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The United Kingdom’s opposition Labour Party on Thursday suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn after a damning report on antisemitism during his leadership. Corbyn, who headed the party between 2015 and 2020, was responsible for rampant antisemitism in the party, a report by the country's top human rights watchdog, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), found.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday accused the European Union of threatening a food blockade of the country if it failed to agree to the 'divorce' terms imposed by Brussels. "We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU's terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea," the British prime minister wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Telegraph

China has threatened the United Kingdom with "consequences" if it were to ban the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from the 5G roll-out, the next generation of wireless networks. Beijing's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, warned Prime Boris Johnson that “you cannot have a golden era if you treat China as an enemy." Britain will "bear the consequences" for proposed blacklisting of the Chinese company from its critical telecommunications network, the Chinese envoy declared.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the United States to lead an international alliance to build a 5G telecommunications network overcoming the West's dependence on China. "The government has approached Washington about a 'D10' club of democratic partners, based on the G7 plus Australia, South Korea and India," British newspaper The Times reported Friday. 

Europe witnessed a wave of anti-lockdown protests on Saturday. Germany saw a huge surge in demonstrations. Thousands came out in Berlin, Munich, and Stuttgart against the measures imposed in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Warsaw, Poland and arrests were made in London's Hyde park, the European media reported.

British lawmakers and government officials have been told not to use the video conferencing platform Zoom due to concerns over Chinese surveillance, the London-based newspaper Guardian reported on Friday. The UK intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), cautioned them against using the web-based service for official or confidential matters -- especially if they relate to China. The top British Intelligence service specifically warned the senior Members of Parliament "not use it to talk about things detrimental to the interests of China," the daily added.
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