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LIVE VIDEO: Parliament Votes On Brexit Deal

Reuters reports: The British parliament will vote on Boris Johnson’s deal to leave the European Union on Friday, a move the prime minister described as delivering on his promise to “get the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas” after his landslide election victory. After suffering several defeats in the previous parliament, Johnson now enjoys a large majority and should face …

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Johnson Slammed For Comments On Murdered MP

The Guardian reports: Boris Johnson has been branded a disgrace for dismissing pleas from Labour MPs to stop using inflammatory language in light of the murder of Jo Cox, telling one that it was “humbug” and another that the best way to honour her was to “get Brexit done”. Johnson caused uproar in the House of Commons after he responded …

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UK Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament Is Unlawful

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. Mr Johnson suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, but the court said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to Brexit on 31 October. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said “the effect on …

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Boris Johnson Denies Lying To Queen About Parliament

The Guardian reports: Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen over the suspension of parliament, insisting such claims were “absolutely not” true. Speaking on a visit to NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender, which is moored alongside HMS Belfast on the Thames, he was asked if he had lied to the Queen when he asked her to prorogue parliament for …

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UK Court Rules Suspension Of Parliament Is Unlawful

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister’s move. The judges said the PM was attempting to prevent Parliament holding the government to account ahead …

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BRITAIN: Chaos And Furor As Parliament Is Suspended

The Guardian reports: There were extraordinary scenes of chaos and anger in the House of Commons overnight as opposition MPs staged a protest against the suspension of parliament for five weeks – a prorogation that the Speaker of the House said represented “an act of executive fiat”. As John Bercow began proceedings to prorogue parliament, a group of opposition MPs …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson To Suspend Parliament Tonight

The Associated Press reports: Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached to ensure Britain leaves the European Union by the Oct. 31 deadline, as he prepared to suspend Parliament and send rebellious lawmakers home until two weeks before the country is supposed to leave the bloc. Lawmakers used the hours before the suspension …

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Johnson Loses Majority After Mid-Speech Defection

The Metro reports: Boris Johnson has lost his majority of one after Tory MP Philip Lee defected to the Lib Dems by sitting on their bench. He made the move while Boris Johnson was mid way through delivering a speech in the House of Commons. The surprise move means there is now no parliamentary majority. In a letter of explanation, …

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Britain Sees Massive Protests Against Johnson [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Tens of thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets across Britain and outside the gates of Downing Street in protest against Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament. Crowds brandished banners pledging to “defend democracy”, chanted “stop the coup” and waved EU flags in London in a bid to resist the parliament shutdown. Demonstrators are massing at …

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Johnson Wins Early Battle Over Suspending Parliament

Yahoo News reports: Boris Johnson has said legal challenges to his decision to prorogue Parliament are making the prospect of obtaining a deal “less likely”. The Prime Minister hit out at his critics on Friday morning following the news that a bid by a cross-party group of more than 70 politicians to overturn the suspension had been refused by a …

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Queen Approves Tory Request To Suspend Parliament

Sky News reports: The Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s request to suspend parliament from the middle of next month, which will restrict MPs’ ability to block a no-deal Brexit. In a move prompting a furious political row, parliament will be prorogued in the week beginning 9 September until 14 October. This is the date on which a new Queen’s Speech …

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Boris Johnson Asks Queen To Suspend Parliament

The BBC reports: The government has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”. But it means the time MPs have to …

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BRITAIN: Staffer Uses Anti-Gay MP’s Twitter Account To Resign, Calls MP “Disgustingly Morally Bankrupt”

Yahoo News UK reports: An independent MP’s aide staged a dramatic resignation – using his boss’s own Twitter account. Gareth Arnold, who worked for Sheffield Hallam Independent MP Jared O’Mara [photo], branded his boss “the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with” in a series of tweets on Tuesday night. In the string …

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BRITAIN: Parliament To Consider Petition From Gay Reality Star Calling For Outlawing Online Homophobia

Gay Star News reports: Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK will debate whether to make online homophobia a specific criminal offence. MPs will debate the issue on 1 July after a petition to them received more than 152,000 signatures. Reality TV star, Bobby Norris, started the petition after years of online abuse. The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star …

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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: Parliament Rejects Four More Brexit Options

NBC News reports: Britain’s Parliament still can’t agree on how to move forward on Brexit. Four nonbinding measures that would have outlined a potential way forward on exiting the European Union all failed to gain a majority Monday. The options Parliament considered Monday included two proposals that aimed to retain close economic ties between Britain and the European Union. One …

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BRITAIN: Topless Protesters Disrupt Parliament [VIDEO]

The Mirror tabloid reports: The House of Commons public gallery was taken over tonight by topless protesters covered in slogans about saving the environment. Twelve protesters paraded in the gallery and pressed their mostly bare buttocks against security glass that separated them from MPs debating Brexit. Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband was caught on TV looking boggle-eyed at the Extinction Rebellion …

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BRITAIN: Parliament Issues Scathing Report Calling For Stiffer Regulation Of “Digital Gangsters” At Facebook

CBS News reports: Senior managers at Facebook knew about a data breach associated with campaign consulting firm Cambridge Analytica before it was first reported in the media in 2015, according to a U.K. Parliament report that concludes the company “deliberately misled” a wide-ranging investigation into disinformation, “fake news” and election interference. “Some malicious forces use Facebook to threaten and harass …

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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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BRITAIN: MP Discloses HIV+ Status To Fight Stigma

The Guardian reports: The Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has used a debate in the Commons to announce he is HIV positive, making a personal speech he said was intended to tackle the stigma still associated with the condition. The first parliamentarian to make such an announcement in the Commons, and the second MP to announce they are HIV positive, Russell-Moyle …

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