Britain

Most Pro-Brexit Twitter Accounts Revealed As Bots

The Hill reports: The majority of the most active accounts on Twitter that post messages in support of the U.K.’s Brexit Party show signs of automated activity, leading researchers to believe they are so-called “bot” accounts, according to an investigation. A probe by the Institute for Strategic Discourse first reported by The Mirror found that the Brexit Party, a political …

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BRITAIN: MPs To Vote On Second Brexit Referendum

The Guardian reports: Theresa May has offered MPs votes on a second referendum and a temporary customs union in her last attempt to get a Brexit deal through parliament. Amid widespread expectation that the withdrawal agreement bill will be heavily defeated early next month, and reports of serious rows in cabinet, the prime minister used a hastily arranged speech to …

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UK Spent £318 On LGBT Rights In Northern Ireland

Britain’s Channel 4 reports: Two years ago Prime Minister Theresa May gave Ruth Davidson a promise. The UK government would use its influence to advance LGBT rights in Northern Ireland – despite considering Gay Marriage and Abortion to be devolved issues. That promise helped secure Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s decision to back Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the …

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Brexit Talks Collapse Again, Clock Ticks On PM’s Exit

The Guardian reports: The government and Labour have sought to blame each other after cross-party talks to find a compromise Brexit plan collapsed, leaving any remaining hopes of an imminent solution to the impasse in tatters. While both sides insisted the discussions had taken place in good faith, Theresa May said a sticking point had been Labour splits over a …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson To Run For Prime Minister

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson has said he will run for the Conservative Party leadership after Theresa May stands down. Asked at a business event in Manchester if he would be a candidate, the former foreign secretary replied: “Of course I’m going to go for it.” Mrs May has said she will resign once MPs back her Brexit deal. A …

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“Dumping Trump” Robot To Debut At UK Protests

The Guardian reports: A giant talking robot of Donald Trump sitting on a gold toilet is being shipped from Sichuan in China to London for protests to mark the president’s controversial state visit to the UK. The 4.9-metre (16ft) “Dumping Trump” robot was inspired by the Trump blimp which was the focal point of the protests against last year’s visit …

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London Mayor: PM Should Call Out Trump During State Visit, He’s Not In The Same Class As His Predecessors

The BBC reports: Theresa May should “call out” Donald Trump on issues where she thinks he is “wrong” during his visit to the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said. In an interview with LBC, the Labour politician said the US and UK were “closest mates” with a “special relationship” that allowed frank talk. In May 2016 Mr Trump challenged …

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BBC Host Fired For Racist Tweet About Royal Baby

The Independent reports: Danny Baker has been fired from the BBC following an apology over a “racist” tweet about the royal baby. The former BBC Radio 5 Live host was criticised for the post, which he shared moments after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. The tweet featured a black-and-white photograph …

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Prince Harry And Duchess Meghan Present New Baby

NBC News reports: Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, who is now the Duchess of Sussex, said they were caught up with the “magic” of parenthood as they offered the world their first glimpse of their newborn son Wednesday. Prince Harry and Meghan addressed the world’s media on Wednesday, 48 hours after their new arrival. “It’s magic, it’s pretty …

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Britain To Vote In EU Parliament Election Despite Brexit

Reuters report: Britain will have to take part in European Parliament elections on May 23 as there is not enough time left to get an exit deal ratified by parliament before then, Prime Minister Theresa May’s de facto deputy said on Tuesday. May had hoped to avoid taking part in the vote, but so far talks with the opposition Labour …

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Britain: Royal Family Welcomes Latest Addition [VIDEO]

NPR reports: The latest royal baby has arrived. Meghan Markle, who is married to Britain’s Prince Harry, gave birth to the couple’s first child early Monday. The baby boy weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. His name hasn’t yet been announced. The baby is “very healthy,” Harry told reporters later in the day, adding that “mother and baby are …

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UK Labour Leader To Snub Trump’s State Dinner: No Red Carpet For Someone Who Uses “Racist Rhetoric”

The BBC reports: Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not attend the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of Donald Trump. The Labour leader argued it would be wrong to “roll out the red carpet” for the US president, whom he accused of using “racist and misogynist rhetoric”. The US-UK relationship did not need “the pomp and ceremony” of …

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UK Intel Rips Trump’s “Utterly Ridiculous” Spying Claim

Newsweek reports: One day after President Donald Trump accepted an invitation for a formal state visit to the U.K., he tweeted an old claim that U.K.intelligence services had helped the Obama administration spy on his presidential campaign. GCHQ, the British intelligence service specializing in communications, immediately attacked the claim pushed by Trump on social media. “As we have previously stated, …

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British Activists Plot Gigantic Version Of Trump Blimp

Business Insider reports: A inflatable blimp depicting President Donald Trump as a baby — which Trump has previously said he dislikes and makes him “feel unwelcome”— is due to make an appearance at his state visit to the UK in June. And this time it could be five times as big. The 20-foot (6-meter) balloon hovered over Westminster, near the …

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Trump To Make First State Visit To UK In June

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be a guest of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day He will also hold talks with the prime …

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BRITAIN: Facebook Bans Multiple Far-Right Groups

The Guardian reports: Years after the company first dismissed fears it was empowering extremists, Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First. The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: …

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BRITAIN: Labour Party Opposes Extraditing Assange

The Associated Press reports: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities …

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European Union Offers To Delay Brexit Until Oct. 31st

CNBC reports: European Union leaders have offered to delay Brexit until Oct. 31. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said he was taking the offer to Prime Minister Theresa May for approval from the U.K. government. The emergency summit was convened after Prime Minister Theresa May requested a further delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc, as any …

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BRITAIN: House Of Commons Speaker John “ORDER!” Bercow Takes On His Viral Fame Due To Brexit [VIDEO]

As those of you who closely follow the Brexit chaos probably know, in recent recent weeks House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has emerged as a global viral star of the debates, with his seemingly endless cries for “ORDER!” turned into countless memes, gifs, and even remixed dance tracks. This weekend Bercow addressed his sudden fame with the below explainer …

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Britain Deletes “European Union” From New Passports

The New York Times reports: Some British citizens planning to travel abroad already have a tangible sign of what life will look like once the country is no longer a member of the European Union: new passports missing “European Union” on the front cover. Last month, even as lawmakers wrestled over the principal terms of the withdrawal process known as …

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