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Brexit: Holiday Cheer and Political Betrayal

Brexit: Holiday Cheer and Political Betrayal

Facing almost certain defeat for the Brexit deal she spent over two years negotiating, British Prime Minister Theresa May now faces an even more immediate challenge: rebellion from within. Ms. May will face a motion of no confidence tonight after 48 members of her Tory party opted to contest her leadership.


Pro-Brexit members of her Tory party have been trying to gather support to topple May for almost a month, but revolt gathered steam after she failed to even bring a vote on her exit deal earlier this week.

To survive as prime minister, May needs to secure a majority of votes (158 out of 315 MPs) from within her party. Balloting will take place in secret–heightening speculation that those too tepid to come out against her in public will willingly do so under the cloak of anonymity. If May loses, a leadership election will play out over the coming weeks to replace her as prime minister. If she wins, party rules say she can't be challenged for another year.

The attempt to oust May is the final shot for the rebellious wing of the Tory party which favors a deeper split from the EU. If only because of its desperation, it may be doomed to fail. But even if May survives she'll do so weakened and without a clear path toward delivering on Brexit.

A holiday kicker: The vote of no confidence is scheduled to take place just hours after the Tory party's yearly Christmas party. Come for the holiday cheer, stay for the political betrayal.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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