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Protesters rally in central London against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the U.K. Saturday against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to cut short parliamentary debate and push through Brexit, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the NYT, protesters regard Johnson's plans to suspend parliament for a period just before Britain's Oct. 31. deadline for exiting the European Union as anti-democratic. Many are also angry that he did not call a general election after he was elected leader of the Conservative Party on the promise that he will deliver Brexit — with or without a deal. Most members of Parliament oppose a no-deal Brexit.

Protesters in Whitehall, in the inner London borough of Westminster. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Crowd of protesters outside the prime minister's residence on Downing Street. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Many young people are protesting. Just over 70% of 18- to 24-year-olds who voted in the 2016 referendum backed Britain to remain in the EU, per the BBC. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A pro-Brexit supporter with a placard during the pro-EU demonstrations in London. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Go deeper: The scramble to build barriers to Boris

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Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

Janet Yellen plays down debt, tax hike concerns in confirmation hearing

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at an event in December. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, pushed back against two key concerns from Republican senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday: the country's debt and the incoming administration's plans to eventually raise taxes.

Driving the news: Yellen — who's expected to win confirmation — said spending big now will prevent the U.S. from having to dig out of a deeper hole later. She also said the Biden administration's priority right now is coronavirus relief, not raising taxes.