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Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday there had been "some movement" by the European Union that could lead to a breakthrough in Brexit talks in "the next few days". Hammond said progress in the ongoing negotiations could result in a fresh vote next week on prime minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal, which was rejected by lawmakers last month.
When asked directly on BBC radio if the relationship had been damaged by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's threat to deploy a new aircraft carrier to the Pacific, finance minister Philip Hammond said: "It is a complex relationship and it hasn't been made simpler by Chinese concerns about royal navy deployments in the South China Sea."
Shamima Begum, a teenager who left London when she was aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has had her British citizenship revoked. She gave birth to a son at the weekend and was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria by a London Times journalist earlier this month. Now aged 19, she has told reporters she wants to return to Britain.
British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the UK, and called for greater oversight of social media companies. The report also accuses CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing contempt for the UK Parliament by declining numerous invitations to appear before the committee.
The House of Commons rejected a government motion intended to express MPs' support for May as she continues an 11th-hour bid to renegotiate her Brexit deal with the EU. Hardline eurosceptics in her Conservative party abstained from voting on the government's non-binding motion, which they believed raised the chances of avoiding a no-deal Brexit.
Parliament will hold a symbolic vote calling for May to renegotiate her deal's unpopular "backstop" provision and also to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal, as agreed in House of Commons votes last month. But eurosceptics in the Conservative party's European Research Group (ERG) could abstain from the vote, threatening defeat for May.