Britain

EU's Brexit negotiator: EU will be 'friendly' but 'never naive'

The European Union will aim for a successful agreement over the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc, EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

Scottish lawmakers delay referendum debate due to London attack

The Scottish parliament suspended its sessions on Wednesday following an apparent terrorist attack near the British parliament at Westminster.

Police: Four dead, 20 injured in attack near British parliament

Four people have died and at least 20 were injured near the British parliament in central London on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said, in what the force described as a "terrorist incident."

Scotland's Sturgeon seeks approval for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday asked the devolved parliament to approve her plans to hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence from Britain.

Downing Street: Britain to follow US flight ban on laptops in cabins

Britain will follow the United States by banning laptops and other larger electronic devices from passenger cabins on some inbound flights from Middle Eastern and African nations, the government said on Tuesday.

Britain to trigger Brexit negotiations on March 29

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, the British government said on Monday.

Vodafone, Idea merge to create India's biggest telecoms company

British telecoms giant Vodafone will merge its Indian subsidiary with domestic rival Idea Cellular to create the country's largest telecoms operator, it was announced Monday.

Scotland's Sturgeon invites Brexit opponents to move north

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday invited people unhappy with Britain's plan to leave the EU to move north of the border.

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to back down over Scottish independence

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Friday she would not give up on seeking an independence referendum after Prime Minister Theresa May said now was "not the time" to discuss a vote.

May: 'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that now is "not the time" to discuss a referendum on Scottish independence because it could jeopardise Britain's negotiations with the European Union.

PM May says Britain on track for 'defining moment' of starting Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed parliament's backing for her bill on starting Brexit negotiations and said this month's planned start of the formal process of leaving the European Union would be a "defining moment" for Britain.

Sinn Fein calls for all-Ireland unification referendum over Brexit

Irish republican party Sinn Fein on Monday called for an all-Ireland referendum on unifying the north and south, following Scotland's call for an independence referendum earlier in the day.

Lawmakers reject Brexit bill amendment to give parliament vote

Britain's House of Commons on Monday rejected an amendment to key Brexit legislation, opposing a requirement that parliament should vote before an exit agreement is finalized with the European Union.

Sturgeon to seek approval for second Scottish independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday said she plans to seek the devolved parliament's approval next week to hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence from Britain.

Sturgeon accuses May of ignoring Scotland on Brexit

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon on Monday accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of ignoring Scotland on Brexit, ahead of a crucial vote in parliament that could allow May to trigger formal Brexit talks as early as Tuesday.

Report: Britain must prepare for possibility of no deal on Brexit

The British government must prepare for the possibility that it could fail to negotiate a Brexit agreement, or face the risk of "mutually assured damage" from leaving the European Union without an exit deal, a parliamentary report said on Sunday.

Brexit minister urges lawmakers not to 'tie May's hands' in key vote

Britain's Conservative government appealed to lawmakers on Sunday not to "tie the prime minister's hands" by amending a bill that would trigger two years of formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils Britain's Iraq, Afghanistan memorial

Queen Elizabeth II unveiled Britain's Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial on Thursday to pay tribute to 300,000 soldiers and civilians who served in the two nations and the Gulf region since 1990, including more than 800 who died.

Sturgeon hints at Scottish independence vote in late 2018

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that another referendum on whether the country wants to stay a part of Britain could take place in late 2018.

Britain rejects EU demand it repay 2 billion euros in custom duties

British customs authorities on Wednesday rejected demands from the EU's anti-fraud office that Britain repay 1.987 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) in lost customs duties for Chinese textile and footwear imports.

Britain tries to Brexit-proof the economy with cautious 2017 budget

The British Treasury announced stronger than expected economic growth Wednesday but vowed to save for a rainy day to help Brexit-proof the country ahead of its departure from the European Union.

Britain should repay 1.987 billion euros says EU anti-fraud office

Britain should repay 1.987 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) in lost customs duties for Chinese textile and footwear imports, to the EU budget, the EU anti-fraud office (OLAF) said Wednesday.

EU conducts anti-trust probe against paper companies

The European Union is investigating packaging paper manufacturers Mondi and BillerudKorsnas as part of an anti-trust probe, both companies confirmed Wednesday.

Police charge man with racism, threats against Brexit campaigner

Police have charged a 50-year-old man over online racism and threats against Gina Miller, who led a successful legal fight to force the Conservative government to consult parliament before triggering Brexit negotiations.

May suffers second blow to passage of bill on triggering Brexit

The British parliament's upper house backed an amendment to Prime Minister Theresa May's bill to trigger formal Brexit talks, insisting on votes in both houses of parliament before an agreement is finalized with the European Union.

George Michael died of natural causes, coroner finds

A post mortem has concluded that British popstar George Michael died of natural causes linked to heart and liver problems, a coroner said on Tuesday.

May braced for Lords to demand parliamentary veto on EU Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for another blow to her Brexit timetable Tuesday, as parliament’s upper house may make further changes to the legislation required to launch EU departure negotiations.

Sinn Fein attacks British, Irish governments amid power-sharing push

The British and Irish governments have come up short in their efforts to broker power-sharing in Northern Ireland, argued republican party Sinn Fein on Monday, calling into question their ability to forge a new devolved government after elections last week.

British-based trio share Denmark's 1-million-dollar Brain Prize

Three British-based researchers Monday shared a Danish science prize for explaining brain mechanisms that link learning with reward.

Britain pushes power-sharing talks after Northern Ireland election

The British government was set to begin talks aimed at resolving Northern Ireland's power-sharing impasse on Monday, following last week's elections to the regional assembly.

Tony Blair calls report of a possible Trump role 'invention'

Tony Blair has dismissed a report that US President Donald Trump is considering the former British prime minister for the role of Middle East envoy as "an invention."

Lords say Britain can leave EU without paying 'divorce bill'

Britain can walk away from the European Union without paying a 60-billion-euro (64-billion-dollar) "divorce bill" that is reportedly being demanded by Brussels, a House of Lords committee advised.

PM May, Scottish nationalists trade blows over Brexit, independence

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday accused the Scottish National Party of having an "obsession with independence" that had diverted its attention from its responsibilities in governing Scotland.

Northern Ireland votes, but power-sharing crisis expected to continue

Northern Ireland voted in elections to its devolved assembly on Thursday, but the result was not expected to change the political balance significantly or help resolve a power-sharing impasse.

Scientists discover world's oldest fossils in earliest sign of life

Fossils dating to at least 3.77 billion years ago have been found in Canadian rock, providing the earliest evidence yet of life on Earth, scientists said Wednesday.

Britain's upper house amends May's Brexit bill to protect EU citizens

The British parliament's upper house backed an amendment to Prime Minister Theresa May's bill to trigger formal Brexit talks late Wednesday, insisting that the government must protect the rights of 3 million EU citizens residing in Britain.

Hong Kong firm buys London's 1.1-billion-pound 'Cheesegrater' tower

A Hong Kong-based firm on Wednesday exchanged contracts to buy central London's iconic "Cheesegrater" office tower for 1.135 billion pounds (1.4 billion dollars).

Deutsche Boerse chief says LSE merger unlikely

Deutsche Boerse chief Carsten Kengeter said Wednesday that its planned 29-billion-euro (30.1-billion-dollar) merger with the operator of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is unlikely.

Business group urges Britain to delay Brexit if negotiations stall

The British government should push to extend Brexit negotiations if it is unable to agree a deal on leaving the European Union within two years, a business group said on Tuesday.

Migrant group: Britain hits 'new low' by deporting grandmother

Britain has hit a "new low" by deporting a grandmother from north-eastern England to Singapore, a migrants' rights group said on Monday.

Frankfurt, London exchange operators' stock fall on merger doubts

Shares in the operators of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Deutsche Boerse fell sharply on Monday after the LSE threw fresh doubts on their planned 29-billion-euro (30.1-billion-dollar) merger to forge Europe's biggest exchange.

Francis, first pope to visit Anglicans in Rome, weighs S Sudan trip

Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church to visit the Anglican community in Rome on Sunday, where he said he was considering a trip to famine-struck South Sudan.

London screens Iranian director's film amid Oscars boycott

Thousands of people watched a free screeening of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film "The Salesman" in London on Sunday to coincide with the Oscars.

Five injured as car hits pedestrians in south-east London

A man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink-driving on Sunday after five people were injured by a car he was driving in south-east London, police said.

Britain faces highest terrorism threat since 1970s, official says

Britain faces its highest threat of terrorism since the 1970s, when the Irish Republican Army planned a series of bomb attacks, a legal official said on Sunday.

Brexit fears plague locals and expats alike in southern Spain

As Britain's departure from the EU approaches, the anxiety is most palpable on Spain's Costa del Sol, where so many Britons live. What will happen to the economy if the expats one day have to leave?

'Weather bomb' hits transport, cuts power to 56,000 homes in Ireland

At least one person died as Storm Doris brought winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour to large areas of Ireland and Britain on Thursday, disrupting transport links and causing power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.

British suspect arrested in Deutsche Telekom hacking

A 29-year-old British citizen suspected of involvement in a cyberattack that left nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers without services last year has been arrested, German federal police said on Thursday.

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Brexit bill: House of Lords says public can change mind on leaving EU

The British public should be able to change their minds on Brexit - just as Prime Minister Theresa May did, the upper chamber of parliament heard Tuesday during a marathon debate on legislation to kick off EU negotiations.

HSBC reports 62-per-cent fall in annual profit, blames one-off costs

Banking giant HSBC on Tuesday reported a 62-per-cent fall in its annual profit last year, blaming losses incurred from the sale of HSBC Bank Brazil and other one-off costs.

British lawmakers locked in heated debate over Trump's state visit

Allowing US President Donald Trump to visit Britain would be akin to "pimping out the Queen," one British lawmaker said Monday during a heated debate in British parliament over two petitions concerning the US leader's future state visit.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

Boris Johnson: No crises in Ukraine, Syria with Trump in charge

The crises in Ukraine and Syria wouldn't have happened had Donald Trump been US president at the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday.

Blair urges Britons to rise up and reverse Brexit

Britain's departure from the European Union is not inevitable, former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday, calling for the creation of a cross-party movement to persuade the public they can change their minds on Brexit.

Blair to call on Britons to rethink Brexit

Former British prime minister Tony Blair is set to challenge the government on Friday on its commitment to leave the European Union.

Gay rights activists protest Church of England 'homophobia'

Gay rights campaigners gathered outside the Church of England synod in London on Wednesday to protest a report which "defends heterosexual superiority."

Britain pledges support for new Gambian government, Commonwealth bid

Britain on Tuesday affirmed its support for Gambia's fledgling government and its bid to rejoin the Commonwealth, weeks after a post-election crisis forced the newly elected president to be sworn into office in another country.

British government rejects call to ban Trump from meeting the Queen

The British government rejected a petition Tuesday which argued that receiving the new president as a guest would embarrass the Queen.

British defence ministry denies NATO spending target shortfall

Britain's defence ministry has denied reports from a think tank that the country failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016.

Report: Britain's NATO spending dipped below 2 per cent in 2016

Britain failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016, according to a think tank report released on Tuesday.

'La La Land' takes five BAFTAs, including best film, director

US musical "La La Land" won big at the BAFTAs, taking home the award for best film, as well as four other prizes.

Britons fear rise in cost of fish and chips due to Iceland strike

Britain's national dish could be about to take a hit, all because of little Iceland.

British director Danny Boyle: Brexit will result in end of UK

Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle believes that Britain's exit from the European Union will lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom and that if they could vote again his compatriots would reject Brexit.

Britain jails five men for encouraging support for Islamic State

A British court sentenced five men to up to six and a half years in prison on Friday for rallying support for Islamic State, including encouragement to travel to Syria to fight with the group.

Amnesty: Only 1 unaccompanied child refugee resettled in N Ireland

The British government "should be ashamed" that only one unaccompanied child refugee came to Northern Ireland as part of a scheme that has since been scrapped, Amnesty International said Friday.

Financial Times: Rupert Murdoch attended Times/Bild Trump interview

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch attended a joint media interview with US President Donald Trump last month, despite photographs and video of the event showing only Trump and the two interviewers, the Financial Times (FT) reported Thursday.

Backlash after British government caps child refugee scheme

The British government faced a backlash on Thursday after deciding to put a cap of 350 on a child refugee scheme.

British parliament's upper house urged not to block Brexit bill

The British government has urged parliament's upper house not to block its bill on starting Brexit negotiations, amid warnings that trying to delay the bill could cause a "constitutional crisis."

Boris Johnson gives up US citizenship after "outrageous" tax bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his US citizenship, according to a US Treasury document published on Thursday, two years after he settled an "outrageous" tax demand that he had earlier refused to pay.

British Muslim women seeking to end marriage turn to sharia councils

Many in Britain condemn sharia councils as parallel courts, although few understand how they really work. In addition to providing advice on living Islamically, they play a crucial role in helping women obtain a religious divorce.

May gets lawmakers' backing to start Brexit negotiations

British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to trigger formal talks on Britain leaving the European Union by a large majority on Wednesday.

Are we there yet? The next steps on the road to Brexit

In June last year, Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.

Germany, Britain conduct raids against supporters of Syrian militia

German and British authorities carried out raids on Wednesday against supporters of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Fatah al-Sham, according to the federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe.

Scottish Parliament stages protest vote against Brexit launch bill

Scotland's parliament voted by 90 to 34 against the Brexit trigger bill on Tuesday afternoon in reaction to their exclusion from the debate taking place in British parliament.

Bereaved British mother: daughter's death has no place on Trump list

A bereaved British mother on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of falsely claiming her daughter was killed by a terrorist, after Trump listed the murder as one of 78 "under-reported" terrorist attacks worldwide.

Speaker opposes Trump speech in British parliament

The speaker of the British parliament's lower house, who chairs debates and hosts guests, on Monday said he opposes any speech in parliament by US President Donald Trump.

May anxious to avoid Brexit bill delay as Commons debates amendments

British lawmakers kicked off another three days of wrangling over Prime Minister Theresa May’s bill to launch Brexit negotiations, amid government concerns that amendments to the bill could slow it down or even scupper it completely.

Netanyahu discusses Iranian 'provocation' with Britain's May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with his British counterpart Theresa May about Iranian "provocation," saying that he wanted to discuss "how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered."

Tens of thousands march in London against May-Trump 'collusion'

Tens of thousands of protestors marched in London on Saturday against what demonstrators criticized as the "collusion" between British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump.

Court blocks new Brexit legal challenge on European Economic Area

A British court blocked a new legal challenge to Brexit on Friday, ruling out a review of Prime Minister Theresa May's right to remove Britain from the European Economic Area (EEA).

May to stress Trump's NATO commitment, push spending at EU talks

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to brief EU leaders on her meeting last week with US President Donald Trump, who gave her a "guarantee that he was 100 per cent supportive of NATO," British officials said on Thursday.

May publishes plan to leave EU single market, customs union

The British government on Thursday published Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy for withdrawing from the European Union, committing her to leaving the EU single market and customs union.

Anti-Semitic incidents jump 36 per cent in Britain, group says

Recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose 36 per cent last year, fuelled by factors including the Brexit referendum, a Jewish support group said on Thursday.

British lawmakers give May green light for Brexit talks

Lawmakers backed Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to trigger formal talks on Britain leaving the European Union on Wednesday, voting for her Brexit bill by a large majority. 

Report: Post-Thatcher generation of Britons even more right-wing

Britons became more right-wing under Tony Blair, bucking the expected trend that younger generations are more liberal than their parents.

British parliament to debate petition opposing Trump state visit

Britain's parliament will hold a debate in three weeks' time on a public petition signed by more than 1.7 million people opposing a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump.

May, Kenny vow to protect Northern Ireland's open border after Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Monday vowed to protect economic links and avoid the return of a "hard" border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Britain defends Trump state visit as 1.5 million sign petition

The British government defended its decision to invite US President Donald Trump for a state visit, as support for a petition to stop the trip soared to more than 1.5 million signatures by late Monday.

British lawmakers launch "fake news" probe after US election, Brexit

British lawmakers launched an inquiry into "fake news" on Monday after suggestions that it played a role in the US presidential election and campaigning before Britain's Brexit referendum last year.

Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish leaders to demand greater Brexit role

Leaders of devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to demand a greater role in Brexit negotiations during a joint meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

May stands ground on Trump visit as petition surpasses 1 million

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that US President Donald Trump would visit Britain as planned despite a petition with more than one million signatures calling for the cancellation of his future state visit.

Thousands sign petition to cancel Trump's state visit to Britain

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition on a British government website calling for US President Donald Trump to be barred from visiting Britain.

Turkey and Britain sign fighter jet deal during May visit

Turkey and Britain reached a deal worth 100 million pounds (125 million dollars) to build fighter jets together, during a visit by Prime Minister Theresa May which was focused on boosting trade links.

British prime minister meets Turkey's Erdogan; trade in focus

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Turkey on Saturday and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with trade a key point on the agenda as Britain moves towards an exit from the European Union.

Britain's May says Trump shares '100-per-cent' backing for NATO

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May made cooperation on security and their "unshakable" commitment to NATO top agenda items in their first face-to-face meeting at the White House.

Inquiry asks how Brexit will work in Scotland, N.Ireland and Wales

An inquiry into how Britain’s European Union departure will affect Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was launched on Friday.

Britain, US could 'lead together' again, May says

The United States and Britain have the responsibility to renew their "special relationship" for a new era and could "lead together" again, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

Boris Johnson: Need to "think afresh" policy that al-Assad must go

Britain must be prepared to "think afresh" its demand that President Bashar al-Assad must go in order for the civil war in Syria to end, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

May under pressure to take on Trump over waterboarding comments

British Prime Minister Theresa May is coming under pressure to take Donald Trump to task in her first meeting with the US president over comments he made in support of torture.