Good morning, here’s your Thursday morning briefing to set you up for the day ahead. Look out for these three things happening around the world today.
Trump to meet Trump Baby
President of the United States Donald Trump will fly into London this afternoon to begin his tour of the United Kingdom, where he is set to meet high profile figures such as Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth.
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Upon arrival, he will travel straight to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a 100 guest dinner hosted by May. He will then watch a military demonstration with the Prime Minister on Friday ahead of talks on foreign policy issues such as trade.
Trump will avoid London throughout his trip. The biggest protests are expected in the capital city, while a six-metre tall blimp of Trump as a baby is set to fly over the city throughout his stay.
Ryanair refuses to take to the skies
Budget airline Ryanair has been forced to cancel 30 flights between the UK and Ireland today, as pilots walk out over pay and working conditions.
The airline doesn’t expect the flights to cause too much disruption to mainland Europe. However, flights to and from London, a popular stopover destination, will be. Likewise, further strikes are expected in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium in the coming months.
Staff in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium will walk out on 25 July, with the latter three continuing their protests for up to 48 hours.
The strikes have been organised by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association. Ryanair only agreed to recognise unions late last year after a lack of staff forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights.
May decides whether she wants Brexit soft or hard
The UK government will today publish a white paper outlining the nation’s post-Brexit relationship with the European Union.
The UK is set to break away from the EU in March 2019 after 52% of Britons voted to leave in the 2016 referendum. However, despite lengthy discussions, the two parties have yet to come to a divorce agreement on key issues such as trade.
May announced that the report would be published today in the House of Commons earlier this week.
Both Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson resigned this week due to differences of opinion with the Prime Minister regarding her Brexit plans.
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