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It's been four years since the Brexit vote: everything and nothing has changed | Anand Menon
The promises of a new settlement for the UK have yet to materialise. Coronavirus makes that even more urgent
On this day in 2016, 72% of the UK’s electorate headed to the polls in the EU referendum. Four years on, one can hardly fail to be struck by the subsequent transformation of politics. Yet the consequences in terms of substantive policy have been significantly more limited. Brexit, to date, has changed everything and nothing.
Let’s start with the most obvious point. The UK’s relationship with the EU will be, and indeed has already been, profoundly altered as a result of the referendum. For all the doubts as to whether the result of the referendum would be honoured or not, it has been. Britain’s membership ended on 31 January. And the rupture promises to be far more severe than many observers expected at the time. Continue reading... https://bit.ly/3fQfr9u
Intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi is regarded as being acceptable to both US and Iran
Iraqi lawmakers have approved a new prime minister and government after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over cabinet seats in backroom deals.
The new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s intelligence chief and a former journalist, will head the new government. He will begin his term without a full cabinet, however, after several ministerial candidates were rejected. Continue reading... https://bit.ly/2WDaetH
Investors want to know what kind of economic hit General Motors Co expects from the coronavirus pandemic as it moves forward, whether it needs to raise further cash and when North American vehicle production will resume when it reports first-quarter results on Wednesday. https://reut.rs/2W963Xa
President Nicolas Maduro claims men were among 13 ‘terrorists’ involved in plot to enter country via the coast and oust him
Venezuelan authorities have detained two US citizens allegedly working with a US military veteran who has claimed responsibility for a failed armed incursion into the oil-producing country, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday.
In a state television address, Maduro said authorities arrested 13 “terrorists” on Monday allegedly involved in a plot he said was coordinated with Washington to enter the South American country via the Caribbean coast and oust him. Continue reading... https://bit.ly/2zeUTHm