Boris Johnson reportedly warned there may be a Brexit “meltdown” in comments made at a private dinner this week. The UK foreign secretary also referred to the Treasury as the “heart of Remain”, according to a report by Buzzfeed.
Theresa May has been fighting to keep her Brexit plans on track despite a Cabinet row over proposals for the Irish border and a potential revolt in the Commons. The UK’s proposals for a “backstop” arrangement for the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland are to be published “shortly”, although Brexit Secretary David Davis understood to have concerns about some of the details.
The Falkland Islands Director of Natural Resources John Barton confirmed this week that exchange of fisheries data will resume “in short order” following the resumption of fisheries talks with Argentina last month. Mr. Barton confirmed that proposals for joint research cruises are being drawn up and another meeting has been scheduled to take place in London in late 2018.
Immigration to Uruguay, Argentina and Chile has exploded exponentially in recent years. It is receiving an “unprecedented” daily requests for refuge in the southern country, according to the Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dianela Pi, who explained to MercoPress that “There are acts of discrimination and xenophobia that are emerging in Uruguay as never before” as a result of the migratory phenomenon. This wave comes mostly from citizens of Venezuelan origin.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is mourning the loss of her younger sister Inés Zorreguieta, who has passed away at the age of 33. Local Argentine media have reported that Inés died of an apparent suicide. She was found at her home on Wednesday night in Buenos Aires. Inés, who worked for the government, is believed to have suffered from depression and mental health issues.
The Brazilian currency has fallen to its lowest level against the dollar in more than two years, amid rising investor worries over recent economic and political turmoil. The Real is down 14% this year, near its lowest levels since March 2016. On Wednesday in New York, the dollar bought 3.8534 Reais, versus 3.8087 Reais late Tuesday.
Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is the clear frontrunner in Brazil’s election in October with up to 25% of voter support, followed by center-left populist Ciro Gomes with 12%, a new poll revealed on Tuesday.
Terrorism has hit the UK’s economy harder than any other EU country in recent years, according to a study. Analysis found the UK lost an estimated 43.7 billion Euros (£38.3 billion) in GDP terms due to terrorist activity from 2004 to 2016, according to a report published by the Press Association.
Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has given 11 of his 17 cabinet posts to women, a higher proportion than anywhere else in Europe. A self-styled feminist, Sánchez' choice was in marked contrast to the male-dominated executives of ex-PM Mariano Rajoy, ousted last week.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed on Tuesday to Argentine cabinet chief Marcos Peña that she will be attending the G20 summit scheduled for next December in Buenos Aires. Mrs. May turned up at an office where her principal private secretary Peter Hill was holding a meeting with Peña at 10 Downing Street.