The Weekly Roundup – 29th April 2018

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UK:

On Monday, Downing Street insisted that the UK ‘will not be staying in the customs union or joining a customs union’ after Brexit, despite a vote last week by the House of Lords for the matter to be kept open to discussion by MPs.

Following further from said Lord’s vote, a petition calling for there to be a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords reached over 100,000 signatures this week, meaning MPs will now debate the matter in the Commons.

US President Donald Trump will be visiting the UK on 13 July, it was announced on Thursday.

A Downing Street source said Prime Minister Theresa May will hold bilateral talks with President Trump and that ‘further details will be set out in due course.’

New data released both by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show crime is rising massively on the streets and in prisons.

Our Editor-in-Chief Michael Curzon wrote on these damning statistics here.

US:

Mike Pompeo was confirmed as the new secretary of state by the US Senate on Thursday, making him the second in the position since President Donald Trump took office in late 2016.

The Senate voted 57-42 to confirm the former CIA director as America’s top diplomat.

The President was given some ‘credit‘ on Friday by the South Korean Foreign Minister for his determination to ‘come to grips with [bringing North Korea to the negotiation table] from day one.’

Europe:

Economics Editor Oliver Stanley wrote on Emmanuel Macron’s first year as president of France, commenting that ‘Macron should make market liberalisation one of his foremost objectives.’

Read more on this here.

World:

On Friday, North and South Korea held an historic summit in which the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed on a pledge to work for the ‘complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula’.

Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to cross the DMZ and step foot in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Never-before-seen images emerged from this summit, including the stepping over of both sides of the border by both leaders (hand-in-hand) and later the planting of a tree alongside a monument engraved with the words ‘planting peace and prosperity’.

Many, however, remain skeptical of the chances of success from this summit and point out that two earlier summits, first in 2000 and then in 2007, did not lead the North to halt weapons programmes.

Commenting on the event, President Donald Trump said ‘good things are happening, but only time will tell.’

The Fultum Post contributors have also written on France’s Emmanuel Macron, the prospect of the UK remaining in the customs union after Brexit and the ninth amendment of the US Constitution.

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