The World in December 21 to 27

Brexit: Habemus Acordum!

This Thursday the United Kingdom and the European Union reached a post-Brexit trade agreement, after months of negotiations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson considered it a “good deal” for the whole of Europe, which will bring “a new stability and a new certainty in what has sometimes been a turbulent and difficult relationship”. According to Johnson, control of its laws and its own destiny has returned to the United Kingdom, and is now outside the customs union and the single market, as well as the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Johnson also said that the country has now “total control” of its waters, with which the executive president of the United Kingdom’s National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO) disagrees, saying fishing was “sacrificed” to ensure the general agreement. For Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator for Brexit, “4.5 years of collective effort and #EU unity” served to “preserve peace on the island of Ireland. To protect citizens and the single market. To build a new partnership with the UK ”.

New elections in Israel scheduled for 2021

After seven months in a pandemic of unity government made up of the two main parties in Israel, it failed to meet the state budget deadline, which resulted in the automatic dissolution of the country’s parliament (Knesset), according to its law. Therefore, Israel will hold its fourth legislative election in two years, provisionally scheduled for March 23, 2021. The previous three elections ended inconclusively or with a fragile government, mainly due to allegations of corruption by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has become a controversial figure. A large majority of those elected for the center-right parties is expected to continue, followed by the religious right and, finally, a left with less political representation in parliament. Thus, opposition to Palestinian independence and the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should continue without significant political opposition.

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