With just two days to go until a critical European summit in Brussels, Theresa May addressed the House of Commons on the state of Brexit negotiations on Monday. The main focus was the question of the Irish Border after talks between Michael Barnier and Dominic Raab broke down. Matthew explains.
“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) objective is to provide a stable safety net for citizens to find accessible ways into work, and to also compensate for those that are struggling to attain a basic standard of living.” In light of recent comments on Universal Credit, Joe Monk explains what it is and the criticisms levelled against it.
“Following years of economic struggle, Argentina currently faces one of its greatest challenges yet: a plummeting economy and dwindling confidence within it. As the Argentine peso remains weak, having lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar in late August, the country must quickly find a solution to prevent further harm to its economy.” Sophia explains the economic crisis in Argentina.
Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, some within political circles and the public are calling for a ‘People’s Vote’. This is essentially a second referendum, although it is not being cast in these terms. Joseph Monk explains.
Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday following the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who alleged the nominee had sexually assaulted her at a party. Whilst it seemed the confirmation would go ahead despite what many saw as a credible testimony by Ford, this was plunged into doubt after Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation. Matthew explains the twists and turns of this hearing.
The 73rd session of the General Assembly opened on the 18th September, and the first day of high level debate started on the 25th. This year’s theme is ‘Making the UN relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies’. Imogen explains the purpose of the General Debate and analyses events from the first day.
“The 2018 Annual Labour Conference made waves across Britain’s political landscape this week, with Brexit taking centre stage. Delegates for Labour’s annual conference gathered in Liverpool, which revealed Labour’s stance on Brexit along with new radical policies proposed by senior members.”
In an unprecedented move, the European Parliament has triggered Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty amidst fears that Hungary presents a threat to the core values of the EU. Imogen explores the issue here.
Following the MP expenses scandal David Cameron pledged to reduce the cost of politics by decreasing the number of seats in parliament. That was in 2010. On the 10th September 2018, the Boundary Commission Report was released. George explores its recommendations and their implications.
On September 5, The New York Times took the rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed essay, the author being described as a “senior official in the Trump administration.” It was titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” Sophia discusses the significance of this unprecedented move by the New York Times and the potential implications.
“The shadow chancellor addressed the 150th Trade Union Congress and said that a Labour government would give these workers the same employment rights as those in full employment.” Ethan Moxam explores John McDonnell’s speech to the TUC.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 and it has successfully prosecuted a number of cases. However, the legitimacy of the court is not universally accepted. Sam Jacobsen explores what this means for the US, who are refusing to cooperate with the court’s investigation.
“On 30 August, Frank Field resigned the Labour whip, primarily citing the widespread anti-Semitism within the party as his reason for resigning. However, it is believed that a no confidence vote in him by his local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was also an important factor in his decision to resign, giving rise to the question – what is a CLP vote of no confidence?”
“Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a number of new Labour policies designed to reform the landscape of the British media. The first scheme being a new tax that could be levied on tech giants such as Google, Netflix, Facebook and Amazon. “ Ethan Moxam explains.
“The lira has plummeted, losing up to 60% of its value against the dollar. This is a huge problem for Turkey as it has to produce more of the devastatingly devalued lira for each dollar paid back, while the dollar is continuing to rise. This is a game of catch up Turkey is never going to win.” George explains the currency crisis in Turkey.
“With this pattern having occurred on several occasions, many predict Democrats are poised for big wins in November. In order to capture control of the house, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats, and a net gain of two seats in the Senate to have a majority.” Sophia explains the significance of US midterm elections.
‘As Trump nears the end of his second year in office, qualms about the legitimacy of the election have yet to be put to bed. The latest in the proceedings concerning Trump is the case against Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer, who has just pleaded guilty to violating finance laws in the 2016 election.’
Years of political instability in the Middle East’s poorest country culminated in the outbreak of civil war in 2015 and has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Why do the struggles in Yemen continue to rage on, and is the UK complicit in the situation?
‘Evidently, the notion of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit is a source of vitriolic debate within the UK; it is alarming to some, but supported by others.’ Lyell explores the meaning of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit.