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Friday 7 December 2018

Good Friday Morning.

Friday 7 December 2018 |  112 days until Brexit

Briefing By Sam Haut


Three Points You Need To Know As You Wake Up



 LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: British Prime Minister Theresa May switches on the Christmas tree lights outside Number 10 Downing Street with three school children on December 06, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Theresa May could face a large rebellion on the vote next Tuesday

House approves spending bill to avert US government shut down

Currently awaiting confirmation with the US Senate, a bill to provide stopgap funding for the US government through 21 December has been approved by the House. By approving the bill, several key federal agencies are able to stay open, like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. The bill also contains $1.6 billion in funding for border security, something that president Trump has been asking for, but falls short of the $5 billion Trump wants. 

Justin Trudeau denies political motivation in Huawei arrest

Following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the founder’s daughter, at Vancouver airport on Saturday on an extradition request from the US, Canadian PM Trudeau has said he was aware of the arrest but that his country played no part. US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that he had “enormous concerns” over Chinese firms’ business practices and their possible operations as “arms” of the government, but declined to comment on the arrest.

Delay Brexit vote to avoid ‘heavy’ defeat, PM urged

With just two more days of debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal left, the PM has been told to reject the current deal, as there are about 90 Conservatives expected to rebel at Tuesdays vote. If rejected, there are predictions that the deal will be “heavily” rejected. The DUP’s Ian Paisley has said “nothing so concentrates the mind like a hanging”, warning, “the gallows are being built”.


Politics On Today’s Front Pages…

               Brexit live: David Davis and Theresa May         

The Metro Theresa May told she could be finished if she continues with Brexit deal

Daily Express – May refuses to pull Brexit vote as rivals swoop- ‘Too awful to contemplate’

The Daily Telegraph – New satellite images reveal North Korea is expanding key missile base

i – Boris Johnson attacks plans to give MPs veto over Brexit backstop

The Independent – Trump appointee told official told not to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville riots, emails show

The Guardian – UK accused of watering down citizens’ rights pledge in no-deal plan

The Daily Mirror – Theresa May confirms plan to win over MPs by offering a veto on Irish backstop

The Times – Release of legal advice widens Tory splits


What To Watch Today

During day three of the Brexit debate, the economy is the dominate topic of conversation, this comes on the heels of a report by the Treasury and Bank of England suggesting the UK will be worse off under any form of Brexit.


And In Other News…

A software glitch in the O2’s data network brought down internet access for tens of millions of smartphone users across Britain starting at around 5:30am and is said to be a problem with a third party supplier

The company blamed a third-party supplier for the glitch, which also affected digital bus timetables and the Santander cycle network


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