Thursday's briefing: May sliding towards a difficult exit | News from the world

16-05-2019 05:05

Top story: the union urges Labor to abandon the talks

Hello – Warren Murray with a sample of the main stories of the day.

Theresa May is ready for a tense meeting this morning with the Presidents of the Conservative Backbenchers Committee, as the table is ready for its possible final attempt to pass a bill of withdrawal by Parliament. N ° 10 said that the key element of the Brexit legislation would be voted in the week of June 3, and that it is perceived as a decisive moment for the post of prime minister of May. The 1922 Committee will ask May today to set a timetable for her resignation, whether or not the bill is passed.

May's spokesperson suggested that if the bill were not passed, the Commons would be faced with the choice of not negotiating or revoking Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman said: "There is no agreement and the government must take additional measures." TSSA union leader Manuel Cortes said the Brexit party negotiations were jeopardizing prospects for the European Labor elections. extract. "I fear we are paying a heavy price for the discussions the government has used as a fig leaf for their failures in Brexit."

A YouGov poll found that more than half of Europeans think the EU is in danger of collapsing over the next 20 years. Angela Merkel announced that Europe should reposition itself to face the challenges posed by its three major world rivals: China, Russia and the United States. "The old certainties of the post-war order are no longer valid."

"Securing American networks" – Huawei and the Chinese government attacked Donald Trump after he declared a national emergency banning the technology to "foreign opponents" when it posed a risk to the security of the United States. The Commerce Department said it was adding Huawei and 70 subsidiaries to its "list of entities", banning the company from acquiring components and technologies from US companies without the Government approval. US authorities have previously branded Huawei as a threat and have lobbied their allies, including the United Kingdom, to not use its equipment in next-generation 5G telecommunication networks. A leak on the file from the British National Security Council led to the dismissal of Gavin Williamson as Secretary of Defense. Ajit Pai, president of the FCC, the US telecommunications regulatory body, said: "Given the threats posed by the equipment and services of some foreign companies, this is a significant step forward in securing the networks American. "

Reality TV on notice – After the dismemberment of the Jeremy Kyle Show by ITV, MPs opened an investigation into the death of a guest who had just joined the program, as well as the suicides of two former candidates for the show, Love Island. Damian Collins, MP, Chair of the Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said, "Programs like The Jeremy Kyle Show may put potentially vulnerable people on the public stage at a time of their own. life where they could not foresee the consequences … for themselves or for their families. MEPs will consider stricter rules regarding the treatment of candidates, how they will be supported during and after their appearance, and whether certain programs are "unfairly pushing participants and encouraging more extreme measures. behavior".

The next manifesto of the work – Momentum, the Labor Party's popular Corbynite faction, urges the party to adopt "radical and transformational" promises in its manifesto for the upcoming elections, including a new green deal and a four-day week. In an exchange with Tom Watson, Momentum spokeswoman Becky Boumelha accused the party's deputy leader and his social-democratic group, Future Britain, of "wanting to dilute and block the movement's most transformative policies." The union's Brexit policy over the last six months has been heavily influenced by the wording of the party's conference motion, which called for a customs union and a second referendum. The policies of this year's conference should be part of the next general election manifesto that is expected to take place over the next 12 months. After yesterday announcing the renationalization of the UK energy network, the Labor Party promised last night to install solar panels on 1.2 million homes as part of a "green industrial revolution".

Black slate wiped – Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for Conrad Black, a Canadian-born British citizen and former newspaper magnate. Trump quoted "Black's tremendous contributions to the business world", the books he wrote about former presidents, and his exceptional character, as claimed by Rush Limbaugh and Elton John. Trump did not mention Black's book, published in 2018, which praises the outgoing president of the United States. Previously, Black ran an international newspaper empire including the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph, and the Jerusalem Post. As Lord Black of Crossharbour, he was convicted in 2007 of siphoning millions of people through the sale of Hollinger Inc.'s newspapers. Two of his convictions were later quashed and his sentence shortened. Black was released from a Florida prison in May 2012 and deported from the United States.

From the ground – A German company claims to have unveiled the future of daily commutes: an electric "flying taxi" that you might someday take as an Uber. In a promotional video, the Lilium Jet only flew a few meters from the tarmac. The briefing will let you decide if the idea has wings.

Podcast Today in Focus: Facing the European Far Right

With European elections starting on May 23, Jennifer Rankin, Shaun Walker and Angélique Chrisafis join Anushka Asthana to assess the rise of anti-immigration and populist parties. More: Simon Hattenstone on what an accidental recording of voicemail revealed on G4S private ambulance service.

Noon reading: Who killed the Swedish Prime Minister?

Three decades ago, Olof Palme was murdered in Stockholm's busiest street. On the last night of February 1986, Palme and his wife, Lisbet, were walking home from the movies when a tall man, clad in a dark cloak, approached him. them and shot at the Swedish Prime Minister in the back, and then escaped.

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

The site of the assassination of Olof Palme in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Characteristics of Sipa Press / Rex

In the past three decades, chief investigators have failed one after the other, but the official investigation remains open. In 1988, Christer Pettersson, a troubled man who had previously served manslaughter, was arrested and sentenced, but released after a successful appeal. The persistent mystery has given rise to foolish conspiracy theories and more than 130 people have falsely confessed. In February, the police confirmed that she was questioning new subjects and testing new material evidence for the first time in many years. Are they about to close the case finally?


Frank Lampard had the last word in an endless battle between Derby manager and Leeds United counterpart Marcelo Bielsa after the Rams signed up for a Wembley final in a thriller. The former England and Chelsea player secured a spot in the play-off final against Aston Villa, but denied that "Spygate" played a role in his team's motivation.

One of the favorites, Tom Dumoulin, winner of the race at the Giro D'Italia, retired in the fifth stage, succumbing to injuries suffered during a fall in the pack the day before. Primoz Roglic took the lead again.

The English Cricket Commission faces an additional reaction following its promotion of the new The Hundred cricket format after promotional material meant to portray fans turned out to be a stock photograph. The Australian Nick Kyrgios has launched a formidable tirade against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic before the Open de France, describing the Spaniard as "super salty" loser and the "insolent" Serb for his "clumsy obsession to want to be loved".


Union leader Jeremy Corbyn will today announce a policy to renationalize the electricity grid to fight climate change and poverty. The opposition said its plans would end the consumer's energy scam. Asian stock markets plummeted after Donald Trump declared a national Huawei emergency, with the FTSE100 poised to follow with a modest drop this morning. The pound is $ 1.285 and is currently $ 1.146.

The papers

Jeremy Kyle News has published several articles on the front page, reporting his comments in light of the death of a man who was on his show. the Sun says, "Kyle: I'm completely devastated," the Mirror "Jeremy Kyle: I'm sorry" and the I reports: "Reality shows need to be investigated because Kyle is canceled."

Guardian cover page, Thursday 16 May 2019

Guardian cover, Thursday, May 16, 2019.

In other news, hopes of cancer treatment excite Mail: "The new dawn in the war on cancer" and the Express: "New drugs to defeat cancer in ten years". The Guardian reports, "Probation will be renationalized after the disastrous Grayling reforms."

the Telegraph says: "The Conservatives plot to overthrow May in a month," Time a "Britain and the United States are angry at the threat of Iran", and the FT reports: "Trump postpones for six months the confrontation between EU car tariffs and from Japan".

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