Brexit

  • Brexit Jan 23

    Next Stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU Divorce Bill Becomes Law

    Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week.

    The U.K. is finally leaving the 28-nation bloc more than 3 1/2 years after voters narrowly opted to do so in a June 2016 referendum — and after interminable rounds of political wrangling.

  • Brexit Dec 20, 2019

    UK Lawmakers OK Johnson’s Brexit Bill, Pave Way to Leave EU

    British lawmakers have given preliminary approval to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill, clearing the way for the U.K. to leave the European Union next month. The House of Commons voted 358-234 on Friday for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, legislation that will turn Brexit into reality.

  • Brexit Dec 16, 2019

    UK’s Boris Johnson Talks With Trump, Welcomes New Lawmakers

    Britain’s new political landscape began to take shape Monday as triumphant Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked trade with President Donald Trump and gave a pep talk to his new Conservative Party lawmakers. The incoming class of new Conservative legislators was so big — 109 lawmakers — that organizers had to procure an extra 50 bottles of wine for the evening...

  • Brexit Dec 15, 2019

    No Letup for UK Lawmakers: Johnson Presses Ahead With Brexit

    There will be no letup for U.K. lawmakers worn out after Britain’s bruising election campaign. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to begin “before Christmas” the push to secure Parliamentary approval for his Brexit deal. Buoyed by its landslide victory in Thursday’s election, Johnson’s Conservative government plans to move fast to make good on his campaign mantra to “get Brexit done.”...

  • Brexit Dec 14, 2019

    Johnson’s Win May Deliver Brexit But Could Risk UK’s Breakup

    Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfil his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland didn’t vote...

  • British Elections Dec 13, 2019

    Likely Johnson Win Means Brexit Is Coming, Tough Talks Loom

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on one theme alone — “Get Brexit done” — and if the results of an exit poll projection are correct, that just may happen....

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    The U.K. exit poll predicts that Johnson’s Conservatives won a substantial victory Thursday night in the country’s general election....

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    But even if Johnson pulls Britain out of the European Union by the...

  • British Elections Dec 13, 2019

    UK’s Johnson Claims Brexit Mandate With New Conservative Majority

    Britain’s Conservative Party has secured a majority by winning 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. While results are still coming in, the decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The victory makes Johnson the...

  • United Kingdom Dec 11, 2019

    Leaders Scramble for Final Votes as UK’s Ugly Election Ends

    Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts. On the last day of the campaign, political leaders dashed around the U.K. on Wednesday trying to win over millions of undecided voters who will likely determine the outcome. Opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a lead over the main opposition Labour Party...

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Final ‘Or-derrrs’: UK Commons Speaker John Bercow Bows Out

    The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, who has become a global celebrity and online meme-magnet for his loud ties, even louder voice and star turn at the center of Britain’s Brexit drama, is stepping down on Thursday after 10 years in the job. Some lawmakers are sad to see John Bercow go, but others are delighted. With his innovative...

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Final ‘Or-derrrs’: UK Commons Speaker John Bercow Bows Out

    The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, who has become a global celebrity and online meme-magnet for his loud ties, even louder voice and star turn at the center of Britain’s Brexit drama, stepped down on Thursday after 10 years in the job. Bercow closed business on his final day in the post with words that have become synonymous with...

  • Sep 30, 2019

    British Opposition Parties Unite To Stop No-Deal Brexit

    Britain’s opposition parties have met to plan how to block a “no-deal” Brexit from taking place against Parliament’s will. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said Monday that the opposition is “completely united about stopping no-deal.” The parties, including the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, are concerned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party may not adhere...

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Britain Suspends Parliament Amid Brexit Chaos and Crisis

    The British government has formally suspended parliament, sending lawmakers home for five weeks amid a Brexit crisis early Tuesday, but only after House of Commons Speaker John Bercow voiced his dismay, calling it “an act of executive fiat.” Opposition lawmakers chanted “shame on you,” as Bercow and conservative leaders left the room.

  • Jul 14, 2019

    Leaked UK Memo Says Trump Axed Iran Deal to Spite Obama

    A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador’s blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch called Trump’s decision...

  • Jan 30, 2019

    EU Won’t Budge on Brexit Deal as May Seeks Cross-Party Unity

    European Union leaders offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal, with one official calling on British lawmakers to stop bickering and work out a cross-party approach. In London, Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged that her government hasn’t decided exactly how it will try to change the deal...

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Another Week, More UK Jockeying Over Who Controls Brexit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another bruising week in Parliament as lawmakers plan to challenge her minority Conservative government for control of Brexit policy. Amendments designed to change the course of Britain’s planned March 29 departure from the European Union escalated the political jockeying. Several would delay the exit or make a Brexit without a divorce deal with the...

  • Jan 16, 2019

    May’s UK Government Wins No-Confidence Vote, Battles On

    British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes, on an opposition motion seeking to topple her...

  • Jan 15, 2019

    US Won’t Escape the Pain of Brexit

    British lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday on whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal that would take the country out of the European Union. Whatever the outcome, the world’s fifth-largest economy is set to take a massive hit — and so could the U.S. Brexit has already proven its potential to upset other economies. “With the original...

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Trump Denies Criticizing May in Newspaper Interview

    President Donald Trump is asserting that he didn’t criticize British Prime Minister Theresa May during an interview this week with The Sun newspaper in which he questioned May’s handling of the Brexit.

  • May 2, 2017

    May Vows to be ‘Bloody Difficult’ as EU Slams UK Brexit Aims

    Britain and the European Union say they want an amicable divorce. But negotiations have not even started yet, and the sniping has already begun. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Tuesday to be a “bloody difficult woman” in talks with the bloc, after EU officials accused the U.K. of failing to grasp the complexity of the task ahead. European Parliament Brexit...

  • Apr 3, 2017

    After Brexit, Britain Gets Into War of Words Over Gibraltar

    Less than a week after asking for a divorce from the European Union, Britain is talking war. The dispute over Gibraltar is a conflict of words, not weapons — a matter of bellicose headlines in Britain and bemusement in Spain. But it’s a sign of how rough the road ahead could be as the U.K. extricates itself from the 28-nation...

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