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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 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

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

Voters oust criminal MP in UK first

May 02, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition triggered by her conviction for lying over a speeding offense

EJECTED. Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition. File photo from Onasanya's Facebook page

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

British PM approves Huawei role in 5G network – report

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Britain's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, agrees to allow Huawei limited access to build 'non-core' infrastructure such as antennas, a report says

Assange held in London jail ahead of long legal fight

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) A legal source familiar with the case tells Agence France-Presse that Julian Assange is being held at Belmarsh prison in southeast London

ASSANGE. A view of Wandsworth prison in southwest London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is believed to be held according to media reports on April 12, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Lopez: Philippines assured of preferential market access to UK post-Brexit

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Philippines received the assurance from UK officials in several high-level dialogues over the last two months

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. The European Union's top official urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with European leaders, warning it will not be modified. "This is the best deal possible for Britain, this is the best deal possible for Europe. This is the only deal possible," Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said after a Brussels summit.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / 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

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

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

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

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

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

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 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

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

UK says 'legally binding changes' to Brexit deal agreed with EU

Mar 12, 2019 - 8:50 AM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warns the stakes are increasingly high, ahead of a vote by British lawmakers on the deal on March 12

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 PM May seeks 'one more push' from EU on Brexit

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The beleaguered British leader's request for an additional concession from Brussels comes with Britain on the brink of hurtling out of the EU after 46 years with very few arrangements in place

'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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UK regional funding dubbed 'desperate bribe' for Brexit votes

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:01 PM

'This town fund smacks of desperation from a government reduced to bribing MPs to vote for their damaging flagship Brexit legislation,' says Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell

BREXIT. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's opposition Labour party's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell (L) and Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn listen as Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond presents his budget statement in the House of Commons in London on October 29, 2018. AFP PHOTO / PRU

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Brexit to cause 'significant' harm to Britain's health service

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Writing in the medical journal The Lancet, a team of medical and legal experts say 'all forms of Brexit are bad for health'

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. A placard portraying Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) is held by protesters during a march calling for an end to the "crisis" in the state-run National Health Service (NHS), in central London on February 3, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/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

Winners of the 2019 Brit Awards

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The 1975, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, and The Carters are among the night's awarded music stars

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

Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Children of all ages chant 'save our planet', cheer as flares are lit and clamber onto statues in the shadow of Big Ben to call for action, and to raise awareness

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)

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

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 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

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

UK gov't mulls limiting jail sentences of 6 months or less

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'The public are safer if we have a good community sentence... and it will relieve a lot of pressure on prisons,' says British prisons minister Rory Stewart

POLICE. British Police officers wait in their Police van as anti-Brexit activists deonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/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 police probe Manchester knifings as 'terrorist' attack

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The suspect reportedly shouts 'Allah' during what Hopkins called a 'horrific attack' on 3 people, including a police officer, at Manchester Victoria station

STABBING. Police officers stand near a cordon at Manchester Victoria Station, in Manchester on January 1, 2019, following a stabbing on December 31, 2018. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Rachelle Ann Go wins Best Actress in 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The musical also took home the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards

'Daily Mail' touts PH bet Catriona Gray as 'tipped to take Miss Universe crown'

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Catriona is compared to Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents on privacy, data handling

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The internal documents are said to include emails between senior Facebook staff, and express the decisions they made prior to the Cambridge Analytica breach, as well as what Facebook higher-ups knew about the company's privacy policies

Spice Girls to go on 2019 UK reunion tour without Victoria Beckham

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Victoria, or Posh Spice, shares a message of support for her fellow Spice Girls as they announce their tour

VIVA FOREVER. Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Brown come together for a Spice Girls reunion tour. Screenshot from Instagram.com/victoriabeckham

UK, EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP