UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to take Britain out of the European Union easily cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, paving the way for the government to launch divorce talks by the end of March. May’s government is seeking approval for a new law giving her the right to trigger Article 50 of the […]

UK’s Supreme Court set for Brexit ruling

UK’s Supreme Court set for Brexit ruling

The British government’s Brexit plan will be put to the test on Tuesday with a landmark court ruling on whether it has the right to kick-start the country’s EU departure without parliamentary approval. The 11 Supreme Court judges are expected to rule against the government in a move which could delay Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Britain’s foreign minister warned France on Wednesday against World War II-style “punishment beatings” after Paris indicated that it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market. Boris Johnson said it would not be in anyone’s interest to penalise Britain for exiting the European Union, comparing the proposed trade tariffs to punishments […]

EU hits back after Trump hails Brexit and trashes NATO

EU hits back after Trump hails Brexit and trashes NATO

Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to Donald Trump on Monday after the US president-elect hailed Brexit as a “good thing”, branded the NATO alliance “obsolete”, and criticised the German chancellor’s stance on refugees. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision […]

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as “obsolete” and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain’s exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as “catastrophic” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open […]

Brexit, migrants on table as EU leaders gather for ‘minefield’ summit

Brexit, migrants on table as EU leaders gather for ‘minefield’ summit

Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday for a summit fraught with so many disputes Brexit could prove to be the least divisive. After a day of talks on migrants, Turkey, Russia, defence in the era of Donald Trump and the euro zone economy in the age of austerity, leaders will see […]

Threat of Brexit contagion hangs over Italy’s referendum

Threat of Brexit contagion hangs over Italy’s referendum

A year ago, Italy’s Matteo Renzi confidently staked his political future on a constitutional referendum. But that was before Brexit and Donald Trump. With Italians now in similarly insurgent mood, the gamble threatens to backfire spectacularly. Politicians struggling to make sense of a tumultuous year for Western democracies can draw at least one lesson from […]

British PM Theresa May pushes post-Brexit trade deal with India

British PM Theresa May pushes post-Brexit trade deal with India

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would become the ultimate free trade champion as she laid the groundwork Monday for a potential post-Brexit deal with India, the world’s fastest growing major economy. In her first bilateral trip outside Europe since taking office in July, May said Britain would not “turn its back on the world” […]

British pound drops to 31-year low on fears of ‘hard’ Brexit

British pound drops to 31-year low on fears of ‘hard’ Brexit

Britain’s pound slumped to a three-decade low on Tuesday as concerns over Brexit were compounded by the renewed strength of the dollar on resurgent U.S. interest rate hike expectations. Sterling was at its weakest since 1985, hit by a growing sense that the UK may be heading for a ‘hard’ Brexit where it severs links […]

European leaders agree to post-Brexit ‘road map’

European leaders agree to post-Brexit ‘road map’

EU leaders, meeting without their British counterpart on Friday, said they had come up with a “road map” of strategies for rebuilding public trust in the European Union after the shock of Britain’s vote to leave. “We have a proposal of a road map for concrete steps for strengthening citizens confidence in the functioning of […]

UK tries to calm G20 members over path to Brexit

UK tries to calm G20 members over path to Brexit

Britain’s new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world economy to explain how the politically fraught Brexit process will […]

Britain sees first signs of slowing economy in wake of Brexit vote

Britain sees first signs of slowing economy in wake of Brexit vote

Britain’s economy was battered by the Brexit vote last month and faced a “dramatic deterioration” in activity as orders dried up and business investments were canned, key data showed Friday. The grim news — the first indication of economic contraction since Britain’s shock EU exit vote — was revealed at the end of a week […]

UK’s May wins PM battle but faces epic tussle on Brexit

UK’s May wins PM battle but faces epic tussle on Brexit

Theresa May won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister almost without a contest. But she faces tougher challenges when she takes the reins on Wednesday, running a bitterly divided country and overseeing its divorce from the European Union. May, whose only remaining rival quit the race on Monday, will be Britain’s first woman […]

Theresa May pledges ‘serious social reform’ in major break from Cameron and Osborne as she launches her vision for Britain… and declares ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Theresa May pledges ‘serious social reform’ in major break from Cameron and Osborne as she launches her vision for Britain… and declares ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Theresa May pledged to deliver ‘serious social reform’ in a major break from David Cameron and George Osborne’s premiership as she launched her vision for Britain today. In a clear pitch for the centre-ground of British politics, the front-runner to take over as Prime Minister in September said Britain needs ‘a bold, new, positive vision […]

Extraordinary bid to block Brexit revealed: EU Commission staffer writes to ALL MPs demanding they overturn historic vote to leave

Extraordinary bid to block Brexit revealed: EU Commission staffer writes to ALL MPs demanding they overturn historic vote to leave

An extraordinary attempt to block Britain leaving the EU has been revealed after a European Commission staff member sent a letter to all MPs demanding they vote to prevent Brexit. Tory MP Henry Smith highlighted the missive – sent from a British citizen working for the EU in Brussels – and has sent a copy […]

The world queues up to win trade deals with Britain after Brexit: America is clamouring for a deal while talks are set to begin with Australia, South Korea and India

The world queues up to win trade deals with Britain after Brexit: America is clamouring for a deal while talks are set to begin with Australia, South Korea and India

In the wake of Brexit, nations outside Europe are eyeing opportunities to increase trade with Britain for the first time in decades. The country will be free to negotiate its own deals after quitting the EU, and business secretary Sajid Javid – who campaigned for a Remain vote – is already preparing for a hectic […]

We want to stay! Nicola Sturgeon arrives in Brussels to plead with EU officials to find a way for Scotland to stay in after Brexit – but she WON’T see Council President Donald Tusk after he refuses to schedule talks

We want to stay! Nicola Sturgeon arrives in Brussels to plead with EU officials to find a way for Scotland to stay in after Brexit – but she WON’T see Council President Donald Tusk after he refuses to schedule talks

Nicola Sturgeon is meeting Jean Claude Juncker and other EU officials today – but has been snubbed by European Council President Donald Tusk. The First Minster has vowed to protect Scotland’s place in the EU after the referendum after no part of the country backed Leave. The SNP leader was greeted by Martin Schulz, the […]

UK’s Labour leader loses confidence vote over Brexit

UK’s Labour leader loses confidence vote over Brexit

LONDON: British Labour Party lawmakers voted massively against their leader on Tuesday amid political turmoil in Britain after a vote to leave the European Union as candidates to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron vied for power behind the scenes. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn lost a non-binding confidence motion, with 172 Labour MPs voting against him and […]

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

EU leaders gave Britain breathing space Tuesday by accepting it needed time to absorb a shock Brexit vote before triggering a divorce but insisted the crunch move could not wait months. A humiliated Prime Minister David Cameron came face-to-face with European colleagues for the first time since last week’s vote at a Brussels summit which […]

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

  With yellow paint still evident on the building’s doors, tenants of a Polish community centre in London on Monday described their fear after being targeted in a racist post-referendum attack condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament. “The mood is a mixture of disgust and frightened. We’ve been here in the centre since […]

France and Germany seek joint response at Brexit crisis talks

France and Germany seek joint response at Brexit crisis talks

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet in Berlin on Monday as they scramble to contain the fallout from British voters’ shocking decision to quit the EU in a referendum last week. Britain’s decision to become the first member state to leave the 28-member European Union has plunged the bloc into uncharted waters, sparking […]

Sarah Palin congratulates the UK on Brexit and urges the U.S. to ‘follow suit’ and abandon the UN

Sarah Palin congratulates the UK on Brexit and urges the U.S. to ‘follow suit’ and abandon the UN

Sarah Palin has congratulated the UK on voting to leave the European Union and has urged the United States to emulate the spirit of their transatlantic ally and leave the United Nations. The former Governor of Alaska posted a picture of Margaret Thatcher to Facebook and quoted the former prime minister and conservative hero writing, […]

Paris and Berlin in ‘full agreement’ on how to proceed on Brexit

Paris and Berlin in ‘full agreement’ on how to proceed on Brexit

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday confirmed they were in “full agreement on how to handle the situation” created by Britain’s vote to quit the EU, according to French presidency sources. Both heads of state, who will hold further talks in Berlin in Monday, “want the greatest clarity to avoid […]

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

France’s far right National Front party and Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders called for referendums in their own countries on European Union membership Friday in the wake of the UK vote to leave the bloc. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, cheered the Brexit vote. “Victory for freedom!” said […]

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