Donald Trump set to meet the Queen on state visit.

The Queen is reportedly set to invite Donald Trump to Windsor Castle on an official state visit to the UK.

According to several newspapers, senior government officials are said to be drawing up plans for the visit as early as next year, as they ponder how to cement the “special relationship”.

The President-elect reportedly told Prime Minister Theresa May during a phone call last week that his late Scottish mother was a “big fan” of the Queen, according to the Sunday Times.

Mrs May could use the state visit to curry his favour, the newspaper added.

The move would also allow Mrs May to swat away claims that UKIP acting leader Nigel Farage has closer links to the tycoon, which have been dismissed by Downing Street.

A spokeswoman for No 10 said: “No visit has been organised but the Prime Minister is looking forward to welcoming the president-elect to the UK when he chooses to visit.”

Mrs May has been invited to visit Mr Trump at the earliest possible opportunity and she is expected to travel to the US after he is inaugurated on 20 January.

But a state visit by Mr Trump to the UK would allow her to roll out the red carpet and offer a meeting with the Queen.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “State visits and other meetings with overseas heads of state are organised on the advice of the Government.”

The reports came as Mrs May faced fresh calls to deliver what will be seen as a “hard Brexit” from a group of 60 Conservative MPs including prominent former cabinet ministers.

Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith, John Whittingdale and Theresa Villiers urged the PM to pull Britain out of the European single market and the customs union.

They claimed getting out of the single market free trade zone was crucial for the UK to become free of Brussels regulations.

Eleven Labour, DUP and UKIP MPs also reportedly backed the call.

A Government spokeswoman insisted there were “no binary choices” in the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and that the Government would pursue a bespoke deal rather than an “off the shelf” solution.

She added: “That’s why the Government is painstakingly analysing the challenges and opportunities for all the different sectors of our economy.

“The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants UK companies to have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate in the single market – and to let European businesses do the same here.”

UK PM To Offer Scotland, Wales, North Ireland Talks With Brexit Minister

Representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments will get a chance to tell Brexit minister David Davis how they hope Britain’s future relationship with the EU will work, under plans the government announced on Monday.

At a meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May will offer the leaders of the three devolved governments, which have varying degrees of autonomy, formal discussions on Brexit at least twice before the end of the year, her office said.

“The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work,” May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.

“The new forum I am offering will be the chance for them all to put forward their proposals on how to seize the opportunities presented by Brexit and deliver the democratic decision expressed by the people of the U.K.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, has said her government is preparing for all possibilities including independence after Britain leaves the EU.

Scots voted by a large margin to remain in the bloc and Sturgeon has said Scotland wants to keep as many of the advantages of membership of the EU’s single market as it can and is looking for a bespoke deal to do so.

The British government has said it will negotiate a one-size-fits-all Brexit deal on behalf of the whole United Kingdom.

May, who has dismissed labels such as “hard Brexit” and “soft Brexit” for describing how clean a break Britain makes with the EU, will also tell the devolved leaders no final decisions have been taken on the EU exit strategy, and that how Britain leaves the bloc will not boil down to a binary choice.

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Meet The 20 yr Old Who Defeated An Incumbent In The UK General Elections

Mhairi Black, A 20 yr old young student represented the Scottish National Party,

Miss Black has set a rare record by winning in the general elections to become a Member of Parliament. First she is female and then she is the youngest candidate in the UK in over three hundred years to win an election,

She beat the incumbent by over six thousand votes.

Scotland’s Independence Vote: World’s Salient Lesson by Vincent Anani


In two days from now specifically on the 18th of September, 2014 the existence of the United Kingdom will be threatened, it’s stability will be shaken to its very core as Scotland votes for Independence to bring an end to a relationship of staggering 307 years when the Union was formed in 1707 at the Treaty of York.

Modern Scottish Parliament sat for the first time in 1999. The Independence campaign has been long in the offing and in recent months, it gained momentum as the Scottish Parliament proposed a referendum to part ways with UK and makes Scotland an Independent nation. A ‘Yes’ vote will mean Scotland becomes an Independent country while for a ‘No’ vote, it remains part of Great Britain.

Recent polls have indicated a too-close to call vote with the results showing only very marginal split between the Better-Together supporters and We-Alone supporters; the vote can still go both ways.

Whichever way the vote swings by the 18th of September, there is salient lesson for Africa and the rest of the civilized world from the way and manner the campaign for Scotland’s Independence have been handled so far.

The world has advanced, nations have moved on and the most salient and thoughtful lesson in this Scotland’s Independence is the fact that Independence should not come by guns, wars and shedding of blood. It should come peacefully with simple understanding between the individual parties involved in the most civilized way possible. No killings, no genocide, no hate message propaganda, only the true will of the people should be peaceful obeyed.

A striking point to note is the way in which both sides have pursued its campaign- purely issued-based appealing to both reason and emotion of the people. Highlighting the advantages or disadvantages of self-governance, what they stand to gain or lose if they stay together or go their separate ways.

I watched Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech yesterday evening and I was moved beyond words, no threats, and simple coercion, clarification what is at stake going it alone and what Scotland stands to gain remaining part of the Union.

South Sudan’s Independence came at the cost of lives untold, years of bloodshed and war whose impact still haunt the country till today even after the much-desired independence. Closer to home, bits and pieces of the Biafran war still haunt our country till date albeit not so noticeable. Eastern Ukraine has not known peace for months because a region wants Independence.

Not that every region or part of a nation should wake up every now and then to demand for independence and self governance but when it arises, it should be dealt with simple understanding and common sense and in the most civilized way possible not with selfishness or the use of force.

For every desire of Independence, there are issues raised and for peaceful agreement and co-existence, these issues must be addressed the in the best way possible so no party feels slighted or cheated.

It is a very simple and salient lesson to the rest of the world, to all those that still live in the Stone Age and believes that everything is gotten by the use of force, the world has moved on. Territories are no longer taken through war; we now live in a modern world.

The United Kingdom is a truly a civilized nation and an example of which the rest of the world can emulate.

Vincent Anani (

Views expressed are solely the author’s