Bitesize Blighty: February 9, 2018
- Earlier this week, the UK celebrated 100 years on from some women getting the vote in the UK. The First World War provided the first opportunity for women to take on traditional male jobs so it isn't surprising that in 1918 women over 30 were given the same political rights as men. But this change was not just a result of war - women had been campaigning for decades to be given the right to vote. Votes for women was part of a gradual improvement in women's rights that had been going on throughout the 19th century.
- Today we learned from EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that a transition period immediately after Brexit in 2019 is "not a given." He outlined continuing disagreements between the UK and EU over issues like freedom of movement during the period. He also said the UK's decision to leave the EU single market and customs union meant border checks at the Irish border were "unavoidable."
- Channel Tunnel train operator, Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes. This new service will give our Immy a new fast form of transportation home!