Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 5, 2016

Britain's Supreme Court will begin hearing an appeal by the British government against a ruling it needs parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50.
Britain's Supreme Court will begin hearing an appeal by the British government against a ruling it needs parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Dec 5) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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UK apex court to hear Brexit appeal

Britain's Supreme Court will on Monday (Dec 5) begin hearing the government's appeal against a ruling that it must obtain parliamentary approval before triggering Brexit, in a showdown that has further inflamed political tensions. The High Court ruled last month that Prime Minister Theresa May's government did not have the power to invoke Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, the formal procedure for leaving the EU.

Greece eyes initial pact with lenders 


A vendor hands a €5 banknote to a customer at the central market in Athens, Greence. PHOTO: REUTERS

Greece expects to reach an initial agreement with its official creditors at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday (Dec 5) on the fiscal targets and reforms it needs to adopt to conclude its latest bailout review

In their discussions on the bailout review, Athens and its European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders are at odds over labour and energy reforms and the measures needed to plug a projected fiscal gap in 2018.

PMI data on activity in private sector


Data from the Nikkei Singapore PMI will be released on Dec 5, 2016.

The Nikkei Singapore Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) - an indicator of private sector economic activity - will be released on Monday (Dec 5).

Unlike a PMI survey released earlier this month that covers only manufacturing firms, the Nikkei measure is based on data from monthly questionnaires filled by executives at 400 private sector firms. They include companies in the manufacturing, service, construction and retail industries.