The Week That Was – 24 September 2017

Brexit delayed until 2021

Theresa May has confirmed the UK will seek a two-year transition period after Brexit which will keep us part of the EU until 2021. Putting Brexit on hold for 2 years longer than the original ‘Brexit date’ of 2019.  Mrs May announced her plan at her Florence speech on Friday.

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Theresa May making her keynote address in Florence.

The Prime-Minister stated she wanted the UK and the EU to continue access to each other’s markets during the transitional period “on current terms” and under “the existing structure of EU rules and regulations”.

But what will this mean for Britain? It’s clear, Britain will have to accept full free movement of people during this period of time. This sparked interest in those who voted to leave Europe. Many of whom are expressing concerns that Mrs May’s plan will result in Britain staying in the single market and the customs union, resulting in a Swiss-style relationship with the EU.

Mrs May also stressed that the UK will:

Honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership

Meaning that Britain will agree to pay the “Divorce” bill. The bill will cost Britain a total of €20 billion (£18 billion), contributing £9 billion to Brussels over the 2-year transitional period. Many argue this figure is only set to rise as it’s effectively an initial proposal which the EU aches to increase.

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Theresa May is confident that Britain will get the best deal possible.

Again, many heartfelt Eurosceptics argue that Britan will never even taste the fruits that leaving the EU will bring for the 5 year period. They say that Theresa May is only trying to prolong her prime-ministerial position for another 4 years; pushing back Brexit to at least March 2021.


Yoda Features in Saudi Ministry of Education Gaffe

Saudi Arabia’s Education Minister, Ahmed Al-Issa, has offered his sincere apologies for the production of a school history textbook featuring the late King Faisal with Star Wars character Yoda.  Jedi master Yoda was superimposed alongside King Faisal during a United Nations Charter in 1945.

Yoda with King Faisal
The artist responsible said he included Yoda as, like King Faisal, he was “wise, strong and calm.

Ahmed Al-Eissa issued a statement saying:

The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error.

He added:

The Ministry has began printing a corrected copy of the decision and withdrawing the previous versions, and has formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take appropriate action.

The image was intended to embellish a section on the King’s rule, but a mishap at the Book’s editor used a version of the photograph in which Yoda’s green bottom was rested next to the King. The image was created by a 26-year-old Saudi artist named Abdullah al-Sheri, who credits his work under the pseudonym Shaweesh.

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Picture of the image included in the Saudi textbook.

The artwork was created as part of a series, where pop-culture icons and film characters were subtly added to photographs of significant moments in Arab history.

Shaweesh said during interviews that the King was:

Wise and was always strong in his speeches.

Adding

So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king.

Shaweesh further said, he meant no offence to the King at all, and it was just a part of his art exhibit. However, Shaweesh was critical towards the education ministry saying:

Someone should have checked the image before printing.


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