Tag: Great Britain

Prince Philip, Driving Without Seatbelt After Crash, Gets Police ‘Advice’

Two days after Prince Philip was involved in a car crash that injured two women and sparked a debate on older drivers in Britain, the police gave him a warning after he was photographed driving on Saturday in another vehicle — this time without a seatbelt. British news outlets published […]

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British Parliament’s Bid to Break Its Brexit Deadlock Is Delayed. Again.

LONDON — Time is not on Britain’s side as the clock ticks down to its scheduled March 29 exit from the European Union and its politicians remain paralyzed over how the country should leave. But, on Thursday, decision day was delayed once again when a critical debate and vote in […]

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Amid the Brexit Chaos, E.U. Sees a ‘Catastrophic Success’

BRUSSELS — Confronted with the ever more chaotic and confusing debate in Britain over Brexit, frustrated European Union officials have decided to sit tight until British democracy can provide some kind of answer to what the country really wants. It could be a long wait. While leaders of the various […]

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The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class

Describing Britain’s calamitous exit from its Indian empire in 1947, the novelist Paul Scott wrote that in India the British “came to the end of themselves as they were” — that is, to the end of their exalted idea about themselves. Scott was among those shocked by how hastily and […]

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The Rudderless West

In August 1990, George H.W. Bush met Margaret Thatcher in Aspen right after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. The pair resolved not to allow Iraq’s “naked aggression” to stand, and it did not. This was how the West was supposed to work — and how, sometimes, it did. Today the […]

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Theresa May, Britain’s Lady of Perpetual Crisis

LONDON — It’s Wednesday morning. Theresa May’s career is over, as a glance at the morning papers will confirm. Her Brexit deal, the product of two-and-a-half years of agonizing negotiation, has been rejected by a margin of 230 votes, in the worst defeat in British history. “No Deal … No […]

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Britain Races Toward a Cliff. Time to Slow Down.

If there’s an upside to the crushing defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s laboriously negotiated plan for withdrawing from the European Union, it is that staring in the face of an exit without a deal 10 weeks from now may finally compel British lawmakers to accept reality. That was far […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Brexit

ImageA broker at the stock market in Frankfurt on Wednesday, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit plan.CreditMichael Probst/Associated Press What’s going to happen with Brexit? A second referendum? A disorderly hard exit? A new offer from the European Union that isn’t as offensive […]

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After Defeat on Brexit Plan, Theresa May Faces No-Confidence Vote

LONDON — After suffering the worst parliamentary defeat in modern times over her plans for leaving the European Union, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, braced for another day of turmoil on Wednesday, when she will face a vote of no confidence in her battered government. On Tuesday Mrs. May lost […]

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Britain Is a Nation in Desperate Need of a Driver

LONDON — This week, as an anxious Britain prepared to witness Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan crashing to defeat, Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, tweeted out one of his grandfather’s solemn warnings from the 1930s. Mr. Soames, a Conservative politician, repeated lines from a poem, by Edwin J. Milliken, […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Vote: Parliament to Decide on E.U. Withdrawal Plan

For Britain, the big vote is finally here. After two and a half years of negotiation, argument, predictions and posturing, Parliament will finally decide on Tuesday on a bill that dictates the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the most closely watched votes the lawmakers are […]

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As Leaders Scramble to Stop No-Deal Brexit, Many Voters Dismiss the Panic

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England — Britain has been buffeted with high-level warnings in recent days of the grave risks of leaving the European Union without an agreement: A million lost jobs. An 8 percent drop in gross domestic product. Idle factories. Insulin shortages. Capital flight. A plummet in the pound. But at […]

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Theresa May Races to Save Her Brexit Deal From a Historic Defeat

Ahead of a vote on her Brexit plan that could go down to a humiliating defeat in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain was fighting on Monday less to avert the loss than to limit its scale. In that vein, Mrs. May enlisted fresh promises from Europe’s most senior […]

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Gin’s Journey in Britain, From ‘Mother’s Ruin’ to a Hipster Drink

LONDON — Ever since European apothecaries began distilling gin and selling it as a cure-all in the 16th century, the juniper-flavored liquor has been revered as a medicine, vilified for fueling public disorder and consumed in a multitude of every-season cocktails. Now, it is stirring up a specialized tourist trade […]

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American Detained in Moscow Also Has British, Irish and Canadian Passports

WASHINGTON — The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that is certain to put more pressure from the West on Russia. The man, Paul N. Whelan, could benefit from stepped-up efforts by multiple governments […]

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British Conservatives, in No Mood for Compromise, Embrace ‘No Deal’ Brexit

With less than three months until Britain is to leave the European Union, most members of the country’s Conservative Party prefer leaving with no deal to the plan negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May, a survey of party members released on Friday shows. Rejecting Mrs. May’s proposal, respondents shrugged off […]

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As Migrants Cross English Channel, Numbers Are Small but Worry Is Big

LONDON — Day after day, news reports in Britain prominently feature migrants making the perilous trip across the English Channel in small boats, including a dozen who landed on Monday. Headlines and anti-immigration politicians call it a crisis, and the cabinet member in charge of migration policy has labeled it […]

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British-Iranian Scholar Returns Home After Detention

LONDON — A prominent British-Iranian scholar detained in Iran since April has returned to Britain, according to an advocacy organization he helped found. The scholar, Abbas Edalat, a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College London, was taken into custody by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on April […]

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