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UK talks to 'Five Eyes' allies about potential Hong Kong exodus

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:39 PM

In parliament, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says he has reached out to intelligence-sharing allies Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada about contingency plans

Pro-democracy party Demosisto member Joshua Wong holds a placard urging European leaders to act against a national security law during a press conference outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 3, 2020. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK's Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:18 AM

'If China proceeds to justify [Hongkongers'] fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away,' says the prime minister

UMBRELLA. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag umbrella at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

UK police say PM aide Cummings made minor lockdown breach

May 28, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Downing Street says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not changing his mind and considers the matter closed

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

UK's Johnson suffers sharp poll fall after Cummings scandal

May 27, 2020 - 5:54 PM

It adds to a sense of growing revolt over the government's handling of Dominic Cummings, with nearly 40 Tory MPs demanding he lose his job

IN DEFENSE. In this file photo taken on September 03, 2019 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his special advisor Dominic Cummings leave from the rear of Downing Street in central London on September 3, 2019, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

May 26, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated British politics for days, Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quits in protest

UK PM's top aide Cummings defies calls to quit

May 26, 2020 - 9:40 AM

Politicians of all stripes join scientific advisers and even some members of the clergy in condemning Cummings for flouting lockdown rules

UNDER FIRE. Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings arrives home in London on May 25, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims

May 25, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Johnson rejects calls to sack Dominic Cummings after he came under fire for traveling across the country with his wife while she was suffering from symptoms of the disease

PROTEST. A woman wears a face mask with a message written on it that reads 'nobody is above the law' outside the home of Number 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings in London on May 24, 2020. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

UK to set up coronavirus alert system

May 10, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The alert system will be monitored from a new center for biosecurity and will have 5 levels

GREAT BRITAIN. A British Union flag flies near the Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben, opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 7, 2016. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Johnson warns 'maximum caution' needed as UK poised to ease lockdown

May 08, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Meanwhile, two separate studies indicate that black and minority ethnic groups were more at risk from the virus than the white population

TELLY. Valerie Cloke, sits in an armchair in her living room, watching television in London. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

UK 'past peak' of coronavirus outbreak – PM Johnson

May 01, 2020 - 9:03 AM

Johnson says this despite the UK recording another 674 deaths in the last 24 hours

SISTERS. Nuns sing and clap to show their appreciation of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

UK reports lowest coronavirus toll in weeks as Johnson returns

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The number of people who have died rose by 413 to 20,732, officials say on Sunday, the lowest reported daily increase in April

QUARANTINE. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson to return to work as UK virus deaths pass 20,000

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:42 AM

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes back on duty as pressure intensifies on his government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis

BACK TO WORK SOON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference inside 10 Downing Street in London on March 20, 2020. Photo by Julian Simmonds/Pool/AFP

Boris Johnson’s spin doctors were no match for the coronavirus

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The government’s downplaying of the British prime minister’s COVID-19 symptoms follows a long-established pattern

NO SPIN. Illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story.

Boris Johnson starts return to work as coronavirus criticism grows

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Ministers are forced daily to explain a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care staff, while testing for the virus remains limited

RECOVERED. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a television address after returning to 10 Downing Street after being discharged from St Thomas' Hospital, in central London on April 12, 2020. Photo by Pippa Fowles/AFP

UK's Boris Johnson 'on top of things' but under fire over early virus response

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:25 PM

A report says UK Prime Minister Borish Johnson missed 5 of the government's emergency response meetings regarding the coronavirus pandemic in January and February

UK's Johnson recuperates as virus lockdown decision looms

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Confinement measures have been in place since March 20 in Britain, where 11,329 people hospitalized with coronavirus have now died

LOCKDOWN. The near-deserted streets around St Paul's Cathedral are pictured as tourists stay away on the bank holiday Monday in London on April 13, 2020, as life in Britain continues over the Easter weekend, during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Global coronavirus updates: WHO warns against lifting lockdowns too early

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:02 AM

There are worrying signs the virus could be taking hold in new – and vulnerable – parts of the world

DISTRAUGHT. A visibly distraught woman leans against a wall outside of Wyckoff Hospital in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn April 5, 2020 in New York. Photo by Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Boris Johnson leaves hospital with UK coronavirus deaths set to top 10,000

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:42 PM

It is unclear how quickly he will be able to return to work

Boris Johnson back on hospital ward with UK in Easter lockdown

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Boris Johnson leaves intensive care at London's St Thomas' Hospital on Thursday evening. He will now be monitored closely during what Downing Street called 'the early phase of his recovery.'

ST THOMAS HOSPITAL. A general view of St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 9, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be on the road to recovery from the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK virus lockdown extension looms as Johnson's health 'improves'

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) No announcement on the status of the British lockdown would be made until April 13 at the earliest

PM'S CONDITION. A file photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a news conference on March 20, 2020, before he was hospitalized for coronavirus. Photo by JULIAN SIMMONDS / POOL / AFP

Britain's Johnson 'responding to treatment' but remains in intensive care

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The prime minister remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

Police officers stand on duty outside St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 7, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care with symptoms of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in intensive care after being admitted with a deteriorating case of coronavirus, prompting serious concerns on Tuesday about his health and the government's response to a still-escalating outbreak. ISABEL INFANTES / AFP

Britain's Johnson spends second night in intensive care

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'He stayed at work for you...now pray at home for him,' The Sun tabloid splashes across its front page

PATIENT. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson in a file photo taken December 13, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

With Johnson out of action, who is running Britain?

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Here are some of the key questions about who is now running Britain during this crisis

WHO'S IN CHARGE? Larry, the 10 Downing Street cat, waits to be let inside at 10 Downing street in central London on April 7, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

British PM fights virus in intensive care as global deaths soar

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:07 AM

(UPDATED) Boris Johnson's case has highlighted the global reach of COVID-19, which has put more than half of the planet on some form of lockdown, upended societies, and wrecked economies worldwide

BORIS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/AFP

Coronavirus lands British PM in hospital, but Europe offers hope

Apr 06, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) While the curve is bending in Europe, there is little sign of let-up in the United States, where the death toll approaches 10,000 and authorities warn the worse is around the corner

JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media on January 13, 2020. Photo by Liam McBurney/AFP

UK PM Johnson continues self-isolation

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:14 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still looks under the weather as seen in a video message on Twitter

'CLAP FOR CARERS.' A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he participates in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the doorway of 10 Downing Street in central London on April 2, 2020. AFP PHOTO/10 DOWNING STREET/PIPPA FOWLES

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) The government says a total of 14,579 cases have so far been confirmed in Britain, while the number of deaths has risen by almost 200 to 759

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference to give a daily update on the government's response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London on March 20, 2020. File photo by Julian Simmonds/Pool/AFP

Boris Johnson urges panic-buying Brits 'to behave responsibly'

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Britain's chief scientific adviser believes there is 'absolutely no reason' for the public to panic buy

EMPTY. Empty shelves alert customers to limited sales of antibacterial hand washes and sanitizer gels inside a Boots store in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

UK's Johnson faces probe over luxury holiday – report

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing an inquiry amid questions over who paid for his recent Caribbean holiday

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to attend a cabinet meeting held at the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, northeast England, on January 31, 2020, the day that the UK formally leaves the European Union. - Britain on January 31 ends almost half a century of integration with its closest neighbours and leaves the European Union, starting a new -- but still uncertain -- chapter in its long history. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

EU and UK launch tough post-Brexit relationship talks

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost meet in Brussels, launching several months of intense talks that will mobilize about a hundred officials on each side

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

British finance minister quits in reshuffle upset

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:00 PM

British Finance Minister Sajid Javid stands down after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to use a reorganization of his cabinet to get rid of some of Javid's aides

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street in central London on September 4, 2019, to head the House of Commons to set out his plans for public spending. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.K. vows action after envoy slams plans for U.N. climate talks

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We've poured so much CO2 into the atmosphere collectively that our entire planet is swaddled in a great tea cozy of the stuff,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

DANGER. A protestor holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:06 PM

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier formally offers a deep future relationship but only as long as Britain makes guarantees to trade fairly

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

New era for divided Britain as it leaves European Union

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act,' says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

BREXIT. Red, white and blue lights illuminate 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in central London on January 31, 2020, after Britain left the European Union at 2300GMT. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Britain leaves the EU – then what?

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:15 AM

For one, Britain will lose its representation and voting rights in EU institutions

BORIS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/AFP

British minister attends 'historic' last EU council

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:03 AM

The United Kingdom will formally leave the bloc at midnight on Friday, January 31

BREAKUP. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Queen gives assent for Britain to leave EU

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:51 PM

With the head of state's ceremonial approval of the withdrawal legislation, Britain can finally leave its closest neighbors and trading partners after years of bickering and 3 delays

GIVING ASSENT. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The only hurdle left to formal ratification now is royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU on January 31

BOO BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Go Huawei: UK PM challenges U.S. critics of China firm

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'Now, if people oppose one brand or another, then they have to tell us which is the alternative,' says Boris Johnson

JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media in the Great Hall inside Parliament Buildings, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on January 13, 2020. Photo by Liam McBurney/AFP


British MPs set to finally seal Brexit deal

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Commons will rush through a final day of hearings and ratify Prime Minister Boris Johnson's divorce deal with Brussels, drawing a line under an extraordinary period of political chaos

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Brexit in sight as British MPs scrutinize divorce deal

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Lawmakers begin 3 days of debate on legislation to enshrine Boris Johnson's divorce deal, with few hurdles to its passing expected after he won a comfortable majority at recent elections

BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New UK government raises minimum wage

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Almost 3 million people would benefit from the increase, the government says

NEW GOVERNMENT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFPDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal secures first win in new parliament

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to 'get Brexit done' by January 31


UK PM to outlaw Brexit extension beyond 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The government is planning to block the transition period from going beyond the end of 2020, in a symbolic statement of intent

BREXIT. In this file photo, EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

'Brexit election' raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ran the campaign on the promise to 'get Brexit done' — a simple but effective message with profound implications for Britain's most politically volatile region

BREXIT MOVEMENT. United Kingdom and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

Johnson vows to get Brexit done after big election win

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson's Conservative party secures 365 seats – its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s

BIG WIN. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson leaves after retaining his seat to be MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip South at the count center in Uxbridge, west London, on December 13, 2019 after votes were counted as part of the UK general election. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP