The UK will be a standard-bearer for free trade when it leaves the European Union, Liam Fox says.
Opinion: On June 23, 2016, a majority of voters in the UK decided it was time we left the European Union.
The win may have been tight in relative terms but BRexit was the winner.
You can argue that the loser is the country and we the people but unelected Prime Minister Theresa May continues to repeat her phrase "BRexit means BRexit."
But that phrase, or is it her mantra, is meaningless in real terms.
Elected former Prime Minister David Cameron lead the country toward BRexit but when the going got tough he vamoosed.
Cameron resigned due to the BRexit vote and left Downing Street with his tail between his legs; his legacy is the man that took the country out of EU but had no Plan B.
Cameron promised the country a renegotiation of Britain's EU membership agreement and then a vote on whether the country should remain a member county of the European Union.
Out of touch with most of the electorate away from London he arrogantly took the people for granted.
The referendum was a politically selfish idea aimed at shoring up Tory votes in the General Election 2015.
You may wonder why Cameron did not simply ignore this manifesto promise, as he did with other promises so many times before, but the answer lies within the Tory government; the Tories were always split on Europe. They are still divided on the EU.
So Cameron had to stick to this particular referendum pledge.
The ridiculous post BRexit attacks on Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn were simply distraction tactics. They drew the heat from the shambolic Tory Party and shame on those Labour MPs who helped them along by staging what was ultimately a pointless and selfish coup.
If you are unhappy that the country is leaving the EU blame David Cameron and his government.
Jeremy Corbyn won a party leadership challenge and was re-elected Labour Party leader Saturday in spite of attempts to water down the number of people voting.
Mrs May was shuffled into the roles of party leader and Prime Minister.
She was not elected to either role.
Three months on from BRexit two senior Tories have very different views and one calls May's government "clueless."
Thursday BBC News is reporting:
But the Telegraph is running a damning piece on Theresa May's government including plans for BRexit or rather the lack of plans;
Theresa May is running a "government with no policies", a former Conservative Chancellor has said in the first major attack on the new Prime Minister.
Clarke is a veteran Tory Europhile while Fox remains a Eurosceptic.
There is a lot of talking the talk at this time but little walking the walk.
Some in the political bubble want a second referendum but that just shows how out of touch with the electorate they are.
For some yes immigration was THE big issue but not for all BRexiteers.
The cost of EU membership, the additional layer of bureaucracy, the feeling that we were being controlled and ruled by the EU and more all contributed to a BRexit win.
Do we really need a second referendum or do we need a general election?
Until Theresa May calls and wins a general election she will struggle to unite the Tory Party and the country in or out of the European Union.
Breaking news Thursday in the UK was a 14-year-old girl had been abducted and sexually assaulted on her way to school Wednesday.
Later Thursday it was confirmed she was raped and by more than one man.
She was walking to school Wednesday morning around 8.25am BST when two white men in a car grabbed her. That happened on a busy street.
She was found around four hours later knocking on doors trying to get help.
It appears there was no room at the inn though as "She was found by officers over a mile away, on Cavendish Drive, Marston, at midday after she had knocked on nearby houses seeking help. Builders working nearby said they had seen her sitting on a nearby wall before police and an ambulance arrived."
Police think she was possibly "hugged" into the car rather than "dragged" saying her injuries are consistent with this.
"Thames Valley police said the schoolgirl was wearing uniform when she was taken at 8.25am by two white men in a silver hatchback car, possible a Volkswagen, from the area of Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road."
That is a fairly upmarket and busy area of Oxford.
Police are investigating whether the abduction and rape is linked to a sex attack on a teenager less than a mile away, last weekend. That assault on a 19-year-old teenage girl Sunday also involved two men in a car. She managed to escape them and has described her attackers as aged late teens or early 20's.
Det Supt Chris Ward, head of Thames Valley Police major crimes unit, said: “There are a number of other inquiries going on in relation to this. One of those is to look at similar or other attacks that have happened.“We are not linking this to anything else at the moment, but we are at a very early stage, should we do that, we will release that information. That’s part of the investigation."
Late Wednesday police officers involved in the case tweeted "Appeal for witnesses after a serious incident in Oxford this morning. Please read the full details and call 101."
Anyone with information must come forward.
Police are increasing patrols in the area and are advising parents to accompany children and locals to stay vigilant until the men are apprehended.
Thursday evening BBC News reports "Local police commander Supt Christian Bunt said: "I recognise that this is a very concerning incident for everyone in Oxford. "This type of extremely serious crime is fortunately very rare in Oxford but is still very worrying. "My local policing teams will be working hard in support of the major crime investigation. "I am putting in place additional patrols to provide reassurance. "We will also be working closely with the local schools to provide information and support."
Breaking news: A major incident in New Jersey, New York, has killed at least one person.
The fatality is named as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34; she was among those waiting in the terminal. She was hit by flying debris and killed.
A packed rush-hour commuter train crashed into a packed train station Thursday morning and more than 100 people sustained injuries, some seriously.
The number of casualties and fatalities may be revised down or more likely up.
First responders face a huge task and there was a quick call out for additional help.
The train was travelling into Manhattan and the timing means that the train and the station was probably full of people, including many waiting on platforms.
The train reportedly went through ticket barriers around 8.30am local time and into a reception area of Hoboken station causing extensive damage to train carriages and the station. A metal roof at the station is believed to have collapsed.
There are also reports that some people may be trapped in wreckage.
The train was airborne briefly as it crashed before hitting a wall.
People in the front carriages and out in the open are worst affected.
Early reports indicate this was one of those tragic accidents and not terror related but time will tell. The train was allegedly traveling to fast into the station.
The priority now is freeing and rescuing people and making the area safe.
An investigation is underway.
The situation remains fluid.
December 2013 http://www.tekjournalismuk.com/staff-blog/new-york-train-derailment-four-dead-63-injured
Opinion: Migration is back making headlines Monday. The refugee crisis is all too often grouped together with people migrating for a range of negative issues back home. But how those unfortunate displaced people are treat, be they economic migrants or desperate refugees, is a country by country lottery.
Monday TV rolling news in the UK has included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official visit to Canada and the royal couple meeting with refugees.
Canada has increased its refugee numbers since the death of Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old boy whose dead body was washed up on a beach this year. Canada treats their new citizens with respect.
Commentators noted that the royals meeting with refugees in the UK is not currently practicable due to hostilty toward incoming refugees and migrants.
Over on Russia Today Monday rolling news featured France and the so-called Jungle in Calais. The report was fairly biased against those seeking asylum over in France and showed footage of lorries being pelted with anything to hand, a journalist being attacked by knife wielding men, a huge protest at one town where there are plans to build a massive new camp to house refugees and migrants presumably until the system processes them?
We live in strange times but perhaps we always have?
Sunday evening hubby and I went to a local fund-raising event. The Hull International Brigade Memorial Fund aims to raise enough cash to erect a fitting memorial, in a prominent place in Hull, to commemorate eight men who left Yorkshire to join other foreign fighters in Spain back in the thirties.
Currently there is just a fairly invisible mention to them in the city's Guildhall; a plaque that was put in place in 1990.
The event Sunday was held in St Mary's church Lowgate.
A fine old church it was both an incongruous and a fitting venue.
Most of the "congregation" Sunday evening probably rarely if ever attend Church on a Sunday.
So what has that to do with the current refugee crisis?
Performing music and telling a little of the story of the Hull eight who joined others to fight against fascism in the 1930's Spanish Civil War was local performer Joe Solo and a double act called Na Mara.
Listening in the "congregation", on the hard pews in what was a chilly church Sunday evening, were people with family links to the eight local heroes.
The event was entertaining, informative and poignant.
Na Mara's website says "Described as "elegant and skilled musicians" by Folk London, folk duo na-mara (Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara) perform at clubs and festivals across the UK and have, in recent times, performed in France and Spain and featured in broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and a host of local radio stations. They perform self-penned songs in traditional style on a range of contemporary and historical topics as well as traditional songs and tunes from across the British Isles, their own translations songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions and a wide variety of tunes from Asturias, Galicia, Brittany and northern France."
They are excellent performers and Rob Garcia had a personal tale to tell us Sunday.
His father was one a few thousand child refugees that came to live in the UK during the Spanish civil war.
Even back then refugees were viewed with some suspicion especially from a Communist against Fascist civil war.
Rob told us that the Daily Mail posted a headline about the children at the time saying something like send the "red rats" back.
But then the anti-Corbyn and anti-refugee Daily Mail was a supporter of the blackshirts back in the 19130's.
The Daily Mail was and is consistent "The paper nonetheless continued to oppose the arrival of Jewish refugees escaping Germany, describing their arrival as "a problem to which the Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed"."
The jury is out for many when it comes to offering a helping hand to 21st Century refugees and some are viewed with fear and even hate and yes that includes the children.
But the left-wing of politics has always been internationally inclusive and caring.
We tend to live by the view that there but for the grace of god go you and I even though these days many of us have no religious faith.
If you get a chance to see Na Mara and or Joe Solo live go for it.
Joe performed at the Hull Jeremy Corbyn rally in the summer and inspired the audience to join in with No Pasaran, they shall not pass, both with the singing and the salute probably much to the horror of those watching from the close by BBC Look North offices.
"Joe Solo is a musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right."
A modern version of a sixties protest singer.
Sunday's event was a timely reminder of the fight against extreme right politics; a fight we are all facing once again.
But in the end it was about those eight men who deserve to be remembered and those displaced by the civil war who bear such similarities to 21st Century refugees.
[No Pasaran was used during the Spanish Civil War, this time at the Siege of Madrid by Dolores Ibárruri Gómez, a member of the Communist Party of Spain, in her famous "No pasarán" speech on 18 July 1936. The leader of the nationalist forces, Generalísimo Francisco Franco, upon gaining Madrid, responded to this slogan with "Hemos pasado" ("We have passed").]
Check out Joe Solo https://joesolomusic.bandcamp.com/album/never-be-defeated
Na Mara songs of the Spanish Civil War http://www.na-mara.com/taxonomy/term/4
And Daredevil Inspiration
Wednesday I caught shocking footage of a lorry load of pigs being transported to a slaughter-house. The pigs were traumatised and severely dehydrated but when animal rights activists tried to give the suffering animals water they were verbally abused by the driver.
He even threatened the two women with physical assault but ultimately called the police and it is the women who are facing criminal charges.
Perhaps what will shock you most is this was in Canada.
As I said already the two women who tried to ease the suffering of the animals now face criminal charges and a petition has been started:
On the summer day of June 22, a Van Boekel Hog Farms slaughterhouse transportation truck headed to Fearman's Pork Inc. was stationary, Anita Krajnc,the co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, and another activist stopped to give the pigs water and document their experience. The driver confronted the two women and told them to stop giving the pigs water. While Krajnc asked the driver to show compassion, he threatened her with physical assault and called the police.
We are unable to share Melissa's poignant video here but is her blog A Mother Without a Child. And you can read Melissa and William's story at the Sepsis Trust Here.
But there are so many other sad stories including footage out there we have included a different video below also.
The NHS footage above for NHS care workers also offers useful advice.
So what is Sepsis?
The above information and more can be found at the Sepsis Trust website here.