15 Nov 2018

The Panel with Mark Knoff-Thomas and Jo McCarroll (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 15 November 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet has approved a draft agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. The deadline to strike a deal is fast approaching, and this agreement still needs approval from Parliament and The EU. Critics say it will end trade deals with the EU and the Irish border is still a point of contention. Economic advisor Michael Reddell tells us what this means for both Europe and the UK. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Singapore for the East Asia Summit, ahead of the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea. The challenge is to remain on good terms with the various world leaders, particularly the US and China. ? stays to discuss the tight rope of maintaining strong relationships internationally. Kiwibank is closing its branch near Nelson, but locals have written a letter to the Government calling for intervention. It's one of many bank's moving branches out of small towns across the country. Greypower says this disadvantages the elderly. We ask the panelists what they make of it. Auckland's event agency is withdrawing funding from future Santa Parades. Next week's parade will go ahead but at a loss for the second year in a row, despite support from commercial sponsors and volunteers. ATEED says the parade is not a big domestic tourism draw like other festivals such as Diwali and the Lantern festival. The panelists weigh in on whether this is a bit grinchy.