Mar 11, 2019

Brexit talks "deadlocked" ahead of crucial vote

Theresa May spoke with EC president Jean-Claude Juncker Sunday. Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Sunday evening ahead of a crucial Brexit vote, but talks between the two parties remain "deadlocked," British media report.

Why it matters: May faces a substantial loss if she presents to members of Parliament a deal that's largely unchanged for Tuesday's "meaningful vote." She's been trying to achieve changes to the Brexit agreement with the European Union to avoid Britain remaining indefinitely in a customs union and to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland — known as the "Irish backstop." However, the E.U. is reluctant to change the existing deal. Now, May's under pressure to delay Tuesday's vote. Talks were expected to resume Monday. Britain is due to leave the E.U. on March 29.

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Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken to the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital in London due to increasingly severe coronavirus symptoms.

The backdrop: Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for what Downing Street called "routine tests" because his condition had not improved ten days after he tested positive for the virus. His condition has since "worsened," according to a statement, and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will step into his place "where necessary."

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Wisconsin governor issues order to delay in-person primary voting until June

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued an executive order Monday delaying in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Why it matters: Wisconsin was slated to be the only state to vote on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite having a stay-at-home order in place.