Today’s political headlines covers May’s extension, Trump Jr’s opinions and BBC blamed for cost of EastEnders’ set revamp.
May to ask for short article 50 extension
The Guardian report on the possible extension Theresa May will request that is likely to delay Brexit by three months. This comes after it is rumoured that pro-Leave Cabinet members spoke against a previous agreed longer extension and threatened May’s position as PM. Last week the PM warned MPs that if they did not vote for her deal then they may face a long extension to article 50. May will not have to request the approval of all 27 member states to have the extension granted.
Trump Jr speaks on Brexit
The Telegraph have a column written by Donald Trump Jr, in the column he says that democracy is all but dead in the UK due to the Brexit deadlock and the will of the British people is likely to be ignored. The President’s son also criticises Theresa May for not taking his father’s advice on negotiating with the EU.
BBC blamed for cost of EastEnders set revamp
City A.M. report on the Public Account’s Committee’s report into the cost of the revamped EastEnders set. Due to poor management of the project the set was always going to be over-budget is one of the claims in the report. The project is expected to cost £87m, £27m over-budget and will be completed almost five years late. The project is expected to be a significant extra cost to licence fees payers.
The Independent Group could stand as candidate in the European elections
The Sun reports that the newly formed Independent Group has contacted the Election Commission to see if it can register as a political party in time to stand in the European election taking place in May. Ex-Labour Shadow Minister Chris Leslie said ‘it wouldn’t be right if people only had a choice between Corbynism and Theresa May’s Tories’. The Election Commission has confirmed it would still be possible to register in time, however, it said it could be ‘tight’.
70 MPs join campaign to end period poverty
The Mirror report on a campaign supported by 70 MPs that is calling on the Chancellor to end period poverty and go beyond his pledge to provide free sanitary products to children. The letter to the Philip Hammond was written by Janet Daby and co-signed by 70 other MPs including Shadow Women and Equalities Minister.
Major brands enlisted to spot extremism in workers
The Financial Times have a story that says major brands such as McDonald’s, Tesco and River Island are being included on a training programme by counter-terrorism police to spot the signs of violent extremism in workers. This focus is an attempt to address a blind-spot in the private sector, critics of this strategy have suggested that workers could be targeted due to their religious beliefs.
Loan provider banned from using Brexit food stockpiling ad
The BBC reports that financial services company Cash On Go, trading under the name Peachy.co.uk, has been banned from using an advert in which encourages people to take out a loan so they can stockpile food ahead of Brexit. The ad said that Brexit ‘could affect the amount of food available’ and that ‘it’s a good idea to have a little stockpile ready’. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the ad could not be used in its current form.
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