Tag: Great Britain

From ‘No Problem’ to No Deal: How Brexit Supporters Embraced the Cliff Edge

LONDON — Three years ago, as Britons were preparing to vote in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, the Conservative lawmaker John Redwood put forward a proposal: Rather than bet on negotiating a favorable trade deal with its former club, Britain should get ready to simply walk away. But Mr. Redwood was […]

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Britons Set to March in London to Demand Second Brexit Vote

LONDON — “Hello, and welcome aboard the People’s Vote express from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington,” Sally Patterson, 23, said into the microphone, before handing it back to the conductor. With that, a chartered train carrying students departed on Saturday morning for a march in London that is expected to draw hundreds and thousands […]

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Brexit Deal is Still Unacceptable, Key Government Ally Says

LONDON — A small but influential party aligned with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suggested on Friday that it still cannot support her plan for Britain to leave the European Union, a development that could doom her hopes of persuading Parliament to pass the deal next week on the third try. The Democratic Unionist Party […]

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With 3 Million Signatures, Some Britons Clamor to Cancel Brexit

LONDON — Britain’s exit from the European Union, which entered uncharted territory weeks ago, is still straining the government in unexpected ways, even setting a record. As Prime Minister Theresa May limped home from Brussels on Thursday with an agreement that seemed to raise the odds of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, ordinary Britons were scrambling […]

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6 Days Later, New Zealand Plans New Gun Laws. Here’s How Other Countries Reacted to Shootings.

It took New Zealand just six days to announce an immediate plan to change to the nation’s gun policy after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week. On Thursday, a day after the first victims were laid to rest, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a national ban on all military-style […]

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May Expected to Request Brexit Delay as U.K. Government Remains in Crisis

LONDON — The chaos and dysfunction of the British government were on full display on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Theresa May preparing to request a short delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after a bitter dispute in her cabinet over her plan for a lengthier extension. The deadlock in the cabinet underscored the […]

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Bercow Throws a Monkey Wrench Into Theresa May’s Brexit Plan

LONDON — John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, on Monday warned Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain that she could not hold another vote on her plan to leave the European Union unless it was substantially different from the one already rejected twice by lawmakers. The ruling threatened to plunge the already […]

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A St. Patrick’s Day Miracle: United Ireland

For going on three years now, Britain has taken a holiday from sanity. A tiny island kingdom whose people once ruled nearly a fourth of the world’s land area squabbles over the terms of its self-inflicted diminishing and isolation. And really, who cares? Those who believe that history has a wicked sense of humor should […]

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Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain

The June 2016 Brexit referendum left Britain a divided nation. That much we know. But the referendum didn’t create division. It exposed something that was already there, latent. This was hard to see if you attended to people’s conventional political views about taxation or public spending; even the issue of immigration, by itself, wasn’t “it.” […]

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Brexit, Act IV, Scene I

First, here’s the good news on Brexit. The Malthouse Compromise is dead. Britain has signed a post-Brexit free trade agreement with Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The irritating phrase “meaningful vote” has lost all meaning. Prime Minister Theresa May, who increasingly resembles one of those characters that just won’t die in a TV series, is […]

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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies

WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. Mr. Gubarev’s […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Live Updates: Parliament Votes to Delay Britain’s E.U. Departure

• With just 15 days left until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, and no consensus on how to do it, Parliament voted on Thursday to postpone the fast-approaching departure date. • By the narrowest of margins, Prime Minister Theresa May beat back a power play by lawmakers who wanted to wrest control […]

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One British Ex-Soldier to Be Prosecuted in ‘Bloody Sunday’ Shootings

DUBLIN — Officials in Northern Ireland said on Thursday that they would prosecute one former British soldier in connection with “Bloody Sunday,” the massacre of unarmed civilian marchers by British forces in Londonderry on Jan. 30, 1972. ImageProtesters running from tear gas during the clashes in Northern Ireland in 1972.CreditPL Gould/Images Press, via Getty Images […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Live Updates: Britain Moves to Push Back E.U. Departure Date

• With a March 29 deadline fast approaching and no consensus in Britain on a deal, Parliament will vote on Thursday on whether to push back the country’s scheduled date of departure from the European Union. • Lawmakers have twice rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal agreement by resounding margins. They hemmed her in […]

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U.K. Lawmakers Reject ‘No-Deal’ Brexit, but Next Steps Remain Unclear

LONDON — Having twice thrown out Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the fractious British Parliament on Wednesday also rejected the idea of a disorderly “no-deal” exit from the bloc at the end of the month. But if Britain’s newly assertive lawmakers have found it easy to say what […]

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The Brexit Plan Just Failed Again in Parliament: What Happened, and What’s Next?

• Britain’s Parliament on Tuesday soundly defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to exit the European Union, a 391 to 242 vote that is likely to delay Brexit and could derail it entirely. It is a devastating blow to Mrs. May that threatens her hold on power. • The vote […]

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How Many Defeats Can Britain Take?

LONDON — What happens when “historic” defeats become commonplace? Yet again, Prime Minister Theresa May has dragged her Brexit plan in front of the House of Commons. Yet again, she has been “historically” defeated: 242 votes for it, 391 against. When it comes to Brexit, the only issue that has […]

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Live Briefing: British Parliament Rejects Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, Sowing Confusion

• Britain’s Parliament on Tuesday soundly defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to exit the European Union, a 391 to 242 vote that is likely to delay Brexit and could derail it entirely. It is a devastating blow to Mrs. May that threatens her hold on power. • The vote […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Vote Updates: Theresa May Is Dealt a Blow

• Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for Britain to leave the European Union faces a crucial test in Parliament on Tuesday — as does the battle-worn Mrs. May herself — in a vote that could shape the nation for generations to come. • Dealing a blow to the prime minister, […]

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U.K. Parliament to Hold a Crucial Brexit Vote

LONDON — British lawmakers are scheduled Tuesday evening to hold a second, critical vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to leave the European Union, after the bloc’s negotiators offered last-minute legal pledges intended to help her push the deal through. After two years of fraught negotiations, frustration and delays, […]

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Brexit Vote Looming, Theresa May Secures E.U. Help

LONDON — On the eve of a critical parliamentary vote, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, secured new legal pledges from the European Union in a last-minute effort to rescue her unpopular plan for exiting the European Union from a second, potentially terminal, defeat. But it was unclear that the concessions […]

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