Tag: Johnson, Boris

France-U.K. Acrimony Over Channel Crossings Deepens

PARIS — French officials lashed out at Britain on Friday over a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson advising France to take back migrants who reach British shores, escalating a diplomatic spat just days after 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel. The French denounced Mr. Johnson’s statement in blunt terms, calling it […]

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A Claim of Herd Immunity Reignites Debate Over U.K. Covid Policy

LONDON — In the four months since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a gamble by lifting virtually all of England’s coronavirus restrictions, his country has settled into a disquieting new normal: more than 40,000 new cases a day and a thousand or so fatalities every week. Yet those grim numbers have put Britain “almost at […]

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The Daily Mail’s Top Editor is Out. What Could It Mean for the U.K.?

LONDON — Geordie Greig was always an odd fit as the editor of The Daily Mail, Britain’s biggest tabloid. Educated at Eton and Oxford; a former editor of the society magazine Tatler; and a friend of the writer V.S. Naipaul and the painter Lucian Freud, Mr. Greig is a suave, aristocratic fellow once described by […]

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Boris Johnson Battered in Parliament as Scandal Puts Him on Defense

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long stymied opponents by bluffing and blustering his way out of corners that would trap a more conventional politician. But in Parliament on Wednesday, faced with a corruption scandal and bad news on other fronts, his Houdini-like skills deserted him. Mr. Johnson spluttered as the leader of the […]

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Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Nevertheless, some European leaders considered Austria’s new measure a step too far. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, which has suffered a rash of new cases in recent weeks, kept his resistance to mask mandates and health passes. “Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions, from […]

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Boris Johnson Handles Scandal Amid Climate Conference

GLASGOW, Scotland — Prime Minister Boris Johnson rushed back to the United Nations’ climate summit on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to persuade countries to make more meaningful pledges to curb global warming. But his splashy return to the global stage was all but eclipsed by a mushrooming scandal over the lucrative business dealings of […]

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Bitterness Over Brexit Lies Behind Fraying France-U.K. Relations

LONDON — On its face, the nasty squabble that broke out last week between Britain and France was over the fishing rights of a few dozen French trawlers plying British waters off the island of Jersey. As with many rivalrous neighbors, however, the root causes of the feud run far deeper. Britain and France have […]

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Conflict-of-Interest Case Has Boris Johnson Reversing Course, Again

Since taking power in 2019, Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has often reversed course, changing his mind on everything from lockdown rules and school examinations to free meals for children and coronavirus restrictions at Christmas. This week, Mr. Johnson finds himself retreating again. On Wednesday he intervened to stop the suspension from Parliament of Owen […]

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With Methane and Forest Deals, Climate Summit Offers Hope After Gloomy Start

GLASGOW — The world leaders gathered at a crucial climate summit secured new agreements on Tuesday to end deforestation and reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, building momentum as the conference prepared to shift to a more grueling two weeks of negotiations on how to avert the planet’s catastrophic warming. Capping off two […]

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At COP26 Summit, Urgent Pleas to Combat Global Warning

GLASGOW — World leaders opened a pivotal climate summit in Scotland on Monday with apocalyptic warnings about the scarce time left to avert catastrophic global warming, yet offered few new commitments to more aggressively cut greenhouse gas emissions. The gathering, called in the hope that the world could at last agree on meaningful steps to […]

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Once a Leading Polluter, the U.K. Is Now Trying to Lead on Climate Change

The country that was synonymous with the belching factories of the Industrial Revolution, that once darkened its skies and fouled its rivers, that gave the world the phrase “coals to Newcastle,” now produces slightly more than half its electricity from non-fossil-fuel sources, predominantly wind. While BP, Shell and other energy giants lobby the government to […]

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Britain prepares for a post-pandemic economy, and keeps spending.

The chancellor has “delivered a ‘Boris budget,’” Torsten Bell, the chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said in a statement. Mr. Sunak is taking advantage of the better economic growth outlook and tax receipts, which have reduced forecasts for borrowing. He plans to spend about half of those savings on more public spending, which will […]

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Book Review: ‘Churchill’s Shadow,’ by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

“This is not a hostile account,” Wheatcroft insists, eschewing the term “revisionist” in favor of “alternative.” But other than the one bright spot in 1940, it is a withering assessment of Churchill’s life, his efforts to airbrush his legacy and the so-called Churchill cult that emerged after his death. The bill of particulars is long, […]

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Boris Johnson Promotes Rising Wages Amid Shortages in U.K.

In a country bedeviled by acute shortages of goods and workers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is portraying the chaos as a source of national revival. Gas stations in Britain have recently had no gas and grocery items are sparse in part because of difficulties in delivering such goods. That is in part due to Britain’s […]

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U.K. Leaders Praise Slain Lawmaker Amid Heightened Security Concerns

LONDON — Politicians from across the political divide on Monday united in tribute to David Amess, the British lawmaker killed in an assault last week that has heightened concerns about security arrangements for members of Parliament. The police have declared the attack a terrorist incident and have until Friday to charge the man being held […]

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Showdown Over Northern Ireland Has a Key Offstage Player: Biden

LONDON — When President Biden met Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House last month, one of Mr. Biden’s advisers passed him a note reminding him to raise the issue of trade tensions over Northern Ireland. “We’ve already talked about that,” the president said, according to people in the room, referring to a one-on-one […]

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With Lawmaker’s Killing, the U.K. Confronts a New Episode of Terrorism

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other British leaders paid their respects on Saturday morning at a church east of London where a Conservative lawmaker was fatally stabbed a day earlier, as the country grappled with another apparent episode of lone-wolf terrorism. A somber Mr. Johnson — joined by the opposition leader, Keir Starmer, […]

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Britain Escalates Dispute With European Union Over Northern Ireland

LONDON — Britain set itself on course for a new confrontation with the European Union on Tuesday by demanding the replacement of one of the most complex and vexing components of Brexit: the status of Northern Ireland. In a speech to diplomats in Lisbon, David Frost, the Conservative government’s Brexit minister, asked for an overhaul […]

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After Killings, U.K. Asks: Should Misogyny Be a Hate Crime?

LONDON — As anger grew in Britain last week over the justice system’s approach to violence against women, the public discourse has turned to a new question: Should misogyny be considered a hate crime? The debate comes amid a broader national outcry over gender-based crimes after the murder of Sarah Everard, whose abduction and killing […]

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As Johnson Draws a Happy Face, Britons Confront a Run of Bad News

LONDON — Britons are lining up for gas, staring at empty grocery shelves, paying higher taxes and worrying about spiraling prices as a grim winter approaches. But to visit the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this past week was to enter a kind of happy valley, where cabinet ministers danced, sang karaoke and drained flutes […]

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Boris Johnson Pledges Transformed Economy for U.K.

MANCHESTER, England — Declaring that Britain would not go back to the “same old broken model” of the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed on Wednesday to lead a radical transformation of the country’s economy to a future defined by highly skilled workers earning higher wages. In a speech to a cheering crowd at his […]

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Boris Johnson Urges Businesses to Help Resolve Britain’s Shortages

MANCHESTER, England — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Britain was in crisis, saying that businesses needed to do more to end the fuel and goods shortages that have afflicted the country by raising wages, improving working conditions and training Britons to drive trucks and do other hard-to-fill jobs. Speaking on the […]

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Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays

The National Pig Association has warned that about 120,000 pigs are backed up on farms because of a lack of slaughterhouse workers, and the British Poultry Council said it expected to cut Christmas turkey production by 20 percent. On Monday, protesters gathered outside of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester with signs that said “All […]

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Military Personnel in U.K. Begin Driving Fuel Trucks to Stem Shortage

Military personnel in Britain began driving fuel tankers on Monday as the government stepped up efforts to tackle a shortage of truck drivers that has closed some gas stations, caused panic buying and long lines at others, and threatened wider disruption in the run-up to Christmas. Around 200 soldiers were deployed in the south of […]

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Battered Towns in England’s North Test Johnson’s Plan to ‘Level Up’

REDCAR, England — Standing 180 feet tall, the coal bunker that dominated the skyline at the defunct steelworks in northeast England was weathered, discolored and an eyesore to some who lived nearby. Yet it was such a symbol of the region’s industrial heritage that campaigners fought hard to stop its demolition. They never had a […]

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Britain’s Fuel Shortages Are Just the Start

Instead of higher wages, the British public have so far encountered only higher prices. Inflation has risen faster than at any point since 1997 and the climbing price of gas globally is placing further strain on people’s lives, making energy more expensive than anywhere in Europe. Whereas other governments, in Spain and Italy, have ensured […]

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