Tag: Great Britain

European Union’s Message to U.K.: Just Leave Already

BRUSSELS — Breaking its own deadlines, reopening negotiations on a Brexit agreement with Britain it had said was sacrosanct and then approving a new version before it could be fully digested by its member states, the European Union showed considerable strategic flexibility on Thursday. The Europeans got the better of the accord, most analysts agree, […]

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What Is in the New Brexit Deal?

The knotty details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal with the European Union are contained in 64 pages of revisions to the old withdrawal agreement, and an accompanying road map to future relations. After days of shadowy negotiations, the documents set out how Mr. Johnson’s deal differs from the one struck by his […]

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Brexit Live Updates: E.U. and U.K. Come to an Agreement

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, left, and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at a news conference in the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.CreditFrancisco Seco/Associated Press Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement […]

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Commuters Drag Climate Activists From London Trains

LONDON — A bearded man wearing a suit walks on the roof of a London Underground train as a crowd of clearly infuriated commuters yell and point at him. A few seconds later, another man leaps up and grabs his legs as the protester tries to kick him off. They both fall, and the protester […]

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Brexit Deal Between U.K. and E.U.: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain called the draft agreement a “great new deal that takes back control.”CreditAndy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement on the draft text of a Brexit deal […]

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Blow to Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan as He Heads to Brussels

BRUSSELS — Britain’s frantic efforts to negotiate a Brexit agreement with the European Union hit a last-minute snag on Thursday morning, after Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it could not support the deal “as things stand.” The statement, hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was to present the deal to European leaders […]

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What Comes Next in the Brexit Fever Dream?

Boris Johnson gets a deal; it passes Parliament. We enter the sunlit uplands. The uplands are, in fact, disappointingly cloudy. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. We crash out on Halloween, thick with metaphor. Britain is taken over by bears. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. He requests an […]

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Signs of Brexit Progress, but Doubts Remain, E.U. Official Says

LONDON — Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday that negotiators would know “in seven to eight hours” whether Britain had struck a deal to leave the European Union, setting the stage for down-to-the-wire talks that could shape the fate of Brexit. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of […]

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Bulgarian Soccer Chief Resigns After Fans’ Racist Abuse of England

LONDON — The president of Bulgaria’s soccer union stepped down on Tuesday after the prime minister called on him to resign in the wake of racist abuse that Bulgarian fans hurled at England’s players during a game the night before. Bulgarian supporters made Nazi salutes and shouted monkey chants at England during a European Championship […]

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A Guide to the Queen’s Speech: Crown Jewels, Black Rod and a Mace

LONDON — A “hostage,” a search for explosives, heaps of royal jewels and a five-foot silver gilt mace. Welcome to the reopening of Britain’s Parliament, replete with ancient traditions and elaborate rituals, and infused with tension over the country’s looming exit from the European Union. The restart of government business on Monday started with a […]

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U.K. Says Immunity of U.S. Diplomat’s Wife ‘No Longer Relevant’

LONDON — The diplomatic immunity of Anne Sacoolas, the American woman who is a suspect in a road crash that killed Harry Dunn, a British teenager, is “no longer relevant” in the case, Britain’s foreign secretary has said. Ms. Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of a diplomat, fled Britain using diplomatic immunity after the police in […]

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Britain and E.U. Step Up Last-Ditch Brexit Talks

ImageThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, left, and the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, met in Brussels on Friday.CreditPool photo by Francisco Seco LONDON — Britain and the European Union agreed on Friday to “intensify” Brexit talks, building on fresh optimism that has kept alive the possibility of an agreement that could allow Britain to […]

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Arrest Us, Please! Extinction Rebellion’s Path to Success

LONDON — In February 2015, Simon Bramwell climbed into a tree near Bristol, in southwest England, to prevent workmen from cutting down a whole row of trees for a bus lane. “I’m terrified of heights, so it was quite a prospect,” Mr. Bramwell, 47, said in a telephone interview. Along with other activists, he made […]

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Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson Clash Over Brexit Proposal

LONDON — The prospect of a Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union appeared fainter than ever on Tuesday, after an early-morning phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany underscored the deep differences between the two sides. Hopes for a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline […]

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Trump’s Green Light to Turkey Raises Fears About ISIS Detainees

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden blessing of a Turkish military operation in northern Syria and his announcement of an American troop withdrawal from that region raised questions about the fate of thousands of Islamic State detainees that the Turks’ targets, American-backed Syrian Kurds, have been holding in makeshift wartime prisons. Mr. Trump insisted that Turkey […]

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Britain Demands Return of American Woman Who Fled After Fatal Crash

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Monday for the wife of an American diplomat involved in a crash that killed a teenager to return to Britain, saying he would ask President Trump to intervene if the impasse was not resolved through diplomatic channels. Mr. Johnson’s statement — in which he also disclosed the […]

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Hong Kong’s Mask Ban Reveals Carrie Lam’s True Face

ImageProtesters defied a new emergency law banning masks at public gatherings in Hong Kong on Saturday.CreditFazry Ismail/EPA, via Shutterstock HONG KONG — This city has long prided herself on respecting the rule of law — the ultimate guarantee of Hong Kongers’ freedoms, human rights and way of life. It is one of the attributes that […]

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Jeremy Corbyn or No-Deal Brexit? The U.K. Might Have to Choose

LONDON — He is the bane of bankers, a bearded, teetotaling socialist often derided in the British press and in Parliament for his efforts to suppress dissent inside the Labour Party and his radical plans to remake the British economy. But in the unmitigated chaos of Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour leader, is trying […]

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Extinction Rebellion Takes Aim at Fashion

ImageExtinction Rebellion protesters carrying a casket during the mock funeral for fashion last month.CreditAlexander Coggin for The New York Times LONDON — Last month, on the final day of London Fashion Week, hundreds of black-clad demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square to embark on what they called “a funeral march for fashion.” Gathering behind a band […]

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