The 10 most important things in the world right now – Sarah Kimmorley June 16, 2017

Buddhist Monks Train Bangkok ThailandBuddhist monks ride a train in Bangkok, Thailand, June 16, 2017.REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.

1. Brexit talks will begin on Monday despite Britain’s political chaos. Last week’s shock general election outcome cast doubt over whether negotiations would go ahead, but the UK government’s Brexit Secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, have agreed that official divorce talks will begin on June 19.

2. UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity has hit an all-time high. Meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May’s downward spiral is showing no signs of ending anytime soon.

3. Britain will stop giving politicians early access to financial data. The move follows fears that sensitive information is being leaked to the market ahead of its official publication, allowing traders to profit from inside information.

4. There will be an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London. “We need to know what happened. We need to have an explanation for this. We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends, and the homes in which they lived,” May said. “People deserve answers, the inquiry will give them.”

5. US President Donald Trump proved former FBI Director James Comey right on a major part of their dispute. By obsessing over clearing his name in the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Trump may have made the issue a whole lot worse for himself. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with questions from investigators on the issue.

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