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Expert pinpoints 'slightly odd' logic at heart of Remoaner argument amid Ukraine invasion

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NATO: Boris Johnson stands waiting for photo to be taken

On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with NATO leaders in an emergency summit in Brussels about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Clips of a photo opportunity in the morning showed Mr Johnson looking along while EU leaders greeted each other.

In addition, while Mr Johnson attended the NATO summit, he was not invited to a European Council meeting the same day, whereas US President Joe Biden was.

It marked the latest incident Remainers have suggested Brexit caused the UK to “lose influence” on the global stage.

Twitter user @jvtrparker said: “There are no winners with Brexit. I think Putin thought it would help him by dividing Europe but as we are seeing it has had the opposite effect.

“The sad fact is that the UK has lost influence by being outside the tent.”

An expert has dismantled ‘slightly odd’ logic of arguments Brexit caused Britain to ‘lose influence’

An expert has dismantled ‘slightly odd’ logic of arguments Brexit caused Britain to ‘lose influence’ (Image: PA)

Remainers suggest Brexit caused the UK to ’lose influence’ in the global stage

Remainers suggest Brexit caused the UK to ’lose influence’ in the global stage (Image: PA)

However, Josh Glancy, writer for the Sunday Times, pointed out there was a contradiction in Remainers claiming Brexit caused Britain to lose its global influence.

He said on Twitter: “There’s always been a slightly odd dissonance among Remainers who deride Brexit as a tragic attempt to recapture lost imperial greatness, but also seem horrified by any indication that Britain has ‘lost influence’ and become less important.”

Ben Judah, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, also noted a Ukrainian poll, which showed Britain was considered one of the country’s closest allies.

According to the poll, conducted by the Ukrainian Rating Sociological Group on March 18, Ukrainians consider Poland, Lithuania, Great Britain and the United States to be their closest allies.

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Josh Glancy said there is ‘dissonance’ between ‘lost imperial greatness’ and ‘lost influence’

Josh Glancy said there is ‘dissonance’ between ‘lost imperial greatness’ and ‘lost influence’ (Image: TWITTER)

A poll found Great Britain was ranked third by Ukrainian’s in terms of foreign allies

A poll found Great Britain was ranked third by Ukrainian’s in terms of foreign allies (Image: Rating Sociological Group)

The poll, which had 1,000 Ukrainian respondents, saw Great Britain was ranked third out of a list of foreign countries, with 53 percent saying it was “certainly friendly” and 33 percent saying “more like a friendship”.

Only five percent of respondents answered “don’t know” about Britain’s relationship with Ukraine, while eight percent answered either “certainly hostile” or “more hostile”.

Meanwhile, when asked how France’s relationship with Ukraine is, only 20 percent of respondents said “certainly a friendship” and 48 percent said “more like a friendship, while 24 percent said “more hostile” and four percent said “certainly hostile”.

The survey also found 98 percent regard Russia as a hostile country, and 84 percent say the same for Belarus.

The Rating Sociological Group said attitudes towards Russia “have deteriorated significantly since they started the war against Ukraine”, while Britain is among Turkey, France, Poland, Lithuania, the US and Romania to see an improvement.

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The UK has doubled the number of missiles it sends to Ukraine, totalling over 10,000

The UK has doubled the number of missiles it sends to Ukraine, totalling over 10,000 (Image: PA)

It comes as the UK doubled the number of missiles it sent to Ukraine and urged Western allies to step up provisions of lethal aid to the country.

Ahead of Thursday’s NATO summit, Mr Johnson said the UK would provide 6,000 new defensive missiles, including high-explosive weapons, and £25million from Foreign Office funds to help Ukraine pay its military and police forces.

The additional weaponry means that the UK has now provided more than 10,000 missiles.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said: “The United Kingdom will work with our allies to step up military and economic support to Ukraine, strengthening their defences as they turn the tide in this fight.

“One month into this crisis, the international community faces a choice. We can keep the flame of freedom alive in Ukraine, or risk it being snuffed out across Europe and the world.”

During the NATO summit, Boris said Britain wanted to send troops to Ukraine

During the NATO summit, Boris said Britain wanted to send troops to Ukraine (Image: PA)

During the NATO summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded for the bloc’s leaders to send “one percent of all your planes, one percent of all your tanks”.

Mr Johnson said Britain wanted to help, while conceding there were “logistical problems” involved.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron flatly ruled out the idea, saying it was a “red line” amid fears NATO could be dragged into direct conflict with Russia.



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'Have to kick the pedal to the metal' Ex-Ukrainian leader slams Macron tank aide hesitancy

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Ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk sat down on LBC Radio to discuss NATO leaders. NATO has been allying themselves with Ukraine, sending help and weaponry and taking fleeing Ukrainian refugees. NATO members held a conference on the Russian invasion earlier this week to discuss more ways to help Ukraine.

Mr Yatsenyuk pushed for Macron to send over military tanks as promised, slamming him for dragging his feet, and claiming that the war in Ukraine affects the security of every European country.

Mr Yatsenyuk said: “That’s what Putin is closely watching, as for now, Putin didn’t expect this kind of unity and consolidated and concerted actions against the Russian federation.

“But you know, the time is running and we don’t have enough time to wait until some EU member states decide to supply more weapons to Ukraine.

“Or to impose tougher and stronger sanctions on the Russian Federation, so the EU has to be decisive and they have to speed up the process of new sanctions.

“And the shipment and delivery of weapons to Ukraine, because it’s not just about Ukraina and they realise it clearly, this is about the free world.

“And this is about the security of every single nation in the European Union, so the French have to kick the pedal to the metal.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained this week that he expected “serious steps” from Western-allied countries.

Mr Zelensky repeated the calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine to be imposed by NATO forces and complained that the Western allies had not yet provided Ukraine with sufficient planes, up to date modern anti-missile systems, tanks or anti-ship weapons.

Mr Zelensky added: “At these three summits we will see who is our friend, who is our partner and who sold us out and betrayed us.”

President Zelensky also expressed that he was grateful for the support Ukraine was continuing to receive from individual NATO member countries from around the world.

Mr Zelensky added: “But NATO has yet to show what the alliance can do to save people,” he said. “It feels like we’re in the grey zone between the West and Russia, but we’re protecting all our and your shared values.

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Mr Johnson added: “We’ve got to tighten the economic vice around Putin, sanctioning more people today, as we are, sanctioning the Wagner Group, looking at what we can do to stop Putin using his gold reserves, and also doing more to help the Ukrainians defend themselves.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been playing an active role in trying to de-escalate the war with Russia by imposing tight sanctions on Russia to try and stop Putin’s warpath of destruction.

Ms Truss has warned that infighting between NATO countries at the moment could be highly detrimental for progress in ending the war.

Mr Truss said: “Russia’s targeting of critical national infrastructure is calculated and dangerous.

“It shows Putin is prepared to risk lives to sow division and confusion among allies.”



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Brexit news: What happens when Article 16 is triggered?

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After Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) was confirmed, the two parties have been attempting to renegotiate terms for a special Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland. Coined the Northern Ireland protocol it’s been a point of contention that’s led to threats from each side of triggering a mechanism called Article 16. But what is it?

What is Article 16?

The UK and EU agreed to the creation of the Northern Ireland protocol, in October 2019.

By allowing goods to flow freely between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland the deal removed the threat of a hard border.

But the arrangement has also resulted in what’s been labelled as an ‘Irish Sea border’.

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Goods that now arrive into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK are subjected to more stringent checks and controls.

In the scenario that either the UK or EU feel that the protocol is leading to significant issues or hampering their capacity to trade, then they have the option of activating Article 16.

The component sets out the process for taking unilateral “safeguard” measures, which in reality would amount to suspending parts of the deal.

Specifically, Article 16 says safeguard measures can be taken if the protocol is leading to serious “economic, societal or environmental difficulties” that are liable to persist.

He said: “Triggering Article 16 now would severely disrupt the unity of the UK and EU response to the war in Ukraine.

“It is thus perhaps not surprising that key US figures chose this week to restate that any uncertainty around the stability of the Good Friday Agreement would hinder a future UK-US trade deal.”

In recent months talks between Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic have stalled, leading to calls from Brexiteers for the UK to act.

However, Professor Menon cautioned that triggering Article 16 won’t “rid” Britain of the protocol.

He added: “I think the British Government if it triggers Article 16 will do something relatively small and contained.

“And then there’s not a massive bust-up. You don’t end up getting rid of the protocol. You end up with months if not years of negotiations, mediation and arbitration.

“So, it’s a way of doing something but it’s not a way of solving anything. In a sense you’re still stuck with the protocol and you’re still negotiating about the future of the protocol.”

In essence, were Article 16 to be triggered it wouldn’t have a huge impact on the ground.

Many of the checks on goods flowing from Britain to Northern Ireland have already been unilaterally suspended.

Triggering the mechanism itself would only start a formal dispute process that requires both sides to go into talks to resolve.



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NATO slammed as former US Army chief exposes ‘two big issues’ in united Russia response

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US Army vice chief of staff general Jack Keane, sat down on LBC radio to talk about the NATO conference which took place earlier this week. Mr Keane discussed the possibility that Putin could deploy chemical biological weapons on the battlefield. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already used the highly condemned thermobaric weapons since the war started just over a month ago.

The US Army chief acknowledged there had been no public policy declaration on the consequences Putin would face if he was to take such a barbaric action.

Mr Keane said: “Listen I was very disappointed by the NATO summit.

“I totally applaud the fact that they’re going to increase by 40k troops in Eastern Europe.

“And they’re increasing sanctions and it seems like a sense of unity.

“But on two big issues, it’s got to be disappointing, there’s no NATO public policy declaration.

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Mr Keane added: “At the end of that summit to deal with this particular issue, chemical biological weapons and nuclear weapons which the Russians have been waving in front of our face now for almost 30 days.

“What we need is… Think policy statement, not something that’s left to a reporter to ask a question on.

“And then you get a statement that you just repeated, which leads to more confirmation than anything else.

“A much better statement, using my words… I don’t want to put words into other people’s mouths.

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“But with me, the use of any form of WMB would be unacceptable.

“We will not let it stand, it will result in decisive consequential actions and all options are on the table.

“Words to that effect, in a public policy statement, and we didn’t get it and it’s really unfortunate.

“And what it does it leaves in the minds of Putin and his  leaders just what would the reaction be, ambiguous like that and I think it’s very unfortunate.”

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Fear of the Russian military deploying chemical biological weapons has been heightened.

Ukrainian outlet InformNapalm has warned that: “Our conclusions may sound premature or too apocalyptic, but after the missile attacks and bombing of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, which the Russian army resorted to, we believe that it is necessary to make these data public and try to thwart any such intentions of Russia.”

And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Thursday: “We’ve tried to be very clear about the gravity of the use of any such chemical weapons.

“These are agents that should never be employed and certainly not on the battlefield, as we are concerned Russia might.”



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