Daily Memo: Nearing the End of Brexit?

Talks have resumed again, and there is hope an agreement will be reached in the next month.

Brexit talks are back on. After a nearly one-week hiatus, negotiations on a trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union resumed Thursday in London. Negotiators agreed to work together daily – even on weekends! – on multiple issues concurrently, with a goal of reaching a settlement by mid-November. If they fail, the United Kingdom will exit the EU’s economic zone at the end of the year and start 2021 trading with the bloc on much less favorable World Trade Organization terms. Weapons to Taiwan. The U.S. State Department has approved plans to sell Taiwan three arms packages worth an estimated $1.8 billion. The packages include standoff land attack missiles, high-mobility artillery rocket systems, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies, and a cornucopia of other materiel. (Notably, the deal also includes U.S. government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance.) China issued a pro forma threat to retaliate. Iran says to stop attacking the U.S. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has instructed militias in Iraq to stop targeting U.S. assets and interests, according to sources cited by Middle East Eye. Election interference? U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe accused Russia and Iran of trying to interfere in U.S. elections. He said […]

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