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Prime Minister Theresa May is currently in the midst of a trip to China. Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

The United Kingdom's government is debating a deal that would keep the country in the European Union's customs union for goods after Brexit, according to a new report by the FT. While such a plan would greatly reduce the geopolitical intricacies of Brexit, it would effectively prevent the U.K. from negotiating its own trade deals with other countries on goods — though it could do so for services, the majority of its economy, which would be a novel concept for international trade.

Why it matters: Pro-Brexit advocates in Prime Minister Theresa May's own Conservative Party will hate the news as they desire a clean and total break from the EU, especially on trade. She's already on thin ice with many of her party members — and her position could get even more tenuous.

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Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

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Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.

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Why it matters: Migration flows are complex and quickly politicized. Biden's policies are likely sending signals that are encouraging the surge — but that's only a small reason it's happening.