Wednesday, 22nd January Daily Roundup
Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants Britain to have friendly cooperation with the European Union in the future. This statement came from his spokesman after the European Commission presented plans suggesting that Brain may be fined or may lose European market preferential access on violation of a future relationship deal’s terms. In other political news, the Conservative government sustained its fourth defeat regarding Brexit when, on Tuesday, the MPs of the upper chamber voted to ensure child refugee protection post-Brexit.
On to the royal family, Duchess Kate started the “5 big questions on the under 5s” initiative in Birmingham in central England and will visit Cardiff, London and the county of Surrey. Meghan’s estranged father Thomas Markle has sought to defend his reputation in a new documentary to be broadcast this week, but fears he will never speak to his daughter or son-in-law again. The paparazzi have gotten to Prince Harry and Meghan, so much so that they issued a harassment warning against paparazzi photographers.
In world news, what stands out today is Hong Kong.
Several hundred Hong Kong protesters gathered at the site of an attack six months ago by an armed mob on anti-government demonstrators, denouncing the lack of progress by police in bringing those responsible to justice.
In the run-up to Chinese New Year, the politics of protest was a running theme at Lunar New Year fairs in Hong Kong this week, as stallholders sold t-shirts, tattoo transfers, tote bags, and coasters bearing slogans popularised during months of pro-democracy demonstrations.
Often-violent protests, sparked by a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, have persisted in Hong Kong for more than seven months and the long queues at the fairs showed they retain broad popular support.
The country’s leader Carrie Lam sought to convince global business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the Asian financial hub is open for business.
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