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.
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.)
Their exchange is usually along these lines:
Whip: “Are you feeling any better about the deal on Tuesday? Have we got your support?”
Lawmaker: “In a word.”
to ensure’s where we are. With four days to go until Parliament votes on the government’s plan to leave the E.U., Prime Minister Theresa May in addition to her increasingly desperate team are scrambling to persuade hard-line Brexiteers that will her compromise is usually the best they’re going to get. This specific means they must let go of whatever vision they had of an ideal outcome, a process one of her allies has described as “shooting the unicorns.”
This specific is usually a familiar challenge in negotiations. Game theorists like to use the example of the conquistador Hernán Cortés, who in 1519 attacked the coast of Mexico which has a tiny force. To ensure that will Spanish troops might not retreat inside the face of a large Aztec counterattack, Cortés ordered them to burn their ships, leaving them no alternative to victory in battle.
“She should say, ‘Dear Brexiteers, your ships are burning, they are gone,’” Marcus Schreiber, an economist who uses game theory to advise executives on negotiations, said of Mrs. May.
More than 100 Conservative lawmakers have said they will vote against her deal on Tuesday, nevertheless Downing Street is usually betting that will many will get on board rather than propel the country toward a “no deal” exit. Various news reports indicated that will her party allies had tried nevertheless failed to persuade her to delay the vote.
If Mrs. May’s proposal loses narrowly, a tweaked variation of the deal might pass. If This specific loses by more than 100 votes, her days as prime minister could be numbered.
Meanwhile, the grievances about Britain’s two-tiered economy that will inspired the Brexit movement inside the first place remain unaddressed.
Our reporter Ben Mueller traveled to Sunderland, a deprived northern city that will served as a bellwether on referendum day, voting 61 percent to 39 percent to leave the E.U. He found many voters in a sour mood, frustrated that will Mrs. May’s deal might not deliver the windfall that will northerners were promised during the campaign.
“The City of London’s protected at all costs,” said one man, bitterly, “nevertheless that will’s no Great for us on the outposts of England.”
See you on Monday. — Ellen
The undocumented immigrants serving Trump
President Trump, who has made border security in addition to the fight to protect American jobs a cornerstone of his presidency, includes a history of relying on immigrants at his golf in addition to hotel properties. right now two women who worked for years at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., tell The fresh York Times that will the club’s staff has included quite a few undocumented workers.
One of the women, Victorina Morales of Guatemala, said she was hurt by Mr. Trump’s public comments about immigrants since he became president.
“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that will we are here helping him make money,” said Ms. Morales, whose duties include producing the president’s bed in addition to cleaning his toilet.
Here’s what else is usually happening
The Huawei arrest: The detention of a Chinese tech executive in Canada — part of the Trump administration’s efforts to contain China in addition to enforce sanctions on Iran — threatens to worsen a trade war between China in addition to the U.S., the globe’s two largest economies. European in addition to Asian stocks plunged on Thursday.
‘Golden visas’ suspended: As of today, the British government is usually suspending a visa introduced in 2008 to attract foreign nationals willing to invest a minimum of $2.5 million. Those visas will remain suspended until the Home Office introduces tighter restrictions to tackle corruption in addition to organized crime.
Yemen peace talks: The country’s warring sides agreed to exchange at least 5,000 prisoners as peace talks began in Sweden over a conflict that will has killed tens of thousands of civilians in addition to pushed millions to the brink of famine.
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.
You may have read that will the Bank of England is usually looking for a fresh face for its 50-pound note (about $65).
There have been many suggestions: the former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the mathematician Alan Turing in addition to the physicist Stephen Hawking.
One lesser-known name caught our attention: Noor Inayat Khan, who spied for Britain during World War II.
Ms. Khan wasn’t what one might expect of a British spy. She was born a princess to Indian royalty, in addition to she was a musician in addition to a writer. nevertheless she spoke French in addition to had excellent radio skills. She became the first female radio operator sent by Britain into occupied France.
She did the work of six radio operators, moving constantly in addition to dyeing her hair blond to avoid detection. Her work became crucial to the war effort.
Ms. Khan never made This specific home; she was captured in addition to executed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1944. She was 30.
Amie Tsang, who works in our London office, wrote today’s Back Story. Mike Ives helped write today’s briefing.
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