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CNN 10 - March 27, 2019


Britain`s Parliament Takes Over Brexit From Prime Minister Teresa May; Brits Are Stockpiling Food For Fear Of Food Shortages From Brexit Uncertainty; OneWeb Working To Try And Clean Up Space Junk; Positive Athlete Series; New Jersey High School Puts On School Play of Alien

Aired March 27, 2019 - 04:00:00 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: The same week that the United Kingdom was originally scheduled to leave the European Union, British lawmakers have voted to take control of that process from their prime minister. And the questions hanging in the air just got bigger. I`m Carl Azuz this is CNN 10. In 2016, British voters chose to leave the European Union, an economic and political union of 28 countries. No one`s ever left it before. The complicated part was determining how Britain would separate itself. How would its laws be affected? What would its trade deals look like? What about immigration and people from other countries currently living in Britain?

The government of British Prime Minister Teresa May had been negotiating these terms with the European Union. Their original deadline to get this done was March 29th and they reached a deal but Britain`s parliament needs to approve that deal before its completed. And so far, lawmakers have rejected it twice. Last week the European Union agreed to delay the deadline for Britain to leave and this week British lawmakers voted 329 to 302 to take control of the parliamentary timetable from the government. It`s the first time in more than 100 years that`s happened and it means that parliament, not the government of Prime Minister May is temporarily in control of the Brexit process.

So what now? The basic options lawmakers have are the same. They can try to delay the Brexit process further. They can allow Britain to leave the European Union without a deal which could temporarily hurt Britain`s economy or they could keep working on a deal with the European Union.

Though the EU may not agree to a different plan. Meanwhile, the prime minister can try a third time to get her deal passed. As parliament grapples with Brexit, some British businesses are in a holding pattern.


EDITH SUAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Recent winter months would typically see a decline in business for this cold storage hub outside of London.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As you can see, we have reached maximum capacity.

SUAREZ: But this year has proved very different.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of our existing clients (inaudible) due to the uncertainty around Brexit and therefore stockpiling, getting goods shipped in to us in - - in larger bulks and quantities.

SUAREZ: The site stores produce for a range of cliental from manufacturers and restaurants to caterers and small businesses. And there`s space here for over 2,000 pallets of frozen goods, items such as bread, chicken breasts as well as ice cream. But fully stocked shelves present an unwelcome problem in this industry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We had quite a few new inquiries over the last couple of months but this is (inaudible) in an ideal world you don`t want to have to be turning away any business.

SUAREZ: Threats of leaving the EU without a deal all with a bad one, have created a safety first approach for many retailers across the UK who fear trade disruptions. Those with enough resources are stocking up while they have the chance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We know that retailer are taking a number of steps and have been looking to hire extra staff working in their customs unit to help to get things through the borders if there should be any delays. They`ve also been looking at what they stock. Is there a chance perhaps to source things locally from the UK? Everybody wants to do that. Of course it`s a great marketing tool to talk about locally grown produce and British produce to British consumers but the simple fact is Britain only produces half of the food that it actually eats.

SUAREZ: The government has so far reassured the public that food supply, irrespective of Brexit will remain unchanged. A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said this to CNN. The UK has a high degree of good security built on access to a diverse range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from third countries. This will continue to be the case as we leave the EU. They added, while we are making sensible preparations for all eventualities as we leave the EU. The government is not and will not be storing food.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We do know that 10 percent of consumers have said that they are already stockpiling goods but another 25 percent of consumers have said they would consider stockpiling.

SUAREZ: And as Brexit uncertainty continues to fester, businesses and consumers must now choose how best to fill their freezers. Edith Suarez, CNN, London.


AZUZ: Fixed up. After 50 years of sending rockets and satellites and humans into space, we`ve left a lot of junk up there and its becoming a bigger problem with every launch. Ten years ago, two satellites collided adding to the millions of pieces of debris that`s orbiting the earth. If more collisions happen, millions of people could use their internet or phone service. Satellite TV could be taken out. GPS service could be lost. With thousands of new satellites being planned for the years ahead, some companies like OneWeb are taking steps toward retrieving defunct satellites or leaving enough fuel in them to ensure they head back into earth`s atmosphere to burn up once their missions are completed.

The company says this is expensive and though NASA recommends that every space company comes up with a way to remove its products once their done working, it doesn`t punish those who don`t. So what the risk is coming down to is whether enough is done to keep space clean as people and businesses continue to explore it.

10 Second Trivia. Which of these events took place in 1992? Lillehammer Winter Olympics, Barcelona Summer Olympics, Election of George H. W. Bush, or the Launch of the Hubble Telescope. In the summer of 1992, the Olympic games were held in Barcelona, Spain.

And it makes since that the daughter of a woman who competed in those Olympics would also be a competitive athlete. But what makes Carmen Alder (ph) a positive athlete in our ongoing series is how she`s set an example for others on the track, in America and in her mother`s home country. You can nominate a Positive Athlete you know at CNN.com/positive athlete.


CARMEN ALDER (PH): I had tried a bunch of sports before running. None of the sports really stuck with me (ph). Once I tried, oh yes, like, I`m good at this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In her four semesters in high school so far, she has won five straight titles. She is a coaches dream. She cares just as much about her teammates. It`s really not about her.

ALDER (PH): I remember growing up watching my mom, you know, she got to train and run and, you know, I kind of wanted to be like my mom.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When I was 14, I run for a (inaudible) and then I made it to the Olympics to Barcelona in `92 and eventually that`s what brought me to the United States. I became a coach because we didn`t find any distance coach and we start the idea (inaudible). And then last summer we went to - - to Ecuador, I took my girls to train there. We did a clinic. We saw there was a lot of kids there that were interested in running too.

ALDER (PH): My mom owns some land and the whole summer she was like, well hey guys we`re going to go in (inaudible). And she was hyping us up and so we got this group of kids and we all drove up in this bus. We start running and we finally did six miles and then after that, we were like, all of us were like so tired. Like oh my gosh. That was really fun just to see how many kids there were - - who were willing to come on a Saturday all the way up there in the cold and, you know, run together. That was a very special experience.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it was really given really (inaudible) for her to see all the kids that are, you know, trying to do the same things that she`s doing. And I think for her also saw how fortunate she is to have the opportunities that she has here that most of their kids there don`t have it.

ALDER (PH): One of the main goals is to help them get scholarships because through that, you know, your opened to so many more opportunities, like so many jobs that they want to do. I mean who doesn`t (ph), education is really important and those kids there probably don`t have the money needed to like, you know, get some really, you know, the degrees they want. And you know if running can open that door for them than I think (inaudible) I`m all for it.


AZUZ: For 10 out of 10 it`s Alien, the play. Drama students at a New Jersey high school recently took a horror classic from 1979, adapted a script and put it on stage. It was a budget production. One senior said the crew used whatever cardboard and scrap metal was lying around to build the set but it was pretty convincing. The production went viral after viewers posted clips on social media and the local mayors office has funded an encore.

You might be asking what happened to "Our Town". What kind of "Midsummer Nights Dream" led those students to "shrek" tradition, not go "Into the Woods", leave "Alice in Wonderland" and take on a "Crucible" that makes "Beauty and the Beast" look like the "Little Mermaid". Maybe this December they`ll sing "A Christmas Carol" but for now, their "Little Shop of Horrors" has them "Mary Poppin" on social media. I`m Carl Azuz taking a bow on CNN 10.