News in 5 Minutes: Donald Trump launches flagship Mexico border wall policy, MPs call for white paper as Brexit bill looms and a new star is born in Trump’s administration.

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (25 January) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Donald Trump launches flagship Mexico border wall policy, MPs call for white paper as Brexit bill looms and a new star is born in Trump’s administration.

News: Donald Trump launches flagship Mexico border wall policy

New US administration acting quickly to implement key election pledges

US President Donald Trump has immediately begun implementing some of his most controversial policies, in an atmosphere of siege after his first day in office saw some of the largest demonstrations in world history. Over the day he will be launching one of his most controversial policies – to build what he has described as a “big, beautiful” wall across the border with Mexico, a wall Trump says Mexico will pay for. Mhmm.

Politics: MPs call for white paper as Brexit bill looms

Brexit legislation could be proposed this weeks

MPs from across the commons have called on the UK Government to provide a white paper outlining its Brexit objectives ahead of the introduction of legislation. A Brexit bill could be introduced to the house as early as Thursday (25 January). The SNP has said it has 50 amendments “ready to go”.

Sport: Johanna Konta put out of Australian Open by Serena Williams

Six time champion through to semi-finals

Serena Williams has beaten Britain’s Johanna Konta to go through to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.

Culture: Scotch Whiskey claims £5bn contribution to UK Economy

Industry body says iconic drink ceates 40,000 jobs

The Scottish Whiskey Association (SWA) has claimed that Scotland’s whisky industry now provides £5bn to the UK economy, and some 40,000 jobs. The industry is an iconic one for Scotland, however campaigners and Unions have consistently claimed that it is mismanaged.

Weather: Sunshine on Leith

Well, dappled across much of the east

It will be another mild and cloudy day, with highs of 12 degrees in the North, and with outbreaks of sun along the east coast.

And another thing: A star is born

 

 

 

Sean Spicer already a firm favourite with internet mockers

The new US administrations press handler Sean Spicer is already making a name for himself as one of its rising stars, with bizarre claims regarding alleged vote rigging for Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election, and claims of a conspiracy to misrepresent the low turnout for Trump’s inauguration.

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