World watch – Sunday

Saturday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Missy

     /  December 17, 2017

    Last week Theresa May suffered her first defeat on Brexit Legislation in the Commons with an Amendment calling for a meaningful parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal passing 309-305.

    Most Brexiteers believe this will allow Parliament to vote to overturn the legislation (it won’t), but more interestingly is how the Pro EU MPs see this amendment. Some think it will allow them to overturn Brexit, that is if they vote against the deal then the UK will remain in the EU, others think it will meant they can drag it out and make the Government go back to re-negotiate, however, it doesn’t seem like either of these situations will be the way it plays out.

    The EU have stated that once a deal is struck it will not be able to be re-negotiated after going back to individual countries for voting on, so those that think it will give them more negotiating time may find that they miss out. Also, it seems the most likely situation will be that if Parliament vote against the deal then the UK will leave with no deal, not remain in the EU. It seems previously that if Parliament were agains the deal then the Government would still be able to take it if they thought it was a good one, now it seems with this amendment they won’t be able to do that.

    In this vote the pro-EU MPs may have shot themselves in the foot in putting the UK in a position where it may end up leaving with not deal – which was the outcome they are trying to avoid.

  2. Missy

     /  December 17, 2017

    May 19 will provide a dilemma for many Brits with the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on that day. The wedding is most likely going to clash with the FA Cup final. Guess Harry isn’t a football fan!! 😂😂😂

  3. Missy

     /  December 17, 2017

    A coalition deal has been reached in Austria which will put a far right party into Government, making it the only Western European Country with a far right party in Government.

    Sebastian Kurz is set to be sworn in as Austria’s President, making him the youngest (and sexiest) European Leader (snatching the title from Macron), as his Conservatives reached an agreement with the anti-EU Freedom party (FPO).

    This will create further tensions within the EU as Kurz has already stated he will side with the Eastern European Countries Poland, Hungary, & Czech Republic in refusing to accept the refugee quota. The EU will also be unhappy at this coalition as JC Juncker told Kurz not to go into coalition with the Freedom party.

    The FPO have backed away from a referendum on Austria’s membership of the EU (the FPO are a very eurosceptic party), with Kurz securing a guarantee there will not be a Brexit style referendum. Kurz has given a guarantee that Austria will be pro European. Despite the guarantee to remain pro-European the leader of the FPO will become the new Foreign Minister and control of the Foreign Ministry will be controlled by FPO. It is also worth noting that both Kurz’s Conservatives and the FPO oppose greater European Integration and Expansion, which could put them on a collision course with the EU in the next few years.

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  December 17, 2017

    The narrative is slowly changing on Trump…
    An op-ed in the NYT about how Trump has been effective in the middle east, and how under-reported the success against ISIS has been:

    • NOEL

       /  December 17, 2017

      “Its defeat was begun under Obama, and the hardest fighting has been done by Iraqis…..”
      Yup would agree with that.

      • NOEL

         /  December 17, 2017

        Should have added for those Kiwi military personnel involved thanks for your contribution and have a well earned Christmas/New year with your families.