British MPs voted against an amendment by the House of Lords to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have let MPs take control of Brexit negotiations if parliament rejected the government’s deal with the EU. However, the government of PM Theresa May did concede to give parliament more say and stick to a stricter timeline in Brexit talks. Earlier, Phillip Lee, a junior justice minister, resigned from the cabinet so he could vote against the government, saying MPs needed a greater voice. See coverage by the Financial Times, Independent and Spectator.
After 25 years, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have resolved their diplomatic standoff over the latter’s name, wrote the Guardian. To distinguish itself from the Greek region of Macedonia, the country will be named the Republic of Northern Macedonia.
Korea summit outcomes
Donald Trump halted long-scheduled joint US-South Korea military exercises following his summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, reported the Guardian. The war games have been one of the North’s long-standing complaints. Later, a Pentagon spokeswoman told the BBC that America’s commitment to its allies “remain ironclad”. As for the talks, “no immediate, concrete measures were outlined,” reported DW. According to the Economist, the summit “was something the North Koreans wanted badly, but Mr Trump seems to have got little in exchange.”
Donald Trump reportedly has the habit of tearing up documents once he’s finished with them, even though many presidential papers, by law, have to be preserved. So Politico spoke with two former employees whose job was to tape them back together.
AT&T-Time Warner deal cleared by judge
A US federal judge rejected Washington’s competition objections and ruled that AT&T, a telecoms company, could buy the media giant Time Warner, reported the Financial Times. The $80bn takeover, the FT wrote, was a “blockbuster transaction that could reshape the US media sector.”
The steelmaker ArcelorMittal has begun building a carbon capture plant in Gent, Belgium, reported Dow Jones Newswires. The €150m facility “will convert carbon emissions into bioethanol.”