Welcome to our weekly news roundup for the week commencing 8 April 2019.
Every week we will be highlight a selection of the biggest news stories to happen across the North East, UK and rest of the world.
This week we’re looking at the latest developments in Brexit, the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the alarming rate of store closure in the Region.
Stores are closing in the region
A report by PwC and the Local Data Company, which looked at the openings and closures of stores in 500 of the top town centres in the United Kingdom has shown the dire problem of our high streets in the North East.
The report stated that in 2018, 231 stores closed while only 97 opened in the same period.
This rate of closure is the worst to hit the region in the last five years and is associated with consumers tendency of shopping online instead.
Newcastle was the hardest hit by these closures with Darlington and Sunderland following closely behind.
Theresa May has been cap in hand to EU leaders to ask for yet another extension to the date that the UK leaves the EU.
And at the emergency summit in Brussels EU leaders agreed – in the form of a ‘flextension’.
Put simply this means an extension until October 31 – yep, Halloween – that can be cancelled if the withdrawal agreement is passed before then.
But the UK must hold the elections to the European Parliament and if it fails to do this, the UK will leave on June 1 without a deal…
The arrest of Julian Assange
The founder of WikiLeaks has been arrested by Metropolitan Police after an almost 7-year asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange sought refuge in the embassy in 2013 after releasing confidential information on a number of activities by the US Government.
Metropolitan Police entered the embassy on Thursday after permission from Ecuador to arrest Assange for his failure to appear in court in 2012.
Assange was then further arrested on behalf of the American Government and will face a possible extradition to the United States of America to face computer intrusion charges related to his whistleblowing activities.
Rest of the World
Game of Thrones is back!
After almost 2 years of absence from our screens, the final season of the fantasy epic is due to return on Sunday 14April.
At the end of the last season, we saw Jon and Daenerys get together (let’s forget about the family dynamic there), Jaime deserted his sister, the Stark women got the best of Littlefinger and the Night King finally broke the wall.
All is to be revealed in the new season and we here at Publicity Seekers can’t wait to see what’s in store for us now that the winter has arrived in Westeros.