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#1: Deal or No Deal? Brexit Edition 💂
Brexit chaos

On Wednesday, British PM Theresa May received backing from her cabinet for a draft Brexit proposal after nearly 20 months of negotiations. On Thursday morning, the nation saw a series of resignations in retaliation to May’s deal.

What's in the proposal?

The UK and the EU drafted a divorce agreement for a transition period that includes the following temporary provisions:

  • Britain will leave the EU in March 2019 but will remain in the EU’s market bloc until 2020

  • Britain must abide by the EU’s environmental, labor and social regulations

  • There will be no customs check or physical infrastructure at the border between Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (which is part of the EU)


Those pessimistic about May’s proposal condemn it for prolonging uncertainty in the British-EU relationship. They highlight that opposition to the proposal is bipartisan. Articles criticize the proposal for giving up too much to the EU. They believe the deal marks the end of May’s career as prime minister.


WSJ (Opinion): The Best Bad Brexit Deal

Those ambivalent about May’s proposal say it was inevitable. These outlets believe Brexit is a lose-lose situation regardless. However, they believe that it is the best bad option for the country. These articles anticipate that the UK and EU will come up with a better, permanent deal in 2020.

Will this deal go through?

Maybe. It’s likely that the EU will approve of her proposal since it leans in favor of the EU. However, the fact that May’s proposal is receiving criticism from both supporters and opponents of Brexit may reflect a larger challenge for Britain’s Parliament to approve of the deal before it gets implemented.

When you finally get a deal
Common Ground #16 🤝
Quick reminder
Our goal with Common Ground is to highlight the common values that left and right-leaning media outlets share. We're doing this because we want to remind our readers that not every topic is partisan and polarizing.
How do we do this?
We take articles from the left and the right that seem to be telling a news story in the same way - and extract common values from them. We hope these common values spark a conversation of agreement with your neighbor on the other side of the aisle. 😊

Summary: Last week, Pete Davidson made fun of veteran and congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw’s appearance (he has an eyepatch due to a war injury). The left and right found it to be bad taste. This week, SNL invited the congressman to join the show. Crenshaw and Davidson both spoke about the incident in a heartfelt manner and had some fun. The left and right highlighted the comradery.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sources include Davidson’s self-deprecating apology

  • Both discuss/quote Crenshaw using the moment to talk about forgiveness and veterans issue

  • Both include pictures/video stills that show Crenshaw and Davidson smiling together at the top of their articles

Common ground: We can all take a joke and forgive people - not everything needs to turn political


Summary: After a highly publicized nationwide-contest, Amazon finally revealed the location of its HQ2...New York City AND greater Washington DC. Both the left and the right criticized the process that led to the decision.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Fox News includes Democrat and Republican quotes criticizing concessions made to Amazon

  • NY Times notes that Amazon is taking advantage of moving into traditionally low income "opportunity zones"

  • NY Times mentions that Amazon's particular location was designated an opportunity zone just this year

  • NY Times says New York gave Amazon $1.7 billion in economic incentives

  • Fox News says the new Amazon jobs are expected to cost New Yorkers $48,000 each

Common ground: Amazon took advantage of incentives and loopholes it didn’t need, with politicians willing to accomodate

Amazon wins...again
Extra extra...✨📰✨

Uhhhh. Japanese Minister of Cybersecurity reveals that he has not used a computer in his career (The Guardian)

JUUL effect. Vaping has increased 80% amongst high schoolers, causing the FDA to regulate flavored e-cigarettes (CNN)

49.2%. The 2018 US midterm elections had the highest voter turnout in decades (BBC)

Duffel bag$$$. Due to the lack of banking access, legal marijuana companies are paying $4.7 billion in taxes to the IRS in cash (Quartz)

As expected. The Pentagon fails the first ever complete audit of its financial accounting systems (The Hill)  

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