Tag: Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Boris Johnson Cares About ‘Liberty’ More Than People’s Lives

LONDON — Britain, bruised and wary after months of lockdown, is reopening. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson triumphantly announced a major loosening of restrictions. Much of the country’s cultural and recreational life — pubs, cafes, museums, galleries, cinemas, hotels — will return on July 4, while the distance people are required to keep from […]

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With Brexit Trade Talks at an Impasse, Boris Johnson Finally Engages

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, in his first direct talks with Brussels about Brexit since his country left the European Union at the end of January, agreed with European leaders on Monday to push ahead with intensified talks in July and August to try to reach a trade deal by the end […]

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Edward Colston’s Toppled Statue Glorified Slavery

BRIGHTON, England — Tens of thousands of people protested in British cities in solidarity with those rising up against police brutality against black Americans in the past week. They highlighted similar injustices in Britain. Protesters in the city of Bristol drew connections between a white police officer’s killing of George Floyd, a black man in […]

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Edward Colston’s Toppled Statue Glorified Slavery

BRIGHTON, England — Tens of thousands of people protested in British cities in solidarity with those rising up against police brutality against black Americans in the past week. They highlighted similar injustices in Britain. Protesters in the city of Bristol drew connections between a white police officer’s killing of George Floyd, a black man in […]

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As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Struggles to Find His Voice

LONDON — After a week when protesters battled with police outside his residence, spray-painted “racist” on a memorial to Winston Churchill and dumped the statue of a 17th-century slave trader into Bristol harbor, Prime Minister Boris Johnson knew he was going to face questions about race and justice in Parliament. Yet, standing in the chamber […]

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How the Coronavirus Makes a No-Deal Brexit More Likely

LONDON — The coronavirus epidemic in Britain has killed more than 40,000 people, sickened hundreds of thousands more, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and paralyzed the economy. Now it may claim another casualty: a trade agreement between Britain and the European Union. On Friday, the two sides announced that they had made little headway in […]

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Dominic Cummings Is Boris Johnson’s Brain

Anyone else would have been sacked for it. Twelve days ago Britain’s media and social media erupted in indignation and incredulity. Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior aide, had been exposed for breaking the strict lockdown rules he helped to write, and which everyone else had endured for the previous two months. “Stay at […]

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Why Is Boris Johnson Defending Dominic Cummings?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson went to the mat yet again on Wednesday for his embattled adviser, Dominic Cummings, signaling to lawmakers that he had no plans to dismiss Mr. Cummings for breaching the rules by driving 260 miles to his parents’ house during the country’s coronavirus lockdown. But Mr. Johnson deflected the most […]

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The U.K. Needs a Real Government, Not Boris Johnson’s Puppet Cabinet

LONDON — On the day a paler, thinner, notably less boisterous Boris Johnson returned to work after his near-death coronavirus experience, a Tory member of Parliament tweeted a GIF of a magnificent lion perched on a mountaintop, his mane blowing in the wind. “Good to see @BorisJohnson back at the helm!” he wrote. This fawning […]

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U.K. Is Sticking to Brexit Plans Despite Coronavirus Upheaval

LONDON — With governments distracted by the battle with the coronavirus, many analysts have assumed that Britain and the European Union will be forced to extend their year-end deadline for reaching a post-Brexit trade deal. But, despite painfully slow progress in talks, the British government is adamant about sticking to that forbidding timetable, even at […]

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People Are Dying and All Britain Can Talk About Is Boris Johnson

LONDON — On the Friday before Easter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from the hospital after a week, including three days in intensive care with Covid-19. “Boris is out (now that really is a Good Friday)” cheered The Sun newspaper. Other outlets lingered on his “good spirits.” The same day, Britain’s death toll from […]

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Eight U.K. Doctors Died From Coronavirus. All Were Immigrants.

LONDON — The eight men moved to Britain from different corners of its former empire, all of them doctors or doctors-to-be, becoming foot soldiers in the effort to build a free universal health service after World War II. Now their names have become stacked atop a grim list: the first, and so far only, doctors […]

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Boris Johnson vs. the Coronavirus

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s war with the coronavirus has turned personal. When the prime minister was admitted to intensive care with severe symptoms on Monday night, it was a reminder to Britons that like it or not, we are all in this together. The virus that has changed daily life across the world knows no […]

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Who is Dominic Raab? Coronavirus Puts to the Fore an Improbable U.K. Leader

LONDON — Last year, when the stalemate over Brexit was dominating the agenda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain appointed Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, as his deputy and next-in-line. Mr. Raab seemed to have all of the required traits: A true believer in Brexit, he had mostly steered clear of scandal and was never […]

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To Fight Coronavirus, U.K. Asked for Some Volunteers. It Got an Army.

LONDON — A few weeks ago, Kate Sellars was organizing a James Bond getaway for her wealthy clients, in which they would have been flown by helicopter to Monte Carlo for a preview of the latest Bond movie, a glittering party with cast members and, for each guest, an Aston Martin gassed up and ready […]

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Fishing Presents a Vexing Snag in Brexit Talks

BRIXHAM, England — In the pitch black of early morning, huge waves hurled the 30-ton vessel from side to side, drenching crewmen who struggled to keep their footing as they cast the trawler’s nets into the swirling seas. But, once back on the bridge, the skipper, Dave Driver was oblivious to the stomach-churning motion of […]

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Boris Johnson Pressed to Move Brexit Deadline Amid Coronavirus Threat

LONDON — As leaders on both sides of the English Channel batten down the hatches for the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is coming under rising pressure to ask the European Union for an extension in its negotiations to reach a trade agreement — in effect, putting off the next stage of Brexit until the […]

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Boris Johnson Launches War on U.K.’s Own Deep State

LONDON — She is accused of flinging a folder at an aide, hitting the staffer in the head. She reportedly told another offending underling to “get out of my face” and castigated her staff as “useless,” adding an f-bomb for good measure. The allegations of abusive behavior by Home Secretary Priti Patel — all of […]

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Flybe, a Regional British Airline, Stops Flying

Flybe, a regional carrier that had flown to some of the more underserved corners of Britain as well as holiday destinations, has ceased operations. In a notice on its website dated Thursday, Flybe said all its flights had been grounded and that it would not be able to make other arrangements for its passengers. It […]

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About That Much Vaunted U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal? Maybe Not Now

LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain used to talk about a new trade agreement with the United States, he often fell into the baroque language — “massive,” “fantastic,” “enormous” — of President Trump, the man he figured would be sitting across the bargaining table from him. Mr. Trump has not dialed back […]

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Britain and the E.U. Enter Trade Talks, Acrimoniously

LONDON — When the European Parliament bade farewell to Britain last month, its members broke out into a wistful chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But when British negotiators travel to Brussels on Monday to kick off the next phase of Brexit, these old acquaintances are likely to give them the cold shoulder. Negotiations for a […]

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Post-Brexit, Britain Is Going Its Own Way. That Way Looks Expensive.

ROWLEY REGIS, England — Except for protracted uncertainty over Britain’s future relationship with Europe, these are promising days at Cube Precision, a factory in the Black Country of England. The company manufactures tools used to make parts for airplanes and cars. Some of those parts eventually wind up in jets made by Airbus, a company […]

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Women Will Be Hit Hard by U.K.’s New Immigration Rules, Experts Warn

The British government’s plan for a post-Brexit immigration overhaul was designed to wean the economy off its reliance on cheap foreign labor. But in the process, women’s groups warned on Thursday, women will suffer disproportionately. The new points-based system will give precedence to occupations in which women are underrepresented, favor male migrants over female and […]

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U.K.’s New Immigration Rules Will Restrict Low-Skilled Workers

LONDON — To a chorus of complaints from employers, Britain said on Wednesday that it would slam the door on low-skilled workers as it moved to cut overall immigration by locking migrants from Europe and elsewhere out of sectors like catering, construction, senior care and hospitality. Under new post-Brexit rules starting next January, migrants will have […]

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What Do You Wear to the End of Days?

LONDON — In 1139 Archbishop Malachy of Armagh supposedly had a vision of the future that became known as the “prophesy of popes.” In it, the Irish saint predicted the names of 112 pontiffs who would rule until the end of days. Though it was later shown to be a 16th-century forgery, the second to […]

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Sajid Javid, U.K. Finance Chief, Quits as Boris Johnson Shuffles Team

LONDON — Sajid Javid, Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer and the country’s top finance official, resigned on Thursday, the biggest surprise of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle. Mr. Johnson and his Conservative Party are seeking to define the political direction of a government that faces few constraints after a landslide election victory in December. […]

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Boris Johnson Reshapes U.K. Government

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday began a shuffle of his team of top officials, seeking to define the political direction of a government that faces few constraints after a landslide election victory in December. Though his governing Conservative Party has been in power for a decade, the reshuffle was a […]

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For the Irish, Varadkar May Have Won Brexit, but He Lost the War at Home

LONDON — From the start, Irish voters were less beguiled than the rest of the world by the novelty of having a young, openly gay, half-Indian man lead their government. Now, as they go to the polls on Saturday, these voters are poised to turn their trail-blazing prime minister, Leo Varadkar, out of power. As […]

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Brexit Done? Not So Fast. Britain and E.U. Enter New Trade Deal Battle.

LONDON — Just three days after their formal parting, Britain and the European Union were already at loggerheads Monday over a future trade deal, setting the stage for months of bluster and bickering over how to refashion their economic and political ties. With Britain’s formal exit from the bloc on Friday night, many Britons had […]

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What if Brexit Works?

LONDON — Britain’s departure from the European Union on Friday drew a mournful reaction from many people who have long viewed Brexit as consigning their country, once the vanguard of Europe, to a future of economic mediocrity and geopolitical irrelevance. But there are many others who view Brexit as a day of liberation, when Britain, […]

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