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Boris Johnson orders new lockdown for England as cases surge

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown in England to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine programme reaches a critical mass. Johnson said

Boris Johnson’s father seeks French citizenship

PARIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley confirmed plans to seek French citizenship on the day the United Kingdom broke up with the European Union under the Brexit pact delivered by his son. If his application is accepted, he

Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

LONDON: Britain has finally severed its turbulent half-century partnership with Europe, quitting the EU single market and customs union four-and-a-half years after its shock vote to leave the economic bloc. Brexit became a reality as Big Ben struck 11:00 pm

EU and Britain clinch narrow post-Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and the European Union struck a trade deal after ten months of intense negotiation allowing them to soften the economic shock of Brexit, just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs. When the

Britain to ban new petrol cars and vans by 2030

LONDON: Britain will move up a ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 and is eyeing 250,000 new jobs as part of a green industrial revolution. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement to meet Britain’s

British PM Johnson self-isolating after COVID-19 contact

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care in a London hospital earlier this year with the novel coronavirus, is well and

Britain’s anti-racism protests ‘hijacked by extremists’: UK PM

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a wave of anti-racism protests across Britain had been “hijacked by extremists” amid rising fears about clashes and vandalism. Several statues have been boarded up as a precaution, including one of former prime minister

British PM Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered visas to millions of Hong Kong residents and a possible route to citizenship if China persists with its national security law. “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life —

Coronavirus vaccine ‘might not come to fruition’: British PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one. Johnson, who was hospitalised last month after contracting the new coronavirus, speculated that a vaccine may

British PM unveils ‘conditional plan’ to reopen society

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced to ease lockdown allowing people to spend more time outdoors from Wednesday and return to work. “From this Wednesday we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of

Boris Johnson declares UK ‘past the peak’ of COVID-19 outbreak

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the United Kingdom is ‘past the peak’ of its coronavirus outbreak. Boris Johnson said, “For the first time, we are past the peak of this disease and we are on the downward

British PM Boris Johnson announces birth of son

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have been blessed with a son. The announcement was made by the couple. According to the Prime Minister’s spokesperson, both mother and baby are doing very well. The 55-year-old

British PM returns back to work after recovering from virus

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday more than three weeks after being hospitalised for the coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care. Johnson, one of the highest-profile people to have contracted the virus, returned

British PM Johnson enters third day in intensive care

LONDON: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a third day in intensive care on Wednesday battling the coronavirus that has struck at the heart of the British government. “I understand the prime minister is in a stable condition, he’s comfortable

British PM hospitalised after persistent coronavirus symptoms

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised on Monday undergoing tests after suffering persistent symptoms of coronavirus for ten days but remains in charge of the government. The Conservative leader announced on March 27 that he had tested positive

Goodbye, Europe

After almost half a century, the United Kingdom is finally out of the European Union. The Union Jack has been removed from the regional bloc’s headquarters in Brussels. Now Britain has embarked on an uncertain future outside Europe. Britain became

Brexit confirmed

After nearly three years of political divisions and bitter disputes, which saw two prime ministers being pushed from office and a divisive general election last month, the UK is finally expected to quit the European Union on January 31. UK

British elections

The UK is holding snap elections that could pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain towards another referendum that could reverse the decision to leave the European Union. The elections – the third in

London Bridge attacker was convicted of terrorism offences

LONDON: A man suspected of stabbing two people to death in a terror attack on London Bridge was an ex-prisoner convicted of terrorism offences and released last year, police said Saturday. The knifeman, wearing a suspected hoax explosive device, was

Johnson compares Corbyn to Stalin at campaign launch

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed on Wednesday to get Brexit done by January and compared his Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn to Joseph Stalin in a strident launch to a tough pre-Christmas election campaign. The splintered country is

British PM Johnson ‘sorry’ for Brexit delay

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday apologised for not taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31, while Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage said he will not stand in next month’s general election. “It is a matter

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will not run in UK election

LONDON: Nigel Farage, the leader of Brexit Party, said he would not stand in next month’s election, choosing instead to campaign countywide against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce deal. “I have thought very hard about this: How do I

Brexit in limbo as British PM pushes for election

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday told opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to “man up” and accept a snap election as EU members delayed a decision on how long to postpone next week’s Brexit deadline. Britain is currently scheduled

EU debates Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

LONDON: European leaders were deciding whether to postpone Brexit and for how long on Wednesday, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s eyes turned towards a snap general election. In tense parliamentary votes on Tuesday, Johnson won preliminary backing for the divorce

British PM sends unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctantly wrote to Brussels late on Saturday asking for a Brexit extension after MPs voted to force him into seeking a delay beyond October 31. But Johnson, who has pinned his premiership on getting

British parliament force Johnson to  seek Brexit delay

LONDON: British parliament voted on Saturday to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the European Union to delay Brexit yet again but he insisted Britain must leave on October 31. In a day of high drama in the House

Britain and EU strike Brexit deal ahead of summit

BRUSSELS: Britain and the European Union reached a last-ditch Brexit deal on Thursday, just hours before an EU summit that is expected to give it a seal of approval. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will still have to take the accord

EU, Britain scramble to reach Brexit deal before summit

LONDON: British and EU negotiators on Tuesday scrambled to put together a draft text for a Brexit deal with just two days to go before a key European summit. Both sides voiced cautious optimism that an outline agreement could be

EU tells British PM to stop playing Brexit blame game

LONDON: The European Union accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands. With just 23 days

Brexit saga continues

It seems that Brexit, now the longest British soap serial, will continue and might be renewed for a new season. Britain’s top court has ruled that the suspension of parliament was unlawful, and will now reconvene to discuss the lingering