4 Things You Need To Know (27/3/17)
Welcome to our “Things You Need To Know” daily update. Every day we’ll be here for you, summarising the key talking points in as quick of a time as possible.
Here’s this morning’s key news, check back later today for our evening update.
1. Theresa May Meets Nicola Sturgeon
Theresa May is in Scotland today to meet Nicola Sturgeon. With Article 50 set to trigger Brexit on March 29, May will make the case to Sturgeon that this in opportunity to strengthen the union.
Meanwhile, the Labour party are set to outline their Brexit negotiation demands later today.
2. Further Arrests Following Westminster Terror
A 30-year-old man was arrested in Birmingham on Sunday evening, on suspicion that he was planning a terrorist attack.
Two men remain in custody over last Wednesday’s Westminster terrorism. The latest arrest is the twelfth made since the attack which killed four and injured over fifty.
3. WhatsApp Under Fire
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticised WhatsApp messenger, claiming that the encrypted service could be aiding terrorists. It has emerged that the Westminster attacker was on WhatsApp just minutes before last Wednesday’s terrorism.
Rudd wants to see “back doors” built into such systems, which would allow messages to be accessed when necessary.
However, privacy intrusion issues could arise with such a policy.
4. Trump Claiming Border Success
Perhaps looking to change the narrative from last week’s health care failure, President Trump tweeted late on Sunday evening to claim success on the key issue of illegal border immigration.
“General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.”
Like reforming ObamaCare, getting control of the border was a key issue behind Trump’s election victory. It remains to be seen if Trump can back his claim up with hard numbers.