Morning headlines: Tuesday 15th January 2019

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Covering Britain’s Brexit chaos: three Finnish correspondents have their say

Britain’s parliament is facing one of its biggest votes in recent memory today. Later this evening politicians will vote on whether to accept the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the European Union, or not. If the deal does not get approved, as looks almost certain, the weeks ahead are filled with more of the uncertainty that has plagued the UK since a majority of voters opted to quit the EU in a referendum in 2016. With such a pivotal day not just for Britain but for the whole European Union, it’s no surprise that Finnish journalists are already in London to report events as they unfold. We talked with three journalists from Helsingin SanomatMTV Uutiset and Svenska Yle to find out about their Brexit experiences so far. Read more at our original story here.

Moose hunting to be allowed in spring

Ministers are discussing changes to hunting laws which would make it legal for hunters to kill moose. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä (Centre) says that hunting enthusiasts have been lobbying for a change in the regulations, which would see strict criteria in place for spring hunting with a bow. The Minister emphasies responsibility and that the new rules must be able to withstand ethical review. There would also likely be an increase in the size of dogs allowed during hunts, allowing bigger animals to be used.

President continues China state visit

President Niinistö continues his state visit to China today, meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang and opening the Finland-China winter sports year. On Monday Niinistö met with the President of China Xi Jinping and said that he had a long discussion about human rights. Read more about the visit, and the winter sports focus, at our story here.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s another very chilly start to the day across Finland on Tuesday. Temperatures in Lapland range from -10°C to -12°C with snow in the forecast. The snow continues pretty much throughout the whole country except in the southern sweep from Turku in the south west through the capital city region go Lappeenranta in the south east. Otherwise, temperatures are around -7°C in central Finland and also the same temperature in the far south at Hanko which is a little unusual!

 

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 15th January 2019 / Credit: FMI