Global Political Calendar: Countdown to Brexit Day

EU lawmakers vote on the Brexit deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House to discuss regional issues, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Minsk. 

Brexit Day 

Britain's tortured European Union (EU) divorce will be final on January 31, more than three years since Britons' 52-48 percent in a referendum in favor of departing the bloc. 

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On Thursday, the bill implementing Britain's exit deal with EU officially became law ahead of the country's departure from the bloc. 

A consent vote in the EU Parliament will take place on January 29, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to formally sign the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days. 

Netanyahu's U.S. trip 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement on Thursday, and a source familiar with the situation said U.S. officials would most likely share some details of U.S. President Donald Trump's long-secret Middle East proposal. 

The White House said Netanyahu's election rival Benny Gantz had also accepted Trump's invitation for a Washington visit but gave no specific date. The source said Gantz too would most likely hear some of the plan's details. 

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One en route to Miami for a political event, Trump said Thursday that he will release his long-awaited plan for Middle East peace ahead the meeting with Netanyahu. 

Palestinians might react negatively to the plan at first, but that it would benefit them, Trump added. 

Day by day 

Monday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Edi Rama, president of Albania, for talks in Berlin; the European Commission's Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni speak at the economic committee of the European Parliament

Tuesday: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House; Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin ahead of the ceremonies to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz 75 years ago; EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko hold EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting; EU General Affairs Council meeting

Wednesday: EU lawmakers vote on the Brexit deal; Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks in Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, to commemorate the victims of the Nazi dictatorship; Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets French President Emmanuel Macron; European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Sefcovic present the executive's 2020 work program in Brussels 

Thursday and Friday: Quiet days for politics 

Saturday: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Minsk

Sunday: A quiet day for politics

(Cover photo by CGTN's Liu Shaozhen)