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The situation on Saturday: the day of the Brexit decision

2019-10-19T05:01:37.700Z

Today, we will look at the process of the Brexit vote in the UK, with an interesting performance at the CSU party congress - and with a historic moment in space. Tailwind for Markus Söder CSU boss Markus Söder can ...




Today, we will look at the process of the Brexit vote in the UK, with an interesting performance at the CSU party congress - and with a historic moment in space.

Tailwind for Markus Söder

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CSU boss Markus Söder can be happy: his party has strengthened his back demonstratively at the CSU party conference in Munich. He was re-elected 91 percent, a better result than the 87 percent he received in his first election nine months ago. Although there is a bit of grumbling about the modernization course, the Söder wants to prescribe the CSU, but overall one is in the party probably satisfied with the boss.

This is how Söder is sure to be very confident and happy to receive his guest of honor: the chairman of the sister party CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer . The sits after their various patches of the past few months not quite so tight in the saddle, which gives the appearance a certain spice.

Kramp-Karrenbauer should be greeted with friendly applause, the Bavarians are finally polite people. But the CSU people in the hall will also have their own thoughts on whether the head of the sister party has the format to follow Angela Merkel in the Chancellery. Söder, who is also said to have ambitions, certainly has a few ideas. But wisely, he currently keeps it to himself.

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That's how the Super Saturday in London

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Things are getting serious in the UK today. In the early morning, the lower house will meet for its special session to discuss the Brexit deal of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. British media talk about "Super Saturday", Super Saturday. It is the first time since 1982 that the British Parliament meets for such a weekend meeting. At that time it was about the Argentine attack on the Falkland Islands.

First, Johnson should talk, then there will be an open debate, including on possible amendments. A vote on the deal is expected sometime between the afternoon and the early evening. Whether Johnson gets a majority, remains uncertain. Anything is possible: Johnson's triumph or the great drama.

If Johnson loses the vote and his deal fails, he could force another decision. Then he would probably try to win a majority for a "no deal" October 31 issue. If he does not succeed in doing so, the existing law could automatically come into force, obliging the Prime Minister to ask the EU for another postponement of the Brexit deadline.

Could, should, should: The day is good for lots of surprises. Different groups of deputies want to bring their own motions, among other things could be so voted on the possibility of a second Brexit referendum . There is also an application requesting to cancel Brexit immediately and completely. Hopefully we'll all know more tonight. The SPIEGEL team at the Newsdesk and our correspondents report on all current developments.

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THE MIRROR at the Book Fair

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The Frankfurt Book Fair runs until Sunday. At the SPIEGEL stand (Hall 3.0, D56) many interesting dates will be held on the weekend. Today the day starts at 10 am with DIE LAGE live and a talk with my SPIEGEL colleagues Martin Knobbe and Peter Maxwill. It's also about Maxwell's new book "The Journey to the Rift," in which he reports on many concrete examples of the division of society in Germany. Later (along with other well-known authors) Ulrich Wickert, Elif Shafak, Reinhold Messner (pictured) and Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert are expected at the SPIEGEL stand (all information can be found here).

Yesterday, my colleague Dirk Kurbjuweit met the scientist Armin Nassehi ("Pattern - Theory of Digital Society") for a talk. Nassehi compares the Internet with the invention of printing 500 years ago. At that time, a "huge catastrophe" was prophesied, but it was missing, he said. Today similar developments are to be noted. Nassehi's most memorable phrase in the conversation: "The Internet brings many together: great geniuses and the idiots." He is right.

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Winners of the day ... ...

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... ... are the two NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. They have taken a spacewalk together from the International Space Station. It was in the history of space travel the first outing to space, in which only women were involved. Koch and Meir had to replace a defective electrical part outside the space station.

The historic moment was celebrated with dignity. Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman for the US House of Representatives, said Cook and Meir are "an inspiration to women and girls across America." The next NASA project of this kind is already in the works: In 2024, the first woman to travel to the moon.

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I wish you a nice weekend.

Your Roland Nelles

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