Tag: Labour Party (Great Britain)

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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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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Boris Johnson Back Home. Parliament Back in Session. What Could Go Wrong?

LONDON — A day after suffering a crushing rebuke from his country’s highest court, a notably unchastened Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared before a hastily reconvened Parliament and doubled down on his hard-line Brexit approach. If anyone had expected Mr. Johnson to appear before the lawmakers hat in hand after being forced to cut short […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Wins Brexit Showdown With His Labour Party

BRIGHTON, England — Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s left-wing opposition leader, on Monday survived a serious challenge to his noncommittal approach to Brexit, winning a critical vote despite deep divisions at what most analysts expect to be the Labour Party’s last conference before a general election. Demands for Labour to campaign more openly against Brexit were ultimately […]

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Boris Johnson Is in Trouble With Brexit. Many Voters Don’t Mind.

LONDON — By any standards it has been a miserable start for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, who stands accused of subverting the country’s unwritten constitution and has yet to win a vote in Parliament. Lawmakers have twice rejected his call for an election, and have passed legislation that upended his strategy for exiting […]

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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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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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‘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 (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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Brexit’s ‘Doomsday Politics’ Mean Voters May Be Last Chance to Resolve Crisis

LONDON — He jabbed his finger in the air and shook his head theatrically. He dared the opposition to back his call for an election and sneered that the Labour Party’s leader was a “chlorinated chicken.” By the time Prime Minister Boris Johnson finished taking questions in Parliament on Wednesday, he had ushered in a […]

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Boris Johnson Loses to Democracy

LONDON — Boris Johnson has begun with defeat. Legislators voted last night to seize control of Parliament, alarmed by the prime minister’s insistence that he will take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, even if no deal with the bloc has been reached. On Wednesday, opposition legislators and rebels from Mr. Johnson’s […]

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U.K. Opposition Lawmakers Plan to Turn Up Heat on Boris Johnson

LONDON — After his stinging defeat in his first parliamentary vote on Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain faced more setbacks on Wednesday, as opposition lawmakers promised to complicate his plan for the swift general election that many believe he wanted all along. The day’s events unfolded against a developing consensus among Mr. Johnson’s […]

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Brexit Showdown in Parliament as Boris Johnson Warns of a General Election

LONDON — British lawmakers were preparing on Tuesday for one of the most critical showdowns of the country’s agonizing three-year Brexit battle, with Parliament expected to try to stop the government from leaving the European Union without an agreement — a maneuver that could prompt a third general election in four years. Lawmakers are expected […]

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What’s Next for Brexit? Six Possible Outcomes

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament next month has brought a fresh wave of consternation and confusion to Britain’s already chaotic efforts to leave the European Union, while still leaving wide open the question of where Britain will end up on Oct. 31., the day the country is scheduled to leave […]

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Boris Johnson Shortens the Fuse on Brexit

Watching the struggle over Brexit in Britain has been akin to watching a football game between immovable sides. Every effort by either team to move down the field has failed, so players have resorted to sneaky trick plays. That’s what Boris Johnson’s latest ploy amounts to. The new prime minister’s move is quite complex in […]

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Did Boris Johnson Just Break Parliament?

LONDON — To understand what happened in British politics on Wednesday, it’s perhaps useful to turn to the workings of a popular game show, “Mornington Crescent,” that has been on the radio here for several decades now. “Mornington Crescent” is, on the face of it, a complex strategy game. In it, players take turns announcing […]

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What Did Boris Johnson Just Do to Parliament?

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.CreditBen Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Wednesday cut short the time lawmakers have to debate his Brexit plans, announcing that he had asked the queen to […]

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With Brexit Gambit, Boris Johnson Reveals a Ruthless Side

LONDON — Boris Johnson hurtled to the top of British politics with an air of charm and disarrayed befuddlement. He slipped into Latin and Greek, changed sides when it suited his ambitions and oozed a mischievous bravado, as when he put his foot on a table at the French president’s palace last week. But Mr. […]

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Boris Johnson Needs Help From Trump, but Not Too Much

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, known for his bombast and outspokenness, begins his first foreign trip as leader on Wednesday walking a daunting diplomatic tightrope, ostensibly trying to pry Brexit concessions from stony-faced Europeans while keeping a wary eye on his domestic opponents with a general election possible in the fall. And […]

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