The iconic ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrations that have rocked the French capital for weeks spread to the United Kingdom Friday; where pro-Brexit activists shut down the world-famous Tower Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, dozens of demonstrators took over three bridges in central London this week; demanding Theresa May’s government take action as negotiations with the European Union appear to have completely stalled in recent days.
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Yellow vest-wearing pro-Leave protestors block Westminster Bridge in London chanting 'Brexit now!' https://t.co/eIFNNWxYTT
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“Campaigners chanting ‘Brexit now’ stopped cars from crossing Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and then Waterloo Bridge as Theresa May held crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels,” writes the Daily Mail.
CHAOS IN PARIS: French Capital ROCKED by Anti-Macron Protests, ‘Hundreds’ Arrested
The anti-Macron ‘Yellow Vest’ protests continued to rock the French capital Saturday, with hundreds arrested after countless demonstrators took to the streets of Paris in opposition to rising fuel prices and the skyrocketing cost-of-living across the country.
“A fourth weekend of antigovernment protests turned violent on Saturday, with demonstrators in Paris ripping down barricades from store fronts and setting vehicles on fire, while riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to control the crowds,” writes the New York Times.
“The so-called Yellow Vests descended on the capital by the thousands, even as the police turned out in force, blocking off roads and monuments and arresting more than 700 people, many before they could even reach the main site of the demonstrations along Paris’s main artery, the Champs-Élysées,” adds the article.
The protests -largely sparked by a scheduled increase in the already high ‘fuel tax’- has since morphed into a widespread, anti-Macron movement across France.
Read the full report at the New York Times.
BREXIT BREAKDOWN: British Prime Minister Says EU Talks Have Totally ‘STALLED’
British Prime Minister Theresa May says Brexit negotiations with European Union officials have completely “stalled” after EU authorities flat-out rejected her separation proposals; claiming they “rejected her plans without explaining why.”
According to Reuters, EU leaders in Austria slammed May’s initial proposal, saying she needed to yield on demands for “ground trade” and the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland.
“It’s not acceptable to simply reject the other side’s proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals,” said the British Prime Minister.
“So we now need to hear from the EU what the real issues are, what their alternative is, so that we can discuss them. Until we do, we cannot make progress,” she added.
A key point of contention is the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland, with EU officials demanding there can be no “hard barrier” between the two nations.
Read the full report here.