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May postpones her final Brexit showdown

May 23, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will update the house on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess,' government official Mark Spencer tells lawmakers

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May's last attempt to salvage Brexit deal at risk

May 22, 2019 - 2:57 PM

May is likely to face an intense session of Prime Minister's Questions in parliament on Wednesday, May 22, a day before Britain votes in EU elections it had not expected to take part in 3 years after the Brexit referendum

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech in central London on May 21, 2019. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum

May 22, 2019 - 12:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May dangles a series of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis, including a parliamentary vote on whether to put whatever Brexit deal is passed up for a second confirmatory ballot

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on March 21, 2019 in Brussels for the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

May to make MPs a final 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

May 19, 2019 - 12:02 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will come with a new package of measures she hopes would command majority support for it in June

FINAL OFFER. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. Photo by PRU/AFP

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

Britain's May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May's Conservatives battle Brexit ballot bloodbath

May 12, 2019 - 12:50 PM

With Brexit postponed to October 31, Britain must take part in the European Parliament elections set for May 23

A blank postal ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in Britain on May 23rd, is pictured in Marsden, northern England on May 9, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Britain's Labour launches EU vote campaign warning of 'Trump Brexit'

May 10, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Left-wing stalwart Corbyn urges supporters of a so-called no deal departure from the European Union to 'think it through'

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attends the launch of his party's European election campaign in Chatham, southeast England on May 9, 2019. Britain will hold elections to the European Parliament later this month regardless of what happens in ongoing talks with the opposition to pass a Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Tuesday. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

EU's Juncker laments not 'interfering' in Brexit campaign

May 07, 2019 - 11:17 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he made a mistake by listening to British leader David Cameron when he told him to stay out of the campaign before the June 2016 vote

BREXIT. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Main UK parties suffer Brexit battering in local elections

May 03, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives loses control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats – but the main opposition Labour party also loses ground

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Populists hold gains in 'No Brexit' EU vote poll

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Projections confirm the rise of Eurosceptic or Europhobic groups, reinforced by the rise of Italy's far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and German far-right party, Alternative for Germany

PROTESTS. An anti-Brexit activist holds a placard as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the debate leading to the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Brexit delay averts 'terrible outcome' – IMF's Lagarde

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:57 PM

However, the IMF chief says: 'It's obvious that it's continued uncertainty and it does not resolve, other than by postponing what would have been a terrible outcome'

ARAB DEBT. Christine Lagarde warns of high public debt among Arab nations. File photo courtesy of the IMF

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

EU gives Britain 6-month delay to Brexit date

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections – or crash out on June 1

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at The Europa Building at The European Parliament in Brussels on April 10, 2019.  PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP

EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the parliament in Berlin before setting out for Brussels that the leaders might back a delay 'longer than the British prime minister has requested'

BREXIT. Activists wave EU flags near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Europe grudgingly prepares to offer Britain Brexit delay

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:58 AM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May asks to be given until June 30 to arrange Britain's orderly departure, but EU leaders fear that won't be long enough and are now expected to offer her up to a year

APPEAL. French President Emmanuel Macron (righ) accompanies British Prime Minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 9, 2019. Photo bt Martin Bureau/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

May to meet Merkel, Macron ahead of crucial Brexit summit

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May will meet the two leaders on April 9, the day before the summit where she is expected to ask the bloc for another delay to Brexit

MAY SEEKING BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. Photo by PRU/AFP

UK starts issuing passports without 'European Union' on cover

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Brexit backers are thrilled by the highly symbolic change, while those who support remaining in the bloc have mocked their excitement

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

European Parliament approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:38 PM

The law means British visitors making trips of fewer than 90 days to the Schengen passport-free zone will not need visas, even if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in place

British government, opposition in Brexit crisis talks

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Earlier, MPs voted in favor of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12

(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) unveiling his plans for education during a general election campaign visit in Leeds, northern England, on May 10, 2017 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) speaking at the launch of the Scottish manifesto by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh on May 19, 2017.  Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood AND Lindsey PARNABY

EU cannot be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis – Macron

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Speaking during a visit to Paris by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron says, 'Our priority must be the proper functioning of the European Union and the single market'

MACRON AND VARADKAR. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (L), in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on April 2, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP)

EU's Barnier: No-deal Brexit 'day after day more likely'

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:13 PM

EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier says if the UK does not vote in favor of the withdrawal agreement in the coming days, it has only two options: leaving without an agreement or requesting a longer extension of the Article 50 period

ON BREXIT. This file photo shows Michel Barnier during a joint press at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

British PM mulls solution to Brexit deadlock as EU warns of no-deal

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May is to call in her cabinet to discuss the next steps after lawmakers failed to find a majority on any alternative to the divorce deal she struck with Brussels

BREXIT PROTEST. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

With government split, British MPs seek new Brexit plan

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Brussels has set an April 12 deadline to agree the divorce terms May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative, or crash out of the European Union

UK PARLIAMENT. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows MPs listening to speakers during a business motion for a second round of indicative votes in the House of Commons in London on April 1, 2019. Image grab by PRU/AFP

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Nearly three years after the divisive referendum that saw 52% of voters back leaving the EU, Britain's MPs are at a loss on how the UK can properly leave

WHERE TO NOW? A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? 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 lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. AFP PHOTO/PRU

Britain's May seeks 3rd vote in Brexit crisis

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Andrea Leadsom, the government's representative in parliament, says Prime Minister Theresa May's team is trying to secure permission for a third vote from speaker John Bercow

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the 'Big Ben' bell in the Palace of Westminster. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK PM to renew Brexit deal push after pledge to resign

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London on March 27, 2019, after hearing the outcome of the indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to step down if MPs back her EU divorce deal, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock in Britain's fractured parliament. Her dramatic gambit came just two hours before MPs started a flurry of votes seeking a last-minute alternative Brexit plan to replace her deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Back to the drawing board: MPs sketch out Brexit future

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Here is how the "indicative votes" procedure will work, as MPs aim to find a way through the political deadlock nearly 3 years after Britain voted to quit the European Union

UK PARLIAMENT. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament on March 14, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacting on the front bench in the House of Commons in London on March 14, 2019, during the proceedings in which British MPs voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit. Photo by Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP

UK parliament plots Brexit Plan B after sidelining PM

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) The unprecedented measure passes by a 329-302 margin and sees 3 junior ministers quit the government to vote against the premier

BREXIT MARCHES. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

British MPs vote for bigger role in Brexit process

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:02 AM

(UPDATED) MPs win a vote that will allow them to seize control of parliamentary business on Wednesday by 329 to 302

NEXT STEPS. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) listen as opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the House of Commons in London on March 25, 2019 after May outlined the next steps that parliament will take in the Brexit process. AFP PHOTO/PRU

May makes fresh push for Brexit deal with new timetable

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'Until April 12, anything is possible,' EU Council President Donald Tusk tells reporters at the close of the EU summit in Brussels

NEW TIMETABLE. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders offer 2 options for short Brexit delay

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios

BENDS BACK. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

UK facing 'national emergency' on Brexit – business, unions

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The heads of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress urge May to change tack and find a 'Plan B' to avert the country leaving the European Union without a deal

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

EU leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave

EU SUMMIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Delay or no-deal? Brexit heads to cliffhanger finale

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Here is a look at the most likely scenarios heading into the March 29 Brexit deadline

A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

EU's Tusk: Short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:27 AM

European Council President Donald Tusk says 'a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons'

TUSK. In this file photo, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

British PM seeks brief Brexit delay from hesitant EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it is unlikely they will reach a decision without a clear signal from London on what MPs want

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019, ahead of a further Brexit vote. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Bomb scare in Brussels EU quarter

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Belgian police and the fire brigade mobilize significant resources, including a team to evacuate potential victims as quickly as possible

BOMB THREAT. Security personels intervene during a bomb scare around the European institutions in Brussels on March 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Exasperated European leaders demand London tell them clearly what it wants

CRISIS TALKS. This combo shows photos of House of Commons speaker John Bercow and Prime Minister Theresa May. Images via Shutterstock

Speaker deals blow to British PM's bid to revive Brexit deal

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament

BREXIT VOTE. This still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 6, 2017 shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow responding to a point of order from Labour politician Stephen Doughty during a session of the House of Commons in London on February 6, 2017. File photo by PRU/AFP

British PM battles to bring Brexiteers onside

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister Theresa May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Brexit deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish 'backstop' – a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

DISTURBED. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

British parliament backs Brexit delay

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

British MPs vote to ask EU leaders to simply push Brexit back in a bid to head off a chaotic end to their 46-year partnership

BREXIT. A pedestrian under the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella walks near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

EU's Tusk backs 'long' delay if Britain 'rethinks' Brexit

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:46 PM

EU leader Donald Tusk says he 'will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it'

ON BREXIT. European Council President Donald Tusk answers the press as he arrives to attend the first day of a European council meeting in Brussels on December 14, 2017. File photo by John Thys/AFP