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Bitesized Blighty: May 5, 2017

Emma Townsend,  Immy Ransom

  • Yesterday, Prince Philip announced that he will be retiring from all public duties as of September. Prince Philip has been a constant presence by the Queen's side throughout her 65-year reign. The Queen recently describing him as "my strength and stay".  Shortly after the public announcement, at an engagement at St James's Palace on Thursday, a guest told Philip he was sorry to hear he was standing down to which Prince Philip responded in characteristic style "I can't stand up much longer".
  • A war of words broke out across the channel as Brexit negotiations hit yet another stumbling block. Details of a dinner between Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker (the European Commission President), leaked to a German newspaper, reported that Mr Juncker said Ms May is “deluding herself” on Brexit. To add further strain, the European Commission announced new estimated costs of the UK’s ‘divorce bill’ increasing to £84bn. On Wednesday, May retaliated by accusing EU figures of “deliberately” attempting to swing the 8 June general election and trying to torpedo Brexit negotiations, and stated she was prepared to be a ‘bloody difficult woman’.
  • Today was the last day of campaigning in the final round of the French election, which sees far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to go head to head with centrist/liberal candidate Emmanuel Macron. Polls currently are currently suggesting a landslide victory for Macron, but if there was one thing we learnt in 2016 is was not to trust polls…watch this space

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