Result NIV Christmas Puzzle known

| January 29, 2016

Result NIV Christmas Puzzle known
All entries for the Christmas puzzle are checked. With about 1600 exhibitors, it was a huge job that is done with the help of 25 colleagues (in their own time, with pizza). All entrants received today a message with their result. The highest score is 96 points, both inside and outside the AIVD. The winners will soon receive the traditional cup.

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After winning a vote in the House of Commons late last night by one 'aye', parliament is now one step away from legislating against a no deal Brexit by forcing the prime minister to request an extension to the Article 50 process from the EU, while also giving parliament the power to decide on the length of the delay to be requested. The ball is still very much in the EU's court on the issue though, which is well within its rights to deny an extension.


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After winning a vote in the House of Commons late last night by one 'aye', parliament is now one step away from legislating against a no deal Brexit by forcing the prime minister to request an extension to the Article 50 process from the EU, while also giving parliament the power to decide on the length of the delay to be requested. The ball is still very much in the EU's court on the issue though, which is well within its rights to deny an extension.

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