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Brexit 22-07-2021

EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
Elections 02-07-2021

Johnson welcomes Merkel for swansong UK trip

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet of top ministers during a visit to Britain on Friday (2 July), the first time a foreign leader has done so in nearly 25 years.
Brexit 21-06-2021

Former UK speaker Bercow denounces Johnson and defects to Labour

The colourful former speaker of Britain's House of Commons John Bercow said he has left the Conservatives to join the opposition Labour Party, saying the country is "sick of lies" under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Politics 11-06-2021

Tweets of the Week: Strasbourg Return, Macron Slap, Cornwall Travel

MEPs are back in place, Macron gets slapped in the face, taking a plane, what a disgrace. 
Brexit 09-06-2021

UK skirts ‘special relationship’ talk for Biden meet

The UK-US "special relationship" has been an article of faith for generations of British leaders. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rejecting old pieties as he heads into his first face-to-face talks with President Joe Biden.
Elections 09-05-2021

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...
Brexit 19-04-2021

‘Comfortable Leavers’ study scotches myth of the average Brexit voter

The popular image of the classic Brexit voter as “a poorly educated inhabitant of a faded seaside town or the grim, post-industrial north” of England has been shown as wildly inaccurate according to new research on so-called "Comfortable Leavers" published on Monday (19 April).
Brexit 14-04-2021

Sleaze scandal infects UK politics amid Covid spending spree

A drip-feed of revelations over the collapse of an opaque financial firm is raising serious questions about cosy ties between UK politicians, civil servants and big business as the government spends lavishly on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit 08-04-2021

Johnson urged to convene all-party talks following riots in Northern Ireland

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to convene all-party talks on Northern Ireland after the sixth night of riots in the province on Wednesday (7 April) left more than 50 police officers injured.
Brexit 08-04-2021

UK PM Johnson says deeply concerned by Northern Ireland violence

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was deeply concerned by scenes of violence in Northern Ireland after crowds of youths in a pro-British area of Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2021

EU to tighten export rules to stop one-way flow of vaccines

The European Commission will tighten its export guidelines on Wednesday (24 March) to prevent what it sees as an unfair one-way flow of vaccines, according to a draft seen by AFP.

UK gives priority to Indo-Pacific region as part of foreign policy revamp

The UK is set to shift its focus from Europe to the Indo-Pacific region as part of a planned revamp of its foreign, trade and defence policy announced on Tuesday (16 March), which made scarce references to a future EU-UK...
Global Europe 16-03-2021

UK’s Johnson to visit India at end of April as part of policy ‘tilt’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April in what will be his first major international trip after Britain's exit from the EU as part of efforts to boost UK opportunities in the region.

UK to increase nuclear stockpile

Britain is to announce an increase to its nuclear weapons stockpile as part of a wide-ranging review of security, defence and foreign policy, two newspapers said on Monday (15 March).
Brexit 15-03-2021

Time for Boris to stop ‘passing the buck’

Bluster, bluff and a freewheeling approach to facts have been the hallmark of the attitude of Boris Johnson to the problems Brexit posed for Northern Ireland, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 08-03-2021

UK faces difficult post-Brexit era under ‘lying’ PM, says French ex-ambassador

Britain faces a tough challenge to retain global influence after its departure from the EU under a prime minister who has a well-known reputation for "lying", France's former ambassador to the UK told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an interview.
Global Europe 19-02-2021

Biden makes international debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

Joe Biden will attend his first meeting as US president with Group of Seven leaders on Friday (19 February) to discuss plans to defeat the novel coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter the challenge posed by China.
Brexit 04-01-2021

Scotland must wait a generation for new independence vote, says Johnson

Another Scottish independence referendum should not take place for a generation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday (3 January), as Scotland's leader renewed calls for a fresh vote in the wake of Brexit.
Brexit 30-12-2020

UK lawmakers back Johnson’s EU trade deal with thumping majority

UK lawmakers endorsed Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU on Wednesday (30 December) with a thumping 521 to 73 majority, setting the country on course to retain its free trade with the EU when it leaves the Single Market at midnight on New Year's Eve.
Brexit 30-12-2020

Leaders to sign UK-EU deal as MPs face express debate

The UK and European Union will Wednesday (30 December) sign a mammoth trade pact to put the seal on their drawn-out Brexit divorce in the dwindling hours before they part ways definitively at the dawning of 2021.
Brexit 24-12-2020

Johnson to announce EU trade deal after cutting fisheries pact

The UK and European Union are expected on Thursday (24 December) to agree a new trade and security deal just a week before the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
Brexit 23-12-2020

EU and UK post-Brexit trade deal in sight

The European Union and Britain could agree the terms of a post-Brexit trade deal within hours, European sources said Wednesday (23 December), as negotiators sought to hammer out the last details.
Coronavirus 22-12-2020

UK working ‘as fast as possible’ to resolve border closures

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was working "as fast as possible" to unblock trade across the Channel after France shut its borders to UK hauliers in a bid to contain a new variant of the coronavirus.
Brexit 22-12-2020

Brexit talks flirt with failure as new deadline blown

EU and UK trade talks inched onwards under renewed pressure Monday (21 December) as transport chaos triggered by the emergence of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus in Britain overshadowed efforts to reach a Brexit deal.