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Brexit threatens jobs across UK, Egyptian 3-year-old boy sentenced to life in jail

Brexit threatens jobs across UK, Egyptian 3-year-old boy sentenced to life in jail

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    Feb 24, 2016   Author : admin

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Brexit would result in huge job loss across the United Kingdom and would also threaten the country’s economy, according to the BBC citing leaders of some of the nation’s biggest companies.

Some Britain’s largest companies, including Vodafone, BT, Marks & Spencer and many others, signed a letter and sent it to the Times, in which they warned that leaving the European Union would deter investment in Britain.

A referendum to leave the EU will take place on June 23, 2016. On Tuesday, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, answered questions from employees of mobile phone giant O2. O2 is one of the companies that signed the letter. Cameron is currently touring across the U.K. to spread his pro-EU message to voters. 

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the most famous Britain’s politician to support Brexit, recently spoke to pro-Brexit voters, urging them to focus on various issues, and didn’t give much importance to his ongoing rivalry with Cameron, saying that “team spirit” within the party was good.

Bosses of as many as 36 FTSE 100 companies signed the letter and sent it to the Times. The organizer of the move is Stronger in Europe and Downing Street. Such companies as Burberry, BAE Systems and EasyJet were among those who urge people to vote in favor for Britain to stay in the EU.

It must be noted that nearly two-thirds of Britain’s largest publicly listed businesses, including Barclays and RBS, didn’t support the move. Cameron addressed the issue of many large companies refusing to campaign against Brexit, saying that companies are often reluctant to “make any form of political statement.”

In other news, a 3-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in jail for a crime he, as a military court claims, committed when he was 16 months old during January 2014 protests in Egypt.

The military court of Egypt last week found the 3-year-old boy named Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara, as well as 115 other participants of the protests, guilty in the death of three people and in sabotaging public and private property.

The protests in January were organized by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, and according to a statement issued by the Egyptian military, protesters were responsible for clashes in the southern province of Fayyoum. 

At the time of January 2014 protests, Ahmed was only 16 months old, and when the military court sentenced him to life in prison last week, Ahmed was just 3 years old. 

Images: Bloomberg, Stefan Rousseau/PA, PA, Amr Nabil/AP, AFP | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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