LEAVING'S never easy - and that's certainly the case for Britain trying to extract itself from the EU. But when did the UK join the megastate in the first place? Here's what we know about when the volatile affair with Europe began. When did Britain join the EU? Tory PM Edward Heath took the UK into the European Economic Area in January 1973. The move came after President de Gaulle of France twice blocked UK membership during the 1960s. De Gaulle had feared British membership would weaken the French voice within Europe, and that the US-UK relationship would strengthen America's influence. Britain found a way in after de Gaulle resigned in 1969. In 1975, a referendum was held on whether the UK should stay in the EEC under different terms of entry. The public voted ‘Yes’ by 67.2 to 32.8 per cent to stay in Europe. In those days the entity was primarily an economic union. It wasn't until 1992 that the European Union was officially formed, with Britain's membership coming into … [Read more...] about When did Britain join the EU, who were the original members and how do nations join?
Annabelle Liang, Associated Press Updated 4:33 am PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Asian markets are mixed as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth put a damper on trading. less A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Asian markets are mixed as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth ... more Photo: Vincent Yu, AP Photo: Vincent Yu, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Asian markets are mixed as poor … [Read more...] about World stocks rise but Britain slips on Brexit limbo
When Morecambe strongman Graham Hicks isn’t hoisting boulders and pulling aeroplanes he’s usually busy servicing Eurofighters in his job as a British Aerospace systems support worker. And winning Britain’s Strongest Man 2019 could be just the kind of jet boost Graham’s strength career needs. With the retirement of 2017 World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall, this year’s showdown is wide open, providing the perfect opportunity for Hicks to claim the major title that has eluded him so far. But finding time to train, along with his work and family commitments has been a major challenge for the 5 foot 10 inch, 24-stone powerhouse and he sees breaking his duck at the Giant Live event at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield on Saturday as a stepping stone to bigger things.Hicks is known for his static strength, particularly in the log press, but at last year’s Britain’s Strongest Man he exhibited the kind of all-round athleticism and speed that make him … [Read more...] about Morecambe’s Graham Hicks looking to make major breakthrough by becoming Britain’s Strongest Man
BRITS faces snow today - as an Arctic blast hits which is set to last for a whole month. Weather forecasters warn snow flurries are possible across country, but most likely to hit the north. And there will be even more of the white stuff this weekend with six inches expected. A band of rain will sweep eastwards across the country on Wednesday morning, before turning into snow later in the day. Some parts of the country might see up to 15cm of snow settling as a low pressure system spreads. A chilling wind hits later on Wednesday with the Met Office warning it will be a “shock to the system”. Mteorologist Marco Petagna said: "Things are turning colder, but it is just more typical winter conditions. "It has been so mild this winter that it will be a bit of a shock to the system even though temperatures will be average for this time of year or just below." He warned of more rough weather to follow, adding: "There's quite a lot of uncertainty about how things will … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast – Britain faces snow today as Arctic blast brings cold snap for a MONTH
BRITS will be hit with snow tomorrow before six inches of the white stuff is expected to blanket the country this weekend. A band of rain will sweep eastwards across the country on Wednesday morning, before turning into snow later in the day. Some parts of the country might see up to 15cm of snow settling as a low pressure system spreads. Areas such as the Southern Uplands, Pennines, Cumbrian Fells, Peak District, the high ground of Northern Ireland, Snowdonia and the Cambrian Mountains, could see a light covering. A forecast from Meteogroup said: "[Tomorrow] it will be a damp start in the south-east, but rain will clear away to the east. "Elsewhere, there will be a mixture of clear spells and scattered showers, some of which will be wintry, especially over high ground. "Showers will turn increasingly to snow later across Scotland and northern England. Winds will be rather brisk." On Thursday much of eastern parts of England and Scotland will see wintry showers and for many … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast – Britain to be hit by snow TOMORROW before 6inches blankets UK by weekend