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‘People are getting nasty’: UK fishing town warns Boris Johnson over Brexit

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Welsh fishmonger Lenny Walters has a warning for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he celebrates his one-month anniversary in office on Saturday.

If he goes back on his promise to deliver Brexit at any cost on October 31: “I think there will be riots.”

“People are getting nasty,” the 67-year-old said while filleting monkfish with a razor-sharp knife.

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The new British leader is trying to steer his splintered nation through one of its most perilous moments in generations as it hurtles out of the European Union.

The 46-year partnership has helped places like Milford Haven — a once-thriving Welsh fishing community that has turned into one of the poorest corners of Europe and a major recipient of aid from Brussels.

Its waters are now filled mostly with non-British European trawlers who land their catch at the tiny town’s wharf.

Locals see Johnson as their last great hope for reviving the local fishing industry. Their trust in his ability to do so is not terribly strong.

“Do I have faith in Boris? I am not sure,” fish merchant Mark Davis said after a moment’s thought.

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“I’d vote for Boris because there is no alternative,” the 58-year-old added. “He’s the only choice.”

– ‘No-care attitude’ –

Johnson needs places such as Milford Haven behind him as he battles his own parliament and the 27 EU leaders through the denouement of a Brexit saga that kicked off when Britain voted by a 52-48 percent margin to leave the EU three years ago.

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The region around Milford Haven backed Brexit 57 percent to 43 and in the recent European elections anti-EU Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won with 38 percent.

The Brexit Party has said that a no-deal Brexit is “the best deal” and is poised to win support at any future election if Johnson strikes a compromise with Brussels.

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Johnson’s past as mayor of London has many in this corner of Wales doubting his true commitment to the Brexit cause.

Johnson himself has admitted that his decision to back Britain’s withdrawal from the European project was “agonisingly difficult” and had caused him “a huge amount of heartache”.

His publicity stunts and metaphoric orations convinced crab potter John MacNamara that Johnson is “a bit of a freak”.

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“But in a good way,” the 36-year-old said after lowering a meshed basket used for trapping crab and lobsters onto a waiting boat.

MacNamara said Johnson had “a no-care attitude”.

“Whether it’s fake or it’s real is yet to be seen. From what I’ve seen, yes, he believes in it. But the proof’s in the pudding.”

– ‘The fix is in’ –

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“I tell you who would have delivered it (Brexit) — Margaret Thatcher,” Davis said as he packed crates in what was once Milford Haven’s biggest fishing market — now little more than a shed overlooking the town’s deserted bay.

“What we need is somebody with backbone and courage to stand up and say enough is enough.”

Fellow fish processer Phillip Rees tossed the latest catch in the back of a van and warned about attempts by anti-Brexit lawmakers to frustrate Britain’s departure.

“I don’t have to tell you where the conflict lies — it’s between the politicians and the public, isn’t it,” said Rees.

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Walters agreed.

“The fix is in,” he grumbled. “These shysters are trying to overrule him and overrule the people who voted him in.”

Both Rees and Davis said they had nagging suspicions that Johnson would use resistance in London and Brussels as a last-minute excuse to try and delay Brexit for a third time.

But fishmonger Walters — the one who predicted and a street revolt — said Johnson would not dare.

“By hook or by crook — by October 31, out,” Walters said.

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US financier and philanthropist George Soros on Thursday pledged one billion dollars for a new university network project to battle the erosion of civil society in a world increasingly ruled by "would-be and actual dictators" and beset by climate change.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Soros said humanity was at a turning point and the coming years would determine the fate of rulers like President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping as well as the world itself.

"We live at a transformational moment in history. The survival of open societies is endangered and we face an even greater crisis: climate change," said the Hungarian-born billionaire.

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Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana is the latest to admit that what President Donald Trump has done was wrong, but he still won't vote to kick the president out of office.

Speaking to Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram, Braun made his conclusions after the House spent a little over one day making their case. No witnesses have been called nor has evidence been subpoenaed from the White House. But Braun already agrees Trump is guilty of what the House is accusing him.

"Where I am coming from, is that, probably the discussion of all of this wasn't appropriate, it's obviously gotten the president into an entanglement," he said. "It is just not impeachable. And the sentences either you're gone. You don't get off. You know, for probation."

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Trump’s intel chief illegally missed deadline to turn in report on Khashoggi killing

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Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire was required to turn over a report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi to four congressional committees, but that report never came, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

Maguire's failure to turn over the report was a direct violation of a law passed last month "that included a provision ordering the Director of National Intelligence to send Congress an unclassified report identifying those responsible for Khashoggi’s death at a Saudi Arabian consulate in 2018," according to BuzzFeed News.

"Though the CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Saudi officials have denied his involvement — something President Donald Trump seemed willing to believe," writes BuzzFeed's Emma Loop. "The unclassified report, if Congress receives and releases it, could provide the administration’s first public acknowledgement of the crown prince’s role, or that of other Saudi officials, in Khashoggi’s brutal death."

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