Thursday Briefing: may slip towards difficult exit | News from the world

16-05-2019 05:05

Page top: The Union urges Labor to abandon talks

Good morning – Warren Murray with a sampler of the main stories of the day.

Theresa May is ready for a tense meeting this morning with the heads of Tory's backstore committee, as the scene is ready for her potential final attempt to get a bill for withdrawal through parliament. No 10 stated that the key piece of Brexit legislation will be voted in the week beginning June 3, and is seen as a decisive moment for May's first ministership. The 1922 Committee today will put pressure on May to set a timetable for its resignation, regardless of whether the account passes or not.

May's spokesman suggested that if the bill had not passed, the municipalities would have to face the choice of an agreement or to revoke the Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman said: "There is no agreement and we need the government to take further steps forward." The leader of the TSSA union, Manuel Cortes, said that the Brexit negotiations between the parties are damaging Labor's European electoral prospects and should pull out. "I fear we are paying a heavy price at hand for the talks the government has used as a fig leaf for their Brexit shortcomings".

A YouGov poll found that more than half of Europeans think the EU is likely to fall in the next 20 years. In view of the final election of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel said that Europe must reposition itself to face the challenges posed by its three major global competitors: China, Russia and the United States. "The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply."

"Protection of American networks" – Huawei and the Chinese government have hit Donald Trump after declaring a national emergency that outlaws technology from "foreign adversaries" where it poses a security risk to the United States. The commerce department said it added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its "entity list", prohibiting the company from acquiring components and technologies from US companies without government approval. US officials have previously labeled Huawei as a threat and have exerted pressure on its allies, including the United Kingdom, not to use its equipment in next-generation 5G telecommunications networks. An escape on the issue from the British national security council led to the dismissal of Gavin Williamson as defense secretary. Ajit Pai, president of the FCC, said: "Given the threats presented by some equipment and services of some foreign companies, this is a significant step towards the safety of American networks".

Reality TV on notice – After the demolition of ITV's Jeremy Kyle Show, parliamentarians launched an inquiry into the death of a guest who had just been scheduled, as well as the suicides of two former competitors of the channel's Love Island show. Damian Collins, chairman of the digital selection, culture, media and sports committee, said, "Programs like The Jeremy Kyle Show risk putting people who might be vulnerable on a public stage at a time in their lives when they can't to foresee the consequences … for themselves or their families ". Parliamentarians will consider stricter rules on how combatants are treated live, on how they are sustained during and after their appearance, and if certain programs put "unfair psychological pressure on participants and encourage behavior".

The next job poster – Momentum, the Labor-based Labor faction, is urging the party to adopt "radical and transformative commitments" in its manifesto for the upcoming elections, including a new green agreement and a four-day week. In a speech to Tom Watson, Momentum spokeswoman Becky Boumelha accused the deputy party leader and her social-democratic Future Britain group of being "intent on watering down and blocking the most transformative labor policies". The Brexit labor policy over the past six months has been strongly influenced by the formulation of the party conference motion that called for a customs union and held a second referendum in play. The policies of this year's conference are expected to form part of the next poster for the general elections scheduled for the next 12 months. After announcing yesterday that it would re-nationalize the British energy network, Labor last night promised to put solar panels on 1.2m homes as part of a "green industrial revolution".

Clean black slate – Donald Trump signed the pardon for Conrad Black, a British citizen of Canadian descent and former newspaper magnate. Trump cited Black's "tremendous contribution to the business", the books he wrote about former presidents and his outstanding character guaranteed by Rush Limbaugh and Elton John. Trump did not mention Black's 2018 book praising the president-in-office of the United States. Black once ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, the British Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post. Named Lord Black of Crossharbour, he was convicted in 2007 of planning to steal millions from the sale of Hollinger Inc. newspapers. Two of his convictions were later canceled and his sentence shortened. Black was released from a Florida prison in May 2012 and deported from the United States.

From scratch – A German company says it has revealed the future of commuting: an electric "flying taxi" that you could one day take as an Uber. In a promotional video, the Lilium Jet soars only a few meters from the asphalt. The Briefing will let you decide if the idea has wings.

Today in Focus podcast: in front of the extreme right of Europe

With the European elections starting on May 23, Anushka Asthana is joined by Jennifer Rankin, Shaun Walker and Angelique Chrisafis to assess the growing wave of anti-immigration and populist parties. Also: Simon Hattenstone on what an accidental voicemail recording revealed about G4S's private ambulance service.

Lunch time read: who killed the Swedish prime minister?

Three decades ago, Olof Palme was assassinated in the busiest street in Stockholm. The last night of February 1986, Palme and his wife, Lisbet, were returning home from the cinema when a tall man in a dark coat came over his shoulder and shot the Swedish prime minister behind him, then fled.

The site of the murder of Olof Palme in Stockholm, Sweden.

The site of the murder of Olof Palme in Stockholm, Sweden. Photography: Sipa Press / Rex Features

Over the past three decades, a chief investigator after the other failed to resolve the case, and today the official investigation remains open. In 1988, Christer Pettersson, a disturbed man who had already served time for manslaughter, was arrested and convicted, but released after a successful appeal. The continuous mystery has given rise to wild conspiracy theories and more than 130 people have confessed falsely. In February, the police confirmed that they are interviewing new subjects and testing new physical evidence for the first time in many years. Am I about to close the case at the end?


Frank Lampard had the last laugh in an ongoing battle between the Derby manager and his Leeds United counterpart, Marcelo Bielsa, after the Rams booked a Wembley final in an as-behind-behind thriller. The former England and Chelsea international secured a place in the championship play-off final against the Aston Villa, but denied that "Spygate" helped motivate his team.

One of the favorites of the Giro D Italia, the 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin, retired during stage five, succumbing to injuries he sustained during an accident in the group the previous day. Primoz Roglic has recovered command of the race.

The English cricket team is facing further setbacks in promoting the new cricket format, according to which the promotional material supposedly shown by the fans to show the fans turned out to be archive photography. And the Australian Nick Kyrgios has launched a remarkable tirade against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in view of the French Open, defining the Spaniard a "super salty" loser and the Serbian "cringeworthy" for his "obsession sick of wanting to be appreciated. "


Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn will today announce a policy to renationalize the electricity grid to combat climate change and poverty. The opposition claims that its plans will end the "theft" of energy consumers. Asian stock markets fell after Donald Trump announced a national emergency aimed at Huawei, with the FTSE100 giving a tip to follow them with a modest decline this morning. The pound is in $ 1,285 and € 1,146 at the moment.


Several front pages are in the lead with Jeremy Kyle, reporting his comments in light of the death of a man who was in his show. The Sun says: "Kyle: I am completely destroyed", the Mirror has "Jeremy Kyle: I am heartbroken" and the I reports: "Reality TV shows to be investigated while Kyle is canceled".

Front page of the Guardian, Thursday 16 May 2019

Front page of the Guardian, Thursday 16 May 2019.

In other news, hopes of cancer treatment excite the mail: "New dawn in cancer war" and Express: "New drugs to defeat cancer in a decade". The Guardian reports: "The probation will be renationalised after the disastrous Grayling reforms".

The Telegraph says: "Tories plot to overthrow May within a month", the Times "Great Britain and the United States are at the mercy of the Iranian threat", and the FT reports: "Trump shows off the 6-month European and Japanese car showdown."


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