Tag: Conservative Party (Great Britain)

Britain’s Ominous Portent for Democrats

When Britain flummoxed and flabbergasted the world by voting in 2016 to leave the European Union, it seemed like a one-off: An unexpected gamble by a normally prudent country, but nothing that signified a profound shift beyond the United Kingdom and Europe. Donald Trump’s election a few months later proved otherwise. Brexit was a portent, […]

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Boris Johnson and the Coming Trump Victory in 2020

Donald Trump, in his telling, could have shot somebody on Fifth Avenue and won. Boris Johnson could mislead the queen. He could break his promise to get Britain out of Europe by Oct. 31. He could lie about Turks invading Britain and the cost of European Union membership. He could make up stories about building […]

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For Scotland and Northern Ireland, a Weakening of Ties

LONDON — While voters across England embraced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, it was a different story in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where Thursday’s electoral earthquake has strained the ties that bind the United Kingdom and increased the risk of its eventual breakup. In Scotland a constitutional crisis looms after the dominant Scottish National […]

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The United Kingdom Has Voted. Will It Remain United?

Of all the agonizing twists and turns of British politics since the narrow vote on June 23, 2016, in favor of leaving the European Union, the landslide victory of Boris Johnson in Thursday’s election may be the most stunning. It also should have been the most predictable. After three and a half years of debilitating […]

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Brexit Is Going to Get Done. But on Whose Terms?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide election victory clarifies British politics in one important respect: Efforts to reverse the Brexit referendum are now dead. Britain will leave the European Union next month. But on what terms it will do so remains unclear, perhaps even more so in the wake of the election. Mr. Johnson’s […]

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Brexit Once Meant a Weaker British Pound, but Not Anymore

LONDON — When Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, its currency plummeted on world markets, reflecting agitation over the economic and financial disruption that seemed to lie ahead. Three years later, with Brexit still not achieved, trading in the pound has been telling a different story. The pound, which made steady gains […]

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Boris Johnson Gambled Everything. And Won.

LONDON — Boris Johnson gambled everything on an election and won. Called to resolve the intractable problem of Brexit, the election on Thursday — undertaken in winter, itself a sign of political crisis — delivered the Conservative Party its first commanding majority in over 40 years. The scale and shape of the victory surpassed projections: […]

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U.K. Election Updates: Victorious Johnson Vows to Finish Brexit

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePeople celebrating during a Conservative results party at a pub in central London.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times Conservatives celebrate their biggest win since Margaret Thatcher. With all but one district declared on Friday morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives had won 364 seats — 47 more than […]

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Conservatives Headed for Commanding Majority in U.K. Vote: ‘Brexit Will Happen’

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party appeared on course Thursday to win a commanding majority in the British Parliament, a striking victory that redraws the lines in British politics and paves the way for the country’s exit from the European Union early next year. The Conservatives were projected to win 368 […]

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Live Updates: U.K. Votes in General Election

Here’s what you need to know: How does the election work? ImageWorkers preparing signs at a polling station in London on Thursday.Credit…Lisi Niesner/Reuters Britain’s voters head to the polls in their local areas on Thursday to cast ballots for members of Parliament in the second general election to be held since the country voted to […]

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A Vote For Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Is a Vote For Anti-Semitism

Back when Donald Trump was running for president — and Republicans were still capable of feeling politically ashamed — a conservative friend made what was, to my mind, the decisive case against voting for him. No, a ballot for Trump did not automatically mean that his voters shared his bigotries. Nor did it necessarily mean […]

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Photos of the U.K. in the Shadow of Brexit

Britain is dragging itself through its fifth major election in five years: a third general election, even though Parliaments are supposed to last for five years; and two referendums, one on Scottish independence, which lost, and the other on Brexit, which won. The Leave victory in June 2016 has defined and marred British politics ever […]

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Britain’s Miserable Election

LONDON — This is the dejection election. Not in my lifetime has Britain faced such a miserable choice. Two vain, incompetent, mediocre charlatans are competing to become prime minister. For the Conservatives, we have the blustering, lying, oafish puffball Boris Johnson. In the Labour corner is the querulous, wooden, sanctimonious Jeremy Corbyn. The two candidates […]

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Boris Johnson Tries On a New Campaign Persona: Disciplined

UTTOXETER, England — On the second-to-last day of Britain’s landmark election campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson drove a backhoe through a wall of Styrofoam bricks. The wall was labeled “Gridlock,” while the backhoe was emblazoned with a Union Jack and the slogan “Get Brexit Done.” As political stunts go, it was hardly subtle. But it […]

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Jeremy Corbyn, U.K. Labour Leader, Races to Close Election Gap

BIRMINGHAM, England — The chants are the same as in 2017: “Oh JER-e-my COR-byn, Oh JER-e-my COR-byn.” The message, taking on “the rich and powerful” and ending austerity with a burst of nationalizations and public spending, is largely the same, too. Yet, two years later, the magic that seemed to envelop the opposition Labour leader’s […]

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A Sick U.K. Boy’s Story Was True. But False Posts Followed.

LONDON — The photo of a sick 4-year-old boy lying on the floor of an overcrowded hospital in Yorkshire because there were no beds available for him sent a jolt through the British election. A local newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, had published a story about the episode on Sunday after the boy’s mother reached […]

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In U.K. Vote, Online Disinformation Is the New Normal

LONDON — Manipulated Twitter accounts, doctored videos, dodgy websites and questions of foreign meddling. In just six weeks, the campaign leading up to Britain’s general election this Thursday has had a taste of what the dark arts of online campaigning have to offer. But in addition to concerns about material originating with shadowy groups or […]

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Young Voters Helped Upend the Last U.K. Election. Can It Happen Again?

SOUTHAMPTON, England — As students from the University of Southampton zigzagged across campus on a recent cold afternoon, youthful activists with Britain’s main opposition Labour Party intercepted them with cups of tea and a leaflet with detailed instructions on how to register to vote in December’s election. “Vote for jobs, vote for housing, vote for […]

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Hugh, Actually: In U.K. Campaign, Voters Find an Actor at the Door

LONDON — Londoners responding to a knock on their front doors in recent days may have been surprised to see a familiar face grinning back at them: Hugh Grant, one of the country’s most recognizable actors, who made his mark as the floppy-haired, bumbling leading man in romantic comedies. But Mr. Grant, who famously played […]

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For Boris Johnson, a Perilous Week Negotiating Terrorism and Trump

LONDON — The last time a terrorist attack erupted on London Bridge in the final weeks of an election campaign, in 2017, the backlash stung the Conservative prime minister, Theresa May, exposing her to a damaging critique by the Labour Party that she had cut funding for the police and left the British people unprotected. […]

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How an Anti-Brexit London District Could Help Boris Johnson Triumph

LONDON — The Labour Party canvassers gathered after dark outside a tube station in Pimlico, a pocket of central London that, by all appearances, should be fertile terrain. Nearly three-quarters of the surrounding district voted to stay in the European Union, among the strongest “Remain” votes in Britain, putting the pro-Brexit Conservatives at risk in […]

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Britain’s Dirty Election

LONDON — Pity British voters. Not because they face a choice between two historically unpopular candidates for prime minister — Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn — on Dec. 12. Nor that they are being forced to trudge to polling stations for the third general election in five years, this time in the depths of the […]

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Ice Sculpture Steals Show at U.K. Climate Debate That Boris Johnson Skips

Five leaders of British political parties called for dramatic action to confront climate change in a televised debate on Thursday, just two weeks before the country’s general election. A melting ice sculpture stole the show. The sculpture stood in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the Conservatives and the figure who seems to […]

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