Morning headlines: Thursday 13th December 2018

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PM in Brussels for Brexit crisis summit

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is in Brussels today for yet more crisis meetings about the UK’s exit from the European Union. This latest summit was called after Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May cancelled a vote in the UK parliament on the deal she struck with 27 EU countries about the terms of Britain’s brexit divorce. Now it’s not clear when a vote might come to parliament or what the next steps are, but EU countries have been stepping up their preparations for a possible no-deal brexit. Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Sipilä said “for Brexit, the keys to the solution are in the United Kingdom’s own hands. The withdrawal agreement has been negotiated and will stand unchanged. We all hope that the United Kingdom will be able to reach an internal consensus that will allow an orderly withdrawal”.

Overnight fire destroys Hamina home

An overnight fire in the south east coastal town of Hamina has left a family home completely destroyed. The fire department was alerted around 02:00 by a passerby but the building was already well lit at that point. Although the house was occupied, rescue crews say nobody was home at the time of the fire, and there are no injuries. This morning, police are looking into the causes of the blaze.

Salvation Army launches Christmas appeal

The Salvation Army is launching its annual Christmas Appeal today. The aim of the charity drive it to collect money and items to give to low income families during the holidays including food, clothing and gift cards. The familiar collection cans will be out in force on the streets of Helsinki, Tampere and Oulu at shopping centres. Last year the Salvation Army raised €930,000 during their Christmas charity appeal.

Flipping burgers: from meat to vegan 

Finland’s first ever vegan burger chain launched this week in Helsinki with three locations. Bun2Bun has been open since spring this year cooking traditional meat patties, but now they flipped the menu, to only serve a range of vegan burgers instead. Everything in the product is 100% vegan from the bread to the mayo to the patty and the condiments. “Why to change everything? Because I think as an entrepreneur I need to do my part as well for the environment” says chef and Bun2Bun co-owner Pertti Kallioinen. The chefs are using a product called ‘Beyond Meat’ which has pea protein as the main ingredient, and beetroot extract as well to give it a meaty colour and ‘bloody’ appearance. These burgers, says Kallioinen, look and taste and most importantly react just like meat when they’re cooking. Read more, and watch video, at our original story here.

Thursday morning weather

It’s another cold start to Thursday morning with temperatures across the whole country below freezing. In Lapland expect temperatures down to -15°C and snow in the north west. There’s heavy cloud cover across central Finland – from east to west – and temperatures around -6°C at the start of the day. Through the west coast, into Tampere and the Pirkanmaa region, as well as the south east, expect snow this morning. In Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa a cloudy start to Thursday with temperatures around -2°C but no snow forecast this morning. The good news? There’s some sunshine coming on Friday!

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 13th December 2018 / Credit: FMI