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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 May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

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

May's Conservatives battle Brexit ballot bloodbath

May 12, 2019 - 12:50 PM

With Brexit postponed to October 31, Britain must take part in the European Parliament elections set for May 23

A blank postal ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in Britain on May 23rd, is pictured in Marsden, northern England on May 9, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Andrew Lloyd Webber is richest UK musician, Ed Sheeran doubles fortune

May 09, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber beats Paul McCartney as Britain's wealthiest musician, while Ed Sheeran doubles his wealth from last year

EU's Juncker laments not 'interfering' in Brexit campaign

May 07, 2019 - 11:17 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he made a mistake by listening to British leader David Cameron when he told him to stay out of the campaign before the June 2016 vote

BREXIT. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. File photo by John Thys/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

Assange jailed for 50 weeks for UK bail breach

May 01, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Julian Assange, who was arrested on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up, will serve the nearly one-year sentence while fighting a separate attempt to transfer him to the United States

JULIAN ASSSANGE.  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain's FM urges caution over Huawei role in 5G network

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:36 PM

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May conditionally allowed China's Huawei to build the UK 5G network

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

MISLEADING: 'Cheating' during start of overseas voting in UK, Italy

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Some overseas Filipino voters in the United Kingdom and Italy air their concerns about the mode of voting at the Philippine embassies there

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

Young journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland honored at funeral

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The killing has evoked memories of the 3 decades of violent strife in Northern Ireland and has sparked condemnation across the political spectrum also in the neighboring Republic of Ireland

TRIBUTES TO LYRA. In this file photo taken on April 19, 2019 floral tributes and a plaque condemning the killing of journalist Lyra McKee are seen at the scene of the overnight violence in the Creggan area of Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland on April 19, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Facebook bans UK far-right groups

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Facebook bans groups for "terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity"

BANNED. Far-right groups are weeded out of Facebook for forbidden content. Shutterstock photo

Nearly 300 arrested at London climate protests

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The protests are organized by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements

EXTINCTION REBELLION. Protesters stand behind their banner blocking a road near Parliament Square in central London on the second day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'Julian Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored,' says Labor Party home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbott

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

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

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. 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

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's Ecuadoran stay

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Julian Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London's plush Knightsbridge district since 2012

ASSANGE IN ECUADOR. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Prince Harry, Meghan want baby's birth kept 'private'

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:21 PM

'The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,' the Buckingham Palace says in a statement

PRIVATE. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFP

EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the parliament in Berlin before setting out for Brussels that the leaders might back a delay 'longer than the British prime minister has requested'

BREXIT. Activists wave EU flags near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Lenders take control at UK department store Debenhams

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:23 PM

High street stalwart Debenhams says its new owners will inject 'significant' funding oDe

File photo of Debenhams by Sasa Wick/Shutterstock.com

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

Meghan Markle's baby to test royal appetite for reform

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Meghan Markle's new-age ideals and US glitz have already raised eyebrows during her pregnancy. How she intends to bring up the baby, who will be seventh in line to the throne, will only increase the scrutiny.

GIFTS. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London. Photo by Chris Jackson/AFP

May to meet Merkel, Macron ahead of crucial Brexit summit

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May will meet the two leaders on April 9, the day before the summit where she is expected to ask the bloc for another delay to Brexit

MAY SEEKING BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) 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

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

EU cannot be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis – Macron

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Speaking during a visit to Paris by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron says, 'Our priority must be the proper functioning of the European Union and the single market'

MACRON AND VARADKAR. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (L), in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on April 2, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP)

Filipina artist calls UK fashion label out for alleged plagiarism

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Illustrator Feanne Mauricio claims fashion brand Rixo used her artwork without license

STRIKING RESEMBLANCE. Artist Feanne Mauricio compares her artwork to a print on a dress from fashion label Rixo, which she is accusing of plaigiarizing her work. Image courtesy of Feanne

British PM mulls solution to Brexit deadlock as EU warns of no-deal

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May is to call in her cabinet to discuss the next steps after lawmakers failed to find a majority on any alternative to the divorce deal she struck with Brussels

BREXIT PROTEST. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

With government split, British MPs seek new Brexit plan

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Brussels has set an April 12 deadline to agree the divorce terms May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative, or crash out of the European Union

UK PARLIAMENT. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows MPs listening to speakers during a business motion for a second round of indicative votes in the House of Commons in London on April 1, 2019. Image grab by PRU/AFP

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Nearly three years after the divisive referendum that saw 52% of voters back leaving the EU, Britain's MPs are at a loss on how the UK can properly leave

WHERE TO NOW? A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/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

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) 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. AFP PHOTO/PRU

UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks, but some Western nations bar it amid fears Beijing could gain access to sensitive communications and critical infrastructure

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

Back to the drawing board: MPs sketch out Brexit future

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Here is how the "indicative votes" procedure will work, as MPs aim to find a way through the political deadlock nearly 3 years after Britain voted to quit the European Union

UK PARLIAMENT. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament on March 14, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacting on the front bench in the House of Commons in London on March 14, 2019, during the proceedings in which British MPs voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit. Photo by Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP

UK parliament plots Brexit Plan B after sidelining PM

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) The unprecedented measure passes by a 329-302 margin and sees 3 junior ministers quit the government to vote against the premier

BREXIT MARCHES. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/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

UK police probe attacks on 5 mosques in Birmingham

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in different areas in the central English city, and the incidents are 'being treated as linked'

ONGOING PROBE. Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in 4 different areas in the north of the city of Birmingham. File photo from Birmingham Jame Masjid's Facebook page

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

David Beckham admits using phone while driving

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Former England captain Beckham uses his hand-held mobile phone while driving, which is illegal in Britain

VIOLATION. A member of the public catches David Beckham using his mobile phone while driving his Bentley. Stock photo

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

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

Will Brexit be delayed? The hows and the whys

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:51 PM

British MPs will vote Thursday, March 14, on a government plan to hold a third ballot on May's deal and request a delayed departure, whatever the result