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Boris Johnson Gives Most Specific Estimate Yet of Brexit Timeline

Early 2017, he estimates

(Newser) - Britain's exit talks with the European Union will likely start in early 2017 and could take less than the allotted two years, Britain's foreign secretary said Thursday. His comments came after the president of the European Parliament urged Britain to make an early start on the talks, saying... 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 »

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 »

After Brexit Vote, UK PM Announces Resignation

Trump says vote to leave EU is 'a great thing'

(Newser) - Britain is leaving the European Union, and David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street. The prime minister told reporters Friday morning that after the Leave victory in the Brexit vote, he is not the "captain" to steer the country through exit negotiations with the EU, the AP reports. Cameron—... More »

London Mayor: 'Part-Kenyan' Obama Should Butt Out

US being 'hypocritical' about EU stance, says Boris Johnson

(Newser) - President Obama has a "Dear Friends" op-ed in the Telegraph Friday in which he makes his case that Britain should remain in the European Union. After stressing the long-held ties between the US and the UK—"the tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries... More »

London Mayor Hit With Huge US Tax Bill

New York-born mayor agrees to pay up before US visit

(Newser) - Many Londoners might not know their mayor has an American passport as well as a British one—but Uncle Sam is certainly aware of it. Boris Johnson was born in New York, and as an American citizen, he's liable to pay American taxes, which he has reluctantly agreed to... More »

London Mayor Compares George Clooney to Hitler

Clooney has Boris Johnson in a huff over Elgin Marbles

(Newser) - Let's just say George Clooney is on London Mayor Boris Johnson's bad side. Clooney's latest film, Monuments Men, deals with artwork that was looted by the Nazis and later returned to the rightful owners—and while promoting the movie, Clooney was asked about the Elgin Marbles, friezes,... More »

Congressmen Should Try Acting Like Mayors

Margaret Carlson argues that having to get things done dampens ideology

(Newser) - Americans are understandably fed up with their leaders right now, but Margaret Carlson at Bloomberg thinks there's "still a class of politician that deserves our admiration: the country’s mayors, who actually run services as opposed to running their mouths." Carlson attended a confab of these mayors... More »

Russia Not Buying Syria Strike Evidence

Congress 'split 5 ways' on military action

(Newser) - Russia has seen some of the evidence that the US has gathered on Syria's chemical weapons strike—and calls it "absolutely unconvincing," the AP reports. The country's foreign minister says the evidence is "not specific"—it has "no geographic coordinates, no names, no... More »

Protesters, Cops Tangle as London Seethes Over Attack

Officials caution against anti-Islam response

(Newser) - Yesterday's brutal killing of a soldier in southeast London prompted a local backlash, with some 100 men hurling bottles at police as they railed against Muslims. The protesters, carrying English flags, were supporters of an organization known as the English Defense League, the Guardian reports. "Our next generation... More »

London's Mayor Gets Stuck on Zip Line

Boris Johnson laughs it off

(Newser) - Most of the Olympic highlight reels today include footage not of an athlete but of London Mayor Boris Johnson. The good mayor took a zip-line ride in part to celebrate his nation's first gold medal —and promptly got stuck while waving his little Union Jacks, reports the Guardian... More »

London Mayor Bashes Romney

Olympic comments offend allies across the pond

(Newser) - Britain isn't getting over Mitt Romney's comments questioning its handling of the 2012 Olympics. London Mayor Boris Johnson, for instance, mocked the presidential candidate in front of a 60,000-strong rally today, the Huffington Post reports. "There are some people who are coming from around the world... More »

Buses Carrying Olympians Get Lost in ... London

Bus with US athletes took 4 hours to cover 24 miles

(Newser) - At least three busloads of Olympic athletes arriving in London yesterday received an extended tour of the metropolis courtesy of hopelessly lost bus drivers. "Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please," tweeted American 400-meter hurdler Kerron Clement. "We’... More »

London Mayor Bans 'Gay Cure' Bus Ads

We're 'intolerant of intolerance,' says Boris Johnson

(Newser) - London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped in to stop the city's buses from carrying ads suggesting that homosexuality can be "cured." The ads—mimicking a "Some people are gay. Get over it!" campaign from the Stonewall gay rights group—read: "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay... More »

London Plans 'Rival Eiffel' for Olympics

Boris Johnson unveils plans for 400-foot 'Hubble Bubble'

(Newser) - London is building a tower for the 2012 Olympics that officials hope will become as iconic as the one Gustave Eiffel built for the 1889 World's Fair. The 400-foot-tall structure of coiled metal, designed by artist Anish Kapoor, will tower over the Olympic site in East London. The spiral "... More »

London Mayor Rescues Woman From Tweens

Big Boris rides by at the right time

(Newser) - London Mayor Boris Johnson came to the rescue of a woman beset by a group of “feral” 12-year-old girls. “One of them had an iron bar in her hand,” the woman recalls to the Guardian . “It was as big as her.” Just then, the wild-haired... More »

Commuters Down the Tube as Strike Hits London

Underground out of service, but strikers have little support

(Newser) - London commuters faced a trial to get to work today as a subway strike pushed millions onto buses, bikes, and boats. The 48-hour strike began last night after talks broke down with one of the Tube's unions over disciplinary measures against two train drivers. Some lines are running irregularly, however,... More »

London Subway Workers Set to Strike Tomorrow

(Newser) - After failing to reach an agreement with management, London Underground workers will go on a two-day strike starting tomorrow evening, Reuters reports. The dispute over worker safety could affect millions of commuters and tourists. London transportation authorities say they will add extra buses and ferries to accommodate the disruption. More »

London City Hall Will Fly US Flag Tomorrow

Mayor tips hat to Obama inauguration with Old Glory

(Newser) - Tomorrow morning, while Washington sleeps, the mayor of London will celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama by hoisting the American flag at city hall. Boris Johnson, a Conservative born in New York who publicly supported Obama during the campaign, will raise the flag himself, reports the Guardian. A rep... More »

Sorry, Pops, Lily Allen Ain't My Mouthpiece

Mockney posturing does not make her an expert on gang violence

(Newser) - British pop singer Lily Allen can carry a cute tune, but "spokesperson for her generation"? Puh-leeze, Emily Hill writes in Spiked. Allen's first album, Alright, Still, "soundtracked a summer," inspiring middle-aged music hacks to praise her and London Mayor Boris Johnson to ask for her insight... More »

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