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Pelosi warns 'no chance' of US-UK trade deal if Brexit violates international treaty - CNN
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has warned that Britain will be unable to secure a trade deal with the US if it does anything to undermine the treaty that brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of violence.
(CNN)Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has warned that Britain will be unable to secure a trade deal with the US if it does anything to undermine the treaty that brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of violence. "If the UK violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress," Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday. Her comments come in the same week that the UK proposed legislation that would, in the words of a UK cabinet minister, "break international law in a very specific and limited way." The British government on Wednesday published the Internal Market Bill, which it claims is designed to ensure that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, trade between the four nations of the United Kingdom would remain unfettered. The legislation, if voted into law by an act of Parliament, would effectively overwrite elements of the Brexit deal that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed with London last year. Specifically, it would undermine a part of the deal known as the Northern Ireland protocol, which exists to eliminate the need for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in accordance with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The agreement is of particular interest to US Democrats because of former President Bill Clinton's role in bringing the various sides of the divide in Northern Ireland together. Pelosi's statement will come as a major blow to the UK, as several prominent Brexiteers have claimed that the ability to sign international trade deals will be the most obvious upshot of leaving the European Union. As a member state and part of the EU's single market and customs union, the UK could not negotiate its own trade deals and instead was represented at the World Trade Organization by a delegate from the EU. A trade deal with the US has been repeatedly described as the most important of these, given the size of the US economy, the historic relationship between Britain and the US and the fact that the US is the UK's largest single trading partner, despite the two having no formal trading agreement.
John Lewis makes final journey across Edmund Pettus Bridge in horse-drawn caisson - CNN
The late US Rep. John Robert Lewis made his final journey on Sunday across the famous bridge in Selma, Alabama, where the towering civil rights figure helped lead a march for voting rights in 1965 that came to be a key part of his legacy.
Washington, DC (CNN)The late US Rep. John Robert Lewis made his final journey on Sunday across the famous bridge in Selma, Alabama, where the towering civil rights figure helped lead a march for voting rights in 1965 that came to be a key part of his legacy. Following a short ceremony outside of Brown Chapel AME Church on Sunday, Lewis' body traveled on a horse-drawn caisson through several blocks of downtown Selma to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where Lewis' flag-draped casket crossed. It was on that bridge that a 25-year-old Lewis and other marchers were met by heavily armed state and local police who attacked them with clubs, fracturing Lewis' skull. The caisson paused when it reached the bridge's steel arch that bears its name. The final crossing provided a new chapter in the history of the bridge and Lewis' relationship to it: The concrete and steel structure that was once stained with blood during the violent clash was covered with rose petals on Sunday, a somber moment honoring the fallen civil rights icon that stood in marked contrast to the scene in which Lewis was brutalized 55 years ago. A small group of family members -- including Lewis' son John-Miles Lewis, brothers Freddie Lewis, Samuel Lewis and Henry "Grant" Lewis, and the late congressman's sister, Rosa Tyner -- accompanied the caisson in part of the procession. The black caisson was modeled after the one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had for his funeral, with red-brown wheels and pulled by two black horses. It was also met by Alabama state troopers. Fifty-five years ago, state troopers were among the law enforcement officers that clashed with protesters on the same bridge. Scores of people lined the streets near the bridge to pay their respects. Among them was Velma Martin, who drove five hours from Orrville, Alabama, to witness Lewis' final crossing. "I'm out here to celebrate a legend, the life of a person who (sacrificed) for others," she told CNN. "So it gives me great honor and pleasure to just get up and stand here to salute him for what he's done." Sunday's event is part of a six-day memorial ceremony honoring the longtime Georgia Democrat that began on Saturday in his hometown of Troy, Alabama. The civil rights legend died on July 17 at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with cancer. The day Lewis and the marchers initially crossed the bridge became known as "Bloody Sunday" and galvanized Americans' support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. "I gave a little blood on that bridge," Lewis said years later. "I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death." The march has been reenacted many times on its March 7, 1965, anniversary. In 2015, President Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the march by delivering a speech at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the following year, the marchers received a Congressional Gold Medal, Congress' highest civilian honor. Lewis served as the US representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District for more than three decades and was widely considered the moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of the nonviolent fight for civil rights. He was known for getting into "good trouble," and by his own count, the longtime congressman was arrested more than 40 times during his days of civil rights activism. In the week since his death, Democratic lawmakers have called on President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass legislation that would expand voting rights in honor of Lewis' legacy. At the same time, there have been renewed calls to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of the congressman, which includes a petition with more than 500,000 signatures. The bridge's namesake, Edmund Pettus, was a Confederate general and leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. Lewis visited the bridge earlier this year to mark the 55th anniversary of the historical march. In an emotional scene, Lewis locked arms with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to commemorate the pivotal moment for Black Americans. "It is good to be in Selma, Alabama, one more time," Lewis said as he spoke to the crowd assembled on the bridge. "To take a little walk to try to dramatize the need for the rights of all our people to be able to participate in the democratic process." This story has been updated with additional details from the bridge crossing. CNN's Kevin Bohn, Veronica Stracqualursi, Devan Cole, Suzanne Malveaux, Lauren Fox, Faith Karimi, Brandon Griggs, Jim Acosta and Haley Byrd contributed to this report.
Trump cancels Republican convention activities in Jacksonville - CNN International
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Republicans have scrapped plans to hold convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida.
(CNN)President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Republicans have scrapped plans to hold convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida. The move is a striking turnaround for Trump, who moved the convention to Jacksonville after North Carolina's governor raised public health concerns about having massive gatherings in Charlotte, as the GOP had long planned. Pared-back events in Charlotte will still be held, Trump said. Despite urges to ignore them, Trump was closely watching as several Republican lawmakers said they weren't going to Jacksonville or were considering not going, a person familiar said. Trump was wary of having sparse attendance at the convention. Just a month ago, the Trump campaign was playing up expectations for a massive crowd at the President's first rally since the pandemic began, but those crowds in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were much smaller than expected. Campaign manager Bill Stepien and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel met with Trump recently, telling him it was still possible to go forward with the convention but that canceling was also still an option, according a GOP source with knowledge of the process. They presented the option to cancel as a chance for Trump to demonstrate leadership, and he was much more open to the idea than he had been in the past, the source said. Trump said on Thursday he informed his team that his focus was on protecting the American people, even though aides advised him they could make an in-person convention safe. "I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right. It's just not right," Trump said at the White House. "To have a big convention, it's not the right time." "There's nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe," Trump said. His decision Thursday marks a complete reversal after insisting for months that an in-person acceptance speech be delivered before a massive crowd. Earlier in the pandemic, Trump forced the Republican National Committee to embark upon an extensive search for a new venue to host an in-person convention after North Carolina's Democratic governor balked at the prospect of a major gathering. Trump has now upended convention plans in two key swing states he must win to have a shot at reelection. Trump's announcement about Jacksonville came hours after Quinnipiac released a poll showing Biden leading Trump 51% to 38% in Florida. The poll also found that 62% of those surveyed believed it would be unsafe to hold the event in Jacksonville, to 34% who thought it would be safe. Among Republicans, 69% said doing so would be safe, while 26% said they thought it would be unsafe. As recently as last week, convention organizers had been planning to limit its crowd to 2,500 delegates on the first three nights of the event, followed by 7,000 on its final night, when Trump would deliver what would likely be the most important speech of his reelection bid on prime-time television. McDaniel sent a letter to convention delegates last week informing them of the changes, telling them the party fully intended to conduct a convention celebration, but would do so by making adjustments that comply with local health guidelines. Those plans to pare down the convention -- and then a week later, cancel the portion in Jacksonville altogether -- were made as coronavirus cases spiked in Florida. Trump said Republicans would still meet in Charlotte as planned on the first day of the four-day convention to handle official business. He said Republicans will plan something "exciting," but that it will be "nothing like having 25,000 people." A convention official described chaos inside the RNC after Trump pulled the plug on Jacksonville. The official described the situation as "a multimillion dollar debacle and think of where that money could have gone," noting the funds could have been better spent on fighting the virus. The official added there were some questions whether all campaign staffers scheduled to work the event would actually show given concerns about the virus. Now, convention staffers aren't sure what to do -- go home or go to Charlotte, the official said. Florida Republicans, who have been scrambling to piece together the components necessary to pull off the Jacksonville convention, received little heads up about the President's decision to cancel the event. The President wanted to make the announcement himself, and his decision was reached within the last 24 hours, a Republican official close to the convention planning told CNN. "As you can tell from the fact that it didn't leak, it was a very small group -- by design," the GOP official said. One Florida GOP official told CNN that some leaders in the state were informed of the decision shortly before the President made the announcement during his news conference. A Republican official in Jacksonville told CNN that a trip for local business leaders to Tampa next week -- to meet with people to learn about their 2012 convention experience -- was abruptly canceled on Wednesday. The official was not given a reason for the cancellation. While Jacksonville business leaders were eager to showcase the city, many were deeply apprehensive that the GOP convention would bring unwelcome attention and fan flames of racial unrest in the city. The Duval County Sheriff had been vocal about his security concerns and, as of this week, the hotel plan was still a big subject of controversy. A key moment in the decision to scrap Jacksonville came when the local sheriff said adequate security could not be provided for the convention given the pandemic, the convention official said. That sheriff, the official said, has close ties to other local officials in the area who were all becoming more concerned by the day about hosting the convention. "This outcome is better for Jacksonville," a prominent Republican business leader told CNN. This story has been updated with additional developments. CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Ryan Nobles, Dana Bash, Kaitlan Collins and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.
The latest on the coronavirus pandemic - CNN International
The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In many places, as countries reopen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Follow here for the latest.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Monday all counties in the state to close indoor activities at restaurants, bars, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums. The statewide order is effective today, Newsom said at a news conference. These sectors will need to move activities outdoors if possible. Here's a list of closures that affect all counties:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs ordered to close indoor and outdoor operations statewide
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters and family entertainment centers
- Zoos and museums
UK foreign secretary warns China 'can't be trusted' as London passes Magnitsky-style sanctions law - CNN
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has questioned whether China can be trusted to live up to international obligations after its move to introduce a new security law for Hong Kong, which London says contravenes the historical agreement handing over the te…
(CNN)British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has questioned whether China can be trusted to live up to international obligations after its move to introduce a new security law for Hong Kong, which London says contravenes the historical agreement handing over the territory to Beijing. "China freely assumed international obligations to the United Kingdom ... in relation to the way that it would treat Hong Kong and in particular, would respect the autonomy and freedoms," Raab said. "It's a matter of trust, and lots of countries around the world are asking this question -- does China live up to its international obligations? Because if they can't be trusted to keep their word on Hong Kong, why would they be trusted to live up to their wider international responsibilities." Raab's comments come after China's Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has accused Britain of "gross interference" in China's internal affairs by commenting on the new national security law in Hong Kong. London has said it will provide a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands -- potentially millions -- of Hong Kongers, as a result of the security law. That law gained new teeth Monday, as Hong Kong's government unveiled new "implementation rules" under the legislation, drastically expanding police powers to search and order potentially-illegal material online to be deleted for the purposes of "preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for any acts and activities endangering national security." Under the new laws -- which were passed without consulting the city's parliament -- police can search properties without a warrant in special circumstances, can freeze assets, intercept communications and require internet service providers to remove information. The US has moved to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for the law and undermining freedoms in the city, something Raab said that UK has not ruled out. Speaking in the House of Commons after the passage of Magnitsky-style sanctions targeting overseas officials accused of human rights abuses and involvement crime, Raab was asked about targeting China under the new law. "I am not going to pre-empt for pre-judge further designations now," he said. "But we're already working on what the next wave might be". Raab announced the new rules in the House of Commons on Monday, along with the details of the first wave of sanctions which includes 25 Russian nationals "involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky" and 20 Saudi nationals involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Raab said it's the first time there has been a "UK-only regime," adding it gives the country "the power to impose sanctions on those involved in the very worst human rights abuses right around the world". "This extends beyond state officials to non-state actors as well. So if you're a kleptocrat or an organized criminal, you will not be able to launder your blood money in this country." Also included in the first wave of sanctions are two "high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities" and "two organizations involved in the forced labor, torture and murder that takes place in North Korea's gulags," a written statement from the Foreign Office said. Raab said the new legislation would send a clear message that "the thugs of despots" and "the henchmen of dictators" would no longer be welcome in the UK. "(They) will not be free to waltz into this country and buy up property on the Kings Road, to do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge, or frankly to siphon dirty money through British banks or other financial institutions," added Raab.
Formula One drivers divided as several choose not to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter movement - CNN International
The Formula One grid was divided ahead of the sport's return as several drivers, including Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, chose not to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
(CNN)The Formula One grid was divided ahead of the sport's return as several drivers, including Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, chose not to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. All 20 drivers congregated on the start line before the Austrian Grand Prix, the first race of the season following the three-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lewis Hamilton, who has been using his sizable platform to speak out against racial and social injustice, knelt on the front line wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, while the rest of the drivers had "End Racism" written on theirs. Before the race, Ferrari driver Leclerc posted a series of tweets explaining why he had chosen not to kneel alongside his peers. "All 20 drivers stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice, at the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, supporting Formula 1's and FIA's commitment," he wrote. "I believe that what matters are facts and behaviors in our daily life rather than formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries. I will not take the knee but this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism." Verstappen echoed Leclerc's comments, writing: "I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I believe everyone has the right to express themselves at a time and in a way that suits them. I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes." In total six drivers chose not to kneel. The other four were Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen. The different stances were particularly stark coming less than two weeks after Formula One launched its "We Race as One" initiative, which is aimed at tackling racism and inequality. Just days after the initiative was launched, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was widely condemned for his comments on racism. "In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are," the 89-year-old told CNN, leading F1 to release a statement and disassociate themselves from him comments. Despite the extended break before the start of the season, normal service resumed on the track as Valtteri Bottas gave Mercedes top spot on the podium. It was looking like Mercedes would finish with its two drivers in first and second, but Hamilton was given a five-second penalty just four laps from the end for his role in a collision with Red Bull's Alex Albon. That allowed Leclerc to take second and gave young McLaren driver Lando Norris third place for his first ever podium in Formula One. Hamilton hadn't won in Austria since 2016, with teammate Bottas taking one win and Red Bull's Max Verstappen taken the other two in the intervening years. The six-time world champion had an uphill battle from the off, after being demoted from second to fifth on the grid less than an hour before the start of the race. Hamilton had initially been cleared by the stewards for failing to slow down for yellow flags during qualifying, but was handed the grid penalty at the last minute after a complaint from Red Bull. It was reported that the new evidence Red Bull provided to have the ban instated was a video posted on Formula One's Twitter account. Red Bull boss Christian Horner said the footage had only been released by the race promoter on Sunday morning, which is why it wasn't available for the inquiry on Saturday. Bottas put in a commanding drive to ignore the drama behind him and led the race from start to finish, despite a flurry of pressure moments following a number of safety cars' deployments. Verstappen looked like the only driver capable of challenging the top two early on, but electric issues with the car forced the Dutch driver's early retirement on lap 11. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel's race was all but over after 31 laps following a collision with Carlos Sainz, the man who is replacing him at Ferrari next year. The altered Formula One season, which has seen a number of grands prix canceled, continues with another race in Austria next weekend, before heading to Hungary.
Derby County footballer Andre Wisdom hospitalized after assault - CNN International
Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is recovering in hospital after an "unprovoked assault and robbery," according to a statement from the club.
(CNN)Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is recovering in hospital after an "unprovoked assault and robbery," according to a statement from the club. Reports say that Wisdom, who joined the the Championship club in 2017, was visiting relatives in Toxteth, Liverpool, when the incident took place. "Andre Wisdom has been the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery," said a statement from Derby. "He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital, where he is in a stable condition. "Merseyside Police are investigating and the club will focus its efforts on supporting Andre and his family." In a statement, Merseyside Police said it was appealing for witnesses "after a 27-year-old man was assaulted and had his watch stolen in the early hours of Sunday June 28. "The man suffered stab wounds to his buttocks and head during the incident. He was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening," added the statement. "The investigation is in the early stages but we are determined to find the people responsible for this assault and robbery and I would urge anyone who knows anything to come forward," said Detective Sergeant Richie Shillito. Wisdom played in Derby's 2-1 victory against Reading on Saturday. He signed for the club from Liverpool after a series of loan spells and has made 20 appearances so far this season. Derby fans have started a fundraising campaign for a flag to show their support for Wisdom at home games, which has so far raised £4,230 ($5,200). Derby has an outside chance of making the Championship playoffs as the club seeks promotion to the English Premier League.
Lewis Hamilton: 'Sad and disappointing' to read Ecclestone comments - CNN International
Lewis Hamilton said it was "sad" and "disappointing" to see the former head of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone, claim that "in lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are."
(CNN)Lewis Hamilton said it was "sad" and "disappointing" to see the former head of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone, claim that "in lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are." Hamilton -- the lone Black driver in Formula 1 -- took to Instagram to reply to the comments made by the 89-year-old billionaire to CNN Sport on Friday. The six-time world champion began by writing, "Damn, I just don't even know where to start with this one." Hamilton later called Ecclestone's comments both "ignorant" and "uneducated." Ecclestone ran Formula 1 for roughly 40 years before being replaced as chief executive in 2017. "Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong -- ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen," Hamilton wrote. CNN's George Ramsay contributed to this story
Four years after Brexit, support for the EU surges in Britain - CNN
Four years on from the UK's Brexit vote, a majority of British voters would now opt to remain inside the European Union, says new research.
London (CNN)Four years on from the UK's Brexit vote, a majority of British voters would now opt to remain inside the European Union, says new research. According to the European Social Survey (ESS), a pan-European poll carried out every two years, 56.8% of respondents in the UK indicated that they would vote to remain inside the bloc, an increase from 49.9% the last time the survey was published in 2018. The most recent survey shows that of those questioned in the UK, 34.9% said they would vote to leave and 8.3% said they would not vote at all. The findings come in the same week that marked the fourth anniversary of the 2016 referendum. The intervening years have seen the UK engage in divisive internal debate about precisely what form Brexit should take, complicated negotiations with Brussels on how the country would leave the bloc, and painful political deadlock that only ended on January 31 this year, when the UK finally left the EU. The survey also reveals that support for the EU has grown broadly across the continent. The latest survey of 26 countries, four of which are not member states, reveals an increase in support for EU membership, suggesting that speculation that other countries would quickly follow the UK to exit the union is possibly unfounded. Of the 19 countries that participated in both the latest and previous ESS, all EU member states saw support for EU membership rise. There was little change in Norway and Switzerland, which are not member states. The latest data was gathered while the UK was still negotiating its exit from the EU as a member state. "Brexit had an early uptick in support among member states, but for most EU citizens, Brexit hasn't been on their radar for a long time," says Georgina Wright, an EU expert at the Institute for Government. "Over the past few years there has been more of a sense that Europe isn't static. At the last EU election we saw lots of parties who backed EU reform elected to the parliament, which I think suggests citizens are increasingly positive about the EU's ability to change with the times." Outside of the bloc there is a mixed picture. In the Balkans there are majorities in Montenegro and Serbia for joining. However, support remains strong for staying outside in non-member states that have a far closer relationship with the EU than the UK government currently claims to want. Switzerland, for example, is part of the EU's Schengen Area and operates in line with large areas of EU law in order to participate in the EU's Single Market. Just 11.2% of respondents in the country would be in favor of joining. Norway, where 21.5% of respondents were in favor of joining the EU, is a full member of the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, by contrast, has stated on numerous occasions that the UK will not fall in line with EU law and seeks only a free-trade agreement with the bloc. Any deal would need to be in place by December 31 of this year, when the UK's current transition period with the EU expires. Although the survey shows a significant swing in British support for EU membership compared to 2016, it paints only part of a murky picture in the context of British politics. Johnson won an 80-seat majority in a landslide election victory back in December on the simple platform of "Get Brexit Done," suggesting that leaving the EU was popular after more than three years of indecision. "A lot of people, regardless of their preference for leave or remain, believe that the referendum was a democratic vote, regardless of what they think of the outcome. So in the words of the PM, they might agree that we needed to get Brexit done," says Will Jennings, Professor in Politics at the University of Southampton. "Asking people hypothetically how they would vote if the referendum were happening now, you might get an interesting answer. But it is a fundamentally different question." Whatever is happening in the UK, the apparent trend of increased support for the union among its own ranks will be welcome news to Eurocrats. Brussels has been careful to prevent Brexit setting a trend for increased Euroskepticism and has myriad internal problems due to disagreements between member states on issues like China and migration. "Our latest data suggests that the UK remains divided on Brexit, however, in the rest of the union, support for remaining in the EU remains very high and is actually rising," says Professor Rory Fitzgerald, Director of the European Social Survey at City, University of London. "Support for remaining ranged from 66% (Czech Republic) to 89% (Spain), suggesting that the anti-EU sentiment seen in the UK is not spreading to other countries." However, he also notes that if the UK is successful in striking a deal with the EU before the end of the year, then Britain's Europe question could be settled once and for all. "Only in countries outside the bloc like Norway and Switzerland do we see higher levels of anti-EU sentiment than in the UK. However, this suggests in the longer term, being outside the union might see support for re-joining decline." Whether that happens will largely come down to what kind of deal, if any, Johnson manages to strike with Brussels. "The softest deal that this government wants to strike is far harder than many of the people in this country are comfortable with," says Simon Usherwood, professor of politics at the University of Surrey. "When people start to see the impact that has on the country and the economy, we might soon learn that the European question is far from settled as new battle lines are drawn." Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK have continued through 2020 via videoconference, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both sides have previously told CNN that the lack of human interaction has made the negotiations more fraught. And while both want to reach an agreement, there is still significant distance between the two sides, and very little time left, unless either London or Brussels makes a major concession.
UK coronavirus death toll tops 50,000, new data shows - CNN
More than 50,000 people in the UK have now died after contracting coronavirus, according to the respective national statistics offices of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.