “good outcome” for Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given an October 15 deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, brushing off fears about “no-deal” chaos if talks fail.The eighth round of negotiations resume in London this week, with both sides talking increasingly tough, amid accusations of intransigence and political brinkmanship.The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, did little to raise expectations about a breakthrough, promising no compromise on London’s red lines, in a rare newspaper interview published on Sunday. Topics : His EU opposite number, Michel Barnier, this week said the talks stood or failed on the need to get an accord on EU access to UK fishing waters and state aid rules, but Britain was giving no ground.Brussels has already indicated that mid-October was the latest a deal could be struck, given the need for translation and ratification by the European Parliament.Despite months of refusing to confirm a firm cut-off date, Johnson agreed.”There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year,” he said in remarks released by his office.center_img ‘Full control’ Britain remains bound by EU rules while it tries to thrash out new terms of its relationship.The talks, which were on a tight timetable even before disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, have stalled, notably because of wrangling over fishing rights and fair competition rules.Johnson did not rule out a deal altogether and vowed to work hard this month to achieve one. But he pledged Britain “will be ready” if talks break down.”We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters,” he promised. “We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result.”We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances.”Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners –- but without a free-trade agreement.” Door open Johnson’s warning will likely compound criticisms from British pro-EU “remainers” that his ruling Conservative government envisaged a “no-deal” scenario all along, despite claiming the contrary.”Brexiteers” had promised that securing a deal with Britain’s biggest trading partner would be straightforward and rejected criticism that unraveling nearly 50 years of ties with Europe would be lengthy and even impossible.Britain formally left the 27-member bloc on January 31 — nearly four years after a divisive referendum that crippled the country politically and saw two prime ministers resign.Johnson, who took over after Theresa May repeatedly failed to get her Brexit divorce deal through parliament, promised Britain’s borders and ports will be ready for when the so-called transition period comes to an end on December 31.Meanwhile, media reports said Johnson was also planning new UK legislation that would override parts of the withdrawal agreement made with the EU last year and ratified in January.According to The Financial Times, which cited three people close to the plans, the bill would undermine agreements relating to Northern Ireland customs and state aid.A government spokesperson told the newspaper it was “working hard to resolve outstanding issues” with the Northern Ireland protocol, which was negotiated as part of the deal in order to keep the Irish border open.last_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

Triple blow for Trap

first_imgIreland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has seen his options hit ahead of next month’s key World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria after three players, headed by Aiden McGeady, dropped out of his squad. Press Association Winger McGeady was joined by defender Sean St Ledger, another regular in Trapattoni’s teams, and back-up midfielder Joey O’Brien in withdrawing from Trapattoni’s pool of players. All three players have had knee injuries, and it was determined they would be unavailable for the games next Friday, September 6, in Dublin and the following Tuesday, September 10, in Vienna. center_img The Football Association of Ireland announced: “Aiden McGeady pulled out of training with Spartak Moscow this week with an ongoing knee injury, while Sean St Ledger is still working his way back to full fitness after injuring his knee in early August. West Ham’s Joey O’Brien is also suffering from a knee injury and is undergoing treatment at his club.” St Ledger began the season positively for Leicester, scoring the winning goal in a League Cup tie against Wycombe, but has not played for three weeks. O’Brien played for West Ham at Newcastle last weekend, while McGeady has not been involved for Spartak since August 4. The FAI said Trapattoni, who also lost Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick from his squad on Wednesday, had no plans to call in any replacements. The results of the two games are likely to go a long way towards determining which of Ireland, Sweden and Austria finishes second in the group behind current leaders Germany. last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

FRYER: Dear Liverpool, Firmino’s the gem you’ve been waiting for

first_imgRupert Fryer guest blogs about the man everybody’s talking about, whether it be transfer-mad English fans or Copa America spectators.With three defenders closing in, Neymar darted through space and in on goal. It was time to step up.After five consecutive victories since their disastrous World Cup exit, Brazil’s defence had been breached for the first time. Tied with Austria at 1-1, Dunga needed a saviour.His captain just needed the ball. With nothing but clean air between him and the Austrian goalkeeper, Neymar peered over his shoulder at the gangly kid with ball at his feet and braced himself. He needn’t have bothered. With little space for the pass, the kid ignored his team’s on- and off-pitch leader and fired an unstoppable drive into the top corner.Dunga had has win.And in instant Brazil wondered if it had found its no.9, even if it was someone they’d never heard of. When the 23-year-old Roberto Firmino was named in the squad for the first time in October last year a significant portion of the Brazilian media were scrambling to answer the question on everybody’s lips: Who?Both may have tales from their respective childhoods substituting a ball for a teddy bear at bed time but while Neymar was looking around the Real Madrid facilities as a 13-year-old, Firmino was surviving poverty and enduring failed trials with the likes of Sao Paulo before moving east to begin his career with the less fashionable Figueirense club in Florianopolis.No over successOne of the scores of Brazilians who left his homeland having barely made a splash in the local pond, he was plucked from the second-tier by German club Hoffenheim for around €4.5 million in 2010.   He was no overnight success: after a tricky start during which the club wondered if the move would prove a costly mistake, he overcame ails of indiscipline and poor punctuality before settling down and bulking up to adapt to the increased physicality of European football.His breakthrough season arrived in the 2013-14 campaign as he hit 16 goals in the Bundesliga, adding 12 assists. A ‘nine-and-a-half’, he can operate as a traditional centre-forward or drop off to help build the play and work in the pockets of space around onrushing colleagues.Time and again he’s displayed his ability to shoot from range and has also improved in the tight confines of the penalty area as a poacher. He graduated from a promising attacking midfielder to an all-round forward far away from the often parochial gaze of his compatriots.But he’s certainly no stranger now.He returned to the Brazil squad for the next set of friendlies in March and again came off the bench to score a winner, this time hitting the only goal of the game against Chile in London to exhibit his ability to time his runs and show a cool head in front of goal. “He can play for any club and with playing for Brazil that comes much easier,” Dunga said after that match-winner.Liverpool’s new manHe’s had to work for it, but Liverpool fans needn’t worry too much that he began the Copa America behind Diego Tardelli – a complete unknown to most European viewers – in the pecking order for Brazil’s false no.9 role – the introduction of which was intended circumvent Brazil’s lack of striking options and bring the best out of Neymar.Tardelli has lightening pace and roams from his position much more, leaving greater space for the Barcelona forward exploit (as he did for the equaliser against Peru last week). Neymar’s best post-World Cup performances have arrived when partnered with Tardelli.But with Neymar no more, it’s Roberto Firmino who looks to have won the battle to lead Brazil’s line after once again proving a match-winner as his goal gave the now Neymar-less Brazil a winning start in the 2-1 victory over Venezuela on Sunday. A shy and affable character when in front of the microphones or walking the hotel lobby, the Brazilian media have grown fond of his awkwardness in front of the cameras.Not that he’s afraid to stand up and be counted on the pitch, proving only too happy to take responsibility and unleash long-range drives at goal.  Schooled in Europe, the transition to the Premier League shouldn’t pose too many problems.Neither should another step into the limelight. He announced his arrival in international football by showing a willing to upstage the posterboy, captain and world-renowned ‘craque’.   “I think the time has come to take the next step,” he said this week. He’s been taking giant ones in recent months. Roberto Firmino has decided games for his country, and is certainly capable of doing the same at Anfield.–Rupert Fryer is a freelance journalist who has covered South American soccer for The Guardian, The Observer, The Score, Goal, ESPN, Fox Soccer and more. Graphics by courtesy WhoScored.last_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

Drezga from Šibenik will play for BC Kakanj

first_imgLuka Drezga is the new reinforcement of the Basketball Club ”Kakanj”.Dreza, 25 year old, point guard, played for Šibenik, Trogir, Zagreb, Olion Edirne, Heliod Domžale, etc.Chairman of BC ”Kakanj” Mevludin Delibašić said that Drezga is a very good player and he’ll help FC Kakanj to remain in the first league, and he’ll have his debut on Saturday against BC Bosna ASA Telecom.last_img

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