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A Hard Brexit Is Confirmed

UK will remain open to global trade: Theresa May

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear : the UK will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500 million people. In her most direct remarks since the June 23 vote, May says Britain must regain control of its laws and... More »

Boris Johnson Flies to US for Talks With Trump Team

PM calls Trump remarks 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump," Boris Johnson once said —but that was 13 months ago, before he became Britain's top diplomat and Trump became president-elect. Johnson was in New York... More »

27-Year-Old Telegram Holds Tiananmen Secret

UK received advance indication China was planning to massacre students

(Newser) - British officials knew in advance that the Chinese government was likely preparing to kill student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989—and their intelligence didn’t come at the last minute. Indeed, a telegram sent to Margaret Thatcher's administration from Britain's ambassador to China on May 20, 1989—... More »

For $80 a Night, Bibliophiles Can Sleep at This Library

With all the Gladstone Library's 250K books

(Newser) - Book lovers rejoice: There exists in this world a library that welcomes visitors hoping to stay the night. Gladstone's Library , located about 200 miles northwest of London in the quaint village of Hawarden in Wales, is named after former British Prime Minister William Gladstone, who was himself a bibliophile... More »

UK Woman: 'Cup of Tea' Invite Led to 13 Years as Sex Slave

Author writes in memoir she had 4 kids while in captivity

(Newser) - "Victims of slavery can be British," the BBC asserts, reporting on the story of a woman who says she was held captive for 13 years by a taxi driver she met as a teen. The tale is laid out in the memoir Secret Slave, penned by an author... More »

Mom of Triplets Dies After Babies Go Home for Christmas

Poppie, Mollie, and Evelyn Park were born several weeks before their due date

(Newser) - A UK mother who made the news for having extremely premature triplet girls who all survived has herself died unexpectedly. Rachel Park, who died at age 39 just days after taking her 9-month-old babies home from the hospital for Christmas, became pregnant after six years of trying with her husband,... More »

After Husband Saves Dog, Wife Has to Save Them Both

Everybody gets rescued

(Newser) - Rescue authorities in England have a message for the public: If your dog falls into dangerous waters, don't try to save it yourself. The reminder came after a man came very close to death trying to save his mother-in-law's dog from a fast-flowing river Monday, the Times of... More »

Fashion Shoot Goes On for Hours Despite Dead Man

Models, photographers found dead man in warehouse but kept on working

(Newser) - A group of young Brits who broke into a Manchester warehouse over the summer to do a fashion shoot are now being decried not for the break-in, but for the dead body they worked around, the London Times and Manchester Evening News report. A Manchester coroner's court heard the... More »

Woman's Fridge Hack Is a Big Hit

It now dispenses wine instead of water

(Newser) - A British woman's hack has given an all-new meaning to the term "wine fridge." Clair Potts of Manchester tells the Telegraph that she and her boyfriend had just bought a fridge with a built-in water dispenser for their new home when she noticed the fridge also came... More »

Days May Be Numbered for UK's Beloved Fish and Chips

Squid are moving in as waters warm up

(Newser) - Britain's beloved national dish of fish and chips may have to be updated for changing times—along with the saying "plenty of fish in the sea." Researchers say that cold-water fish like cod and haddock traditionally used in the dish are vanishing from British waters as the... More »

UK Restores Order After Worst Prison Riot in 26 Years

600 inmates took over Birmingham prison

(Newser) - Security officers have restored order at a prison in the central English city of Birmingham one day after an estimated 600 inmates seized control and launched a destructive rampage. Authorities called Friday's 13-hour takeover of HMP Birmingham the worst prison uprising since the 1990 riot in Strangeways in Manchester,... More »

On Parliament Floor, Scottish MP Recounts Her Rape

'I am not a victim; I am a survivor,' says Michelle Thomson

(Newser) - Two women shared extremely personal stories of rape in the UK House of Commons on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Thursday. Their stories left fellow MPs in tears, but it was Scottish MP Michelle Thomson, who represents Edinburgh West, whose words are being... More »

Escape After 30 Years as an 'Unperson'

'New Yorker' tells horrifying story of 'Rosie,' who grew up in dad's South London cult

(Newser) - In 2013, a 30-year-old woman named Rosie escaped from a life of captivity—and her story, as told by Simon Parkin in the New Yorker , is a terrifying one of human imprisonment, beatings, and mind games. She grew up shuttled from one rundown South London home to another, always with... More »

Country Sues Supermarket With Same Name

It's Iceland versus Iceland

(Newser) - It's Iceland vs. Iceland. The island nation of Iceland says is taking legal action against British frozen-food chain Iceland over the right to use their shared name. Iceland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has challenged Iceland Foods at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. It says it... More »

Neo-Nazi Hears Fate for 'Brutal' Killing of UK Lawmaker

White supremacist Thomas Mair murdered Jo Cox

(Newser) - A white supremacist who shot and stabbed a pro-European UK lawmaker while shouting "Britain first" was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a crime prosecutors called an act of far-right terrorism. Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court deliberated for less than two hours before unanimously finding 53-year-old... More »

Dying Teen Wins Right to Have Body Frozen

'I don't want to be buried underground,' she told judge before death

(Newser) - "I'm only 14 years old and I don't want to die, but I know I am going to," a girl dying of cancer wrote to a judge in Britain, asking to be allowed to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope of being "cured... More »

Women Swear More Than Men —and That's F---ing Great

It's a sign of equality, say researchers

(Newser) - Men will now have the perfect response the next time someone tells them to watch their language around ladies. A new study finds women—British women, at least—are more likely to utter the F-bomb than men. Surprised? Researchers aren't. As part of a larger study of the English... More »

This Medieval Well May Be Both Blessed and Cursed

Archaeologists think they've found St. Anne's Well near Liverpool

(Newser) - In medieval times, pilgrims flocked to England in quest of St. Anne's Well, which was said to cure ailments and wash away sins. Archaeologists now say they've rediscovered that large sandstone well on a private farm near Liverpool using only a 1983 photo and a description, reports the... More »

Italian Prince Dies in Horrific Cycling Accident

He was pinned beneath a truck in London

(Newser) - An Italian prince has died in a tragic accident on the streets of London. Filippo Corsini, 21 and "the heir to one of Florence's oldest and most illustrious families," per the Guardian , was cycling in the city around 12:30pm Monday when he was hit by a... More »

Waiter Learns the Hard Way to Be Careful Around Ancient Art

Venus statue at London's British Museum had thumb knocked right off by catering server

(Newser) - A waiter who was all thumbs cost a priceless Roman sculpture one of its own. The BBC reports on the incident at London's British Museum, which the Art Newspaper says took place in December, in which the unfortunate unnamed server from an outside catering vendor was setting up for... More »

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