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In an op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the question of a second Brexit referendum "a gross betrayal of our democracy" and claimed that she would not make compromises on the "Chequers proposal" that wouldn't serve the U.K.'s national interest.

Why it matters: As the threat of a "no deal" Brexit looms over stalled negotiations between the U.K. and the EU, May is facing intense pressure from two sides — hardline Brexiteers like Nigel Farage, who have assailed the Chequers plan for being too weak, and EU negotiators who are pushing for more concessions. May's dismissal of the possibility of a second referendum comes as many British voters appear to be changing their tune on the benefits of leaving the EU.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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