Brexit Special: Your Friday Briefing

While we’re tracking the approach of the British Parliament’s coming vote on Brexit, we enlisted Ellen Barry, our London-based chief international correspondent, to take over the top of your daily briefing. Let us know what you think.

Great morning.

One indication of just how weird things have gotten for the British government is usually a scene that will appeared on a Thursday evening news broadcast.

This specific involved the prime minister’s chief whip, a much-feared party enforcer who, by long tradition, steers clear of the news media. (One recent occupant of the post kept a live tarantula named Cronus on his desk.)

Migrants lose a lifeline: The medical charity Doctors Without Borders said that will interference by European governments had forced This specific to end rescue operations inside the Mediterranean by its ship Aquarius, which has saved many shipwrecked migrants by drowning.

France’s concession: The government’s cancellation of a fuel tax increase inside the wake of violent protests illustrates how challenging This specific can be for governments to fight global warming by taxing carbon. (More protests are planned for Saturday, in addition to the Eiffel Tower is usually to close amid fears of further violence.)

Ireland’s stance on abortion: Lawmakers inside the Irish parliament’s lower house passed a bill introducing free in addition to legal abortion, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban by 1983.

A scandal in Iceland: A group of politicians who were secretly recorded in a bar using sexist in addition to obscene language are facing a public firestorm in a country that will prides itself on its gender equality.

Drama at the U.N.: In a blow to the U.S., the U.N. General Assembly declined to take the unprecedented step of condemning the Islamic militant group Hamas for violence against Israel.

Oil production: Saudi Arabia is usually poised to push OPEC to cut production by a million barrels a day — roughly 1 percent of the global oil supply — as a way to balance the markets.

Transit milestone: Luxembourg, which has a population of about 560,000, plans by 2020 to become the first country to offer free mass transit for all.