A leaked internal document of the European parliament’s legal affairs committee says that it will be up to each member state to decide whether British nationals are allowed to carry on living within their respective borders after 2019. It continues: 'The fact that it appears to be particularly difficult for foreign nationals, even if married to UK nationals or born in the UK, to acquire permanent residence status or British nationality may colour member states’ approach to this matter'. Jeremy Corbyn called on the UK government to make a commitment to EU nationals currently living in Britain that they would be free to go on doing so after Brexit, adding that the government was 'playing political games with people’s lives'. More than 200
high-profile figures in the arts and literature signed an open letter to Theresa May calling on her government to reverse its decision to scrap the child refugee scheme. The letter states: 'The idea that as a country we will slam the door shut after just 350 children have reached safety is completely unacceptable. The country we know and love is better than this'. In his opening address to the Church of England synod, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, linked Brexit, the election of Trump, and the rise of far-right leaders in France and Holland in one sentence. A swastika and a 'Rights for Whites' sign were found in halls of residence at Exeter University, where it is alleged that, at a recent social event, the logo on a T-shirt read 'The Holocaust was a good time'.

Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned. He said he had 'inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador'. In the land of the alternative fact, this seemed to be a euphemism for lying. Although it is illegal in the United States for private citizens to conduct diplomacy, Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before he was appointed to the Trump administration but denied doing so to Pence. The scandal immediately raised questions about what Trump knew and when. The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who met Trump in Washington DC, declined to condemn the travel ban. The wife and stepson of a Ku Klux Klan leader, Frank Ancona, were charged with his murder in Missouri after he was shot dead while he slept. Playboy magazine announced that it was restoring nudity. A survey in Japan found that almost half the country’s married couples do not have sex with each other. In East Lothian, a 12-year-old boy was reported to the authorities after an alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old girl. Astronomers published details of a violent incident in a galaxy 160 million light years from earth – the collapse of a star 10,000 times brighter than the sun.

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