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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

Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to Boris Johnson

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:33 PM

The British Prime Minister slams the opposition for voting against his call for a snap poll next month

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow chairing after the results of a motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, were announced in the House of Commons in London on September 10, 2019. British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 10 to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament. HO / PRU / AFP

UK's Boris Johnson says would rather die than delay Brexit

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:05 PM

In a speech in northern England, Johnson says, 'I'd rather be dead in a ditch' than ask the EU for a Brexit delay

BREXIT OR BUST. File photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

Johnson fends off dwindling British PM rivals in TV debate

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Boris Johnson casts himself as the one politician able to bring Britain successfully out of the European Union and therefore deliver the Brexit that UK voters called for 3 years ago

BORIS JOHNSON. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson giving evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee at Parliament in London on March 21, 2018. Photo by PRU/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

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

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

UK PM to renew Brexit deal push after pledge to resign

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London on March 27, 2019, after hearing the outcome of the indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to step down if MPs back her EU divorce deal, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock in Britain's fractured parliament. Her dramatic gambit came just two hours before MPs started a flurry of votes seeking a last-minute alternative Brexit plan to replace her deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

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

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

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

MPs to vote on no-deal Brexit as businesses sound alarm

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) MPs are expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal but it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by March 29, the scheduled Brexit date

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit supporters, wave flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

British MPs resoundingly reject Brexit deal for second time

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The House of Commons voted 391-242 against the divorce deal, even after UK Prime Minister Theresa May secured further guarantees from Brussels over its most controversial elements.

A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017.  Prime Minister Theresa May today said there could be "no turning back" and called for national unity, after notifying the EU of Britain's intention to end its 44-year membership of the bloc. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

In, out, or limbo: Brexit end-game scenarios

Mar 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The House of Commons will hold up to 3 votes between March 12 and 14, as the March 29 Brexit date races in

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

British MPs seek greater control of Brexit

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM

A Q&A on the Brexit options of Britain's House of Commons

A protester draped in a European Union flag takes part in a protest in support of an amendment to guarantee legal status of EU citizens, outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May feared parliament would stand in her way in implementing Brexit but the opposition crumbled and she prepares to open negotiations with the wind in her sails. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Theresa May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is accused of misleading MPs over her Brexit deal as her government published legal advice likely to increase opposition to the agreement ahead of a crucial vote next week

PRESSURE. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK's Theresa May takes Brexit deal to rebellious MPs

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The British Prime Minister begins selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement

TO CHINA. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

British MPs approve landmark Brexit bill

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

However, the unelected upper House of Lords may insist on further changes when peers begin their scrutiny on January 30, while ministers still face opposition from the devolved Scottish and Welsh administrations

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons in central London on January 17, 2018. Paul Ellis/PRU and AFP

Brexit bill passes first vote in British parliament

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED British MPs vote in favor of a bill to end Britain s EU membership a key moment for the government s Brexit strategy

Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. Niklas Hallen/AFP

UK parliament cuts e-mail access after cyberattack

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:01 AM

The threat follows reports in British media including the Times that hackers were selling passwords for MPs online

CYBERATTACK. Britain's parliament shut down external access to e-mail accounts on Saturday, June 24, following a cyberattack.

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

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

Canada lawmakers pass anti-Islamophobia motion

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The motion asks the government to recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear and condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination

HOUSE OF COMMONS. Canada's House of Commons has passed a motion asking the government to 'condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.' File photo by Martin Lipman/Library of Parliament

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 bill to start Brexit

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:45 AM

The unamended two clause bill now moves to the House of Lords where there may be more opposition from unelected peers – and where May s Conservative party does not have a majority

START OF BREXIT. In a still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 8, 2017 Members of Parliament react as the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle announces the results of the main vote on the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill to the members of parliament in the House of Commons in central London on February 8, 2017. Photo by PRU/AFP

British PM allows MPs to scrutinize Brexit plan

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May has still offered no reassurance that MPs will have a vote on her plan before she triggers Article 50 of the EU s Lisbon Treaty which formally begins the exit process

A man sits alongside a European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament, before the British government ahead of a House of Commons debate on a petition calling for a second EU referendum, in London on September 5, 2016. Justin Tallis/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

MPs debate banning 'fool' Trump from Britain

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The debate was triggered by a public petition which has attracted more than 575 000 signatures

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA December 28, 2015. CJ Gunther/EPA

Britain sells off postal service stake to cut debt

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:22 AM

The sale of the government s 30 stake in the Royal Mail postal service is expected to earn the state about £1 5 billion

UK government announces EU referendum in Queen's Speech

May 28, 2015 - 3:36 AM

Outlining the newly elected government s plans for its first year the 89 year old queen confirmsBritain would face further austerity to cut its deficit

Prince Charles letters show concern for badgers and fish

May 14, 2015 - 10:12 AM

The 2004 2005 letters were released after a battle between The Guardian newspaper and the reluctant government ultimately hailed as a press victory

'THE MEDDLESOME PRINCE.' Prince Charles' views vary in a wide range of topics, from dairy farming to culling of badgers. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

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

Campaign kicks off for tight British election

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Opinion polls suggest that neither the center right Conservatives nor center left Labour will win an outright majority in the 650 seat House of Commons

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

Hong Kong freedoms 'eroded' by China – British MPs

Mar 06, 2015 - 8:43 AM

In a report on Britain s relations with Hong Kong the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee warns the city could face a crisis of governance unless tensions over how it is ruled are resolved

HONG KONG. A life size cut out of Chinese President Xi Jinping among tents and shelters of pro-democracy students at the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, 03 December 2014. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Israel says UK Palestine vote undermines peace prospects

Oct 14, 2014 - 3:34 PM

This comes after British MPs voted 274 to 12 for a non binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

Police probe video of apparent British ISIS fighter

Oct 05, 2014 - 12:25 AM

The video was released Friday October 3 around the time the ISIS group put out a video claiming the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning

PROBE ONGOING. In a video, Abu Saeed al-Britani condemns Prime Minister David Cameron and the United States for launching air strikes on ISIS jihadists.   Screengrab from YouTube

UK politicians say Charles 'free to speak' after Putin-Hitler row

May 21, 2014 - 11:28 PM

Prince Charles remark makes headlines around the world and Russian media says it threatened to further complicate relations between Britain and Moscow

UK's House of Commons to opens doors to Meryl Streep

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Britain s House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

British government defeated on Syria action motion

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:20 AM

A government motion calling for lawmakers to back military action in principle was defeated 285 to 272 in the House of Commons

NO MILITARY ACTION. British lawmakers voted not to back military action in Syria.