Bitesized Blighty: March 17, 2017
- Former Chancellor George Osborne has been announced as the new editor of London’s Evening Standard. Osborne is still an acting member of parliament and his appointment has been met by surprise and condemnation alike. Much has been said of the former chancellor’s opportunistic post-office career including, among other lucrative jobs, Osborne’s contract with BlackRock that earns him £650,000 a year for one day’s work a week. It has emerged that Osborne originally hoped to pursue a career in journalism, but in 1993, he failed to secure a place on the Times’ trainee scheme, and instead settled for freelance role at the Daily Telegraph’s Peterborough diary column, before embarking on his political career.
- On Tuesday, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to seek another referendum on Scottish independence, this announcement was subsequently met by a strong rebuttal by Prime Minister Theresa May who has stated that ‘now is not the time’. Sturgeon has proposed a date between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, but it is believed that May will not allow another referendum before Brexit.
- Yesterday, the Queen gave her royal assent to the Brexit bill. Theresa May is now able to formally trigger Article 50 and notify Brussels that the UK is leaving the EU, this notification is expected to be followed by two years of exit negotiations. Brexit secretary David Davis has confirmed that article 50 will be invoked by the end of this month. It has been announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be travelling to Paris this weekend; the timing of this trip is of huge diplomatic significance and many are hopeful that royal couple can utilise their star power to soften post-Brexit relations.