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London insists UK leaving EU on October 31, despite delay request

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Brexit planning chief Michael Gove says the United Kingdom 'has the means and ability' to leave the European Union on schedule

Anti-Brexit activists hold Union and EU flags as they demonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on August 29, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date faced legal challenges on Thursday following a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

British PM to seek extension after MPs back Brexit delay

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Parliament declines to give their backing to the agreement Boris Johnson struck with the EU this week until the legislation needed to ratify it has passed

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

EU urges UK to explain Brexit plan 'as soon as possible'

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'It will be for the UK government to inform us about the next steps as soon as possible,' says EU Spokeswoman Mina Andreeva

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

British MPs vote to delay Brexit deal decision

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British MPs argue that they need more time to study Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal contents before the October 31 deadline

BREXIT UNCERTAIN. Britain's parliament sat on October 19, 2019 for the first time in 37 years to debate Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal to leave the European Union. AFP photo

British PM fights threat of further delay in Brexit debate

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs a clear vote in favor of his deal to avoid triggering a law requiring him to ask the EU to delay Brexit for the 3rd time

CANCEL BREXIT? Demonstrators march with an effigy depicting Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a puppet operated by his advisor Dominic Cummings during a rally by the People's Vote organisation in central London on October 19, 2019, calling for a final say in a second referendum on Brexit. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britain's Johnson faces numbers game to pass Brexit deal

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:51 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a desperate scramble for votes, as his Conservative government is well short of a majority in the lower chamber House of Commons

BREXIT. 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. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A summit of EU leaders 'endorsed this deal and it looks like we are very close to the final stretch,' says EU Council summit host Donald Tusk

BREXIT DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 16, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejects the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax rules

NO DEAL BREXIT PROTESTS. Demonstrators from 'Border Communities Against Brexit' attend an anti-No Deal Brexit protest at the Carrickcarnon border crossing on the road between Dundalk, Ireland on October 16, 2019, and Newry in Northern Ireland. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

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

Global economic outlook 'precarious,' no room for mistakes, IMF warns

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:34 PM

The US-China trade war alone is estimated to shrink the world economy by 0.8% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund says

GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/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

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/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

EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) European Union member states will review progress on Monday, October 14, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2019 for a meeting with EU ambassadors. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/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

Brexit minister hints UK could soften stances in EU talks

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urges the European Union to show 'creativity and flexibility'

Anti-Brexit activists hold Union and EU flags as they demonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on August 29, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date faced legal challenges on Thursday following a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / 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 PM vows to pursue Brexit plan after Supreme Court blow

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Boris Johnson renews his call for an early election to end the standoff with parliament

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

Torn by Brexit, Labour to vote on way out of the crisis

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The same disputes over ways out of the Brexit crisis that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority are also fraying Labour on the left

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's main opposition Labour Party shadow home secretary Diane Abbott (L) speaks with leader Jeremy Corbyn on stage at the Labour party conference in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 22, 2019. Photo by DANIEL Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU warns no-deal Brexit imminent if UK doesn't get serious

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,' says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker

ON BREXIT. EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) gestures as he speaks past European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, northeastern France on September 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/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

Merkel says she still sees 'every chance' for Brexit deal

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'I am firmly convinced that we still have every chance to do it in an orderly way and the German government will work toward making this possible until the very last day,' Angela Merkel says

MERKEL ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

The state of Britain's economy as Brexit looms

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Here is an assessment of Britain's economy as it prepares to leave the European Union

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. Photo by Niklas Hallen/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

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

EU makes 780 million euros available in emergency funding for Brexit

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Most of the money is to come from the Emergency Solidarity Fund, usually used to respond to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes

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

EU says UK has yet to show plan to revise Brexit deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Our working assumption is that there will be Brexit on October 31,' says European Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva

BREXIT. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are due to report to senior EU officials on progress in Brexit talks. File photo by Leon Neal/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