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Opponents attack Johnson’s character as UK election looms

Britain’s opposition parties are intensifying attacks on Prime Minister Boris Johnson with two weeks to go until election day, as polls suggest Johnson’s Conservatives have a substantial lead


Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election.


EU’s Barnier warns of tough times ahead on UK trade deal

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says that the talks on a free trade deal with the United Kingdom once the country has left the bloc might well be as tough …


UK parties spar in election that may settle Brexit – or not

Finally, Britain’s political ice floes are moving. After three years of Brexit impasse, an election in six weeks may break the logjam. Or it may just rearrange the ice pack, …


Brexit ballot: UK lawmakers back December 12 election

Britons will be heading out to vote in the dark days of December after the House of Commons backed an early election that could break the country’s political impasse over …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

EU delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson election bid fails

Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

UK’s Johnson seeks Dec 12 election to break Brexit impasse

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse is a general election, and he will ask Parliament to approve a national poll for …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins one vote, loses another

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the …


Northern Ireland’s laws on abortion, same-sex marriage set to change

Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the …


UK House of Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson’s Brexit plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to lead Britain out of the European Union at the end of this month hit another roadblock Monday when the speaker of the House of …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Johnson says he will resist any Brexit delay beyond Oct. 31

Defiant Johnson says he will resist attempts to delay Britain’s departure from EU beyond end of the month.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain – finally …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

After three years of tense negotiations, Britain and the European Union say they have struck an outline Brexit deal


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Brexit talks close in on tentative deal before summit

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday’s EU …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Pomp in London, Brexit talks in Brussels as deadline looms

Brexit divorce talks in Brussels are making slow progress, both sides said Monday as some EU ministers said they could even spill into next week. Across the Channel, Britain dragged …


EU, UK bring out the vitriol as Brexit deadline draws near

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – and in these Brexit times, extraordinary words among leaders. Tuesday saw the latest chapter in vitriolic invective among two sides claiming they want …


UK leader Johnson renews vow to leave EU by deadline

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday renewed his vow to take the country out of the European Union by the Brexit deadline, in an apparent contradiction of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Boris Johnson: UK is offering Brexit ‘compromise’ to EU

The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

U.K.’s Johnson denies allegations of patronage, groping

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson battled to fend off allegations of improper patronage and groping a woman as he prepared a final push Monday to fulfill his pledge to lead …


U.K. leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

Angry and despairing British lawmakers accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday of whipping up violence and division with his charged language about opponents of Brexit, and the speaker of …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

An unrepentant Boris Johnson faces raucous Parliament

An unrepentant Prime Minister Boris Johnson brushed off cries of “Resign!” and dared his foes to try to topple him Wednesday at a raucous session of Parliament, a day after …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegal

In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the prime minister broke the law by suspending Parliament in a way that squelched …


UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country’s former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk Brexit

Boris Johnson was booed by protesters and berated by Luxembourg’s leader on a visit to the tiny nation Monday for his first face-to-face talks with European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker …


Boris Johnson’s nightmare on Downing Street

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a very bad week.


Ex-Prime Minister David Cameron ‘sorry’ for creating Brexit divisions

The British prime minister who called the 2016 Brexit referendum and then saw the public vote to leave the European Union, creating the nation’s prolonged political crisis, says he is …


Johnson, Juncker to meet in a bid for a Brexit breakthrough

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks next week to try to break the Brexit impasse as both sides seek to avert what …


UK court rules Johnson’s suspension of Parliament unlawful

In a blow to Britain’s PM, a Scottish court rules Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was …


UK opposition rages at Johnson after he suspends Parliament

Opposition politicians are furious at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament ahead of the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Johnson to suspend UK Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European …