On Tuesday 8 January, an amendment to the Finance Bill was passed, which will restrict the UK government’s power to make tax changes in the case of a no-deal Brexit, unless it receives “explicit consent” from Parliament.
On Thursday January 10, the car manufacturer Ford Motor announced a decision to cut cost and improve profitability, which could impact thousands of jobs by estimate. Blackrock was also reported to cut roughly 3% of its workforce on Friday January 11, to improve operation by turning focus to technology and more important strategic growth opportunities.
A three-day trade talk between the US and China ended on Wednesday. After the meeting, the US confirmed China’s commitment to purchase “a substantial amount of agricultural, energy, manufactured goods, and other products and services.”
The “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, which is rescheduled for Wednesday January 15 was postponed previously by May as it became clear that over 100 Conservative MPs would vote against her proposal.
China trade balance for December will be announced on Monday January 14, with an expected surplus of CNY345.0bn.
UK CPI will be released on Wednesday January 16 and is expected to come in at 2.2% YoY.
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