Tag Archives: Britain

EU Spox: No-Deal Brexit Means “Hard” Ireland Border

The Guardian reports: The EU has injected further pressure into the Brexit talks by confirming it will enforce a hard border on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal outcome, despite the risk this would pose to peace. In comments that proved highly uncomfortable for Dublin, Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief spokesman told reporters in Brussels it was “pretty …

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Theresa May Narrowly Survives “No Confidence” Vote

CBS News reports: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government survived a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks …

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Britain: Labour MPs Call For Second Brexit Referendum

The Guardian reports: Half a dozen Labour MPs came out in support of a second referendum for the first time at a Westminster photocall, arguing it was the “the only logical option” if the party could not secure a general election. The timing of the demand, a couple of hours before Jeremy Corbyn was due to open the no-confidence debate, …

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Britain: Parliament Rejects Brexit Deal In 432-202 Vote

The BBC reports: Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of …

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Theresa May Warns Of “Catastrophe” If Brexit Deal Fails

Politico Europe reports: Not following through with Brexit would be “catastrophic” for U.K. democracy, said Prime Minister Theresa May in an eleventh hour appeal to members of parliament to back her deal in a key vote Tuesday. Writing in the Express, May said MPs had a duty to deliver on the referendum outcome. Addressing voters, she said that “when you …

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BRITAIN: Rebel Tories Hand PM Loss On Key Brexit Vote

The BBC reports: Rebel Tory MPs have joined forces with Labour to inflict a fresh blow on Theresa May’s government in a Commons Brexit vote. It means the government will have to come up with fresh plans within three days if Mrs May’s EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week. It could also open the door to alternatives, …

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UK’s Heathrow Halts Departures After Drone Sighting

The BBC reports: Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says. A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport was working with police to “prevent any threat to operational safety”. She said: “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.” It comes after …

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Art Critic/Historian Sister Wendy Dies At Age 88

The BBC reports: TV art historian and nun Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88, it has been announced. In the 1990s she became one of the most unlikely television stars. Emerging from her hermit-like existence in a caravan at a Carmelite convent in Norfolk, she hosted unscripted BBC shows from galleries across the world. Born in …

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Britain Bans Pet Shops From Selling Puppies And Kittens

The Guardian reports: The government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over. The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with …

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LONDON: Arrests Made In Airport Drone Attack [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the “criminal use of drones” that forced the shutdown of London’s Gatwick international airport for several days, affecting 140,000 holiday travelers. Police said the pair were from the small town of Crawley, near Gatwick. No one had claimed responsibility for the bizarre incidents that …

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Putin Warns Theresa May Against Second Brexit Vote

The Guardian reports: Offering public support that the embattled British prime minister may rather do without, Putin said he “understood” May’s position in “fighting for this Brexit”. “The referendum was held,” the Russian president said from Moscow during a press conference shown on national television. “What can she do? She has to fulfill the will of the people expressed in …

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“Drone Attack” Closes London’s Gatwick Airport [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A drone attack at one of the UK’s busiest airports has left tens of thousands of passengers facing major disruption. Gatwick’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night, when two devices were seen flying over the perimeter fence. The airport said a drone had been spotted “in the last hour” and the runway would not open “until …

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Financial Times Names Soros Its “Person Of The Year”

This will totally enrage the usual nutbags. The Times Of Israel reports: The British newspaper newspaper Financial Times on Wednesday announced that it was naming billionaire philanthropist George Soros its “person of the year.” “The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements. In the case of Mr Soros this year, his selection …

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May Attacks Former PM Tony Blair For “Undermining” Brexit Talks: He’s Insulting The People He Once Served

The Independent reports: Theresa May has launched an astonishing attack on Tony Blair, accusing the former prime minister of seeking to “undermine” her during Brexit talks in order to pursue his own “political interests”. In highly unusual move, Ms May hit out at one of her predecessors, claiming the former Labour leader’s support for a second Brexit referendum was “an …

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HBO Issues Trailer For Brexit Drama [VIDEO]

Vulture reports: The swindlers of the world really took things to a new level in 2016, and HBO has a movie that digs into one of the great con jobs in modern political history. In Brexit, a balding Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, a strategist for the Leave campaign who apparently played an instrumental role in turning the sentiment of …

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UK Bans “Harmful Gender Stereotypes” In Advertising

The BBC reports: The UK’s advertising watchdog has said it will ban “gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence”. The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said harmful stereotypes in adverts “contribute to how people see themselves and their role in society”, and can hold some people back. The ban will cover men struggling with …

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Theresa May Has Tense Exchange With EU Leader

Business Insider reports: An angry-looking Theresa May confronted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday after EU leaders rejected her latest Brexit proposals and he publicly chastised her approach to negotiations. Arriving at a meeting of European leaders in Brussels this morning, May was filmed approaching Juncker and having what looked like a frosty exchange with the EU chief. She …

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BRITAIN: Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote

Business Insider reports: Theresa May has survived a confidence vote in her leadership by Conservative MPs, meaning she can continue to serve as prime minister.  May won a confidence vote in her leadership clear of the 158 votes needed to oust her. However, the result only came after the prime minister assured MPs on Wednesday evening that she would stand …

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LIVE VIDEO: Theresa May Faces No-Confidence Vote

NBC News reports: Theresa May vowed to fight for her political life Wednesday after members of her own party triggered a vote of no-confidence in her leadership over her handling of Brexit. If she loses the vote, which will take place on Wednesday evening, she will be out as Conservative leader, and will likely outline when she will stand down …

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EU Tells May: No Renegotiating Brexit Divorce Treaty

Reuters reports: The European Union ruled out renegotiating the Brexit divorce treaty or its Irish border protocol on Tuesday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought last ditch assurances from the bloc to save her deal after pulling a vote she acknowledged she would lose. Less than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on …

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