Boris Johnson news: Government suffers fresh Brexit defeat over child refugee protections, as Jess Phillips abandons Labour leadership bid

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Boris Johnson’s government has suffered a fresh Lords defeat over its decision to strip protections for refugee children from its Brexit legislation. The PM has vowed to force the bill through the Commons despite five defeats in two days by peers.

It comes as Jess Phillips pulled out of the Labour leadership contest, admitting she was not the candidate “who can bring all parts of our movement together”. But Lisa Nandy received a boost from the GMB union, which endorsed her candidacy.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is preparing to adopt a “parallel” trade strategy in 2020, opening talks with the EU and the US. Speaking at Davos, Donald Trump said the UK had a “wonderful” prime minister who “wants very much to make a deal”.

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