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Trump names Gen. McMaster as National Security Adviser

General HR McMaster Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump has named General HR McMaster as his National Security Adviser and Keith Kellogg will be his Chief of Staff for the National Security Council.

Gen McMaster replaces former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who lasted 25 days in the job after stepping down when it emerged that he had misled vice-president Mike Pence and other officials over his contacts with officials in Moscow.

In the same announcement the US President said he will ask John Bolton to serve in another capacity.

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Lord Lawson warns against delaying Brexit bill

Lord Lawson of Blaby has warned against "improper" amending of the Brexit bill, earning him dissenting grumbles from the opposition benches.

Lord Lawson warned that delays would only prolong uncertainty for British businesses.

Some opposition peers were heard to shout "shame" when he said amendments already tabled did not seek to amend the Bill's provisions but would "add to them substantially and perhaps delay the Bill".

He said: "In the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, I have to say that were the House to entertain any of the amendments it would have embarked on an ill-advised, improper and fundamentally unconstitutional manoeuvre."

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Mandelson: I voted to remain because I am a patriot

The Labour peer argued that Britain would be worse outside the EU

Former EU commissioner Lord Mandelson has said he did not vote to stay in the bloc because of his pension rights but because he was "a patriot".

The Labour peer, who served as business secretary, also argued that Britain would be worse outside the EU, saying that claims the UK would enjoy the same trade benefits after breaking with Brussels amounted to "a fraud on the public".

He said that those who voted to leave the EU had not voted "to turn Britain into a poorer, politically isolated offshore tax haven, without reach or influence in the world".

"And once they see the consequences they may, and I stress may, want to think again about the outcome of the government's chosen path and Parliament's job will be to reflect that change of view and create the means of expressing it," he said.

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