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  • Facebook Nov 29, 2019

    Surge in New Voters Sparks Talk of UK Election ‘Youthquake'

    In a British election dominated by Brexit, young voters who had no say in the country’s decision to leave the European Union could hold the key to victory. That is, if they can be bothered to vote. It has long been a truth in British politics that young people vote in lower numbers than older ones. In the last election...

  • Europe Nov 24, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Has One Thing on His Mind: Brexit Now

    The formal launch of the Conservative Party’s election pledges Sunday centered around the key plank of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign: making Brexit happen. Speaking to a friendly crowd, Johnson trashed his opponents — most notably the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, his prime rival — and claimed that his Conservatives are the sole party in next month’s election that...

  • leader Nov 19, 2019

    Johnson, Corbyn Square Off on Brexit in 1st UK Election Debate

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn squared off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of Britain’s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life.

  • Donald Trump Nov 17, 2019

    Leaked Russian Interference Report Raises UK Vote Questions

    Questions about the British government’s failure to release a report on Russia’s interference in the country’s politics continued to dog Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday as critics said leaks from the document raised concerns about the security of next month’s election. The report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected the 2016 referendum on Britain’s...

  • European Union Nov 10, 2019

    650 Seats, 46 Million Voters: The UK Election in Numbers

    There’s just over a month to go until Britain’s Dec. 12 election, and the country’s political parties are battling over funding promises, policy priorities and Brexit plans.

  • PRESIDENT Oct 28, 2019

    EU Delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson Election Bid Fails

    Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years — bicker about Brexit.

  • European Union Oct 27, 2019

    Chess Move: UK Parties Suggest Dec. 9 Vote in Brexit Gambit

    Two British opposition parties on Sunday proposed an even earlier election date than Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered, trying to force his government to delay a final decision on its European Union divorce deal. The chess move by the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party reflects the volatile political landscape now in Britain. The ruling Conservatives desperately want a...

  • 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...

  • European Union Oct 23, 2019

    Brexit in Limbo: Boris Johnson Wins 1 Vote, Loses Another

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the European Union — but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled date of Oct. 31. The good news for the prime minister was that lawmakers — for the first...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Canada's Trudeau Wins 2nd Term But Loses Majority

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s national elections Monday, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon. Trudeau’s Liberal party took the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. However, falling short of...

  • European Union Oct 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson Faces Frenzied Week as Brexit Deadline Nears

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has formally asked — in distinctly unenthused tones — for a...

  • European Union Oct 20, 2019

    UK's Johnson Asks for Brexit Delay, But Argues Against It

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.’s exit, scheduled for Oct. 31. A law passed by Parliament last month set a late-night deadline for the...

  • Associated Press Oct 18, 2019

    Johnson Urges Support for Brexit Deal Before Knife-Edge Vote

    Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave the European Union in two weeks. His message to allies and opponents alike: Approve the agreement so Britain can finally put the tortuous, three-year Brexit saga behind...

  • United Kingdom Oct 13, 2019

    Brexit Divorce Talks Between UK and EU Go Down to the Wire

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to brief his Cabinet Sunday on the progress of last-minute Brexit talks with the European Union, amid signs of progress but also deep-seated skepticism about the chances of a deal. Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31, and attempts to find a deal have foundered over plans for keeping an...

  • Chief Oct 3, 2019

    Boris Johnson Presents New Brexit Plan To UK Parliament

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Thursday to build a coalition in the House of Commons to support his fresh Brexit approach _ even as European leaders offered a guarded welcome to the measure. Johnson pitched his message to lawmakers whose constituencies voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. The prime minister argued that changes to proposed...

  • Israel Sep 29, 2019

    UK's Johnson Denies Any Wrongdoing in Ties With US Tech Exec

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied wrongdoing Sunday over his links to an American businesswoman who allegedly received money and favorable treatment because of their friendship during his time as mayor of London. Asked during a BBC interview about his ties to tech entrepreneur and model Jennifer Arcuri, Johnson sought to suggest that political motivations were behind the decision Friday...

  • Donald Trump Sep 19, 2019

    Justin Trudeau ‘Really Sorry' About 2001 Brownface Photo

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Wednesday for a 2001 yearbook photo that shows him wearing brownface makeup.

  • European Union Sep 13, 2019

    Johnson, Juncker to Meet in a Bid for a Brexit Breakthrough

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks next week to try to break the Brexit impasse as both sides seek to avert what could be a disastrous “no-deal” departure. “There is the rough shape of the deal to be done,” Johnson said Friday. “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic” that a new agreement...

  • Associated Press Sep 10, 2019

    ‘Shame on You': Raucous Scene as UK Parliament Is Suspended

    Opposition politicians raged Tuesday at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament before the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons. Parliament has been prorogued — or suspended — at the government’s request until Oct. 14, a drastic move that gives Johnson a respite from rebellious lawmakers as he plots his next...

  • United Kingdom Sep 6, 2019

    Brexit Crisis Grows as Opposition Rejects Snap Election Call

    Britain’s bedeviling Brexit dilemma intensified Friday, as opposition parties refused to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for an election until he secures a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union — something he vows he’ll never do. Johnson insists Britain must leave the EU in 55 days, and says an election is the only way to break the...

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