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BRINGING BREXIT HOME

BRINGING BREXIT HOME

On Sunday, British Prime Minster Theresa May finally got EU leaders to agree to her plan for Brexit. Now she faces the even more daunting task of securing the support of her own parliament in a vote on December 11. This is Ms. May's last best hope for avoiding a potential crisis in which the UK crashes out of the EU next March without any new agreement governing the cross-channel relationship.


It's an uphill battle if ever there was one. To get close to the 320 votes she'll likely need, Ms. May will have to carry every member of her governing Tory party while also picking off a few defectors from the opposition Labor party. But many Tories who favor a deeper separation from the EU than what's on offer have already come out against the plan, and most Labor MPs are loath to offer a win to Ms. May even if they like what's in it.

Outside the halls of government only 19 percent of Britons favor the agreementas brokered by Ms. May. It's a compromise that satisfies almost no one – when Britons who voted to leave the EU are asked about the details of what she has negotiated, only 12 percent say the current plan strikes the right balance between "soft" and "hard" Brexit, or the extent of the UK's separation from the EU.

If parliament rejects the plan, it's hard to see European leaders reopening negotiations – it took months to get all 27 EU leaders aligned around the current draft. And even that consensus was in question right up until the last minute, when London tangled with Madrid over the future of UK-administered Gibraltar. (May's concession naturally provoked fresh anger from within her own ranks.)

Another possibility would be to call another popular referendum, in order to seek further clarity on what citizens actually want after two years of wrangling over the particulars of Brexit. But that would just reinforce the broader problem Ms. May faces today—Britain is no less divided on what it wants from Brexit as when it voted for it over two years ago.

President and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, comes to 'That Made All the Difference' podcast to discuss his time as mayor of New Orleans, today's challenges, and what it will take to build a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

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Though celebrations will surely be more subdued this year, many Germans will still gather (virtually) on October 3 to celebrate thirty years since reunification.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall — and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union — Germany reunited in a process whereby the much wealthier West absorbed the East, with the aim of expanding individual freedoms and economic equality to all Germans.

But thirty years later, this project has — to a large extent — been difficult to pull off. The economic and quality of life gap is shrinking, but lingering inequality continues to impact both German society and politics.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

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Donald Trump's presidency has irked a lot of people around the world. And in fairness, that's no surprise. He was elected in part to blow up long-standing assumptions about how international politics, trade, and diplomatic relations are supposed to work.

But while he has correctly identified some big challenges — adapting NATO to the 21st century, managing a more assertive China, or ending America's endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — his impulsive style, along with his restrictions on trade and immigration, have alienated many world leaders. Global polls show that favorable views of the US have plummeted to all-time lows in many countries, particularly among traditional American allies in Europe.

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Watch: Tolu Olubunmi in conversation with Dr. Samira Asma from the World Health Organization on how they are advancing health data innovation in the age of COVID-19.

This content is brought to you by our 2020 UN General Assembly partner, Microsoft.

Watch UN Innovation Room conversations weekly on Thursdays at 9 am EDT: https://www.gzeromedia.com/unga/livestream/

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