US shutdown, Rees-Mogg and Brexit: the political week in 7 tweets

What has happened this past week in the world of politics?

Unsurprisingly, Brexit has dominated much of this week’s news-cycles, but what else has been in the news?

1. US Government Shutdown

In the early hours of Friday morning, the US government shut down for the second time in the space of a few weeks. Disagreements in the senate on Friday caused the government to shut down once again, however, the matter was quickly resolved as reported by the BBC.

2. Labour’s by-election win

On Tuesday, a by-election took place for the Alyn and Deeside seat in the Welsh Assembly. The vote followed the death of Labour Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant. Labour won the seat on a low turnout, with Sargeant’s son Jack taking the seat with over 60% of the vote.

3. Brexit forecasts

This week, figures emerged from government forecasts concerning the UK’s future outside the European Union, as reported by the BBC. The widely shared figures indicate that compared to remaining in the EU, a Brexit deal where the UK remains in the single-market would see the UK slightly worse off, according to the BBC. The figures also suggest that a free-trade deal scenario or a no deal Brexit situation would lead to an economic outcome with the UK being worse off compared to if it remained inside the European Union.

4. Council Tax Rises

On Thursday, the BBC reported that a new survey suggests that most councils in England plan on hiking council taxes to meet spending commitments.

5. Theresa May’s human-side?

The prime minister is often criticised for her one-dimensional persona and her robotic and repetitive rhetoric, however, in an interview with Junior Bake-Off winner Nikki Lilly on CBBC, the PM came across as human.

6. Women’s Suffrage Centenary

Tuesday marked 100 years of property-owning women over the age of 30 getting the vote. The centenary was widely celebrated by politicians, and women who suffered in the struggle for suffrage were paid tribute to.

7. Rees-Mogg for PM?

Theresa May remains in office, and while she has lasted far longer than many commentators thought in the immediate aftermath of last year's snap general election, speculation about her future remains rife. Rees-Mogg remains the betting markets’ favourite to replace her and on Friday was asked if he was “measuring up the curtains” by Sky News’ Political Editor when delivering a petition to Downing Street.