5 Things You Need To Know (27/4/17)
Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
1. Whitehall Terrorist Attack Prevented
A man arrested in Whitehall today had an offensive weapon and was planning acts of terrorism, police say.
Witnesses told the BBC that police wrestled the man to the ground near Parliament Square.
It is just over a month since Khalid Masood’s terrorist attack on Westminster bridge, in which he also used a knife to kill a police officer outside of Parliament.
2. Boris Johnson On Syria
Boris Johnson has signalled that the UK would be willing to support the US in any further air strikes on Syria.
“If they come to us and ask for our support – whether it’s with submarine-based cruise missiles in the Med… in my view – and I know it’s also the view of the prime minister – it would be difficult for us to say ‘no’,” he told the BBC’s Today show.
Elsewhere in the interview, Johnson labelled Jeremy Corbyn a “mugwump.”
3. Latest Election Poll
The latest YouGov general election poll shows the gap between the Conservatives and Labour is narrowing.
Conducted by The Times, the Conservatives are on 45 (-3) while Labour are on 29 (+4).
4. Donald Trump To Renegotiate NAFTA
President Trump has changed his mind on scrapping NAFTA, and now says he will renegotiate it. He had previously called it one of the worst deals ever.
Trump tweeted “I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate. I agreed subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. Relationships are good-deal very possible!”
5. Theresa May’s Brexit Talks
Theresa May met with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday, and later released a statement saying she wants a “deep and special partnership” after Brexit.
However, elsewhere in Europe, Angela Merkel has said the UK shouldn’t be under “illusions” when it comes to getting trade talks at the same time as divorce negotiations.