As Brussels comes to terms with the loss of life wrought by Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the political implications of the bombings are reverberating across the English channel, and could influence the ongoing debate around the upcoming referendum on Britain's EU membership. While many of the high-profile campaigners supporting Britain's departure or a'Brexit,' such as London mayor Boris Johnson, have so far confined themselves to expressions of sympathy for the victims and their families, some on the political right have been quicker to use the attacks for political gain. Mike Hookem, a British Member of the European Parliament for the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) said: "This horrific act of terrorism shows that Schengen free movement and lax border controls are a threat to our security," according to the U.K.'s Independent newspaper. Hookem's party leader, Nigel Farage, also attracted criticism on Twitter, for re-tweeting a comment from a newspaper columnist which branded Brussels the "jihadist capital of the EU," and mocked campaigners for suggesting that Britain would be safer in the EU. One of those to which this comment refers is British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has argued that Britain is safer remaining inside the EU – a narrative that experts say will now be harder to sell, and which may influence voters in the closely fought battle for Brexit votes.
"Mexicans will pay for the wall!" read a September tweet from President-elect Donald Trump, who said throughout his election campaign he will build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to curb the inflow of illegal immigrants. Now, a leading Mexican cement maker has come forward to offer services to the real estate tycoon to help build the wall. Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) is willing to make the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican southern border a thing of reality. "We can't be choosy," Enrique Escalante, CEO of GCC told Reuters Wednesday. "We're an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border."
President Trump is setting an ambitious timetable for the construction of his promised "big, beautiful border wall." But aside from potential funding and political complications, geologists and law enforcement officials are pointing to what could be a bigger challenge: the terrain. Citing everything from bedrock depth to soil chemistry, experts say building a wall spanning the 2,000-mile border will be much tougher than erecting one of Trump's trademark skyscrapers. "Earth doesn't forgive sloppy," field geologist Mika McKinnon warned in a tweet following Trump's directive last month to design and construct the wall. The southern border between the U.S. and Mexico is made up of wetlands, grasslands, desert, rivers, mountains and forests – all of which could pose pitfalls for builders.