Democrats have asked President Donald Trump to postpone a speech to Congress, arguing security cannot be guaranteed due to the government shutdown. Mr Trump is due to address Congress for the annual State of the Union speech on 29 January. Is there any chance of a end to the deadlock? After a defeat over its Brexit deal, the UK government has won a confidence vote 325 to 306. We hear how British businesses are handling the uncertainty and Lianna Brianded of Yahoo Finance gives us reaction to the latest vote from outside Parliament. Also in the programme, YouTube bans uploads of dangerous pranks and challenges. Julia Alexander, Tech and internet culture reporter at The Verge tells us why. Plus, with Soho House now in Mumbai and opening in Hong Kong later this year, Sharnjit Leyl is exploring private members clubs in Singapore to see why the trend is taking off across Asia.
All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate in Washington. And Nisid Hajari, Asia Editor for Bloomberg's editorial board in Bangkok.
(Photo: Theresa May. Credit: Getty Images .)
Theresa May's Brexit Deal Heavily Defeated
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March. We get reaction from Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors. Justin Urquhart-Stewart of Seven Investment Management, Liam Murphy of the professional services firm Wachsman, headquartered in Dublin and the US perspective from Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors in Chicago.
We also ask how badly relations between Canada and China have soured as a result of the death penalty passed against a Canadian citizen convicted of drugs charges. And why are efforts to find a solution to the US government shutdown going nowhere? A question for Jasmine Farrier of the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
All this and more discussed with our 2 guests throughout the show:
Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network, in Toronto. And Lulu Chen, technology reporter for Bloomberg,in Hong Kong.
Photo: A demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament featuring a paper mâché Theresa May head sailing towards an iceberg. Credit: Getty Images.)
May Makes Fresh Push for Deal Votes
UK prime minister Theresa May has made a new push to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal. We look at the potential impact on business if the deal falls. Street protests continue across Sudan as inflation tops 130 per cent, with a drastic impact on the price of food and medicine. The US government shutdown is taking it toll in a number of different areas. Today we look at the impact on farming with Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union. We also have a report from India exploring why demand for gold in the country is waning. Plus our regular workplace commentator, Pilita Clark of the Financial Times, considers whether there could be benefits to providing a workplace beer fridge. (Picture: Theresa May. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
US Shutdown Leaves 800,000 Workers Without Pay
Thousands of federal workers are without their January pay as the federal budget is still unagreed. We hear from Trish Gilbert, the head of the National Air Traffic Controllers' Association, how her colleagues are being affected. Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is once again under scrutiny as an employee is arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. And as Washington considers banning Chinese telecoms equipment, we hear what implications this could have for rural America. And will a new standard for wetwipes mean the end for fatbergs? Susannah Streeter is joined throughout the programme by Clive Hunton from ABC NewsRadio in Canberra.
(Picture: Statue of George Washington outside the closed Federal Hall Memorial National Historic Site in Wall Street. Credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump Visits the US/Mexico Border
Donald Trump has spent the day at the US/Mexico border in Texas to talk with officials. He reiterated his message that only by extending a wall along the border can the US remain protected from crime and illegal immigrants. We get reaction to his visit from Molly Hennessy-Fiske, a reporter for the LA Times based in Texas. Also in the programme, we hear why some big-name US and UK retailers are finding business tough after disappointing sales over the Christmas period. And we'll find out why Netflix was forced to change the Spanish subtitles on the Mexico-based film, Roma. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Simon Littlewood, boss of AC Growth Delivered, in Singapore, and Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues in Silicon Valley.
(Picture: US President Donald Trump speaks during his visit to US Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas. Credit: Jim Watson, Getty Images)