Bitesized Blighty: January 20, 2017

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A Labour shadow minister has broken cover to say she is “leaning towards” voting against triggering Article 50 to launch Brexit talks, in defiance of Jeremy Corbyn. Ms Siddiq, who stands to lose her frontbench role over the matter, was among Labour MPs who opposed her party’s decision to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit timetable in a vote last year. Last month, 23 Labour MPs defied Mr Corbyn in a vote to force Ms May to reveal her Brexit plans, because it also meant support for triggering Article 50.

George Osborne, the former UK chancellor, is set to join BlackRock as an adviser. Mr Osborne will give his views and advice on European politics and policy, Chinese economic reform and trends, such as low yields and longevity, and their impact on retirement planning, BlackRock said in a statement. He will not engage in any lobbying of the British government, it added.

Donald Trump's presidency offers new hope for a post-Brexit trade deal but raises significant concerns about the future of Nato. His approach is in stark contrast to Barack Obama, his predecessor, who prompted fury during the EU referendum by warning that Britain would go to "back of the queue" for a trade deal after Brexit. The Telegraph analyses what this new “special relationship” might look like. 

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