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UK's 'Brexit election' campaign enters final straight

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Boris Johnson is hoping the poll hands his ruling Conservatives a majority, while Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is trying to upset the odds and usher in Britain's first leftist government in 9 years

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at the Guildhall in central London to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on December 2, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK PM faces flak for ducking TV grilling

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Four other major party leaders have subjected themselves to an uncomfortable grilling from the BBC's Andrew Neil but the prime minister has so far declined to do so

UK ELECTIONS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP

Boris Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:40 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists the deal will allow Britain to regain control over its laws, money and immigration policy

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

Britain's Lib Dems unveil 'stop Brexit' manifesto

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:50 PM

The pro-European party, which has vowed to halt Britain's departure from the EU if it wins a majority, also outlines policies to tackle climate change, expand free childcare, and recruit more teachers

STOP BREXIT MANIFESTO. A cyclist travels past the battle bus of Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson on her arrival for a general election campaign visit to Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge, on November 20, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Britain's Johnson spars with election rivals on Brexit and Trump

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson's main rival in the snap December 12 poll, has struggled to explain his position on Brexit ever since Britons narrowly triggered the divorce in a 2016 referendum

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) speaks with Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) in the Central Lobby as they walk back to the House of Commons on October 14, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK's Johnson 'sorry' for Brexit delay

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:12 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is a 'matter of deep regret'

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. - Boris Johnson will meet EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, officials said, as the British prime minister bids to broker a Brexit compromise ahead of the October 31 deadline. Preparedness in Britain for a no-deal Brexit remains "at a low level", with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies, according to government assessments released this week. (Photo by Christopher Furlong / POOL / AFP)

Trump wades into UK polls with attack on opposition leader and Brexit warning

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

In unprecedented criticism of a candidate to be British premier from a sitting US president, Donald Trump says that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be 'so bad' in the role

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) poses for a selfie with Labour candidate Hannah O'Neil (L) and activists in Milton Keynes, southern England on October 31, 2019. Britain will go to the polls on December 12 in a bid to unlock the protracted Brexit deadlock. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

UK election campaign hots up on Brexit day that never was

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Ahead of an election rally in London, veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn attacks Boris Johnson's 'born-to-rule Conservatives' who he says are only interested in protecting 'the privileged few'

ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves as he launches the party's election campaign in south London on October 31, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain kicks off election battle over Brexit

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Lawmakers put aside their disputes and overwhelmingly support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election on December 12

BREXIT. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK set for 3rd election in 4 years to try to break Brexit gridlock

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen,' says 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

EU envoys agree 3-month Brexit delay

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The next deadline for departure will be January 31, 2020 – although the other 27 capitals would allow an earlier date if London ratifies a withdrawal agreement before then

BREXIT EXTENSION. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Johnson pushes for poll as EU prepares Brexit delay

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:25 PM

EU ambassadors will meet on Monday to discuss the request to delay Brexit until January 31, under a plan allowing Britain to leave earlier if parliament ratifies the exit deal, Brussels sources say

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. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

UK opposition parties outline election plan

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by law to ask EU leaders last weekend to delay Brexit after MPs refused to back the Brexit terms he struck with Brussels

ELECTION PREPARATION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019 after parliament resumed. AFP/PRU photo

UK 'pauses' production of Brexit coin as delay looms

Oct 26, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'We have paused production of the Brexit coin, and will take a final decision in due course,' says the UK government

POUND. In this file photo taken on December 14, 2017 a British one pound sterling coin is arranged in front of a Union flag for a photograph in London. AFP file photo

Brexit in limbo as UK PM pushes for election

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to call an election for December 12 that he hopes will give him a majority to pass the divorce deal he struck with EU leaders

BREXIT. A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

EU backs Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'All agreed on the need for an extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit. The duration of an extension is still being discussed,' a European source tells reporters

ANTI-BREXIT PROTESTS. Anti-Brexit activists hold European Union and Union flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 23, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

British PM denied new Brexit deal vote

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) House of Commons speaker John Bercow says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not allowed to push for the same measures twice in the same parliamentary sitting

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

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