Top Stories: Week Beginning 18th March

May’s Brexit deal rejected – expected third vote

On Tuesday, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament for a second time by 149 votes despite last-ditch changes. A no-deal Brexit was also rejected, while MPs voted on Wednesday in favour of a delay, to extend the Brexit date until June only if a deal is agreed by next week- pressure is now on Brexiteers to find a compromise to avoid a leave date being set for longer in the future. Another vote should be taking place this Thursday if there is enough support from other Tory MPs.

Mosque shooting in New Zealand kills 50

50 people were killed and another 50 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Its Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of the country’s ‘darkest days’, with the gunman under the name Brenton Tarrant live-streaming footage of the attack to Facebook. She promises New Zealand’s gun laws ‘need to change’ and will change’ in the wake of the attack.

Joe Biden appears to announce 2020 candidacy

On Sunday, Joe Biden seemed to announce his candidacy for the 2020 US election. Addressing 1,000 democrats in Delaware, he said his record was the most progressive ‘of anyone running the the US…’ then quickly corrected it to ‘anybody who would run’. He laughed and said ‘I didn’t mean it!’ when met by cheers and heightened speculation. The former Vice President would be entering a race with 15 other Democrats having already declared their bids.

McDonald’s campaign criticised by MP

A McDonald’s Monopoly campaign was accused as being a ‘danger to public health’ by MP Tom Watson. The annual competition gives customers the chance to win prizes including food, but was said to encourage people to order more. The fast food company said ‘customer choice’ was at the heart of its business, as the government considers banning junk food adverts on TV before 9pm to help reduce childhood obesity.