About: Boris Johnson

Politics 12-05-2022

Johnson’s case for the defence

One of the most hotly contested arguments following the Brexit vote in 2016 was whether Russian interference had played a role in the referendum campaign. As in the United States over Donald Trump’s election five months later, no Kremlin link...
Brexit 05-05-2022

UK voters head to polls with historic Northern Ireland result predicted

Polls open across the UK on Thursday (5 May) in local and regional elections that could prove historic in Northern Ireland and heap further pressure on embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Global Europe 04-05-2022

Russian strikes pound Ukraine on eve of new EU sanctions

Russian forces pounded targets in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday (3 May), unleashing rockets on a steel plant that is Ukraine's last redoubt in the port city of Mariupol as the European Union prepared to slap oil sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 01-05-2022

Russian missiles target Ukraine’s east, south; some civilians leave Mariupol plant

Russia pounded southern and eastern Ukraine with missile strikes on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said, while some women and children evacuated a steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol where they had holed up for more than a week.
Global Europe 22-04-2022

UK’s Johnson to offer India help to build its own fighter jets

Britain is set to offer India know-how to build fighter jets when the prime ministers of the two countries meet on Friday, as the West tries to wean India away from Russia.
Europe's East 10-04-2022

Civilians flee east Ukraine as Kyiv readies for Donbas battle

Ukraine is preparing for "big battles" against Moscow's forces in the east of the country, officials in Kyiv said, as thousands of civilians flee in fear of an imminent Russian offensive.
Global Europe 04-04-2022

Outrage at Russian ‘war crimes’ swells, fresh attacks slam Ukraine

Global outrage at accusations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine mounted Sunday with the discovery of mass graves and corpses in streets near Kyiv, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy directly blamed leaders in Moscow for the "torture" and "killings" of civilians.
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Ukraine invasion boosts calls for UK politics to tackle Russian cash

From huge donations to political parties and bids for games of tennis with senior ministers, to nominations for peerages, Russian money in British politics has been a recurrent issue for years. But the invasion of Ukraine has intensified calls for...
Energy 09-03-2022

UK hints that fracking could be part of energy policy overhaul

The UK has hinted at ending its ban on fracking, as Boris Johnson’s government prepares to unveil a new energy supply strategy in response to the need to diversify its energy supply in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine....
Global Europe 22-02-2022

Britain sanctions Gennady Timchenko and five banks, Johnson says

Britain on Tuesday (22 February) slapped sanctions on Gennady Timchenko and two other billionaires with close links to Vladimir Putin after the Kremlin chief ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
Brexit 31-01-2022

UK vows ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’ to scrap EU laws

The UK government will introduce new legislation allowing it to change or scrap retained European Union laws, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday (31 January) to mark two years since Brexit.
Elections 26-01-2022

Report into PM Johnson lockdown party allegations expected anytime soon

An internal inquiry into allegations of lockdown parties at Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office could be published as soon as Wednesday (26 January), delivering findings that might determine the prime minister’s future after police also launched an investigation. Johnson is fighting for...
Elections 20-01-2022

UK PM Johnson drops COVID-19 restrictions

People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally.
Elections 19-01-2022

UK PM Johnson faces ‘pork pie’ plot to trigger leadership challenge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Wednesday (19 January) amid a revolt by his own lawmakers who are angry over a series of lockdown parties in Downing Street.
Elections 17-01-2022

‘Wine time Fridays’ leave British PM with new hangover

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson witnessed weekly drinking sessions by his staff throughout the pandemic, according to a report Saturday (15 January) that stoked fresh calls from his own party for the embattled leader to quit.
Elections 14-01-2022

UK PM Johnson’s staff partied as queen mourned death of husband

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authority took yet another hit on Friday (14 January) after revelations that his staff had partied in Downing Street as Queen Elizabeth mourned her husband, at a time when mixing indoors was banned.
Elections 12-01-2022

UK PM Johnson apologises for attending lockdown party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his "heartfelt apologies" on Wednesday (12 January) for attending a "bring your own booze" gathering at his official residence during the country's first coronavirus lockdown as opponents said he must resign.
Elections 11-01-2022

Boris Johnson’s staff invited to ‘bring own booze’ during COVID lockdown party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's staff were invited to a "bring your own booze" party in the garden of his Downing Street residence during the first nationwide coronavirus lockdown in 2020, according to a leaked email seen by broadcaster ITV.
Languages & Culture 11-01-2022

Parthenon fragment returns to Greece, rekindling campaign for UK to hand over marbles

A marble fragment of the Parthenon temple has been returned to Athens from a museum in Sicily, a move officials hope will advance efforts to have the British Museum send back ancient sculptures from Greece's most renowned ancient landmark.
Health 24-12-2021

Get jabbed for Christmas, Johnson urges UK as virus surges

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his Christmas Eve message on Friday exhorted the UK public to get jabbed as a "wonderful" gift for the nation as cases soar.
Brexit 22-12-2021

David Frost leaves: Christmas comes early in Brussels

What was behind the resignation of David Frost as UK “Brexit Minister”, and would it be enough to halt the declining UK-EU relations? Dick Roche shares his thoughts. Dick Roche is a former Irish Minister for European Affairs and former...
Coronavirus 21-12-2021

UK says COVID surge ‘extremely difficult’ as Omicron grips Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (20 December) he would tighten coronavirus curbs to slow the spread of the Omicron variant if needed, after the Netherlands began a fourth lockdown and as other European nations consider Christmas restrictions.
Brexit 20-12-2021

UK makes foreign minister lead EU negotiator after Frost exit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed the foreign minister to lead talks with Europe Sunday (19 December) after the resignation of the Brexit minister sent shockwaves through the already troubled London administration.
Brexit 17-12-2021

UK PM Johnson suffers by-election disaster

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday (17 December) suffered a crushing by-election defeat in a constituency never previously lost by his Conservative Party, a result which raises serious questions about his leadership.