Benjamin Fox

Africa 17-06-2019

EU deplores ‘systemic failings’ in Nigerian election

"Systemic failings" marked by serious operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and a low turnout was the verdict of the European Union’s election observers on February’s presidential, parliamentary and governorship elections.
Brexit 14-06-2019

The Brief – Parallel lines

Those who shuttle between Westminster and Brussels aren’t just swapping meat pies for moules frites. The two-hour ride on the Eurostar transports you to a parallel political universe.
Brexit 13-06-2019

Johnson takes step towards Downing Street, tops leadership ballot

Boris Johnson moved a step closer to becoming the next UK prime minister on Thursday, after topping the first ballot of Conservative MPs who are seeking a successor for Theresa May.
Brexit 12-06-2019

Johnson vows to re-negotiate Brexit deal as he launches PM bid

Boris Johnson has promised to immediately re-negotiate the UK’s divorce from the EU as he formally launched his bid to become prime minister on Wednesday (12 June).
Central Asia 08-06-2019

Tokayev set for victory as Kazakhstan transitions from Nazarbayev

When Kazakhs go to the polls for a presidential election on Sunday (9 June), they will face something of a novelty – the name of their first president, Nur-Sultan Nazarbayev, will not be on the ballot.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

Trump offers UK ‘phenomenal’ post-Brexit trade deal

US President Donald Trump offered the UK on Tuesday (4 June) the prospect of a “phenomenal” trade deal that would more than double trade flows between the UK, but warned that in such a deal, everything would be up for discussion.
Brexit 03-06-2019

In search of realism: the Tory leadership and Brexit

The race to succeed Theresa May as the UK’s Prime Minister will be appropriately chaotic, light-years from the coronation that saw her replace David Cameron in June 2016.
Brexit 29-05-2019

UK PM frontrunner Boris Johnson summoned to court for Brexit ‘lies’

The favourite to be the next UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been ordered to defend himself in court after a district judge ruled that he should answer for his infamous, and oft-disputed, claim that the UK sends £350 million a week to the EU.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

A proxy for a People’s Vote

These European elections were never supposed to happen in the UK but once it became clear that they would take place, it was inevitable that they would be seen as a proxy for another referendum.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Farage tops poll and Remain parties surge as EU polls spell out UK’s divide

The UK’s divisions over Brexit were spelt out in technicolor in the European elections on Sunday night (26 May) as Nigel Farage’s Brexit party comfortably topped the poll, and pro-Remain parties also made large gains.
Brexit 24-05-2019

Theresa May to resign, citing failure to deliver Brexit as ‘deep regret’

Theresa May will resign as Conservative party leader on 7 June, bringing to a close a short but turbulent premiership that was dominated and ultimately destroyed by Brexit.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

‘We need to win Britain’s culture war,’ says Greens’ Magid

“People don’t remember what you say, they remember how you made them feel,” says Magid Magid, a campaigner for the UK's Green Party.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

Lib Dems lead the Remain resurgence as Labour collapse

The Liberal Democrats have marketed themselves as the leading pro-Remain party ever since the June 2016 referendum. After four years in the political wilderness, they are back in business and suddenly reaping the rewards.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

Change UK sets sights on Britain’s political tribes

If British politics has always had a strong streak of tribalism, Scotland often gives the impression of being a one-party state, with the nationalists now firmly in power. But a pro-EU "Remain Alliance" for the European elections promises to shake things up.
Brexit 22-05-2019

Theresa May’s ‘new Brexit deal’ set for rejection, again

Theresa May offered warring British MPs “one last chance” to pass her Brexit deal next week, but her pleas were met with stony silence from UK lawmakers on Tuesday (21 May).
EU Elections 2019 17-05-2019

Supporters flock to see Farage as Brexit party marches on

Nigel Farage's Brexit party is on the march, promising to "sweep away the UK's two party system". Brexit Editor Benjamin Fox joins them at a campaign rally outside Wolverhampton.
Development Policy 17-05-2019

EU-ACP Cotonou successor faces one year delay

A joint ministerial council next week had been earmarked as the moment for formally concluding the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in January. But there are now doubts that it will be finalised before the end of the year.
Brexit 17-05-2019

Brexit talks ‘have gone as far as they can’, says Labour leader Corbyn

Cross-party talks on a Brexit compromise collapsed on Friday (17 May) after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Prime Minister Theresa May that the talks “have now gone as far as they can”.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Labour will ‘unite divided UK’, Corbyn vows

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that Labour is the only one seeking to unite a divided UK as he launched the party’s European elections campaign on Thursday (9 May). But he again sat on the fence on a second referendum on Brexit.
Politics 09-05-2019

#EU2019 – UK shapes up for Farage vs Remain battle in Brexit proxy poll

The UK was not supposed to contest this month’s European elections, but Theresa May’s government finally bowed to the inevitable on Tuesday (8 May), conceding that the legislation needed to formalise Brexit will not have been passed by UK lawmakers before May 23.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

UK bows to inevitable – EU elections will take place

The UK will definitely hold European elections this month, after Theresa May’s deputy conceded that it would not be possible to get the legislation needed to formalize Brexit through Parliament in time.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

Farage: Winning EP elections only the ‘first step’ to Brexit

Winning the European elections later this month would only be the “first step” towards delivering the Brexit demanded by UK citizens, Nigel Farage, whose newly established Brexit party is dominating polls in the UK, said on Tuesday (7 May).
Elections 03-05-2019

Voters punish May and Labour for Brexit impasse ahead of EU polls

Voters severely punished the two main UK parties in local council elections on Thursday (2 May), offering a preview of what is likely to happen in the European elections later this month.
Brexit 02-05-2019

Local polls offer May some Brexit respite

The UK's local elections on Thursday (2 May) will offer a test of the damage done to Theresa May’s Conservative party by her failure to deliver the country's exit from the European Union.

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