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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

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

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

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

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

UK slashes 2019 economic growth forecast – budget

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The UK economy is forecast to grow by 1.2% in 2019, sharply down on the government's prediction of 1.6% in October 2018

UK ECONOMY British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street in London, November 23, 2016. File photo by Ben Stanstall/AFP

MPs to vote on no-deal Brexit as businesses sound alarm

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) MPs are expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal but it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by March 29, the scheduled Brexit date

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit supporters, wave flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Stephen Hawking's nurse struck off over care failings

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Patricia Dowdy faces multiple misconduct charges over her care of the professor, including financial misconduct, not providing appropriate care, and not having the correct qualifications

UK PM May headed for defeat in big Brexit vote

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) Attorney General Geoffrey Cox says the risk in the most contentious points of the 585-page withdrawal deal agreed with the EU 'remains unchanged'

BREXIT. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox (L) speaking in the House of Commons on March 12, 2019, after the publication of his legal advice on the government's Brexit deal and ahead of a debate on the second meaningful vote. AFP PHOTO / PRU

In, out, or limbo: Brexit end-game scenarios

Mar 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The House of Commons will hold up to 3 votes between March 12 and 14, as the March 29 Brexit date races in

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

EU makes counteroffer as Brexit pressure rises

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The European Union offers Britain to leave the customs union, but without bringing Northern Ireland with them

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

'Nearly a third' of British billionaires moved to tax havens

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:30 PM

The Times newspaper publishes a series of reports detailing allegations of Britain's ultra-rich hiding billions of pounds from the UK Treasury in taxes over the past decade

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Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

INSTEX is seen as key to European Union efforts to preserve the deal struck in 2015 between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on March 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

EU says 'no solution' yet to break Brexit deadlock

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:11 PM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has informed the European Commission that 'no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement'

'DEADLOCK.' Britain and the EU are stuck in a deadlock over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit – Barnier

Mar 02, 2019 - 11:20 PM

European leaders warn Britain any postponement would come with conditions

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

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Britain says would seek to make membership of the Shiite movement or inviting support for it a crime

LONDON RALLY. This file photo shows pro-Palestinian demonstrators with Palestinian flags, placards, and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah at a rally in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

EU ready to give Britain conditional Brexit extra time

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

'If the British need more time, we will examine a request for an extension – if it is justified by new choices on the part of the British,' says French President Emmanuel Macron

A mural by British 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 March 19, 2018. Britain and the European Union on March 19, 2018 reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will last for nearly two years after the historic Brexit divorce next year, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said. / 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

UK's May to seek MPs' approval for new Brexit strategy

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The embattled leader will ask lawmakers to approve a 3-step plan that would give her more time to rework a draft deal struck with the European Union more than 3 months ago

BREXIT. In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

Britain's May opens way to 3-month Brexit delay

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) But British Prime Minister Theresa May also stresses that she wants to leave the European Union on time

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain should 'rapidly' give up Chagos Islands – UN court

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:04 AM

'The United Kingdom is under an obligation to bring an end to its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible, thereby allowing Mauritius to complete the decolonization of its territory,' says the International Court of Justice

PEACE PALACE. Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Cour of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. File photo from the  ICJ

Britain to ban Hezbollah under anti-terror laws

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The ban is subject to a vote in parliament this week

Pro-palestinian demonstrators carry Palestinian flags, placards and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah as they protest against a planned visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside the gates of Downing Street in London on September 9, 2015. Over 100 pro-Israeli demonstrators and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists rallied in front of Downing Street in London ahead of a planned visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu visits Britain this week for talks with his counterpart David Cameron as the right-wing Israeli leader faces diplomatic pressure over West Bank settlements and stalled peace efforts. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Fury as UK's May postpones vote on Brexit deal

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer says Prime Minister Theresa May's move is 'the height of irresponsibility and an admission of failure'

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

Legal situation facing ISIS teen stripped of UK citizenship

Feb 23, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Shamima Begum is of Bangladeshi descent and a British citizen by birth

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Japan's Honda to shut UK plant, 3,500 jobs at risk

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:42 PM

The factory in Swindon, southwest England, is Honda's only EU plant and has produced the manufacturer's 'Civic' model for more than 24 years, with 150,000 units rolling off the line annually

HONDA. This file photo taken on January 30, 2009 shows a transporter loaded with Honda cars leaving the Honda car factory in Swindon. File photo by Max Nash/AFP

7 MPs quit UK Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The 7 MPs will form a breakaway independent group in parliament, undermining Jeremy Corbyn as he attempts to steer the party through the highly divisive issue of Brexit

BREXIT. Former Labour party MPs Ann Coffey (C-L), and Chuka Umunna arrive to speak at a press conference in London on February 18, 2019, where they and colleagues announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK airline Flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressures

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Flybmi, which operated 17 aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, ends all its operations

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UK finance minister forced to axe trip to China

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:52 PM

A spokesperson for the British finance ministry tells several media outlets earlier Saturday, February 16: 'No trip was ever announced or confirmed'

NO TRIP? A spokesperson says no trip to China with British finance minister Philip Hammond was ever 'announced nor confirmed'. AFP file photo

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

Britain and Bulgaria to probe report of new Skripal suspect

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) A report by the investigative website Bellingcat identifies a hitherto unknown possible third suspect in the 2018 attack in Salisbury on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

NEW SUSPECT. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/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

'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

Tomb of Karl Marx vandalized in London

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family – the monument's oldest and most fragile part – was repeatedly hit with a blunt metal instrument

Image of Karl Marx memorial at Highgate Cemetery by Tony Baggett/Shutterstock

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

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/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)

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

UK retailer Tesco restructuring threatens 9,000 jobs

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'We expect that around 90 stores will close their counters, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for our customers,' the supermarket says in a statement

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Top judge's suspension not linked to election – Nigeria

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare foreign currency bank accounts, in breach of rules governing the declaration of assets by public officials

NIGERIA ELECTION. President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

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

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