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Brexit bill allowing Britain to exit EU on 31 January passes Commons

independent.co.uk

The government bill paving the way for the UK’s exit from the European Union on 31 January has completed its passage through the House of Commons, amid warnings that it may lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.The EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed its third reading in the Commons by 330 votes to 231 – a government majority of 99.The bill now goes to the House of Lords on Monday and is expected to reach the statute book in time for Boris Johnson to hit his target of delivering Brexit by the end of this month.Sharing headlinesNo non-Conservative MPs voted for the bill, with 167 out of the 202 Labour MPs – including all six contenders for the party leadership – voting against, along wit...

EU warns refusal to give access to UK fishing waters after Brexit could lead to new cod war

telegraph.co.uk

Failure to grant the European Union access to British fishing waters after Brexit could lead to an outbreak of cod war style hostilities, the EU has warned....

Donald Trump’s rant against Iran is the howl of a dying empire | Simon Jenkins | Opinion

theguardian.com

As the president slurred ritualised abuse of Iran and pleas to Nato, we saw the US’s days as world hegemon dribbling away, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins. D onald Trump does not strut the world stage as Augustus triumphant. On Wednesday he might have commanded that “Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon … we will never let that happen”. But as he slurred at his autocue, he conveyed only ritualised abuse of Iran and pleas to Nato for help, a Nato he once majestically derided. I sensed we were seeing the US’s days as world hegemon dribbling away. Even Trump’s Republican ally Mike Lee called the Iran briefing “the worst briefing I’ve seen – at least on a military issue – in...