‘Prof Philip Alston, an expert in human rights law and rapporteur on extreme poverty, visited locations across the UK to assess levels of poverty and the effect that austerity still has on the lives of the average Brit.’ Imogen analyses the UN’s findings.
“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.”
“He has been open in his account for leaving, declaring that he couldn’t support Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and was quoted as saying it is essentially a choice “between vassalage and chaos.” Joe Monk analyses Jo Johnson’s resignation.
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.
Lega and Five-Star are standing at a combined approval rating of 60%. Both Salvini and Maio have wanted to shun the Euro but have not been able to muster their true opinions into policy. The fact that the EU has rejected this new fiscally-loose budget, that would have given more funding to services like the government-run job centres, will potentially turn more Italians against the EU.
“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.
‘The US Midterm elections fall on November 6 and could be highly significant for the future of the Trump administration. The Republican Party would be hoping to maintain their majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; however, recent tumultuous events in the US have put this election on a knife edge.’ Lyell analyses the possible impact of recent events on the midterms.
“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.
“Trident came into the UK’s possession in the early 1980’s as a replacement for the Polaris missile system; it consists of submarines, missiles and warheads. The logic behind this is to deter a nuclear attack on the UK due to the threat of mutually assured destruction.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go Head to Head.
“Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Philip Hammond repeated this slogan twice at the end of his budget speech today. His aim was to hammer home that there is still a big difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘tax-and-spend’ Labour, and the governing Conservative Party.” Sam Jacobsen analyses Phillip Hammond’s budget.
“Following the EU referendum in 2016, in which Scotland voted to Remain, SNP leader Nichola Sturgeon stated that a second independence referendum was “highly likely”. More recently, the party revealed they could support a second referendum on Brexit providing it was tied to another vote on Scottish independence.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go head to head.
“The premiership of Margaret Thatcher was as ground-breaking as it was controversial. Thatcher’s premiership oversaw the most transformative period in British society since the Second World War. She was elected in a time of great uncertainty during the Winter of Discontent.”
“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.
‘The speaker, who represents the Buckingham Constituency, has been well regarded as a reformer, seeking to bring the Houses of Parliament into the modern era by ensuring that odd conventions that have precipitated since the 1800’s do not have as much relevance in today’s proceedings.’ Joe Monk analyses Bercow’s time as speaker.
‘Faltering talks with Brussels and concerns over the final outcome have given impetus to calls for a People’s Vote; a final say on the terms of the the Brexit deal, including a no deal. On Saturday, supporters will attend a ‘March for the Future’ in London to push for a second referendum. So, what are the arguments for and against a ‘People’s Vote’ and which side are you on?’ Ethan Moxam and George Royce go head to head.
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.
“Throughout her speech, Sturgeon attacked what she called an unstable government at Westminster, contrasting the “shambolic, chaotic and utterly incompetent” handling of the Brexit negotiations with the ‘sturdy’ and ‘functioning’ SNP at Holyrood.” Christy analyses the SNP’s party conference.