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  • Daniel Macht Oct 24, 2019

    UK’s Johnson Seeks Dec. 12 Election to Break Brexit Impasse

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his promise of an October Brexit and pinned his hopes on a December election. Two days after lawmakers stymied Johnson’s latest attempt to pass his European Union divorce deal, he said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse was a general election. Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to...

  • JUDGE Sep 12, 2019

    UK PM Johnson Denies Lying to Queen, Says Dire Risks Outlined in ‘No Deal’ Brexit Document Are Avoidable

    The British government insisted Thursday that its forecast of food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets after a no-deal Brexit is an avoidable worst-case scenario, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied misleading Queen Elizabeth II about his reasons for suspending Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union. In better...

  • Daniel Macht Sep 9, 2019

    Johnson to Suspend UK Parliament After Latest Brexit Defeat

    The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature. In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a...

  • Associated Press Sep 4, 2019

    ‘Sit Up, Man!’ British Politician Criticized for Slouching

    British conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, was criticized for stretching out across a bench as lawmakers discussed a vote allowing them to take control and introduce a bill that would seek to prevent a “no deal” Brexit.

  • European Union Sep 2, 2019

    No-Deal? Intense Brexit Debate Expected in UK Parliament

    Summer recess is over, and Britain’s Parliament reconvenes Tuesday to face a momentous decision about whether to intervene to try to prevent a possible “no-deal” exit from the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken steps to suspend Parliament during part of the period before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, giving legislators little time to try to rush through...

  • Associated Press Sep 1, 2019

    UK’s Reputation Takes Global Hit With Parliament Shutdown

    It’s long been known that Britain’s Parliament building must be vacated for urgent repairs that will take years and cost billions, but the problem now goes beyond the water leaks and vermin infestation to Britain’s global reputation as a model of democracy-in-action. In parts of the world where Britain’s parliamentary system and adherence to the rule of law provided a...

  • Governor Aug 2, 2019

    Boris Johnson’s Party Suffers Defeat in UK Special Election

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s governing Conservative Party lost a special election early Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister nine days ago, the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the opposition Liberal...

  • head Jul 29, 2019

    Johnson Presses EU to Give Way Amid No-Deal Brexit Warnings

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed Britain closer to a no-deal exit from the European Union on Monday, insisting he will not hold Brexit talks with EU leaders unless the bloc lifts its refusal to reopen the existing divorce deal. Johnson is trying to pressure the EU to give ground by intensifying preparations for the U.K. to leave in three months...

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    Boris Johnson Chosen as New UK Leader, Now Faces Brexit Test

    Boris Johnson, Britain’s blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.’s next prime minister on Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday after winning an election to lead the governing Conservatives. He will have just over three months to make good...

  • European Union Jun 7, 2019

    Undone by Brexit, May Steps Down as Conservative Leader

    British Prime Minister Theresa May formally stepped down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, defeated by the Brexit conundrum. May’s three years at the helm ended not with a bang but a whimper: The party simply confirmed there had been a private exchange of letters between May and the committee that oversees party rules, confirming the departure announced by May...

  • Chairman Apr 2, 2019

    UK to Seek Further Brexit Delay, Try to Break Logjam, Prime Minister Says

    With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying she would seek another Brexit delay and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise. May made the announcement after the EU’s chief negotiator warned that a disruptive and costly Brexit was likely unless Britain...

  • Europe Feb 17, 2019

    In Brexit Limbo, UK Veers Between High Anxiety, Grim Humor

    It’s said that history often repeats itself — the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Many Britons feel they are living through both at the same time as their country navigates its way out of the European Union. The British government awarded a contract to ship in emergency supplies to a company with no ships. It pledged to...

  • Europe Jan 19, 2019

    Wild Week Over Brexit Leaves British Politics in Crisis Mode

    Britain’s Parliament is crumbling — shored up by scaffolding, patched by endless repairs. And after a week of upheaval over Brexit in the House of Commons and angry exchanges on the streets outside, Britain’s democratic system is looking a bit shaky, too. In the Commons chamber, Prime Minister Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat in Parliament’s history over her European...

  • Germany Dec 13, 2018

    UK Leader Seeks EU Lifeline After Surviving Confidence Vote

    British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers — but only after putting a time limit on her leadership. May won the vote after promising lawmakers at a private meeting that she would quit before Britain’s next national election, scheduled for 2022. Arriving in...

  • Belgium Dec 10, 2018

    Brexit Vote Delayed by British Prime Minister Theresa May

    British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she has postponed a key parliamentary vote on Britain’s Brexit deal with the E.U.

  • JUDGE Nov 26, 2018

    Confidential Facebook Documents Seized by UK Parliament

    Britain’s parliament has seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as it turns up the heat on the social media company over its data protection policies. A British lawmaker took the unusually aggressive move of forcing a visiting tech executive to turn over the files ahead of an international hearing that parliament is...

  • Mar 22, 2017

    Car Strikes Pedestrians Near British Parliament, Suspect Killed

    Proceedings at Britain’s House of Commons were suspended on March 22, after witnesses say they heard gunfire outside Parliament and multiple victims hit by a car at nearby Westminster Bridge. A suspect was shot by police, according to David Lidington, leader of the Commons.

  • United Kingdom Jul 23, 2018

    UK Faces Calls to Liberalize Northern Ireland Abortion Laws

    The British government faced intensifying pressure Sunday to take steps to legalize abortions in Northern Ireland, where terminating a pregnancy remains a criminal offense even as tight abortion restrictions are being lifted in the Republic of Ireland. More than 170 politicians from political parties in Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland sent a letter to the Sunday Times that urged the...

  • United States Aug 15, 2017

    London’s Big Ben to Fall Silent for 4 Years of Repairs

    Big Ben had to slow down. London’s iconic clock tower has been running by much as six seconds too fast recently, BBC Radio 4’s “PM” show reported. “We do carry out regular checks, as you can imagine, because this is a mechanical clock. It’s not digital, it’s not electronic, it does take a lot of love and care,” said Steven...

  • police officer Apr 27, 2017

    UK Police Arrest Man With Knives on Suspicion of Terrorism

    Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts. London’s Metropolitan Police said the 27-year-old man was stopped and detained “as part of an ongoing operation” by the force’s counterterrorism unit. No one was injured in...

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