Tag: Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Germany Narrowly Avoids Recession as Trade Tensions Ease

The German economy unexpectedly rebounded in the third quarter as the trade war between America and China lost some of its intensity, assuaging fears of a recession that could drag down the rest of the eurozone. Gross domestic product in Europe’s largest economy grew 0.1 percent compared to the second quarter, when output had fallen […]

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Hillary Clinton Raps Boris Johnson Over His Suppression of a Russia Report

LONDON — Russia’s influence in British politics has resurfaced as a potentially explosive issue in the country’s general election, with Hillary Clinton joining a parade of critics castigating Prime Minister Boris Johnson for withholding a secret parliamentary report on Russia until after Britain goes to the polls. Mr. Johnson’s decision to delay the politically sensitive […]

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A Not-So-Special Relationship: Facing Voters, Johnson Backs Away From Trump

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain spoke with President Trump by phone on Tuesday, and to judge by the dueling summaries of the call provided by the White House and 10 Downing Street, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Trump were involved in two completely different conversations. The White House said the two leaders pledged […]

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Abandoning Everything You Ever Believed, for Brexit. (Or Trump.)

The premise of “Question Time,” the weekly BBC political discussion show, is simple: A panel of guests fields questions from the audience on matters of the day, responding mostly with circular nonanswers and unchecked bluster until other panelists break in and they all speak over one another, on repeat, for an hour. The panel typically […]

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Jacob Rees-Mogg Suggests Grenfell Victims Lacked ‘Common Sense’

LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons and a prominent ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggested this week that victims of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire lacked the common sense to defy firefighters’ orders and flee the building, costing them their lives. The comments, appearing to lay some blame for […]

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Parliament Gets a New Speaker to Replace John Bercow

LONDON — In earlier times, the position of speaker of the House of Commons was one of the country’s most perilous. Two of its former incumbents were beheaded on the same day, for doing something or another that upset the monarch. On Monday, more than five centuries after that bloodletting, Lindsay Hoyle, an opposition Labour […]

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Nigel Farage, Brexit Party Leader, Says He Won’t Run in Election

LONDON — Nigel Farage, who has fared better in fighting for Brexit than in winning elections, has said he will not run for a seat in Parliament in Britain’s general election in December. But he vowed to lead his Brexit Party in a vigorous campaign that could threaten Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Farage said […]

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Will Great Britain Become Little England?

LONDON — Over the centuries, Great Britain spawned the Industrial Revolution and nurtured representative democracy. It ruled the waves and created common law. It nurtured the first antislavery movement and stood up to Hitler. And now Britain has gone nuts. To paraphrase Churchill, if the nation should last for 1,000 years, people may look back […]

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Boris Johnson Has Big Lead in U.K. Election. That Might Not Mean Much.

LONDON — It was shaping up as an ordinary day of campaigning in Britain’s extraordinary general election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited a primary school in Suffolk where he showed children old pictures of London and told them about the days when rulers “used to stick the decapitated heads of the enemies on spikes.” His […]

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Macron Steps Into a Leadership Vacuum in Europe, and on Some Toes

BRUSSELS — The German government is paralyzed, stuck in a divided “zombie” coalition unable to act and unwilling to die. The Italian government is an accident, another clumsy coalition built in fear of populism. The Spanish are about to have their fourth election in four years. And Britain’s navel-gazing continues more than three and a […]

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Threats and Abuse Prompt Female Lawmakers to Leave U.K. Parliament

LONDON — Threats of sexual violence. Death threats. Racist abuse. Female members of Britain’s Parliament have long said that this type of vitriolic abuse, both online and off, is increasingly common. Now, several women who have decided not to run for re-election when British voters go to the polls next month say that abuse, threats […]

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Trump Wades Into British Election, and an Insurgent Might Benefit

LONDON — For Americans, there was nothing particularly unusual about President Trump calling in to a London radio show on Thursday for a freewheeling conversation about British politics, Queen Elizabeth II and impeachment. Mr. Trump does that kind of thing regularly on “Fox & Friends.” But when the president did it on the second day […]

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What Now, Britain?

Since becoming prime minister in July, Boris Johnson has pursued two goals: exiting the European Union by Oct. 31 (“do or die”) and an early general election. He failed fairly decisively on the former, stymied by the same political stalemate that bedeviled his predecessor, but on Tuesday he got the elections, which will be held […]

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A Show That Laughs at Boris Johnson, and May Have Aided His Rise

BOREHAMWOOD, England — There are many theories about how Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, another politician leading Britain’s exit from the European Union, rose to power. They were destined to lead thanks to their drive and privileged backgrounds, some say. Or they were best able to tap into a public mood that […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Says Labour Will Back Early U.K. Election

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said on Tuesday that he would support an early general election, most likely paving the way for a vote in December. Mr. Corbyn made the announcement during a meeting of his leadership team, setting the stage for a general election to be held as […]

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E.U. Agrees to Brexit Extension, Pushing Deadline to Jan. 31

BRUSSELS — With just three days left until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, the bloc will extend the deadline by three months, to Jan. 31, one of its leaders said on Monday. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said in a Twitter post that leaders of the 27 other European […]

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E.U. to Extend Brexit Deadline to Jan. 31

BRUSSELS — The European Union will extend by three months the deadline for Britain to leave the bloc, to Jan. 31, one of the bloc’s leaders said on Monday. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said in a Twitter post that leaders of the 27 other European Union countries had agreed to the […]

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Boris Johnson Is Heading for a Scorched-Earth Election

The simplest way to decipher what’s going on in British politics these days is not to believe a word that the prime minister says. Whether he’s declaring that he’ll get Britain out of the European Union by next Thursday, “do or die,” or that he’d rather be dead in a ditch than ask the union […]

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A Brexit Logjam, in Three Dimensions

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will not do business with Parliament until the opposition Labour Party agrees to a general election. Labour says it will not agree to an election until the European Union decides how long an extension to grant Britain to leave. And European leaders say they will not make […]

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Boris Johnson to Seek Election on Dec. 12 in Push to Break Brexit Deadlock

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday that he would ask lawmakers to agree to a general election on Dec. 12, in his latest effort to break the deadlock in Britain’s three-year battle over Brexit. The move follows the decision of Parliament to block his accelerated timetable to leave the European Union on […]

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