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Pippa Middleton Engaged

To hedge fund manager James Matthews

(Newser) - The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year, the AP reports. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to... More »

Britain's New Top Diplomat Has Offended a Lot of People

Critics stunned by Boris Johnson's new job

(Newser) - Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the people of Papua New Guinea, and many others around the world have something in common: They've all been insulted at one point or another by Boris Johnson, Britain's new top diplomat. The colorful former mayor of London and prominent Brexit supporter... More »

Meet Britain's New Prime Minister

David Cameron is out, Theresa May is in

(Newser) - It's official: Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister, CNN reports. After David Cameron officially tendered his resignation Wednesday, May bowed down before Queen Elizabeth II and accepted the monarch's invite to form a new government, becoming the only woman other than Margaret Thatcher to hold the... More »

Rival's Interview Helps Settle Britain's Election

Theresa May will become prime minister this week

(Newser) - Last week, we learned that Britain's next prime minister would be a woman , and on Monday we learned which woman that will be: Theresa May. The nation's home secretary secured the position when her only opponent, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race to lead the ruling Conservative... More »

The UK Will Have Its First Female PM Since Thatcher

Last male candidate voted out of the running

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher was the first, but she'll no longer be the only female prime minister the UK has ever had. Michael Gove has been eliminated from the ballot to become the next Conservative Party leader, leaving Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom as the final two candidates. The winner will... More »

Sweeping British Report: Iraq War an Epic Blunder

Government review is a devastating critique of Tony Blair

(Newser) - A sweeping, seven-year investigation by Britain into its decision to join the US in the Iraq War is out, and "scathing" is beginning to sound like an understatement. The report by Sir John Chilcot faults every aspect of the decision by Tony Blair's government, reports the Telegraph . "... More »

Man Forced to Alert Cops Before Sex Plans Hunger Strike

'I cannot and will not live like this'

(Newser) - Think it's ridiculous for someone to face five years in prison for not warning police that he's about to have sex? So does a British man who plans to protest with a hunger strike. The unnamed father of two was cleared of rape but must abide by an... More »

Out of Brexit's Ashes, Could a United Ireland Rise?

Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU, is now thinking 'the unthinkable'

(Newser) - British politics remain mired in Brexit turmoil , but from the ashes of the UK-EU split a most interesting proposition is starting to emerge: That of a united Ireland, reports Reuters . Like Scotland , Northern Ireland voted against leaving the European Union, with 56% in favor of staying. Now, facing the prospect... More »

Texas Man in UK for 18 Years Gets Xenophobic Abuse on Tram

And Juan Jasso was also pro-Brexit

(Newser) - A 38-year-old American Army vet who supported Brexit has lived in England for nearly two decades—but three young men decided earlier this week to taunt him with racist, anti-immigration comments in a confrontation that's since gone viral, NBC News reports. Juan Jasso—who's been pegged "Super... More »

British Politics Just Got Even Crazier

Boris Johnson will not run for prime minister after unexpected challenge

(Newser) - In the rowdy world of British politics, it's another day of surprises: The race to succeed the outgoing David Cameron as prime minister took an unexpected turn when former London Mayor Boris Johnson announced he would not be running. Johnson had led the charge for the UK to exit... More »

Petition for 2nd Brexit Vote Was 'Hijacked,' Creator Says

More than 3.7M people have signed push for 2nd vote—but 'Leave' creator is balking

(Newser) - Be careful what you wish for—or at least anticipate you might get it before you create a petition. In May, before the Brexit vote took place, "Leave" advocate William Oliver Healey created a petition through government channels, calling for a second EU referendum if certain conditions weren't... More »

John Oliver Goes on NSFW Rant After Brexit Vote

'There are no f---ing do-overs,' he warns Trump-enamored America

(Newser) - Thursday's Brexit vote is over and done, and John Oliver, who last week tried to give America (and his fellow Brits) an education on why Brexit would be a "huge destabilizing decision," took to Last Week Tonight on Sunday to discuss Britain's defection—and his reaction... More »

The UK Just Flipped the Whole World the Bird

Most reaction is ... strong

(Newser) - In what Annie Lowrey describes for New York as "Britain's middle finger to the world," Brexit is going forward and the UK will be leaving the European Union. And with that vote, "England just screwed us all," writes Felix Salmon for Fusion , lamenting the "... More »

Brexit: Now What Happens? Welcome to 'Article 50'

...and a long, convoluted process

(Newser) - Britain has voted to leave the European Union, but any such split is still years away. Here's a look at what happens next:
  • Thursday's vote isn't legally binding, meaning Britain must still formally notify the EU of its intention to leave. To do so, it would invoke
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You Should Care About Today's Brexit Vote, America

It could affect your mortgage, your retirement—even your vacation

(Newser) - Whether John Oliver likes it or not , the UK's Brexit vote is happening Thursday. Polls close at 5pm Eastern, with results expected Friday morning local time. We've reposted our primer on the vote in case you missed it:
  • Per USA Today , polls show a "virtual dead heat"
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Jo Cox's Accused Killer Linked to US Neo-Nazi Group

Thomas Mair bought manuals about guns and explosives

(Newser) - The man accused of Thursday's shocking murder of a British lawmaker in broad daylight appears to have connections to a white supremacy group in the US. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Thomas Mair, 52, in 1999 spent $620 on how-to manuals about guns and explosives from a... More »

Husband: 'Fight Against the Hatred That Killed' Jo Cox

British lawmaker killed by shooter while meeting with constituents

(Newser) - British lawmaker Jo Cox was killed by an attacker Thursday while preparing to meet with constituents at a local library. She was a 41-year-old Labour MP and mother of two. Here's what you need to know: More »

Brit MP Dies After She's Shot, Stabbed in Street Attack

Jo Cox was assaulted in Leeds

(Newser) - A British Labour MP has died after being shot and stabbed in an apparently targeted attack on Thursday, reports the BBC . Jo Cox—who was airlifted to a Leeds hospital, per the Yorkshire Post —was leaving a drop-in session for constituents at a library in Birstall around 1pm when... More »

Suddenly, Idea of Britain Leaving EU Is Looking Very Real

'Leave' camp is gaining in the polls before Brexit vote

(Newser) - In Britain these days, it's all about "Leave" vs. "Remain." Those are the two choices voters will have in a June 23 referendum on whether the UK should exit the European Union—or Brexit, as it's known in shorthand. Some coverage:
  • Rupert Murdoch's Sun
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This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During... More »

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