Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Happy Brexmas

Christmas comes early for one lucky Briton! 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson whose election campaign had revolved around “the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas” won a landslide victory – refer to my post published December 13 – and which meant, he had free rein to drive Brexit forward despite continued criticism from opposition lawmakers. 

Then, on Friday, he won easy approval for his Brexit deal in parliament – the first step towards fulfilling his election pledge to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union by January 31, 2020. 

Parliamentarians voted by 358 to 234 to pass the second reading of the legislation, underlining Johnson’s large majority in parliament that should ensure a smooth ratification of the divorce deal to implement Britain’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years. 

More than three years since Britain voted to exit the EU in a 2016 referendum, the deep uncertainty over Brexit has now been replaced by the firm deadline of the end of January. Only after that will the prime minister face talks to secure a trade deal with the bloc and another target date of the end of next year. 

Note the Withdrawal Agreement Bill carries an amended clause that makes it illegal for Parliament to extend those talks beyond the end of next year. 

Another trophy won! 

Yesterday, Liverpool became club world champions for the first time after a 1-0 extra time-win over Brazilian side Flamengo in Doha, Qatar. 

Like in the semi-final, it was Roberto Firmino who came up trumps again. In the ninety-ninth minute. A sensational pass from Jordan Henderson found Sadio Mane, who spotted his Brazilian teammate in a strategic space; a mere seconds later Liverpool had their goal. 

In case you didn’t know, Liverpool took part in three finals in 1981, 1984 and 2005 – and they finally won this time around – but even better, avenging a 1981 defeat by Flamengo in this competition's forerunner. 

FIFA’s Club World Cup title is Liverpool’s first, but it’s also the first time any club have won the sweep of the Champions League and Super Cup along with it.

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