Britain readies last annual budget before Brexit

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond shows the ‘red box’ on his way from Downing Street to the House of Commons to present the UK’s final budget before Brexit. The British government will unveil its final budget before leaving the European Union and is widely expected to loosen the purse strings but it has also warned that a chaotic “no deal” Brexit could force it to change tack. IMAGES

The UK Response to the Migrant Crisis (Extra Scene from ‘The UK’s Fight Against The Islamic State’)

The civil war in Syria has helped to create an unprecedented refugee crisis, with at least four million people having fled the country. Around 100,000 migrants and refugees have made it across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in flimsy boats already in 2015, having paid thousands of dollars to gangs of people smugglers to facilitate the crossing.

Others have drowned when those boats have become overloaded and sunk. So far this year, over 1,700 people have died attempting the journey.

Earlier this month, the British warship HMS Bulwark was deployed to the Mediterranean to assist in rescuing migrants and refugees trying to cross into Europe by boat.

In this extra scene from “The UK’s Fight Against the Islamic State”, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sheds light on the UK’s response to the migrant crisis and the methods being mooted by the EU to halt it.

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A Year On From The Caliphate: The UK’s Fight Against The Islamic State

One year on since the Islamic State (IS) announced a so-called caliphate across swathes of Iraq and Syria, a 60-nation anti-IS coalition meets for a second time in Paris on Tuesday, against the backdrop of recent territorial gains and new reports of atrocities by the group.

On the eve of the conference, VICE News spoke to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss the country’s contribution to the coalition and the progress in the fight against IS.

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