Here is Business Leader Magazine’s update from Westminster – your views and opinions are always welcome…
PM shed a tear at election exit poll
Prime Minister Theresa May today revealed that she shed a tear when she learned she would lose her majority following the General Election exit poll.
After admitting she couldn’t watch it live as she was superstitious ‘about those sort of things’, her husband told her and it resulted in complete shock for both of them.
May revealed that her campaign had ‘not been perfect’ and that all indications from her party were that they were going to increase their majority. Despite her losses, she rejected claims that it was a mistake to call an election.
Spending watchdog compares Brexit plans to Chocolate Orange
Head of the UK’s public spending watchdog, Sir Amyas Morse has today said the government’s ‘vague’ Brexit plans has been compared to the popular confectionary.
Morse said ministers should be united across all parties otherwise negotiations would fall apart after ‘the first tap’ – and then used a further analogy, saying the government should be more like a cricket ball.
Brexit minister Steve Baker rejected the claims and said Morse’s description was ‘vivid’.
Corbyn and Brexit’s Brussels negotiator
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Brussels this week, meeting with chief negotiator of the Brexit deal, Michel Barnier.
Corbyn explained that he was there to be ‘ready to take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations’ if he was to replace Theresa May as PM between now and 2019.
Barnier also had meetings with the first ministers for Scotland and Wales but said he would only negotiate with the UK government over Brexit.
UK unemployment falls to lowest level
Unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since 1975 with only 1.79 million people out of a job in the UK – 64,000 lower than last year.
However, statistics also revealed by the Office for National Statistics revealed that wage increases continue to fall even further behind inflation.
University applications fall by 4%
The number of people sending applications to universities in the UK have fallen by more than 25,000, when compared to 2016 – data from UCAS has shown.
There was a staggering 19% fall in nursing degree applications, a further drop in mature student applications and a 5% fall in applications from the EU.