Bitesized Blighty: March 31, 2017
- On Wednesday, Theresa May signed the letter that formally began the UK's departure from the European Union. EU guidelines for Brexit have already ruled out starting free trade talks with the UK before "sufficient progress" is made on other issues. Other issues include, the status of three million EU citizens in the UK and a million Britons in the EU.
- European Council President Donald Tusk characterised the forthcoming Brexit talks as "difficult, complex" and possibly "confrontational," which makes it seem that the UK will face a tough divorce from the European Union. From the onset, it seems that the EU side will control the agenda, as Theresa May wanted divorce talks to run in parallel with negotiations about a future trading relationship, but it doesn’t seem like that will be happening.
- Researchers from the universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Bath, believe to have found a lung probe that diagnoses bacterial infections and could prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units. The fibre-optic tube can show within 60 seconds whether a patient needs to be treated with the drugs. The hope is that the Proteus technology could aid in tackling the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
- Premier League Footballer Duncan Watmore pulled three elderly holidaymakers from the water in a "life or death" rescue following a boating accident. The 23-year-old was on a speedboat in Barbados with his girlfriend Sophie and other passengers when their vessel was hit by a catamaran, splitting the boat in two and throwing all on board into the water. Watmore and the captain of the speedboat managed to haul the pensioners from the water and carry them to safety on the catamaran as the boat sank.