News of the Week: 15 – 21 January 2017

A summary of the week’s main stories 

January 15

Trump praises Brexit, promises quick UK-US trade deal, anticipates unravelling of EU – BBC

The UK is “so smart” to be leaving the EU, the President-elect has said

Donald Trump takes swipe at EU as ‘vehicle for Germany’ – The Financial Times

President-elect stokes European fears for the future of transatlantic alliance

UK signals closeness to Trump with snub to French Middle East summit – The Guardian

Britain has refused to send a high-level delegation to the conference

Britain will become tax haven if banned from EU markets after Brexit, says Chancellor – BBC

Britain will “do whatever we have to do” to remain competitive

Criticism after Islamic verses read during Epiphany service – BBC

Church “deeply distressed” by offence caused – but doesn’t apologise

January 16

Hollande rebuffs Trump attack on Merkel’s “catastrophic” handling of migrant crisis – BBC

“[Europe] has no need for outside advice to tell it what it has to do”

Leading Swedish mall turned into ‘no-go zone’ by migrant teen gangs, according to report – RT

Many afraid to visit the mall, as citizens harassed or even attacked

David Cameron should not lead Nato, says senior Tory – BBC

His “talents do not include wisely judging strategic issues”

January 17

Theresa May promises clean Brexit, as Britain set to leave Single Market – BBC

UK wants “freest possible trade” with EU for mutual benefit

A majority of Brits and Germans want to see the Burqa banned – YouGov

Germans are staunchest opponents of burqas, as 69% support a ban

January 18

A Majority of Brits support May’s Brexit plans – YouGov

Support for leaving the single market and customs union at 57%

January 19

Britain in informal trade talks with 12 non-EU countries – The Telegraph

Countries said to include China, India, Australia, and South Korea

Theresa May warns business leaders at Davos not to fuel division – BBC

Inequality blamed on globalisation is aiding the “politics of division”

Corbyn backs down on vow to force Labour MPs to vote in favour of Brexit – The Telegraph

Labour in chaos as Corbyn backtracks on pro-Brexit policy

Labour down to 25% in the polls – YouGov

The Conservatives, on 42%, have a 17 point lead over Labour

January 20

Donald Trump Strikes Nationalistic Tone in Inaugural Speech – The Wall Street Journal

Trump delivers populist speech promising to help the left-behind

Anti-Donald Trump protests turn violent – The Telegraph

Black-clad activists wreck havoc within a mile from the White House

Farage will be made ‘unofficial adviser’ to Trump, close ally says – The Telegraph

Farage will be a “close but unofficial advisor”

Nigel Farage hired by Fox News as a political analyst – BBC

It comes shortly after he was given his own show on the UK’s LBC radio

Austria arrest ‘foils terror attack’ in Vienna – BBC

Arrest of 18-year-old Austrian citizen of migrant background thought to have jihadist motives averts possible terror attack in Vienna

January 21

Donald Tump honours pledge to return Churchill’s bust to the Oval Office – The Telegraph

The President rehabilitated Churchill’s bust within hours of taking office

“Women’s March on Washington” protests against Trump – BBC

Hundreds of thousands march for “women’s rights”, which protesters perceive to be under threat from the Trump administration

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Stoke Central by-election – BBC

UKIP announce Nuttall to stand in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February

Marine Le Pen extols rise of patriotism – BBC

Voters in France, Germany and the Netherlands will follow their US and UK counterparts to reject the arguments of the political establishment in this “year of awakening”