Dec 15, 2017 - Politics

Theresa May's Brexit setback

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The highest court in the UK says Theresa May's government must go through Parliament to formally trigger the two year exit from the EU.

Why it matters: It could spell delay, delay, delay. May said last week that she'd give Parliament a vote on the final terms of Brexit. Now she'll need their approval to start those negotiations.

Even still: Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition, says he won't block Article 50.

What to watch: May visits the U.S. later this week, meeting with Trump — a very public Brexit supporter — on Friday.

What's next

Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.

Huawei threatens America's closest relationship

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Leon Neal/Getty Staff, Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Contributor

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is inching toward a decision that could profoundly harm the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States under President Trump.

Driving the news: Johnson is expected to decide, as soon as this week, whether to defy Trump's request that he ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from the U.K.'s 5G wireless network.