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UK's May faces another damaging defeat in Brexit saga

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Parliament will hold a symbolic vote endorsing Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy but Conservative Party hardliners could abstain, threatening defeat for her

BREXIT. In this file photo, demonstrators wave EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on December 5, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:47 AM

The British government insists it is working towards leaving the EU on time, with a deal in place

BREXIT. In this file photo, Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London on September 9, 2017. File photo by Niclas Hallen/AFP

May seeks more time for Brexit talks

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) Deal or no deal, Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, and a disorderly exit could cause chaos

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

UK posts slowest growth in 6 years as Brexit looms

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:32 PM

(UPDATED) Researchers at the IWH Institute in Halle, eastern Germany say a no-deal Brexit could put 600,000 jobs around the world at risk, with Germany the hardest hit

UK ECONOMY. The skyline of the City of London is pictured on the horizon as people relax in Greenwich park in south-east London on June 26, 2016. File photo by Odd Anderson/AFP

May, Juncker hold 'robust' Brexit meet, agree new talks

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) A joint statement says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has again warned that November's withdrawal agreement cannot be renegotiated

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

Campaign for second Brexit vote goes down to the wire

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Lacking the support of main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the campaign has flagged in recent weeks

JEREMY CORBYN. A video grab by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn taking part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on January 30, 2019. Photo by PRU/AFP

'Special place in hell' for no plan Brexiteers – EU leader

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:09 PM

'I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,' says European Union leader Donald Tusk

EU. This file photo shows European Council President Donald Tusk during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Britain's May to meet EU leaders on Brexit

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Brussels is now waiting for Theresa May to formally request renewed talks, while warning that the agreement itself cannot at this stage be reopened for discussion

BREXIT. In this file photo, 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

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Nissan cancels investment plan for UK plant

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The car manufacturer scraps plans to build the X-Trail at its plant in Sunderland, England

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 12, 2014 Check and Repair' members of Nissan's manufacturing staff work in the 'Trim and Chassis' section of their Sunderland Plant in Sunderland, North East England on November 12, 2014. - Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced on February 3, 2019 it was cancelling plans to build its X-Trail SUV at its plant in northeast England despite Brexit assurances from the government. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

U.S. banks shifting some London staff ahead of Brexit deadline

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:39 AM

US banks are transferring some London staff to Continental Europe and drawing up contingency plans in case of a 'hard' Brexit

May wins mandate to reopen Brexit deal but EU says no changes

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

A spokesman for EU leader Donald Tusk says the deal is 'not open for renegotiation' while French President Emmanuel Macron says it is the 'best agreement possible'

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) listens to European Council President Donald Tusk 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. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

British PM seeks to reopen Brexit deal

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:51 PM

With exactly two months to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, Theresa May is going to attempt to change the agreement she herself negotiated

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

Brexit plots and passions split UK parliament

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Here is what the political lay of the land will look like when the House of Commons holds votes that could alter the course of Britain's planned split from the EU on March 29.

BREXIT'S FATE. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 1o Downing Street to make a statement to the House of Commons in London on January 21, 2019, on changes to her Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

British MPs seek greater control of Brexit

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM

A Q&A on the Brexit options of Britain's House of Commons

A protester draped in a European Union flag takes part in a protest in support of an amendment to guarantee legal status of EU citizens, outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May feared parliament would stand in her way in implementing Brexit but the opposition crumbled and she prepares to open negotiations with the wind in her sails. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

'Listen to Europe,' Dublin tells UK parliament ahead of Brexit votes

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The European Parliament will not ratify a withdrawal agreement that doesn't have a backstop in it, it's as simple as that,' Ireland's foreign minister says

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

With 2 months to Brexit, cracks form on Irish border

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

A Brexit deal that guarantees an open border is looking increasingly frail

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Government ministers interpret the comments as broadly supportive of their desperate search for a compromise over Brexit

COMMON GROUND. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. File photo by Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Britain must pay EU bill even in 'no deal' – Barnier

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier says the bill will still be settled at some point, even if London rejects the withdrawal agreement Britain signed in November and crashes out on March 29

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

Sony to shift UK HQ to avoid Brexit disruption

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Sony, however, will not move personnel and operations from the existing UK company to the Netherlands

SONY. A man walks past the logo of Japan's Sony at an entrance to the company's headquarters in Tokyo on January 23, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP)


UK Labour proposes MPs vote on new Brexit referendum

Jan 22, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Labour amendment has little chance of success as it would need the support of members of Theresa May's Conservative party, who are unlikely to back a plan proposed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

LABOUR. Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Hastings, southeast England on January 17, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British PM to set out plan for salvaging Brexit deal

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without any new arrangements in place unless MPs can agree to an alternative or modified plan that the bloc can also accept

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) staff as she tours the Alexander Dennis bus and coach manufacturers factory in Guildford, south of London, on August 23, 2017.  The company has secured a 44-million GBP government finance deal to sell Britain's famous red double-decker buses to Mexico. A £1.7 billion package of taxpayer-funded support to help businesses make the most of opportunities outside of the European Union has helped 137 firms expand and win overseas contracts over the past year, the prime minister said. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Jack TAYLOR

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

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

UK PM May reaches out to rivals in Brexit deadlock

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'Now MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want,' says British Prime Minister Theresa May

UNDER PRESSURE. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Some of the key reactions to the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

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May faces vote of no confidence: How will it work?

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Under the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, losing a confidence motion begins a two-week process that could end in fresh elections

CONFIDENCE VOTE. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May. File photo by Jack Taylor/AFP

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

MPs vote 432 to 202 against Theresa May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history

HISTORIC VOTE. Britain's parliament on January 15 resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and leaving the country on track to crash out of the EU. AFP PHOTO / MARK DUFFY / UK Parliament

Decision time as British MPs vote on Brexit deal

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, a bitterly divided Britain is in limbo and the world is on tenterhooks about what will happen next

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

May warns British parliament against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver Brexit

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'My message to parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country,' British Prime Minister Theresa May says

CONTROVERSY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK retail sector suffers as shoppers lack Christmas cheer

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:25 PM

A survey says overall UK retail sales saw zero growth in December – marking the worst performance for a decade

 Shoppers carry bags containing purchases from Selfridges and Janck Jones stores through the Trafford Centre shopping mall on 'Black Friday' at the Trafford Centre shopping mall in Manchester, north-west England, on November 25, 2016. Black Friday is a sales offer originating from the US where retailers slash prices on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK it is used as a marketing device to entice Christmas shoppers with the discounts at stores often lasting for a week. Oli SCARFF / AFP

UK Brexit vote set for January 15 as MPs oppose 'no deal' scenario

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A cross-party group of MPs votes to amend a finance law to limit the government's tax-raising powers in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit, a move intended to avert such a scenario

BREXIT. Activists hold up placards from the Leave Means Leave Pro-Brexit campaign group outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The stakes could hardly be higher as the clock ticks down to the moment the world's fifth-biggest economy splits from its main trading partner on March 29

THERESA MAY'S BREXIT. In this file photo taken on January 02, 2019 A worker sweeps the street outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, in central London on January 2, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Britain can punch above its weight even after Brexit – Hunt

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The country still has military might, economic muscle and diplomatic connections to take a hand in world affairs, says Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

TRADE DEAL WANTED.

Brexit '50-50' if May's deal voted down – British minister

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The passage of the Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May that could ultimately make Britain leave the European Union, however, is far from certain

DECISION. In the file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in 'eye-opening' Brexit thriller

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'Brexit: The Uncivil War,' is set to air in the United Kingdom on January 7

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Switzerland, Britain agree on post-Brexit citizens' rights

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The agreement preserves existing residency rights, social security claims and recognition of professional qualifications

UK steps up no-deal Brexit plans with 3,500 soldiers on standby

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says ministers still hope to secure backing for Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement in a House of Commons vote delayed until next month

BREXIT. File photo shows an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the UK Houses of Parliament. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:33 AM

'Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,' she is expected to tell parliament, according to extracts from her speech released by Downing Street

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Britain's May clashes with Blair over Brexit

Dec 16, 2018 - 8:37 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May accuses former Labor party leader Tony Blair of insulting voters and trying to undermine her government

CONTROVERSY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Britain is the third largest market for the Netherlands' flower export business, after Germany and France, accounting for 850 million euros

BREXIT DEAL. A worker walks through flowers in the Royal FloraHolland Aalsmeer, the largest trading and distribution centre for plants and flowers in the world, in Aalsmeer on December 11, 2018.  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders rebuff May's plea over Brexit deal

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Our UK friends need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want,' says European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

BREXIT. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker giving a press conference on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. File photo by John Thys/AFP

'Wounded' May seeks EU compromise to save Brexit deal

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:37 PM

British PM Theresa May admits as she arrives at the EU summit that she will not fight the next general election planned for 2022

WOUNDED. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to media as she arrives on December 13, 2018 in Brussels for a European Summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

UK PM survives confidence vote over Brexit deal

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:50 AM

The confidence vote follows British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to postpone a planned vote in the House of Commons on the text, because she fears a crushing defeat

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London after winning a confidence vote on December 12, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM delays Brexit deal vote but EU warns no renegotiation

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British Prime Minister Theresa May vows 'no doubt this deal is the right one' but will seek 'further assurances' over a controversial backstop clause relating to Northern Ireland

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 20, 2016 ahead of an evidence session with the Commons Liason Committee at the House of Commons. The prime minister was set to appear before the parliamentary committee to be questioned on Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

UK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Theresa May is drumming up support for a deal in which MPs may get to decide whether Britain eventually joins the 'backstop' plan to avoid post-Brexit border checks with Ireland

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in central London on July 10, 2018. File photo by Simon Dawson/AFP

Theresa May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is accused of misleading MPs over her Brexit deal as her government published legal advice likely to increase opposition to the agreement ahead of a crucial vote next week

PRESSURE. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP