Monday, February 22, 2016

Migrant crisis heats up again: 8,000 are left stranded in Greece after Macedonia blocks Afghans – as Germany lashes out at Austria for letting thousands across its border

Migrant crisis heats up again: 8,000 are left stranded in Greece after Macedonia blocks Afghans – as Germany lashes out at Austria for letting thousands across its border
Athens vows action against Macedonia after Skopje turns away Afghans
5,000 migrants stuck on the border and 3,000 stranded in Greek capital
Skopje, in turn, blamed Serbia for doing the same on its southern border
German Minister attacked Austria for only accepting 80 migrants a day

Tensions mounted over the migrant crisis again today after countries imposed their own border controls that created huge backlogs and further threatened to destroy the passport-free travel zone.
Athens today vowed to take action against Macedonia after Skopje refused to accept Afghans refugees, leaving more than 8,000 stranded in Greece.
Skopje, in turn, blamed Serbia for doing the same on its southern border with Macedonia.
Meanwhile, Germany lashed out at Austria's decision to accept just 80 asylum seekers a day – while letting thousands of others pass through.

Afghan children wait with their families at a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border. Greece said it was taking action to persuade Macedonia to accept Afghan migrants after thousands were stranded at its border
There are fears the unilateral controls and daily caps could trigger a domino effect along the Balkan migrant trail and leave thousands stranded in Greece, the entry point into the EU for many.
Greece said today it was taking diplomatic action to persuade Macedonia to accept Afghan migrants after thousands were stranded at its border and main port.
'We have begun diplomatic moves... we believe the problem will be resolved,' junior interior minister for migration Yiannis Mouzalas told parliamentary television, without elaborating.
Some 5,000 refugees are stuck at the border with Macedonia after the neighbouring state on Sunday refused to allow passage to Afghans, police said.

Another 3,000 people were blocked in Athens after landing at the port of Piraeus from the Aegean islands, a government source said, adding that officials were scrambling to find room for them.
'We do not expect a (diplomatic) solution today,' the source said, adding: 'We will accommodate the Afghans while trying to prevent overcrowding at any of the facilities available.'
Macedonian authorities reportedly said that Serbia has done the same on its southern border with Macedonia.
Since November, countries on the Balkan route have allowed only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans to continue their journey northwards towards Germany, Sweden and other European nations where they plan to apply for asylum.
'We are making preparations so that even if the problem is not resolved, if there is a violation of European decisions by Serbia and Skopje, to be able to manage the problem that will be created in Greece,' Mouzalas said.

Domino effect: Moves by Austria and Macedonia are the latest unilateral actions taken by EU countries to stem the migrant flow as the bloc tries to cope with the continent's worst migrat crisis since World War Two
It came as German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere branded Austria's decision to allow just 80 migrants in each day 'unacceptable' and said it sends out 'the wrong signal' to the rest of Europe.
Berlin fears many of these migrants are heading straight for Germany, where tensions are on the rise after the country saw an influx of over a million asylum seekers last year, putting huge pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy.
'It won't work if some countries think they can solve the problem by putting extra weight on Germany's back,' de Maiziere told ARD public television, accusing Vienna of failing to carry out adequate checks on those being let through.
Despite strong objections from the European Union, Austria on Friday introduced a daily limit of 80 migrants who are allowed to claim asylum while allowing 3,200 migrants a day to transit through.
'Even for security reasons, this is unacceptable.
'We won't allow this to continue long term,' de Maiziere said, adding that he intended to bring up the issue at the next gathering of EU interior ministers in Brussels on Thursday.

Migrants walk along a road to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on Sunday
The asylum cap 'is an Austrian decision', he said. 'But to say that 3,200 can continue towards Germany is the wrong signal,' he added.
'The figure is much too high. We won't accept it and that's why we need to talk about this.'
Vienna said it would beef up the army at its borders to deal with the inflow of migrants, with 450 more troops from today and military police on standby in case of trouble.
The troops will assist police carrying out checks on people and vehicles entering the country, patrol the 'green border' and carry out surveillance work, the defence ministry said.
Meanwhile, Hungary has reported a sharp rise in the numbers of migrants breaching its southern borders in February, the first significant surge since the frontiers were sealed last year.
Around 1,500 migrants tried to enter the EU member state illegally from Serbia this month, with 500 alone caught between Friday and Sunday, police said in a statement.

Men sit near train tracks as migrants from Afghanistan wait for permission to cross from Macedonia to Serbia
Many were economic migrants from Morocco, Iran and Pakistan, police said. Unlike Syrians, they are unlikely to be granted asylum in Europe and face deportation.
About 300,000 refugees passed through Hungary last year, before right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban sealed off the southern borders with razor wire and fences in September and October.
The measures – together with tight border patrols and tough new laws punishing illegal entry and vandalism of the fences – slowed the flow to a trickle with only around a dozen people a day attempting to cross.
Since September, 1,325 people have been charged with crimes under the new legislation, the vast majority served with expulsion orders.
The move by EU countries to impose border controls further jeopardises Europe's Schengen passport-free travel zone.
Underscoring the urgency of the issue, Mr de Maiziere said member states must agree a common approach within two weeks if they wanted to prevent the system collapsing.
In addition to being a devastating symbolic setback for Europe, a collapse of Schengen would increase the amount of time it takes for goods to be transported across European borders, raising costs for companies and consumers.
A study by Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation revealed it could cost the EU up to €1.4trillion over the next decade.

The Etonians whose website what3words pinpoints ANYWHERE on the planet

Two boys who met in Eton's chess team have built a multi-million pound online business which pinpoints ANYWHERE on the planet just by using three little words
Chris Sheldrick and Jack Waley-Cohen met while playing chess at school
They have set up a business called what3words tagging every location on Earth with a string of three words
Technology is used by delivery companies and disaster relief charities
The pair say their next project may be to map the whole of Mars as well

Two schoolfriends who met when they were on the Eton chess team have raised millions of pounds to fund a website which tags every location on Earth with a three-word code.
Chris Sheldrick and Jack Waley-Cohen's company, what3words, is used to help map parts of the world which are not covered by precise street addresses.
The pair have attracted millions in venture capital funding - and they say they may take their technology to Mars next to enable the red planet to be navigated.
The founders met at Eton and later decided to start their innovative mapping firm after becoming frustrated by the difficulties of giving precise directions.

Entrepreneurs: Chris Sheldrick, left, and Sam Waley-Cohen, right, have set up a company mapping the whole world with three-word codes
Mr Sheldrick, 34, was a promising young musician before he severed his arm after he punched a window while sleepwalking, and subsequently ran a live music business.
However, he said that roadies and delivery drivers kept getting lost because they misread the GPS co-ordinates he gave them.

He realised that GPS, which works by providing a string of 16 numbers, is a poor way of finding directions because of the high risk of human error.
So instead he teamed up with Mr Waley-Cohen, 36, whose cousin Sam is a top jockey and close friend of the Duchess of Cambridge, to devise a new method of mapping.
What3words divides the whole of Earth into a grid of squares measuring 3m by 3m, with each box given a code consisting of three ordinary English words.

Grid: This image of a small section of Hyde Park shows how the company divides the world into a grid of squares which are each tagged with three words
What3words has divided the entire globe into 57trillion 3m-squared boxes and given each location point a code or 'address' using three words from the English dictionary.
The w33 pin can be moved around Google Maps and will show the code for the precise point where the pin has been placed.
Alternatively, users can search the site for landmarks or addresses to find that location's code.
Or three random words can be entered, each separated by a full stop, to find a surprise location.
Once a location has been identified it can be shared by email, Facebook, Twitter or GPS systems.
For example, Nelson's Column is situated in a square marked 'this.fantastic.notes', while Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh is tagged '' and the Statue of Liberty is at 'then.drill.moth'.
The site, which is also available as an app, uses shorter and more common words for built-up areas and more obscure references for remote locations such as Siberia and the middle of the ocean.
As well as English, what3words has mapped the world in eight other languages including Russian, Turkish and Swedish.
The company's founders claim their system is more precise than postcodes or street addresses, and is particularly helpful in rural areas and countries without a systematic network of street names and numbers.
In addition, it can be used in areas such as universities campuses, festivals and ski resorts where just one formal address covers a widespread area.
And the system of tagging locations with English words reduces the possibility of British tourists getting lost in countries such as Russia and China which use a different alphabet on street signs.

Homepage: The firm has raised millions in venture capital funding to continue its mission
Mr Sheldrick told the Daily Telegraph: 'You realise that GPS co-ordinates are great if you're a computer or a robot, but they're not good for human beings.
'You also realise that not every address points to the right place when you type it into an app on your phone.'
Postal delivery firms in chaotic urban areas of Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town are already using what3words to find addresses, while organisations including the United Nations use it during disaster recovery projects.
In addition, the British Museum has tagged all of its artifacts with the three-word code for the location where they were found.
Mr Sheldrick has hinted that the company could set its sights beyond Earth, telling the Telegraph: 'There is a lady who got in touch with us about a project - she's realised that Mars is not yet addressed. So, yeah, we're thinking about it.'
The company has raised a total of $5million (£3.5million) in seed funding since its launch in 2013, including $3.5million of venture capital investment in November last year.

Ferrari 458 with top speed of 240mph is wrecked when it crashes into wall

That'll hurt their no claims bonus! £200,000 Ferrari supercar with top speed of 240mph is wrecked when it crashes into wall
Ferrari 458 coupe crashed with another car before hitting wall on corner
Whole of the front right wing ripped apart in the smash in Pembrokeshire
No-one was hurt in the accident at Milford Haven on Sunday afternoon

The driver of a Ferrari supercar escaped with minor injuries after crashing his £200,000 car into a wall.
But unfortunately the same can't be said for their no claims bonus.
The wealthy driver was left counting the cost of a Sunday afternoon spin after his Ferrari 458 coupe veered off the road on a bend in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

It is believed the red Ferrari was involved in a crash with another car before hitting a wall on a corner
It is believed the red Ferrari was involved in a crash with another car before hitting a wall on a corner.
The Italian supercar was badly damaged in the smash.
The impact left the whole of the front right wing ripped apart - including the bumper and light - and the wheel was badly exposed.

Firefighters attended the scene in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, but say no one was hurt in the collision.
The Ferrari 458 is estimated to be worth between £178,000 and £208,000.

Firefighters attended the scene in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, but say no one was hurt in the collision. The Ferrari 458 is estimated to be worth between £178,000 and £208,000
A small crowd gathered at the entrance to Milford Marina to watch the fire-fighters and police in action, speculating how much the car was worth.
Traffic came to a standstill along the whole length of Hamilton Terrace, and shoppers at Tesco had a long wait to get out of the car park whilst the accident was dealt with.

Policeman is sacked after going to a rugby match while on emergency response duty then ignoring a 999 call so he could watch the end

Policeman is sacked after going to a rugby match while on emergency response duty then ignoring a 999 call so he could watch the end
Pc Jason Charles, 30, has been sacked after going to rugby match on duty
He was on emergency response and was found to have ignored a 999 call
Police officer already had a final written warning hanging over him at time
Pc Charles also got drunk and smashed glass in a pub in separate incident

A police officer has been sacked for going to a rugby game while on emergency response duty and ignoring a 999 call so he could see the end.
Pc Jason Charles, 30, already had a final written warning hanging over him when he parked his patrol car at Gloucester Rugby Club's Kingsholm Stadium and went in during extra time of a close-fought European Cup play-off match between Gloucester and Connacht last May.
While in the ground, in full uniform, he received radio calls from his control room about two incidents. He replied to one but not the other, which was a ‘Grade One’ 999 call from a woman at a nearby address.
His actions led to disciplinary proceedings by Gloucestershire Police and then, while that was ongoing, he got drunk in a Wetherspoons pub and smashed a glass by punching it on the bar.
A two day misconduct hearing into both incidents ended with Pc Charles, of Hardwicke, near Gloucester, being summarily dismissed by a panel chaired by the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police, Suzette Davenport.
She said the panel found he had no good policing reason for entering the rugby stadium and had abused his position by going in without paying and while on duty.
The panel also found it was more likely than not that he had heard the 999 call while at the match but did not respond to it, she said.
Pc Charles, whose brother, uncle and cousin have all played rugby for Gloucester, had denied that he had a particular interest in the sport and insisted he had gone into the ground for genuine policing reasons. He said he wanted to provide ‘high visibility policing’ and reassurance.
Regarding the glass smashing incident, which happened at the pub in Gloucester docks on Sept 5 last year, the Chief Constable said the panel rejected the officer’s claim that it was an accident while he was drunkenly ‘shadow boxing’ at the bar.

He told the tribunal he had not intended to make contact with the glass and the smashing was an accident.
The panel watched CCTV of Pc Charles moving the glass closer to the edge of the bar, looking at who was around him and then punching it with his left fist. It smashed in the staff area behind the bar but no one was hurt.
Chief Constable Davenport said: 'We have determined that he deliberately struck the glass and was reckless of the potential danger and injury that may have been caused.
'This behaviour is not consistent with the office of a Constable.'
Pc Charles' denial to pub staff that he had smashed the glass was damaging to the public’s faith in the integrity and honesty of the police, she added.

Misconduct hearing: Pc Charles parked his patrol car at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium (pictured) and went in during extra time of a close-fought European Cup play-off match between Gloucester and Connacht last May
The panel found that Pc Charles was guilty of misconduct by going into the rugby game and of gross misconduct by smashing the glass.
Pc Charles, a police officer for ten years, had already received a final written warning before the two incidents.
That was issued after an incident in December 2014 when he was drinking at the H2O club in Gloucester and got into an altercation with door staff which ended with him being ejected.
Police officers at the scene gave him ‘advice’ but he reacted by saying ‘I don’t give a s***’ and behaving in a ‘nonchalant and disrespectful manner.’
This behaviour is not consistent with the office of a Constable
Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police, Suzette Davenport
After the panel found both misconduct cases proved against Pc Charles the Chief Constable said there were no exceptional circumstances to justify extending the officer’s final written warning and the only sanction was immediate dismissal without notice.
During his evidence to the panel, Pc Charles said he had decided to call in at the rugby match while driving past and seeing the gates open and people outside.
He asked them what the score had been and they told him the match was going into extra time so he walked in ‘to provide high visibility policing,' he said.
He told the panel he believes officers should be seen in public as often as possible to deter crime and provide reassurance. Once in the ground he stood in a corner talking to stewards during the extra time period, he said.
Pc Charles would not say whether or not he had heard the Grade One 999 call to Ayland Gardens, just over a mile from the ground. The panel was told Pc Charles was one of the closest response officers to the scene and should have acknowledged the call.
He refused to answer questions about it, saying he considered that when he was originally interviewed by police disciplinary investigators they had breached regulations by not giving him full and correct details of the allegation.

Regarding the glass punching incident he admitted he was drunk at the time but said he was in that state because he was suffering stress and anxiety about the investigation. He had been shadow boxing at the bar and intended to stop short of hitting the glass, he said.
Pc Charles, who was not represented at the hearing, made lengthy addresses to the panel claiming he had been victimised because he had made seven ‘whistle blowing’ complaints to senior officers and the Independent Police Complaints Commission about the issue of the final written warning.
He argued that the disciplinary proceedings against him were disproportionate and unfair and that the rugby incident should have been dealt with by ‘management advice.’
Other officers had also gone to watch Gloucester play while on duty and had not had to face misconduct proceedings, he said. He showed the tribunal a picture of two firearm officers on the Kingsholm terraces during a match and claimed they had no reason to be there.
He said the problems in his career began in 2014 when he was transferred from Stroud to Gloucester after CS-gassing eight people involved in street violence in the town in June of that year. He had been an acting sergeant at that time but was not allowed to continue in that role after he was moved, he said.
Pc Charles claimed he also had a ‘personal development plan’ imposed on him which affected his morale and state of mind and led to the drunken incident at the end of 2014 when he received the final written warning.
Stroud district council chairman Mark Rees, a painter and decorator who served as a special constable for 33 years and is a member of the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel, gave evidence on Pc Charles’ behalf during the hearing.
He told the panel: 'I fully understand why he went into the rugby match. I trained him that way when he was a special constable. I trained him that you get out and about and meet the public and interact with them.
'From what I have seen of his service in the police it has been excellent. He is envied by many for his arrest rate and detections, especially when he was in the Avon and Somerset force before joining Gloucestershire. He was a glowing star there.
I fully understand why he went into the rugby match. I trained him when he was a special constable that you get out and about and meet the public and interact with them
Mark Rees, who served as a special constable for 33 years
'I accept Jason is not perfect and there have been times when he may have acted defiantly. But he is honest, he is decent, he is motivated, he is very articulate and very knowledgeable of the law.
'I believe he is a plus to this force. Yes, he has made some barking mistakes, that is quite clear. He has made mistakes. But I think there have been mistakes on both sides. He is able to motivate people and he is a good copper. This is a very dark period of his life.
'But if I thought he was a prat and shouldn’t be in the police I wouldn’t be here to support him.'
Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, also supported Pc Charles.
In a letter to the officer he wrote: 'You have always displayed real passion for the city of Gloucester in its widest sense. I know you have a strong belief in visible community policing and I hope you will continue to be able to do so.'
Justin Hudson, manager of Butler’s Bar in Gloucester and chairman of the city LVA, supported Pc Charles, saying he had an innovative and effective approach to city centre policing.
He described Pc Charles as having a positive and powerful aura which ‘sub consciously repels criminal activity.’
He added: 'Jason will always make his presence felt along the entire street during shifts that he works.'
After the hearing Pc Charles said he will appeal against the panel’s findings and his dismissal.

Croatia rapist Waleed Latif seen at Melbourne cinema after escaping jail in Split

'What feral girl would accept $10,000?' The shocking moment a young woman defends Croatia rapist as they enjoy a date at the cinema... after he escaped jail in Europe by paying off his 17-year-old victim
Waleed Latif confronted after returning to Australia from Split, Croatia
Latif, Dylan Djohan and Ashwin Kumar each paid $10,000 to avoid jail
The three Australian men pleaded guilty to raping a teen in July 2015
Latif's friend defended him when confronted with him in Melbourne
Woman with Latif suggested if he was guilty he would've paid much more

One of the Australian men who paid more than $10,000 to avoid being jailed for the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Croatia has been defended by a young woman on a date with him.
Waleed Latif, 21, was confronted inside a Hoyts Cinema in Melbourne by Channel Nine's A Current Affair.
Latif and two friends, Dylan Djohan, 23, and Ashwin Kumar, 23, pleaded guilty to raping an unnamed Norwegian girl at a nightclub in the coastal town of Split in Croatia on July 16 last year.

Latif (pictured) was confronted inside a Hoyts Cinema in Melbourne by Channel Nine's A Current Affair
They also paid the victim $31,594 as part of a deal with Croatian prosecutors to avoid a criminal trial and a possible jail sentence of up to 15 years.
Latif refused to speak when he was approached at a movie theatre, with his only recorded comment coming when he asked his date if she 'wanted to get a donut'.

However, the 21-year-old's friend defended him, suggesting if he was guilty of rape he would have paid a much larger sum to escape jail.
'If it was rape, why would he only pay $10,000?' Latif's friend told A Current Affair.

Latif refused to speak when he was approached at a movie theatre, with his only recorded comment coming when he asked his date if she 'wanted to get a donut'
'You're disgusting for harassing him... what feral girl would accept $10,000.'
Latif and his friend were also filmed driving in his car and walking to their seats inside a cinema by the program.
It comes after the 21-year-old's parents suggested he had 'done nothing wrong' and was being unfairly attacked.
'(He is) perfect. When you do nothing, you are perfect,' the parents told Daily Mail Australia at their home in Melbourne's south-western suburbs earlier in February.

The 21-year-old's parents (pictured) suggested he had 'done nothing wrong' and was being unfairly attacked
'When you are lying, you destroy lives'.
Latif's father Hamed also threatened that the three young men are considering legal action against the many media outlets who have reported upon their guilty plea, saying: 'You guys are going to get sued'.
Latif, Djohan and Kumar were accused of attacking the 17-year-old girl inside the toilet of the Tropic nightclub.
A court heard one of the trio had led the teen to the men's bathroom before the other two joined them and started assaulting her.

Dylan Djohan was one of the other men who paid to escape a jail term, and he had thousands of Instagram followers before he deleted his account
The girl was able to fight them off at the last moment but not before the three left forensic evidence to tie them to the assault. Three semen samples were found on the clothing, with two of the accused claiming they had consensual sex with the woman and the other denying any interaction.
The three friends spent seven months living in a one-bedroom flat in Croatia, swimming in the ocean, playing basketball and drinking schnapps with their lawyers in their leisure time.
The young men have all gone to ground since pleading guilty, shutting down their social media profiles and refusing to speak to reporters.
The five year good behaviour bond they were handed by a court only applies in Europe, not Australia.

The reporter even followed Latif and his friend into the cinema, before they were asked to leave by staff members

Whoops, wrong gear! Driver plummets down 13-foot-tall ridge after reversing her Volkswagen by mistake

Whoops, wrong gear! Driver plummets down 13-foot-tall ridge after reversing her Volkswagen by mistake
The woman from China didn't know she had put the car in reverse
The vehicle careered over a high ridge in the city of Chongqing
Driver escaped from the incident unhurt and no one else was harmed

A driver in China plummeted down a 13-foot-tall ridge last week after she forgot her car was in reverse gear.

The accident took place in Chongqing, south-west China, on February 18, reported Huanqiu, an affiliation with the People's Daily Online.

Luckily there were no passersby when the incident occurred. The woman, who reportedly had recently passed her driving test, escaped the accident unhurt.

Damaged: The woman managed to make it out mostly unscathed after she accidentally put the car in reverse

According to reports, the woman, who remained unidentified and was reportedly 38 years old, didn't realise her Volkswagen was in reverse gear.

As a result, she broke through the steel railing on the edge of the ridge and tumbled off the side of the platform.

Pictures emerged from the Chinese media show the brown car was completely damaged in the accident.

However the driver escaped uninjured.

Luckily there weren't any pedestrians underneath at the time of the incident.

This isn't the first case of this in China.

In 2015, a woman careered into a salon while trying to reverse into a parking space. The car caused considerable damage to the salon. The shop was closed at the time and the driver escaped unharmed.

In 2014, a man became an internet sensation after accidentally putting his car in reverse and driving over an embankment leaving him suspended in mid air.

Rescue workers had to free the man from his car with a ladder.

Wrong gear! The woman discovered the hard way that her car was in reverse when it fell off a ridge

Boris Johnson declares Britain can have a 'great future' outside the EU in a new dig at David Cameron as the PM prepares to face MPs with his Brussels deal

Boris Johnson declares Britain can have a 'great future' outside the EU in a new dig at David Cameron as the PM prepares to face MPs with his Brussels deal
Mayor's new intervention comes hours after he revealed he backed Brexit
Cameron is due to address the Commons on his Brussels deal at 3.30pm
Boris electrified the Out campaign with his Sunday night announcement
He gave the PM just nine minutes notice before making doorstep speech
Boris has joined Michael Gove and other top ministers on Brexit campaign

Boris Johnson today insisted Britain would have a 'great future' outside the European Union hours after he left David Cameron reeling by backing Brexit.

In a further sign of the energy and excitement the London Mayor will bring to the Leave campaign, Mr Johnson today cycled away from his home surrounded by an enormous pack of photographers.

Mr Johnson insisted he wanted to talk about his final City Hall budget today, warning there would be 'plenty of time' to discuss the EU.

But as the Prime Minister prepares to face down his party and sell his EU deal in Parliament, Mr Johnson repeated his view of a bright future for the UK.

After his statement last night, Mr Johnson was today again met by photographers outside his home. His decision to join Michael Gove, pictured right today, has electrified the Out campaign
He said today: 'There will be plenty of time to talk about Europe and the great future Britain can have outside the European Union in the next few weeks.'
The mayor electrified the Leave campaign last night with his doorstep declaration he was coming out against Mr Cameron.
The Prime Minister was reportedly left 'absolutely furious' with Mr Johnson following his speech, which invoked the glories of the British Empire and the leadership of Winston Churchill to say the country which gave the world parliamentary democracy should not subject itself to ‘legal colonisation’ from the EU.
Mr Cameron will try to get back on the front foot this afternoon with a major Commons statement on the marathon EU summit where he finalised his deal late on Friday night. The Government is also due to publish its report on why Britain should stay in the EU.

In other developments today:
Stanley Johnson, Boris' father, said his son's declaration could be a 'career ending move' if he ends up on the losing side.
The pound was left weakened off the back of the big name endorsements for the Vote Leave campaign over the weekend. City analysts warned over the uncertainty caused by the referendum.
Former foreign secretary William Hague has insisted David Cameron has achieved more than any other Prime Minister and is making the right recommendation to Britain.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon insisted the government would not be broken up by Tory arguments over the European Union
It remains unclear whether Mr Cameron will be joined on the front bench by eurosceptic ministers today.
Within minutes of his Downing Street address to the nation on Saturday morning, six Cabinet ministers had rushed to a Vote Leave campaign rally to start working against him.
The most senior of them, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, was pictured leaving home this morning with his ministerial red box.

Mr Johnson cycled away from his Islington home today to present his final City Hall Budget before his term as London Mayor ends in May
And Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today insisted the business of government would continue despite Tory splits on Europe.
Stanley Johnson today insisted his son was not positioning himself for career purposes.
He told the BBC it was hard to think of 'any more career-ending move' than opposing the Prime Minister.
He said: 'If he wanted to get a nice job in the cabinet... this is certainly not the way to do it.'
Mr Cameron was backed by his close ally William Hague today.
Mr Hague, who as Tory leader in 2001 ran a general election campaign founded on euroscepticism, said Mr Cameron had beaten the EU at its own game.
In a Telegraph column, he said: 'He came back with the European Union less powerful over the affairs of the UK than when he arrived, and left it with considerably weaker prospects of increasing its power in the future.
'For decades his predecessors have fought rearguard actions against new powers and rights for the EU.
'He is the first to have turned the pressure the other way around.
'Coming on top of his unique achievement of securing an actual reduction in the EU's budget, this entitles him to rather more praise than he often receives.'

Boris Johnson explains why he is backing Brexit for the UK

Boris Johnson explains why he is backing Brexit for the UK

Boris Johnson declares Britain can have a 'great future' outside the EU in a new dig at David Cameron as the PM prepares to face MPs with his Brussels dealMayor's new intervention comes hours after he revealed he backed BrexitCameron is due to address the Commons on his Brussels deal at 3.30pmBoris electrified the Out campaign with his Sunday night announcementHe gave the PM just nine minutes notice before making doorstep speech Boris has joined Michael Gove and other top ministers on Brexit campaign

Posted by Oppo on Monday, February 22, 2016

Mr Johnson made his declaration outside his home last night finally ending months of speculation about which side of the battle he would come down on
Mr Fallon said the declaration of Mr Johnson was not a huge blow to Mr Cameron's campaign.
He told the BBC: 'Well obviously he would have liked more support from Boris but he's taken his individual view.
'But it is up to each individual citizen to make their view now.'
Mr Fallon insisted that it would not lead to the break-up of the Government or the Conservative Party.
He said: 'Even those who wanted to leave made it absolutely clear [at the Cabinet] that we are going to come together again because there is work to be done.
'If you look back at the 1975 referendum, the then Wilson government came back after the referendum. The party stayed right through that parliament.
'The PM to his credit is allowing members of his Cabinet to dissent. He's allowing Tory MPs to express different views.'
Lord Lawson, who is chairing the Vote Leave campaign, today said the referendum would be a 'British declaration of independence'.
Speaking to the BBC, he insisted there was no reason new trade deals could not be negotiated 'pretty swiftly'.

Voters have been warned to expect a four month campaign of soundbites as David Cameron repeatedly uses a handful of key phrases to try and convince people the country would be less safe if we left the EU.
In the 48 hours after being handed his renegotiation deal in Brussels, the former PR man deployed the carefully crafted soundbites over and over again as he hit the airwaves to set out his referendum stall.
During a 20-minute interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show today the Prime Minister three times warned that a vote to leave would be a 'leap in the dark'.
Mr Cameron also used the phrase, which is expected to be a cornerstone of the In campaign that has been nicknamed 'Project Fear', in a speech in Brussels on Friday night and again the next morning in Downing Street as he announced the date of the referendum.
In the three appearances, which were all televised, Mr Cameron used the slogan 'safer, stronger, better off', nine times – including twice in the address outside Number 10 that lasted only four minutes.
He separately used the words 'safe' and 'safer' another eleven times.
Despite failing to secure the curbs to migrant benefits promised at the election in the Tory manifesto, Mr Cameron repeated the expression 'something for nothing' six times as he attempted to sell the changes he did get that will stop newcomers being able to claim tax credits from day one.
Mr Cameron also delivered the catchphrase 'the best of both worlds' six times and 'strength in numbers' three times.
During the last parliament in the run up to last year's election, Mr Cameron deployed the phrase 'long-term economic plan' so many times it became a standing joke in Westminster.
By repeating his referendum soundbites ad nauseum, Mr Cameron is no doubt hoping to get the messages lodged in the public's consciousness in the run up to the vote on 23 June.
It is thought the short sharp messaging will have been tested in focus groups.
Boris Johnson’s backing for Brexit comes after months and years of indecision, prevarication and fence-sitting.
As recently as last week, he was telling friends he was ‘veering all over the place like a shopping trolley’.
Here, in Boris’s own words, we reveal how he has kept on changing his mind.

‘Look, I’m actually rather pro-European, actually. I certainly want a European community where one can go and scoff croissants, drink delicious coffee, learn foreign languages and generally make love to foreign women.’
January 1997
‘We can’t leave Europe. We’re part of the European Continent. What is the English Channel? It’s a primeval river that got slightly too big … We’re always going to be a part of Europe psychologically.’
August 2015, Der Spiegel
‘We want, in an ideal world, to stay in a reformed European Union but I think the price of getting out is lower than it’s ever been. It’s better for us to stay in, but to stay in a reformed EU. That’s where I am.’
October 2015, BBC interview, Japan
‘The trouble is I’m not an “outer”.’ What he reportedly told eurosceptics trying to persuade him to lead the Leave campaign
January 2016
‘I’ve never been an Outer’. Boris to Eurosceptic Tory MP Bernard Jenkin after he was taunted in the House of Commons.
February 3, 2016

‘No matter how deep public anger, how many fishermen’s wives chain themselves to the railings in Downing Street, or how many trawlers tie up alongside the terrace of the House of Commons, the Government will not do it. That will not be the outcome of this debate. The objection is legal.
‘As long as Britain remains a signatory of the EU Treaty, it cannot unilaterally abjure one part of it without abjuring the whole.’
On fisheries policy. January 1995
‘I went there [Brussels] a pretty starry-eyed idealist. I came out a pretty vinegary sceptic.’ On his time as a journalist in Brussels.
May 2001
‘In the next couple of years we are entitled to pose the question, “What is the point of the EU?”.’
December 2013, Daily Telegraph
‘We have nothing to be afraid of in going for an alternative future...I’m sure there is a great and glorious future for Britain as an open, outward looking economy that has great trading relations with Europe, but that starts to think about the rest of the world where you are seeing huge growth. People should not be paranoid and scared about that option.’
August 2014, LBC Radio phone-in
‘It should be up to this Parliament and this country – not Jean-Claude Juncker – to decide if too many people are coming here. It is not that we object to immigration in itself ... It is about who decides; it is about who is ultimately responsible; it is about control.’
Speech to Tory conference, October 2015

ISIS decapitate a HINDU PRIEST inside his temple with a meat cleaver as he prepared for morning prayers in Bangladesh

ISIS decapitate a HINDU PRIEST inside his temple with a meat cleaver as he prepared for morning prayers in Bangladesh
Jogeswar Roy, 45, was ambushed at his home in the temple before service
Jihadis 'slit his head from the body' on the veranda, said government chief
Two worhsippers were injured including one shot as he tried to save priest

A top Hindu priest was decapitated by ISIS militants inside his temple just before morning prayers in Bangladesh.
Two attackers armed with pistols and cleavers ambushed Jogeswar Roy, 45, the head priest of Sri Sri Sant Gourio Math, at his home in the temple.
Two devotees were wounded including one who was shot as he tried to save the priest in the attack in the sub-district of Debiganj on Sunday morning.

Murdered before prayers: A policeman stands guard outside a temple where a top Hindu priest was decapitated by Islamic State militants in the remote northern district of Panchagarh, Bangladesh, on Sunday
Shafiqul Islam, a government administrator, said: 'The priest was preparing for morning prayers when they pounced and slit his head from the body at the verandah of his home in the temple.
'We recovered a blood-stained cleaver from the spot.'
The terror group claimed responsibility in a communique posted by the ISIS-linked Amaq News Agency on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online jihadi activity.

The claim could not be independently verified.
The motive for the murder was not clear but police said Islamist militants were among those suspected as being behind the killing.
District police chief Gias Uddin Ahmed said police had launched a hunt for the attackers and security checkposts had been set up across the district.
'The Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is also in our list of suspects,' Ahmed told AFP news agency.

Bangladeshi relatives of Hindu priest Jogeswar Roy break down in tears after learning of his death
The banned group is believed to have been behind an attack on an Italian Catholic priest in the neighbouring district of Dinajpur late last year.
Bangladesh has seen an upsurge in attacks on minorities including Shi'ites, Sufis, Christians and Ahmadis by Islamist militant groups.
The government rejects the ISIS's claims of responsibility for several recent attacks, including the shootings of two foreigners.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's secular government instead accuses the JMB, other local militant groups as well as the Islamist-allied political opposition of trying to destabilise the country.
Hindus, the country's largest minority, make up nearly 10 per cent of Bangladesh's 160 million people.

Boris Johnson's decision to back a EU exit sends pound towards 11-month low

Boris Johnson's decision to back a Brexit sends pound tumbling towards 11-month low as PM's EU deal also 'troubles' investors
Pound slides downwards as trading opens after Johnson's Brexit backing
UK currency falls against dollar, euro and yen because of Boris' popularity
Experts admit chances of EU exit causes uncertainty - as has PM's deal

Boris Johnson's decision to defy David Cameron and back a Brexit caused the pound to fall off a cliff this morning.

Britain's currency slid to its lowest level for almost a year after the Mayor of London's decision to side with the Out campaign.

Experts believe that Mr Johnson's decision to back an EU exit yesterday is not only a major blow to David Cameron's campaign - it has also led to uncertainty in the financial markets.

Scramble: The Mayor of London cycles through a crowd of journalists outside his London today as experts say his decision not to join the In campaign is troubling the markets
Traders began selling off the pound when the markets opened this morning and the pound instantly dropped by 1.5 per cent - from $1.44 to the pound on Friday to just $1.419 today.
If maintained, that would mark its biggest one-day fall in 11 months.
Alvin Tan, a strategist with French bank Societe Generale in London said: 'The out camp were struggling to get a figurehead who was popular and Boris has given them that boost,' said Alvin Tan, a strategist with French bank Societe Generale in London.
'I think there is genuine worry that Britain might vote to leave and the uncertainty is going to rise into the referendum.'
Sterling also fell sharply against euro, losing around one per cent to 78.08 pence per euro.
The pound also dipped below 160 yen for the first time in more than two years.

Currency markets were digesting the EU reform package secured by Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of an In/Out referendum on June 23.

Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said the forthcoming EU referendum was adding to the many concerns 'troubling' investors, which included the impact of an economic slowdown in China.

Karl Goody, from Shaw and Partners in Sydney, told Bloomberg News: 'People are looking at the sell-off this year and saying: enough is enough, there's been enough pain now'.

Chris Weston of City firm IG said: 'BoJo (Boris Johnson) showing his hand does throw a spanner in the works, but the odds of a 'Brexit' are still around 35 per cent'.

Row: Boris Johnson (right) informed David Cameron (left) that he was making the announcement by text just nine minutes before
Mr Johnson announced on Sunday that he would back the Out campaign, stating that the EU was fuelling political disengagement by voters and driving the rise of extremist parties.
He added that if the forthcoming referendum delivered a vote to remain in, Britain faced a further erosion of democracy.
Mr Johnson's support for Brexit was seen as a blow to the Prime Minister.
But Mr Cameron has been boosted by reports that bosses of around half of Britain's 100 biggest companies are preparing to back his campaign to keep the country in the European Union.
The chairmen and chief executives of around 50 FTSE companies are prepared to sign a letter in support of the Prime Minister's renegotiation package, the Financial Times reported.
Supporters are said to include senior figures from Shell, BAE Systems, BT and Rio Tinto.
A draft of the letter, which is due to be published on Tuesday, states: 'Following the Prime Minister's renegotiation, we believe that Britain is better off staying in a reformed EU.'