British MPs back Boris Johnson's plan to leave EU on 31 January 2020. US government to support Bayer's appeal of Roundup cancer verdict.
Bullish Boris: British MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Voting 358-234, they voted in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further Parliamentary scrutiny.
The Bill would also ban an extension of the transition period - after the UK leaves the EU but before a comprehensive trade deal is reached - beyond 2020. Johnson argued that a deal could be reached by then, though critics said such a narrow time frame was unrealistic.
Johnson's Conservative Party now holds a comfortable 80-seat majority in the House of Commons following last week's general election. This could end years of deadlock over Brexit and give the British government more leeway over getting a deal with Brussels passed swiftly through Westminster. BBC
Across the Atlantic: The US government is supporting Bayer AG's side in its appeal of the first federal jury verdict finding the company's Roundup weed killer causes cancer. More details here.
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