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Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be the new boundary, but Britain won't have it

(Newser) - Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border between Ireland and the UK. The Times of London reports that Ireland wants... 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 »

Geologists Find Evidence of a Real Brexit

Britain cut off from Europe 150K years ago: study

(Newser) - "Without this dramatic breaching Britain would still be a part of Europe," says Sanjeev Gupta—and no, he's not talking about Brexit. In what he dubs "Brexit 1.0—the Brexit nobody voted for," the Imperial College London researcher reveals two massive floods were responsible... More »

Spain 'Surprised' by British Talk of War

Gibraltar debate is getting heated

(Newser) - The triggering of Brexit was expected to lead to some robust exchanges between Britain and other EU members—but not many people expected open talk of war within days. The BBC reports that on Sunday, former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard warned that if it has to, Britain will defend... 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 »

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 »

They Want California to Secede, Opened Moscow 'Embassy'

Group would love to see 'an independent California joining the United Nations'

(Newser) - After Brexit , could "Calexit" be next? Leaders of a movement to turn California into an independent country hope so, and have now opened their own "embassy"—in Moscow. "Yes California" backers staked a claim in the Russian capital last weekend as part of a what they... 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 »

UK Needs Re-Do of Brexit Vote: Tony Blair

Former UK prime minister wants a chance to reverse vote to leave EU

(Newser) - Britons may have acted a little hastily in voting for the Brexit, says Tony Blair, and they should get another crack at it. "The bizarre thing about this referendum is that we took a decision but we still don't know the precise terms," the former prime minister... More »

Britain Cuts Rates to Lowest Since 1694

That's when the Bank of England was established

(Newser) - In an attempt to shore up a post- Brexit economy, the Bank of England did something Thursday it hasn't done since 2009: cut interest rates. The rates went from 0.5% to 0.25%, the lowest they've been since the bank's beginnings in 1694, the Atlantic reports.... More »

Monster $32B Tech Deal Came Together in 2 Weeks

Sprint parent SoftBank bid for ARM Holdings is its latest move into 'Internet of Things'

(Newser) - SoftBank, owner of Sprint, wants to make further inroads into the "Internet of Things," and it hopes the $32 billion acquisition it just made will help it achieve that end. Per the AP , the Japanese tech company has purchased Britain's ARM Holdings , a firm that designs the... More »

Brexit Cost Serena Williams Almost $400K

Low British pound affects Wimbledon prize

(Newser) - Serena Williams may be celebrating her 22nd Grand Slam title win at Wimbledon on Saturday, but she's probably cursing Brexit. Had last month's Brexit vote not sent the British pound into a nose dive, Williams' £2 million prize money would have been worth close to $3 million,... 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 »

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 »

At EU-UK Powwow: Frayed Tempers, Insults

Brexit leader Nigel Farage tells MEPs they've never had real jobs

(Newser) - Britain needs to negotiate an exit deal with the European Union and it is not going to be the result of cozy backroom deals, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned at a special session of the European Parliament on Tuesday. "We cannot allow a long period of uncertainty. There... More »

The EU Could Lose English, Too

And more Brexit side effects

(Newser) - The UK is set to exit the EU, and the English language may join it. Politico has this steadfast quote from Danuta Hübner, the head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee: "If we don’t have the UK, we don’t have English." Hübner... 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 »

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