“The United States and China have reached a temporary trade truce following months of escalating tensions over increased tariffs. In a meeting on Saturday, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day extension on the imposition of US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.”
“In the official statement the President says that the United States will maintain its alliance with Saudi Arabia, saying it would be “foolish” to punish the crown prince - Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) – who has reportedly “vigorously” denied any knowledge or involvement in the killing of Mr Khashoggi.”
“Nearly two weeks after the US Midterm Elections, the Florida recount has come to an end. While the results of most states were announced soon after Election Day, a recount was triggered in Florida after Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 0.5 percent.” Sophia explains the recount in Florida.
“Currently Tory MPs are putting in their letters of no confidence and others are seriously contemplating doing so too.” George explains the events which followed the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday
“In recent weeks Donald Trump has drawn much attention to the South American migrant caravan, currently passing through south Mexico, slowly making its way to the U.S. border. On his final few rallies before Tuesday’s midterm election, Trump warned of a migrant caravan invasion, consisting solely of “Democrat-sponsored migrants” bringing crime.”
A report in The Times on Sunday alleged that Theresa May had negotiated a ‘secret deal’ with the EU which will allow Britain to stay in the customs union but the PM dismissed the report as ‘speculation’. A further debate emerged surrounding legal advice on the Irish backstop, leading to a crucial cabinet meeting being delayed. Sam explains the week in Brexit negotiations.
“Although there are still some seats yet to declare, the Democrats have already won a majority of seats in the House. The first signs that everything was going to plan for them came early last night when the Republican held seats of the Virginia 10th and Florida 27th districts fell to the Democrats.” Matthew explains how the Democrats retook the House of Representatives after eight years.
“In the last week, the National Crime Agency declared that it was to begin conducting an investigation into Banks and his involvement with the Leave.EU campaign. Allegations posit that Banks was not the credible source of loans made to the campaign, thus suggesting illegal breaches were made.” Joe Monk explores the investigation of Arron Banks.
“Theresa May’s Chief Brexit Advisor Oliver Robbins has been accused by Tory MPs of monopolising the Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiations and conspiring against Brexiteers in order to achieve a ‘soft-Brexit’ outcome for the United Kingdom and the E.U.” Sam Rhydderch explains.
“Maduro says that the country is victim of “economic war”’ waged by opposition businesses, however it is because of the corrupt, socialist regime that the country is facing this crisis to begin with” - Sophia explains the economic crisis in Venezuela
“Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since the 2nd of October. The disappearance of the Saudi Journalist has caused uproar across the globe as allegations of kidnapping and murder have been hurled at Saudi authorities.” Imogen explains the disappearance of the missing Saudi Journalist.
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.