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UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The result is a setback for the Brexit Party – founded by euroskeptic figurehead Nigel Farage only a few months ago – which came out on top in the European elections in May

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures as he arrives at a polling station to vote in the European Parliament elections, in Biggin Hill, south east England on May 23, 2019. Voting got under way in Britain early on Thursday in elections to the European Parliament -- a contest the country had not expected to hold nearly three years after the Brexit referendum. Ben STANSALL / 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

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

UK Labour pressures PM with Brexit customs union call

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe'

CALL FOR CUSTOMS UNION. Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Ben Stanstall/AFP

UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The opposition Labour party tables the 'humble address' motion in which they call for the government to publish its assessment of 58 sectors, including tourism and nuclear

Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader s legislative plans – the Queen s Speech – in a key test of whether she can stay in power

MAY'S PARLIAMENT TEST. British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on January 17, 2017. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:53 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May boycotted a primetime television debate just days before the June 8 general election

FACE OFF. (L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain and broadcast live from Senate House in Cambridge on May 31, 2017, ahead of the upcoming general election. Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in TV grilling

May 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Ten days before the snap polls on June 8 the two rivals separately faced wide ranging questions from members of the public before interrogations by veteran bulldog broadcaster Jeremy Paxman

ENTER STAGE. British Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in the 'May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10,' Sky News and Channel 4 event in at Sky Studios in London, on May 29, 2017. Stefan Rosseau/Pool/AFP

Gulf in living standards at heart of UK election battle

May 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Flat wages and the government s austerity program continue to bite and cause anger among those left behind

A television screen showing coverage of the 2017 UK general election is pictured inside the Conservative Party campaign bus on the motorway near London on May 15, 2017. Justi Tallis/Pool/AFP

UK Labour's election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

May 11, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Among the pledges which are yet to be signed off the party says it will guarantee a meaningful vote on the final Brexit agreement and rules out leaving the European Union without a deal

CAMPAIGN STOP. Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters at general election campaign visit in York, northern England, on May 10, 2017. Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

May takes tough Brexit stance as UK holds local elections

May 04, 2017 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED Britain will choose thousands of new local councillors in a vote that will be closely watched for proof of the strength of May s Conservatives

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after speaking outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 3, 2017, following her return from Buckingham Palace where she met with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Justin Tallis/AFP

Blair announces return to British politics to fight Brexit

May 01, 2017 - 11:05 AM

He says he wants to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union

BLAIR IS BACK. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in St Paul, Minnesota, July 17, 2016. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation/AFP

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The House of Commons votes by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 – plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union

SEAT OF POWER. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Lords defy May for a second time on Brexit

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The House of Lords votes to give parliament the final say on how Britain leaves the European Union

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May, including most members of the parliament's lower House of Commons, voted to remain in the European Union. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

6 months in, Brexit shadow looms over PM May

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The Conservative leader s refusal to outline a detailed strategy for negotiating Britain s future ties with the European Union has only deepened suspicions among politicians of all stripes that she does not have a grand plan

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

UK PM faces backlash over Brexit immigration plan

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED Theresa May s address to the Conservative party conference comes as the pound plunged on currency markets and amid growing criticism of proposals to make businesses publish lists of how many foreign workers they employ

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote address on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2016. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Theresa May to become Britain's next PM

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Theresa May will become the prime minister who leads Britain into talks to quit the European Union on Wednesday July 13

NEXT PRIME MINISTER. Britain's new Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks to members of the media at The St Stephen's entrance to the Palace of Westminster in London on July 11, 2016. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM frontrunner vows to limit immigration

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:53 AM

Meanwhile a law firm warns Brexit needs parliament s backing to begin

British Interior Minister Theresa May addresses a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016. Frantzesco Kangaris/AFP

British politicians battle to lead Brexit aftermath

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Britain s two main political parties are embroiled in leadership battles to decide who will lead the country through turbulent times in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (7L) take his seat as British opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn stands at the dispatch box to address MPs in the House of Commons in London on June 29, 2016. PRU/AFP

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Donald Tusk agrees to give Britain time for the dust to settle but Jean Claude Juncker warns the country does not have months to meditate

epa05395855 British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 28 June 2016. EU leaders meet in Brussels on 28 June for the first time since the British referendum, in which 51.9 percent voted to leave the European Union (EU). EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Rivals clash, stocks hit ahead of Brexit vote

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Stock markets extended a global sell off after polls indicated increasing support for an exit from the 28 member bloc on June 23

YES OR NO? This handout picture released by the Daily Telegraph shows (L-R) former Mayor of London and Conservative Party politician Boris Johnson, moderator Aasmah Mir, Labour party Remain campaigner Liz Kendall and Scottish National Party (SNP) MP, Alex Salmond taking part in a debate in London on June 14, 2016. David Rose/Daily Telegraph/AFP

Labour ramps up EU referendum campaign as stocks drop

Jun 14, 2016 - 11:03 AM

A new poll shows Brexit backers in the lead ahead of next week s knife edge referendum

Pro-Brexit flags fly from a fishing boat moored in Ramsgate on June 13, 2016. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

UK begins Syria air strikes after parliament vote

Dec 03, 2015 - 6:46 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Cameron s government is backed by 397 lawmakers compared to 223 who opposed the bombing

YES TO AIR STRIKES. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaking at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in central London on December 2, 2015 during the debate on a motion to join air strikes on Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria. AFP PHOTO / PRU

Corbyn tightens grip on UK Labour, but bigger battles loom

Oct 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Corbyn s strength could be defined by emerging battles over the control of the party s internal machine which will decide who fills key roles

FRESH FACE. Leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn greets delegates after delivering his keynote speech during the Labour Conference in Brighton, Britain,  September 29, 2015. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Socialist Corbyn wins UK Labour leadership in landslide

Sep 12, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The 66 year old whose policies have been compared to those of Greece s Syriza and Spain s Podemos condemns grotesque levels of inequality and an unfair welfare system in his victory speech

NEW LABOUR LEADER. Jeremy Corbyn listens as he is announced as the new leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, in London on September 12, 2015. Ben Stansall/AFP

British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory

May 19, 2015 - 8:42 AM

The substantial business starts next week when the queen delivers a speech outlining the new government s program at the traditional state opening of parliament

PARLIAMENT IN ACTION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (CL) speaking at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in London on May 18, 2015 as members of parliament convened for the first time since the May 7 general election. PRU/AFP

Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory

May 10, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Britain adjusts to a new political landscape after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 8, 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Surprise lead for Conservatives in UK election exit poll

May 08, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The centre right Conservatives are projected to win 316 seats compared to 239 for Ed Miliband s center left Labour party in a result that tears up pre election predictions

ELECTIONS. Election officials count ballot papers from the Hallam constituency of Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Britain, 07 May 2015. Photo by Nigel Roddis/EPA

How the UK parliamentary elections work

May 07, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The leader of the party that gains the majority of seats in the parliamentary election becomes the new prime minister

Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

May 07, 2015 - 3:08 PM

While the leaders of both main parties insist they can win a clear majority in the 650 seat House of Commons they will almost certainly have to work with smaller parties to form a government

POLLING BEGINS. Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage arrives at a polling station in Ramsgate, Kent, Britain, 07 May 2015. Britons are voting in a general election that will determine the UK's next prime minister. Photo by Hannah Mckay/EPA

Britain votes in election which could define its future

May 07, 2015 - 4:53 AM

The election looks set to deliver a minority government for the first time since 1974

PARLIAMENT. A CCTV camera is pictured against Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 02 April 2015. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

UK's election in numbers

May 06, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Take a look at the numbers and what they mean in this year s United Kingdom elections

Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election

May 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

While neither of the two main party leaders is talking in public about the possibility of a minority government the polls suggest that Britain is heading that way for the first time since 1997

KEEPING HIS SEAT? British Prime Minister David Cameron campaigns at a rally in St Ives, Cornwall, as part of his 36 hour non-stop tour of the UK, Britain, May 5, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Britain's boring election reaches gripping finale

May 04, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The vote could help decide whether Britain stays in the European Union and whether Scotland remains in Britain as well as putting some of Westminster s biggest names out of a job

SEAT OF POWER. A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London January 31, 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

Eyeing power, Scottish nationalists launch British election manifesto

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED Nicola Sturgeon vows that the SNP will act responsibly and constructively if it agreed to prop up a minority center left Labour government led by Ed Miliband

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon greets supporters after delivering her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, March 28, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Scottish nationalists offer to help British opposition to power

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Nicola Sturgeon says she will help Labour leader Ed Miliband take over from his main rival Prime Minister David Cameron

In this file photo, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon delivers her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, 28 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Uncertainty the only certainty a month before UK election

Apr 06, 2015 - 2:59 PM

In one month Britain votes in a general election likely to put the nail in the coffin of two party politics and herald an uncertain future of coalitions alliances and horse trading

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA