UK lawmakers due to vote on Brexit bill in January: official

Leave the European Union, Brexit supporters protest across the street from the House of Parliament in London, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP)
Updated 13 December 2018
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UK lawmakers due to vote on Brexit bill in January: official

LONDON: British lawmakers will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in January, according to a schedule published Thursday by the leader of the lower house of parliament Andrea Leadsom.
The coming week has been filled by other draft legislation, with parliament then breaking for the holidays until January 7.
May has promised to hold the vote by January 21.
The British leader will brief lawmakers on Monday about her latest visit to Brussels, where she is meeting the other 27 EU leaders in a bid to wrest more concessions on the deal.
EU leaders refuse to renegotiate the actual draft but seem willing to offer May non-binding assurances on the main dispute involving measures to prevent the return of a hard border with Ireland.
May pulled a vote on the draft scheduled for last Tuesday because of its certain defeat.
The decision sparked outrage among MPs across party lines, with her own Conservatives trying to oust her on Wednesday in a no-confidence vote.
May won by a 200-117 margin, underscoring the scale of the resistance from her own ranks to the Brexit draft.
Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 regardless of whether the two sides agree on divorce terms.


Facing populist assault, global elites regroup in Davos

Updated 20 January 2019
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Facing populist assault, global elites regroup in Davos

DAVOS: As the world’s financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack — and the economic outlook is darkening.
Britain’s political system has been thrown into chaos as the country negotiates a messy divorce from the European Union. Under President Donald Trump, the United States is imposing trade sanctions on friend and foe alike, and the government is paralyzed by a partial shutdown that forced Trump and a high-level US delegation to cancel the trip to Davos.
French President Emmanuel Macron is sinking in the polls as he contends with “yellow vest” protesters. Nationalist political movements are gaining strength across Europe.
And experts are downgrading forecasts for global growth this year.