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Scotland to make formal request to hold second independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to send a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to request permission for a second referendum for Scottish independence, local media reported.

British government sets out Brexit plan to 'end EU supremacy'

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government set out its plans on Thursday for a "Great Repeal Bill" to incorporate EU law into British law and "end the supremacy of EU lawmakers" after Britain leaves the European Union.

Five dead after helicopter crashes in north Wales

Police and rescue services recovered five bodies from a crashed helicopter on Thursday after the private aircraft disappeared over north Wales en route from the English city of Luton to Dublin, the Irish capital.

May's letter vows to keep "deep and special" EU ties after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May promised Britain's cooperation in upholding Europe's post-Brexit prosperity in her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

Britain confident of deal as May set to trigger Brexit negotiations

Britain is confident of reaching a Brexit agreement, said the government Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May laid the final groundwork for launching the formal, two-year process of negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union.

Scottish parliament back Sturgeon's plan for second independence vote

Scotland's devolved parliament voted in favour of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plan to consult the British government on holding a second independence referendum on Tuesday.

Sturgeon frustrated by talks with May as Scotland eyes referendum

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May were unable to find common ground during a meeting in Scotland on Monday, just a day before the Scottish parliament was set to sanction another independence referendum.

More than 30 injured in apparent gas explosion near Liverpool

At least 34 people have been injured, two seriously, in the collapse of several buildings in what is believed to have been a gas explosion near Liverpool in England's north-west, rescue services said Sunday.

UKIP's only lawmaker in the British parliament quits party

The UK Independence Party's only lawmaker in the British parliament announced Saturday he was quitting the party to sit as an independent.

British police arrest 2 more following London terrorist attack

Two more people have been arrested in connection with a terrorist attack in central London this week that left five dead, police said.

More lone attacks using vehicles likely in Britain, experts warn

Despite the deployment of extra armed police on Britain's streets following Wednesday's vehicle attack on pedestrians and knife attack on police, analysts say more such attacks should be expected.

Police name British-born Khalid Masood as London attacker

British-born Khalid Masood, 52, is the man authorities believe carried out terrorist attack in London, the Metropolitan Police said Thursday.

Host of EU summit Rome tightens security after London attack

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with intelligence and anti-terrorism officials Thursday to assess threat levels after the London attack and ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

British police say 7 arrested after London terrorist attack

Seven people have been arrested and six addresses raided in connection with the deadly car-and-knife rampage outside the British parliament, police said Thursday.

Terrorism expert on London: Everything points to an Islamist attack

Terrorism expert Peter Neumann's research at King's College in London focuses on how potential attackers become radicalized. He believes the London incident may be an Islamist attack.

London attack: What we know and don't know so far

An attacker, believed to have been "inspired by international terrorism," deliberately drove a car into pedestrians on central London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon before stabbing a police officer to death outside the British parliament.

Five dead, 40 injured in terrorist attack near British parliament

The death toll has risen to five, with about 40 injured, after an attacker drove a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before running through an adjacent gate to the British parliament and stabbing a police officer.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wikileaks to pass on CIA hacking secrets to tech companies

Wikileaks plans to hand over details of hacking secrets used by the CIA to tech companies, founder Julian Assange announced in a live-streamed press conference Thursday.

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 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.

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.

Ibrahimovic to serve three-match ban after admitting violent conduct

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss three matches after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Unionists take slim lead in Northern Ireland elections, lose majority

The pro-British Democratic Unionist's Party (DUP) has narrowly won the most seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly, edging ahead of Republican Party Sinn Fein by just one seat.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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."

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.

Amnesty: EU-Turkey refugee deal a disaster, must not be repeated

Amnesty International issued a plea to world leaders on Tuesday not to use the "disastrous" EU-Turkey refugee deal as a blueprint for similar schemes in Libya, Sudan and Niger.

'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.

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.

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.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

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.

Amnesty: Syrian government jail secretly hanged up to 13,000 people

A military jail authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government has overseen a "monstrous campaign" of secret atrocities, including the hanging of up to 13,000 people in five years, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

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.

Fitch cuts Turkey's credit rating to junk

Ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut Turkey's credit rating to junk, citing political and security developments that had "undermined economic performance and institutional independence."

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.

Northern Ireland Assembly dissolved before snap election

The Northern Irish Assembly was officially dissolved on Thursday to make way for a snap election aimed at preventing the collapse of power-sharing in the devolved government.

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.