Tag: Brexit

British MPs set to finally seal Brexit deal

by Alice RITCHIE and Dmitry ZAKS After years of angry arguments that toppled two governments, Britain's parliament Thursday will finally approve the terms of Brexit, clearing the divided country's exit from the European Union on January 31. The House of Commons will rush through a final...

EU chief doubts securing post-Brexit trade deal in 2020

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has expressed "serious concern" over whether the bloc could conclude a  post-Brexit trade deal with Britain within the 2020 deadline. Britain is due to leave the European Union on January 31, but will remain in a transitional arrangement...

Farewell 2019: a look back at a year of turmoil

The year 2019 saw an explosion of demonstrations across the world as people demanded an overhaul of entrenched political systems and action on climate change. Here is a look back at these and other events that marked the year. Protests sweep Latin America On January 23, Venezuela's...

Queen admits ‘bumpy’ year in Christmas message

by Dmitry ZAKS Queen Elizabeth II described 2019 as "quite bumpy" in a Christmas Day message at the end of a chaotic year which saw Britain bitterly divided over its split from the European Union and her scandal-plagued son Prince Andrew withdraw from public life. The...

‘The mess begins’: European press cautious after British vote

Boris Johnson's surprisingly strong victory in Britain's election dominated the home pages of European media outlets on Friday, with most welcoming the end of months of political gridlock while warning there was no automatic clarity on Brexit. While Britain's vote results dropped after most print...

UK’s opposition Labour party agrees to December election

Britain was on course for a December election Tuesday after the main opposition Labour party said it would support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan, although a date has not yet been fixed. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I have consistently said that we are ready...

Brexit extension until January 31 ‘very probable’: French diplomatic source

An extension until January 31 of the deadline for Britain to leave the European Union is "very probable", a French diplomatic source said on Monday, as EU states were to meet to discuss a new Brexit delay. "There will very probably be an agreement" at Monday's...

Johnson pushes for poll as EU prepares Brexit delay

by Alice RITCHIE British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a fresh push on Monday for an early election as EU leaders prepare to back yet another Brexit delay, just days before the departure deadline. Johnson was forced to abandon his promise to leave the European...

EU mulls Johnson’s reluctant Brexit delay request

by Dmitry ZAKS EU leaders were on Sunday considering a request by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay Britain's departure from the bloc, which he was forced to make after MPs refused to back his Brexit deal. Johnson has pinned his premiership on getting Britain out...

British PM scrambles to sell Brexit deal to MPs

by Robin MILLARD British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a charm offensive on Friday to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, with a looming vote in parliament resting on a knife-edge. The Conservative leader pulled off a major coup in agreeing a new divorce deal...