Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration. A source said a rejection would be a “populist gesture”, adding that the invitation had been accepted and scrapping it would “undo everything”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said PM Theresa May would be failing the people if she failed to postpone the visit. A petition to stop it has gathered more than 900,000 signatures since Saturday. Only 100,000 signatures are needed for Parliament to consider debating a petition.…

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Belfast High Court rejects Brexit challenges

A landmark legal challenge against Brexit has been rejected at the High Court in Belfast. Two separate proceedings, one by a cross-party group of MLAs and another from victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord, were heard earlier this month. A judge ruled there was nothing in the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement to prevent the government triggering Article 50, the formal legal process for leaving the EU. The UK government welcomed the ruling. But sterling hit an eight-day low against the euro late on Friday morning, with analysts speculating that the ruling…

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