Sep 16, 2020
After Brexit bombshell, Britain is seeking to reassure U.S. lawmakers on Irish border issue
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LONDON — The U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is in Washington Wednesday to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among other senior officials, as Britain seeks to reassure its U.S. partners on Brexit negotiations.
The visit comes after the U.K. government dropped a Brexit bombshell last week, tabling a controversial bill that, if approved, could see the U.K. renege on parts of its withdrawal deal that it agreed with the European Union last year, breaking international law in the process.
The proposed legislation, called the Internal Market Bill, seeks to allow the British government to dis-apply some parts of the agreement if it, and the EU, fail to reach a trade deal before the end of the year — an outcome that looks increasingly likely amid tense trade negotiations that have faced stumbling blocks.
The bill provoked outrage in Brussels, which threatened the U.K. with legal action, and prompted a row between the EU and U.K.'s chief Brexit negotiators on Twitter. It has also caused concern among many British politicians who said the bill, which would need to be passed by the U.K.'s lower and upper houses of parliament, would damage the U.K.'s international standing at a time when it needs to seek trade agreements with the rest of the world.
The U.K.'s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office was tight-lipped about any discussions on Brexit, telling CNBC in a statement that during his meeting with Pompeo, Raab would "seek to advance U.K.-U.S. collaboration on shared global priorities" including "the Middle East peace process; standing up for the people of Hong Kong and holding China to its international obligations; and taking a co-ordinated response to Russia and Belarus."
But the BBC reported Wednesday that Raab is expected to discuss the controversial Brexit bill with U.S. officials and to argue "that the government's plans are precautionary and proportionate." Pompeo is meeting Raab at 4 p.m. ET, and a joint press conference is expected shortly afterwards.
The bill was criticized by several high profile U.S. lawmakers, who fear it could upend the hard-won peace deal in Northern Ireland, known as the "Good Friday Agreement," that the U.S. helped to broker in the late 1990s.
Pelosi said that a move to renege on the withdrawal agreement signed with the EU could jeopardize the U.K.'s chances of striking a trade deal with the U.S. in future.
"Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement," she said in a statement last Wednesday.
"If the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress. The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress."Related Tags
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Rancho Cordova Officer Fired For Excessive Use Of Force, Family Of Young Boy Still Seeking Justice
RANCHO CORDOVA(CBS13) — It’s the scuffle that went viral. A former Rancho Cordova Police Officer, now identified as Brian Fowell, was seen on cell phone video pinning and punching a young boy.
The incident prompting an internal investigation and the department’s police chief to turn to social media, announcing an investigation into what happened. That was back in April, now months later the officer is out of a job after being fired for excessive use of force.
The Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association says it doesn’t agree with the officer’s termination.
Below is a statement from the association:
“Our Association is not in agreement with the termination of Deputy Fowell. The video footage that went viral shows only a brief portion of an event. Following this event, the subject of the call made the following statement to the media, directed at Deputy Fowell: “Sir, I’m sorry for the way that I acted towards you and for not cooperating. And I just hope that we could meet again and be on better terms,” and added that Deputy Fowell was “just doing his job.”
This law enforcement interaction did not rise to the level of termination. It is the latest example of public outcry being allowed to drown out facts from being heard. We will continue to advocate for Deputy Fowell, and have requested arbitration on his behalf.”
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Meantime, Tanya Faison with Black Lives Matter Sacramento says charges should be filed.
“I know that they should and I don’t know all the legal avenues,” said Faison.
CBS13 went to attorney Mark Reichel for answers.
He says in order for that to happen the sheriff’s office would have to forward their report to the district attorney’s office, but even then, he says, the process would be difficult.
“It’s one thing to charge but it’s a different thing to get a conviction and it’s very difficult as we all know to actually get a conviction of an officer engaged in the performance of their duties who may have committed a crime, specifically excessive force,” Reichel said.
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Faison says the officers firing is a step towards justice.
“There is more in the works but we are definitely really happy about what happened. We think this is a win,” she said.
CBS13 did ask internal affairs the last time an officer was fired for excessive use of force. We were told they only keep those records for five years and in that time frame, they did not find any termination comparable but have had several other firings in general.