Tag: Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Lies, Purging and Prorogation: Two Pivotal Weeks in Brexit

LONDON — It started with claims that Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain lied to the people and ended with charges that he lied to the queen. In between, there was a political spectacle so gaudy and unheard-of in this country that it raised a stark question: Is Britain in a constitutional crisis? The answer, […]

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Boris Johnson Drags the Queen Into the Brexit Quagmire

LONDON — Three hundred years ago, after King James II had suspended Parliament and tried to rule alone, the pendulum of power swung in the British Isles. In the revolution that swept him aside, the monarchy, once supreme, ceded powers to lawmakers, gradually rendering itself an ornament in a system increasingly controlled by Parliament. But […]

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As Boris Johnson Pursues Brexit, All Eyes Are on Northern Ireland

DUBLIN — There is a lurking suspicion among the Irish that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest in a long line of British leaders who haven’t cared much about them. He took nearly a week to return a congratulatory phone call from Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and he has brushed aside the challenge […]

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In Italy, a Sharp Turn Back to the Center

Given that Italy has had more than five dozen governments in 73 years, the emergence of another unlikely and unstable coalition might look, in the phrase often attributed to Yogi Berra, like déjà vu all over again. Yet in the current wave of populism in Europe and around the world, the success of the Italian […]

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Scottish Court Rules Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Illegal

LONDON — A Scottish court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, a remarkable rebuke of the government’s hard-line tactics in trying to pull Britain out of the European Union. A panel of three judges in the Court of Session found that the decision to send lawmakers home […]

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U.K. Parliament Closes, but Lawmakers Don’t Go Quietly

LONDON — Along with the angry braying and ornate insults that were the soundtrack to Brexit debates this past year in the British Parliament, there was, for better or worse, a certain kind of choreography that kept proceedings on track. Government ministers gave way to questions from the opposition. The speaker shouted, “Order!” and lawmakers, […]

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Did Boris Johnson Just Outfox Himself on Brexit?

LONDON — It was supposed to be a day of victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the day his carefully laid Brexit plans moved closer to fruition with British lawmakers sidelined from the action. Instead, for Britain’s bare-knuckled new prime minister, Monday marked the end of what is surely one of the most abysmal starts […]

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John Bercow, Loathed and Lionized, to Step Down as Britain’s House Speaker

LONDON — With his roaring cries of “Order! Order,” his antiquarian language and his constant needling of the government, John Bercow, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, became a celebrity of the Brexit era. True to form, his announcement on Monday that he would leave his post and his seat in Parliament came wrapped […]

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Brexit Live Updates: John Bercow to Step Down as Speaker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrexit has brought chaos to Britain’s Parliament proceedings.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times John Bercow plans to step down by the Brexit deadline. John Bercow, the animated speaker of the House of Commons, said on Monday that he would step down by Oct. 31, the day Britain is […]

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Parliament Strikes Back in Britain

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In a battle over what kind of democracy would prevail in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson seemed to have gained the upper hand by cutting Parliament out of Brexit. Until last week. [For an exclusive look […]

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Brexit Live Updates: Battles Over Deadlines and a General Election

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrexit has brought chaos to Britain’s Parliament proceedings. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times Extension question sets stage for a battle over elections. Legislation that would require Britain to seek another Brexit extension from the European Union if there is no withdrawal agreement by Oct. 31 is expected to […]

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Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s Rasputin, Is Feeling the Heat of Brexit

LONDON — In the melee that was the British Parliament last week, at least one person seemed to revel in the brutal politics of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson era. In his customary crumpled white shirt, Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief aide, could be heard cursing over the phone at lawmakers and seen prowling […]

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Boris Johnson Finds His Party Loyalists Aren’t as Loyal as Trump’s

LONDON — Britain and the United States have often seemed lashed together amid the populist storms of the last few years — Brexit and the Trump White House echoing and amplifying each other across the Atlantic. But in one respect they have radically diverged. In London, rebels in the Conservative Party staged a dramatic insurrection […]

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The ‘Political Anarchist’ Behind Britain’s Chaos

LONDON — One of the rare occasions on which I’ve encountered Dominic Cummings, who may be the most important man in Britain right now, was at a private political dinner in 2016, just after the plan to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union had been announced. Mr. Cummings, who a few […]

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‘They’re All Idiots’: Amid Brexit Chaos, Britons Lose Faith in Politicians

ROMFORD, England — Regardless of whether British voters chose to leave or remain in the European Union, the latest Brexit crisis in Westminster this week has united them on one front: They have lost all faith in their politicians. “They’re all idiots. Stuck up, stupid, useless idiots,” said Liam Peters, 37, a carpenter from Barling, […]

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His Family Had Money. Mine Didn’t.

Toffee Dating is an app recently launched in the U.K., aimed exclusively at those who went to private schools, because, according to the founders, “we know people from similar backgrounds are likely to stick together.” My first thought was: How completely unnecessary. The private school bubble is closed enough as it is. I know because […]

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‘Not a Good Start, Boris’

It may be that Britain’s political slide into Boris Johnson’s populism was inevitable in the struggle over Brexit. But his initial onslaughts against the “mother of Parliaments” have been rebuffed with laudable resolve. The Brexit referendum in 2016 elevated the question of membership in the European Union to a faith-based schism that touched every British […]

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A Very British Constitutional Crisis

CAMBRIDGE, England — The British do not normally have constitutional crises. One reason is that we do not have a constitution, at least not in the normal sense. There is no single text labeled “The United Kingdom Constitution.” Instead, there is an accretion of statutes, conventions and customs — going back to Magna Carta of […]

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Jo Johnson, Prime Minister’s Brother, Resigns From U.K. Parliament

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s uncompromising, take-no-prisoners approach to Brexit on Tuesday drove the grandson of Winston Churchill from the Conservative Party. On Thursday, it pushed out the prime minister’s brother Jo Johnson, a Conservative lawmaker and government minister. “In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest,” Jo Johnson […]

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Jo Johnson (Boris’s Brother) Resigns as Brexit Battle Lines Are Drawn

LONDON — As a law stopping a no-deal Brexit moved closer to clearing its final hurdle on Thursday, British lawmakers began drawing the battle lines for their next fight: whether, and when, to hold a general election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to take his call for a snap general election to members of […]

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