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Path to a softer Brexit? UK PM’s win gives him leeway [ARTICLE]

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks set to win a comfortable majority in parliament after Thursday’s election, which will allow him to ratify his exit deal in time to leave the EU on January 31.

But he still has to negotiate a new economic partnership with the bloc — Britain’s biggest trading partner.

Previously, he had to rely on hardline eurosceptic Conservative MPs in the European Research Group, who have been pressing him for a looser trading relationship with Brussels.

“With a big majority, Boris Johnson can ignore ERG and go for a softer Brexit if he wishes,” noted Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform (CER) think tank.

Despite Brexit dominating the election, there has been little scrutiny of Johnson’s exit deal, which covers separation issues such as expatriate rights and Britain’s financial settlement.

There has been even less discussion about the pros and cons of any future trade agreements, while Johnson himself has given out mixed signals about what he wants to achieve.

“Johnson will have to decide whether to remain closely aligned with the EU, or diverge sharply,” said Mujtaba Rahman, of the Eurasia Group.

He added: “Crucially, Johnson will not be beholden to the 20 hardline Brexiteers in the European Research Group.”

New voter base

Johnson had promised to forge a Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU, which would give Britain greater freedom from EU rules but would involve more barriers and costs to trade.

But campaigning at a factory in northeast England this week, he sought to reassure workers.

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He said his plan “protects supply chains, it means we leave the EU with our relationships absolutely intact, so that we have a zero-tariff, zero-quota relationship with the EU”.

Tony Travers, a policy expert at the London School of Economics (LSE), said the Conservatives’ success in manufacturing areas could force Johnson’s hand.

Early results suggest the party is taking a swathe of seats from the main opposition Labour party in its industrial heartlands.

These “still have a large amount of manufacturing, production industries, some agriculture in them — areas which if there was a hard Brexit, a no-deal Brexit, would be hard hit,” Travers told AFP.

“It makes it more difficult for Boris Johnson now to deliver anything other than a softer Brexit.”

Whatever the deal, Johnson insisted he will get it done within a post-Brexit transition period scheduled to end on December 31, 2020 — a very challenging timeframe.

If he refuses to extend this period, independent experts suggest a limited trade deal is likely.

The prime minister meanwhile has repeatedly touted the prospect of a trade deal with the United States as one of the opportunities of Brexit.

A decisive win “increases the chance of a speedyish free trade agreement with the US, allows him to make the concessions asked of him by the US, even if it upsets a fair few MPs”, noted the CER’s Sam Lowe.

“Equally, it also buys him space to put it on the back burner for a while if he wants to.”

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Popular celebrity deaths lead 2019 Google searches

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Google released the top trends of what Kenyans searched this year. From the list of the most searched local personalities, it emerged that half the searches were about death.

Prominent fatalities included Bob Collymore, Tob Cohen, John Demathew, Joyce Laboso, Ken Okoth and Ivy Wangechi.

Robert Mugabe, Oliver Mtukudzi, Nipsey Hussle’s death also made the list of global personalities who died.

Dorothy Ooko, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa, said in a statement, “Google’s 2019 Year in Search showcases people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year.”

Adding, “Just as Search can help you explore and discover a world of information, there are many ways to explore the year through the lens of Google Search.”

Eliud Kipchoge, Governor Mike Sonko, Jonathan Moi and Esther Arunga were some of the local personalities whom Kenyans wanted to know more about.

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Parte after parte! This is how Sailors, Carol Radull and Jua Cali spent their holiday

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Carol Radull

On Wednesday Jaza Stadi initiative CEO and former footballer, Bramwell Karamoja celebrated his birthday at the Memphis club in a flashy party.

The party, which was one of a kind was attended by several footballers and media personalities. Carol Radull, Sailors, Arrow Boy, Jua Cali, Comedian Sleepy, Patrick Matasi aka Kenya 1 – who was also celebrating his birthday on the same day, and Youtuber Henry Desagu, just to mention but a few.

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The dress code was denim. The cake was shaped like a football pitch with a ball in the centre.

Sailors gave an electrifying performance, leaving revellers yearning for more.

The party went down till Thursday at around 7 am, where revelers left at their own will.

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Sailors crew with birthday boy Bramwell (L) and DJ Juan (wearing a blue snapback)

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Jua Cali with a fan
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Chiko Lawi with a friend

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Jua Cali and birthday boy Bram
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Carol Radull, Chiko Lawi, and Jua Cali

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