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EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Council President Donald Tusk says the 'basic foundations of an agreement are ready'

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. Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday called the current Brexit deal negotiated with the EU "unacceptable" and set preparations for leaving the bloc without an agreement as a "top priority" for the government. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

EU keeps hopes of Brexit deal alive, for now

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'This work has been intense all along the weekend and yesterday because even if the agreement will be difficult – more and more difficult to be frank – it's still possible this week,' says chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier

BREXIT. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The odds of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tenure lasting will depend largely on the outcome of hurried Brexit discussions held behind closed doors in Brussels around the same time.

Britain's Johnson pushes for last-ditch Brexit deal

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The EU and UK are trying to achieve in a few days what they had failed to in the more than 3 years since Britons first voted to leave the European Union after nearly 50 years

FIGHTING BREXIT DELAYS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British, Irish PMs keep Brexit talks alive after meeting

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The main sticking point in the divorce is how to keep open the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic

BREXIT TALKS. Ireland's Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) pose for a photograph at Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England on October 10, 2019, as they met for Brexit talks. Photo by Noel Mullen/Pool/AFP

Britain's Brexit talks with EU appear on verge of collapse

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) According to reports, Downing Street believes talks between the two sides are now 'close to breaking down'

FIGHTING BREXIT DELAYS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

EU says Britain needs new plan as Brexit clock runs out

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:30 AM

With no draft deal on the table before the October 17 meeting, Britain and Europe will face either a chaotic break-up or yet another Brexit delay

BREXIT. Pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrators wave an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM Johnson warns EU he will not delay Brexit

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Boris Johnson tells French President Emmanuel Macron, 'the EU should not be lured into the mistaken belief that the UK will stay in the EU after October 31st,' a spokesman quotes him as saying

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

EU presses UK to resubmit Brexit plan as end-game looms

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:57 AM

UK plans to remove some customs border checks in Ireland, but EU sees the potential for rampant smuggling

BREXIT. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required by law to seek a Brexit extension from the EU by October 19 if he has not reached a deal by then. Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

EU 'unconvinced' by UK Brexit proposals

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:13 AM

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair a make-or-break October 17-18 EU summit dominated by Brexit, tweets a message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'We remain open but still unconvinced'

TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK proposes new Brexit plan to avoid customs checks in Ireland

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Boris Johnson says his deal 'removes the so-called backstop,' an EU-backed plan that ensures the Irish border stays open by keeping Britain temporarily aligned to EU customs rules

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares his keynote speech for the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northwest England, on October 1, 2019 which he'll deliver on the final day on October 2. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/AFP

Britain's Johnson to table new Brexit plan 'very soon'

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'We are going to make a very good offer. We will be tabling it formally very soon,' Johnson tells BBC television

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, England on October 1, 2019.Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK PM's office denies Boris Johnson sexual advance allegations

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:10 AM

Journalist Charlotte Edwardes writes in a column for The Sunday Times that Johnson put his hand on her thigh at a dinner party thrown by the magazine he was editing at the time

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1039146274  Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs gives a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on Apr. 05, 2017.  A By Alexandros Michailidis

UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's inflammatory language draws accusations – including from his sister Rachel – of stoking divisions in a country still split over the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit

IMPASSE. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019. File photo by Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

UK MPs return after bombshell court ruling

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The judgement has hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authority, prompting calls for his resignation and cast further doubt on his promise to pull Britain out of the EU on October 31, come what may

BACK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019 after parliament resumed. AFP PHOTO / PRU

UK's Johnson says Iran behind attacks on Saudi oil sites

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I can tell you that the UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks,' Boris Johnson says

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

Britain's Supreme Court enters Brexit crisis

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:21 AM

The appeals revolve around 'whether it was lawful for the prime minister to advise Her Majesty to order prorogation,' Britain's Supreme Court President Brenda Hale says as she opened proceedings

SUPREME COURT AND BREXIT. Demonstrators protest outside the entrance to the Supreme Court in central London, on the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

EU downbeat after Johnson-Juncker Brexit talks

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The EU says the meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker failed to yield any alternative to proposals on the Northern Ireland border that the British leader has rejected

JOHNSON MEETS JUNCKER. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (R) welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) prior to their meeting, on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

Ex-PM Cameron slams Johnson over Brexit

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Former UK prime minister David Cameron accuses incumbent Boris Johnson of using Brexit to make him the 'darling' of their Conservative party

BREXIT. Former UK prime minister David Cameron does not mince words against incumbent Boris Johnson over Brexit. File photo by AFP

UK PM claims huge progress in Brexit talks

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:05 AM

In an odd analogy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson compares Britain to the comic book character Hulk

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. Photo by Jeremy Selwyn/POOL /AFP

UK parliament speaker vows to thwart Boris Johnson over Brexit law

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:37 PM

UK parliament passed a law earlier this month aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit, but Johnson is adamant Britain will still leave the EU on schedule on October 31 with or without a withdrawal agreement

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats at Westminster Abbey in central London on September 10, 2019. ISABEL INFANTES / AFP

Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

British Prime Minister Boris also vows that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained 'at a low level'

BREXIT CRISIS. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The government has immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, September 17, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime

ANOTHER BLOW. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to Boris Johnson

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:33 PM

The British Prime Minister slams the opposition for voting against his call for a snap poll next month

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow chairing after the results of a motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, were announced in the House of Commons in London on September 10, 2019. British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 10 to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament. HO / PRU / AFP

Britain's Johnson vows to fight on despite Brexit blows

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Boris Johnson now sees himself outflanked by pro-European Union opponents and the country barrelling toward a chaotic October 31 breakup with its closest neighbors after 46 years

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

Mick Jagger blasts Trump for bad manners, lies, environment

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Rolling Stones singer says 'we are in a very difficult situation at the moment' but that he's thrilled young people 'feel so strongly that they want to protest'

DIFFICULT SITUATION. British singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones says he is worried 'where all this polarisation and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.' Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/AFP

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

APPROVED. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

UK's Boris Johnson says would rather die than delay Brexit

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:05 PM

In a speech in northern England, Johnson says, 'I'd rather be dead in a ditch' than ask the EU for a Brexit delay

BREXIT OR BUST. File photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

UK's Johnson seeks snap election to break Brexit deadlock

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The vote's timing is still being debated as the country hurtles toward an October 31 departure from the European Union without a plan for what comes next

SNAP ELECTION? In this file photo, then incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Boris Johnson's brother quits UK government

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Jo Johnson had campaigned strongly against Britain's exit from the European Union in 2016, a position that put him at odds with his older and more famous brother Boris

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2019 Conservative MP Jo Johnson, former minister and brother of leadership contender Boris Johnson, is seen at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 20, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK's Johnson faces new Brexit battle after stinging defeat

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson says he will seek an early general election if MPs vote against him again

A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019.  JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP

PM Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:25 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemns a plan by lawmakers to block his Brexit strategy as 'surrender' and says it will undermine his intention to negotiate a new divorce deal with the EU

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a speech on domestic priorities at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, northwest England on July 27, 2019. File photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

UK PM Johnson threatens Brexit purge in pivotal week

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'It would be entirely unreasonable for MPs, having rejected the previous deal 3 times, to attempt to bind the hands of the PM as he seeks to negotiate a deal they can support,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

PURGE? In this file photo, Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Britons protest Johnson's Brexit 'coup' move

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:44 AM

Thousands of protesters bearing signs like 'Wake up UK! Or welcome to Germany 1933' gather all around Britain to protest Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament

BREXIT WOES. Demonstrators sit down in the street near Trafalgar Square in central London on August 31, 2019 as they protest against the British government's move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britons set to protest against Johnson's Brexit move

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:17 PM

'Disruption is the only form of leverage protesters can rely on,' says Michael Chessum, national organizer for the campaign group Another Europe is Possible

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. Photo by Jeremy Selwyn/AFP

Judge rejects first bid to block UK parliament suspension

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'I'm not satisfied that there's a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage,' says Scottish judge Raymond Doherty in his ruling

UK PARLIAMENT. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Countdown to Brexit: Key dates ahead

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Here are the key dates in what will be a momentous two months for Britain ahead of its planned departure from the European Union

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit demonstrators stand outside Parliament in London on August 29, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Boris Johnson sparks outrage with parliament suspension

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:24 PM

(UPDATED) Queen Elizabeth II has approved the request to close what has been the longest session of parliament in nearly 400 years, and reopen it on October 14

UNITED KINGDOM'S FATE. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU tells Johnson: UK alone will be to blame for no-deal Brexit

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:18 AM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say a 'no-deal' scenario will only ever be the UK's decision, not the EU's'

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EU says Britain must pay Brexit divorce bill even if no deal

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:18 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that if Britain leaves without a deal it will not have to pay the 39 billion pound divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May

BREXIT. A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a meeting in Brussels on November 25, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

United Kingdom pledges $12.3 million for fire-ravaged Amazon

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The money will made available immediately to help restore the habitat, including areas that have been hit by the fires, the British government says in a statement

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019 Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Trump backs Johnson, sends mixed signals on China at G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) Johnson presses a common message from European leaders at the summit about Trump's escalating trade war with China

TRUMP MEETS JOHNSON. US President Donald Trump (R) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak before a working breakfast at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

British Prime minister Boris Johnson urges US President Donald Trump to remove 'considerable barries' for UK companies seeking to export to the American market

OUT TO PUSH TRUMP. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Johnson, EU chief in Brexit blame game

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'One thing I will not cooperate on is a 'no deal,' and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal,' says European Union Council President Donald Tusk

BREXIT BLAME GAME. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

EU and Britain clash over Johnson's Brexit backstop demand

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

London has insisted there is 'no prospect' of a Brexit deal unless the Irish border backstop plan is abandoned

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) speaks flanked by Youth Justice Board Adviser Roy Sefa-Attakora (R) during a roundtable on the criminal justice system at 10 Downing Street in London on August 12, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP

UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:16 AM

A Downing Street spokesperson says the government has planned 'tougher criminality rules for people entering the UK' as part of the new hardline stance

NEW HARDLINE STANCE. 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

British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:28 AM

More than 100 MPs write to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31 – the date Britain is due to leave the European Union

BORIS JOHNSON. Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

British ministers in U.S. to 'fast-track' post-Brexit trade deal

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson determined to ensure Britain leaves the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal, striking some kind of trade accord with the US has taken on even greater importance

BREXIT. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

UK's Johnson offers new health funds to meet Brexit promise

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pays tribute to National Health Service staff but notes that 'the pressures, the delays, the cancellations and the obvious need to get more funding to the front line'

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

Trump, Johnson talk 5G and trade ahead of G7 summit

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The United States is leaning hard on allies to keep out Chinese companies from the fast emerging 5G cellular market

5G TECHNOLOGY. People attend an event to officially announce the achievement of full 5G coverage in Monaco on July 9, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/ AFP