THE MEETING OF SHALVA PAPUASHVILI WITH THE CHAIR OF THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE OF THE BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMONSThursday, 10 February 2022 18:00
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili held a meeting with the Chair of the Defense Committee of the British House of Commons, Tobias Ellwood and the Committee members.
The parties noted that the cooperation in the defense and security spheres plays a key role in the bilateral relations between Georgia and the United Kingdom.
The Speaker noted the successful cooperation between the Defense Ministries of two countries and that the counselors dispatched by the British Defense Ministry significantly contribute to the improvement of the activity of the Defense Ministry of Georgia. He underlined the engagement of Britain in the development of the cybersecurity capacity of Georgia, namely, in the development of the national cybersecurity strategy.
The Speaker overviewed the progress of Georgia on the Euro-Atlantic integration path and the reforms undertaken. As noted, providing the Russian destructive policy and the deriving threats, effective cooperation in the security sector acquires higher importance.
On February 8-11, the Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili, and the Georgian Delegation will pay an official visit to the United Kingdom.
Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Lords John Francis McFall, and members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees of the House of Commons will meet with the Speaker.
Jonathan Djanogly, the Head of the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia in the United Kingdom, and members of the parliamentary group are scheduled to meet as well.
During the visit, Shalva Papuashvili will meet with David Quarrey, Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on International Affairs, Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Richard Burge, Head of the London Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
The Speaker, together with the delegation, will hold meetings with local experts, representatives of the fields of culture, education, and business, as well as the Georgian students.
The Parliamentary Delegation includes MPs: Nikoloz Samkharadze, Nino Tsilosani, Giorgi Khelashvili, and Teona Akubardia, as well as the Head of the Speaker's Cabinet, Levan Makhashvili.
BORDER POLICE LIEUTENANT COMPLETED A ONE-YEAR NAVY OFFICER’S COURSE AT THE BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE
Lieutenant Ruslan Dolidze, Senior Inspector of the Boarding Team of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department, successfully completed a one-year Navy Officer’s Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).
The graduation ceremony, held in Dartmouth, was attended by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
From the Georgian side, the Director of the Border Police Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze attended the graduation ceremony. CAPT Papidze congratulated the Coast Guard Officer on the successful completion of the course and wished him success in his career.
Within the framework of his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Director of the Coast Guard Department held various working meetings. CAPT Papidze met with the Deputy Commander for NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Didier Piaton, Commander of the Britannia Royal Naval College, CAPT Roger Readwin, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sophie Katsarava.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron may have gone back to London, but Scotland’s First Minister is in Brussels on a short-notice trip. has met the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. She says Scotland is intent on remaining in the EU, despite the result of last week’s UK referendum.
“We are at a very early stage of this process. I have set out very clearly Scotland’s desire to protect our relationship with the European Union.”
“I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for us in seeking to find a path and this is very much an initial meeting, a series of meetings in Brussels today, so that people understand that Scotland, unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, doesn’t want to leave the European Union.”
“But it was very much an introductory meeting and I was very grateful to the president for agreeing to see me this morning.”
Sturgeon and Schulz discussed the options a breakaway Scotland might have to remain in the EU once the UK has completed its Brexit. A meeting with EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is also planned.There are no plans for Sturgeon to meet with representatives of the European Council on the fringes of its informal meeting.
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The official result has been announced at the voting headquarters in Manchester, giving the “Leave” vote 17.4 million votes, to 16.1 million for “Remain”. Earlier it was clear that the “Leave” campaign had secured an unassailable lead, with 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for the “Remain” camp. David Cameron has said he will step down as British prime minister. Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, resigns. He aims for a new Prime Minister to be in place within three months.
It looks increasingly unlikely that article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be invoked before October this year. Once invoked, it triggers a two-year period for negotiating withdrawal from the EU. Leave took 52% of the vote, with 17.4 million votes, whilst Remain had 16.1 million votes.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted to Remain but Leave took big victories particularly in Wales and the North of England. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, questions have been raised about the unity of the United Kingdom.
Around 46.5 million people were registered to vote in this referendum, only the third nationwide poll of this kind in UK history. Turnout was 72.16% - the highest since the 1997 General Election. In Europe, leaders have begun to react to the result, calling for unity during the withdrawal process.
Marion Le Pen, leader of the French Front National party, and Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, have called for referendums within their own countries. On the markets the pound plunged sharply as Leave took the lead. At its lowest point it fell by more than 10%, a low not seen since 1985. Shares fell sharply, too. David Cameron and his wife Samantha as he makes his resignation speech