Policy and data updates

  • Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire announced on Sunday that Britain has two proposals for securing a smooth border with Ireland after Brexit. This would be a new customs partnership or a “highly streamlined approach” to customs.

  • On Sunday Arab foreign ministers urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. They say the move would increase violence throughout the region.

  • President Donald Trump’s travel ban is now in order according to the U.S. State Department. This was announced on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced as legal appeals continue.

  • On Friday Theresa May made an overnight agreement with the European Union which ensured no hard border between Northern and Southern Ireland. This came after Arlene Foster, head of the DUP, refused to agree to a deal that, in her view, raised the potential of economic division between Northern Ireland and the UK.

  • Donald Trump’s controversial tax reform was passed through the Senate, yet in order for the bill to become law, the House and Senate versions must now be merged. The tax cuts in the bill have come under fire for the potential that they may increase national debt by over $1 trillion without significantly increasing business investment as Trump proposes.