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#Special Relationship

# special-relationship - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

Dominic Raab insists UK-US relationship will remain strong whoever is in White House

The UK Foreign Secretary said he would not ‘sucked in’ to a debate over postal votes after Donald Trump branded the election ‘a fraud’.

# special-relationship - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Brexit: Senior US politicians write to Boris Johnson over his efforts to 'flout the Northern Ireland protocol'

The UK Internal Market Bill cleared its first Commons hurdle on Monday despite deep misgivings among Johnson’s party.

# special-relationship - Friday 7 February, 2020

Trump 'apoplectic' with Johnson in phone call over UK's decision on Huawei and 5G

Huawei is only one of a series of issues where the two nations are at odds

# special-relationship - Sunday 13 October, 2019

'Suddenly everything just exploded' - Bonnie Greer on sticking up for Ireland on the BBC Special Relationship This post contains videos

'Suddenly everything just exploded' - Bonnie Greer on sticking up for Ireland on the BBC

The US-born writer said the reaction to her comments

# special-relationship - Monday 8 July, 2019

Donald Trump 'won't deal' with British ambassador, and criticises Theresa May on Brexit

Trump said that “we will no longer deal with” the British ambassador to the US Kim Darroch.

# special-relationship - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Donald Trump to get Buckingham Palace banquet as UK state visit is confirmed

The state visit is to take place in June.

# special-relationship - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care? Special Relationship This post contains videos

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care?

Politicians have only recently started talking about it and Trump hasn’t addressed it much.

# special-relationship - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Trump arrives in the UK today and will be greeted by a balloon showing him as an angry baby

He will enjoy tea with the Queen.

# special-relationship - Monday 27 February, 2017

Nigel Farage 'squeezed in at last second' to dine with Donald Trump

Farage tweeted a picture of himself smiling broadly while sitting down with the US President.

# special-relationship - Friday 27 January, 2017

The Donald Trump and Theresa May Holding Hands Pic of the Day

‘I like long walks in the park and free trade deals.’

# special-relationship - Sunday 21 June, 2015

Andy Murray wants to learn from new bestie Jose Mourinho

The tennis star battled to a three-set victory over Gilles Muller in Friday’s quarter-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

# special-relationship - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

A US INQUIRY into the early release of the Lockerbie bomber has been postponed due to a lack of key witnesses. The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee announced the delay today, saying that several individuals who were asked to testify declined to appear.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al Megrahi, 58, is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing which killed 270 people. Most of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing were American.

He was released last summer by Scottish authorities after doctors said he would die within three months, but is still alive. Al Megrahi suffers from terminal prostate cancer.

BP’s Tony Hayward was one of those invited to the hearing.

Others who declined to appear include the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw, and Andrew Fraser, the physician who gave the prognosis which led to al Megrahi’s release.

The investigation intends to establish whether a BP oil deal with al Megrahi’s native Libya had any influence on the bomber’s early release. Last week, Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish government “did not receive any representations from BP in relation to Mr Al-Megrahi.”

Scotland has set up this site to publish information regarding al Megrahi’s release.

# special-relationship - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has met with US senators who believe that BP may have made an deal in exchange for the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Senators believe that Libya, an oil-rich country, struck a profitable oil deal with BP in return for Scotland allowing the Lockerbie bomber to return home.

Al-Megrahi was released from his prison sentence by the Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds, following a medical report that said he had no more than three months to live as he was suffering from terminal cancer.

However, al-Megrahi is still alive one year later.

The Scottish government said yesterday that it had published all information relating to al-Megrahi’s release ‘where we had the necessary permission to do so’.

Senators met with Cameron for nearly an hour last night to discuss an investigation into the possible oil deal that might have secured al-Megrahi’s release.

New York senator Chuck Schumer said: “We made the case that there’s just too much suspicion here to sort of brush this aside.”

However, while Cameron condemned the prisoner’s release, he seems reluctant to investigate the possibility of an oil deal being struck between BP and Libya. He has already quashed calls for an investigation in the UK.

DAVID CAMERON appeared to shift the blame for the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, to Scotland. The British PM was questioned about al-Megrahi’s early release while on his first visit to the White House.

Cameron said that releasing the bomber was “a decision for the Scottish executive”, and that it was they who took that decision. He said that the release was wrong and has asked the cabinet secretary to decide if any more relevant papers should be published. Those papers could include phone conversations between Jack Straw and BP.

Last year, former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw said that the bomber’s release was linked to oil and “commercial interests” between Britain and Libya.

Al-Megrahi remains the only person convicted for the bombing of a Pan Am plane over Scotland in 1988 in which 270 people in the air and on the ground were killed.

Al-Megrahi, 58, suffers from terminal prostate cancer and was released last summer after doctors said he would die within months. One of those doctors recently admitted his embarrassment that the bomber is still alive.

Cameron also touched on another sore point among Americans – the BP oil spill. He said that he believed the company would cap  the leak, clear up the spill and pay appropriate compensation.