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UK Believes Another Attack May Be Imminent

It's raised the threat level to 'critical' for the first time in a decade

(Newser) - Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's threat level from terrorism has been raised to critical—meaning an attack may be imminent, the AP reports. It's the first time the threat level has been at this level in more than 10 years, CNN reports. May says Salman Abadi, the... More »

Banksy Unveils His Latest Mural

This time, he's not happy with Brexit

(Newser) - Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain's decision to leave the European Union: The street artist has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag, per the AP . His representatives... More »

Theresa May Drops Political Bombshell

Calls for surprise early election in June

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May dropped what's seen as a political bombshell Tuesday with a surprise call for an early election in June. The next election had been scheduled for 2020, and May had repeatedly ruled out a snap election before then, but the fallout over Brexit has changed... More »

As Brexit Is Triggered, JK Rowling Has Wistful Tweet

Two-year clock is ticking to reach a deal on UK's exit from European Union

(Newser) - On March 29, 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. That's the schedule, at least, now that Prime Minister Theresa May has notified the EU of the United Kingdom's decision to exit and set in motion a two-year clock to negotiate the details.... More »

2-Year Clock Starts Ticking: Article 50 Triggered Today

UK begins process to leave the EU

(Newser) - The UK is preparing to say adios, au revoir, and auf wiedersehen to the European Union after 44 years of membership. Prime Minister Theresa May signed a letter Tuesday night invoking Article 50, and the EU received it Wednesday, formally triggering two years of negotiations leading up to Britain's... More »

UK Tabloid's Brexit Cover Is Being Ripped as Sexist

2 female leaders met on serious political matters; 'Daily Mail' showed off their legs

(Newser) - A Daily Mail editor looking for a clever phrase to sound like "Brexit" should've perhaps plumbed the rhyming dictionary a bit further. Instead, the UK tabloid's Tuesday front cover settled on "Legs-it!," which sounds somewhat like "sexist," which is how many are now... More »

Britain Identifies 52-Year-Old London Attacker

Theresa May says Khalid Masood was known but 'peripheral' figure to police, intel

(Newser) - Details are still trickling out about Wednesday's terror attack in London , and the BBC and the New York Times report that the attacker was identified Thursday by Metropolitan Police as 52-year Khalid Masood, who had been convicted for a series of non-terrorism-related crimes over a span of at least... More »

7 Arrested After London Attack

PM denounces 'sick and depraved' attack

(Newser) - Police in Britain say they believe the man behind London's deadliest terror attack since 2005 "acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism"—though they've also arrested seven people around the country in connection with the attack. London police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said Thursday that... More »

British PM Describes Trump in One Word

'Gentleman'

(Newser) - When President Trump took British PM Theresa May by the hand during her visit to the White House in January, some suggested it showed he was a leader and she a follower, reports NBC News . But Trump was "actually being a gentleman," says May. In an interview with... More »

March 29 Just Became an Important Date in UK History

Brexit to be officially triggered next week, kicking off 2-year EU withdrawal process

(Newser) - Britain's government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation in a generation, the AP reports. Britain's ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald... More »

Brits Seethe Over Trump Invite, Queen in 'Difficult Position'

Thousands protest proposed state visit

(Newser) - A state visit from President Trump won't just cause uproar in Britain , it will be a royal pain, according to a former senior diplomat. In a letter to the Times of London and an interview with the BBC , former Foreign Office chief Lord Peter Ricketts argues that it was... More »

1.3M Argue Trump's Visit to UK Will Embarrass the Queen

President's travel ban has sparked outrage in Britain

(Newser) - A state visit to Britain by President Trump later this year will go ahead, the prime minister's office said Monday, despite increasing calls for it to be canceled over his temporary ban on residents of seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the US, the AP reports. Furor over the... More »

Trump Holds 1st Presidential Meeting With Foreign Leader

He gave a joint press conference with UK PM Theresa May on Friday

(Newser) - President Trump had his first meeting with a foreign leader since taking office Friday when he held a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Wall Street Journal . The main goal of the meeting was to start setting up a trade deal between the two countries that... More »

Britain's May Has Tricky Task as She Meets Trump

She must forge strong ties with a man disliked in her own country

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the White House Friday for President Trump's first meeting with an international leader. Previews on what to expect:
  • Their personalities could not be more different, she the "stiff headmistress," he the "great salesman," reports the New York Times . But
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The British Government Just Lost a Key Brexit Case

Court decides Parliament has to vote on EU exit

(Newser) - Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March. The ruling forces the government to put a bill before Parliament, giving pro-EU... More »

Heads Up, Florida: Report Alleges Misfire of British Missile

Theresa May under fire for reported cover-up

(Newser) - The US apparently has to worry not only about enemies abroad, but old allies as well. The Times of London reports that a British nuclear submarine test-fired a missile off the Florida coast last June that malfunctioned and "may have veered" toward the American mainland. Two good things prevented... More »

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 »

Markets Fret, Trump Applauds as UK Signals 'Hard Brexit'

Trump says Britain 'so smart' to leave EU

(Newser) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May plans to make a big speech on Brexit on Tuesday and the country's currency is taking a beating amid signs she will set out plans for a "hard Brexit"—meaning a clean break from the European Union's single market. British... More »

Explaining UK's 'Trousergate': Drama Over $1265 Pants

Theresa May criticized by some, supported by others

(Newser) - Theresa May's choice of pants has turned into quite a big deal in the UK. The British prime minister was photographed for a November interview with the Sunday Times while wearing $1,265 brown leather pants from UK designer Amanda Wakeley, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Conservative Party... More »

Huge Ruling: Prime Minister Can't Trigger the Brexit

High court rules parliamentary approval is needed

(Newser) - As Britain's lord chief justice puts it, "the most fundamental rule of the UK constitution is that parliament is sovereign." The Guardian's translation: It's a "setback" for Prime Minister Theresa May. The country's high court on Thursday ruled that only parliament has the... More »

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