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News | Published October 20 2019

Weekly Review: Oct 14 - Oct 20

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister for Scotland, has announced plans to see government consent for a new independence vote before the new year.

Boris Johnson has set out his “ambitious” new policies and outlined his Brexit strategy in the Queen’s speech on Monday.

Plans to require people to bring a form of photographic identification in order to vote have been called discriminatory by Jeremy Corbyn.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that there are “many issues” still to be resolved before a new Brexit deal can be agreed.

Boris Johnson has announced that he has reached an agreement with the EU over a new deal.

The SNP will call for a three-month extension to the Article 50 deadline in Saturday’s historic sitting in the House of Commons, paving the way for an early general election.

Members of the Stormont assembly are to sit for the first time in almost three years, after 31 members signed a petition for recall in a bid to allow for scrutiny of a proposed change to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

Education

International economics think tank OECD has announced that children’s future career aspirations are limited by the age of seven according to their recent study.

According to figures published in the Guardian, only 1.5 per cent of pupils with behavioural issues attained passes in English and maths at GCSE this year.

Economy

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced that his first Budget will take place on November 6.

The UK jobs market has showed signs of slowing after the rate of unemployment suddenly went up in the June to August period.

The International Monetary Fund has announced that the global economy has grown at its slowest pace since the financial crisis.

The upward momentum of the pound, triggered by Thursday’s news of a Brexit agreement between the UK and EU, has halted amid growing concerns that the DUP could prevent the deal from gaining parliamentary approval.

Many products originating from the EU will now be more expensive for buyers in the US after Washington DC imposed tariffs equalling £6.1 billion just after midnight EST on October 17.

Focus

Writing for The Parliamentary Review, Lord Inglewood, former MEP for Cumbria and Lancashire North and latterly North West England, discusses heritage and the issues faced by those trying to balance sustainability with economic pressure

Environment

Cross-party think tank Policy Connect has said that current central heating systems may prevent the UK from meeting its 2050 climate change targets in a new report.

Boris Johnson is to chair a committee to focus on reducing government emissions.

Transport

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government is weighing up taking the Northern Rail franchise into public ownership.





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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
October 20 2019

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