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2 Votes Hand Boris Johnson Good News and Bad News

Brexit is closer, but almost certainly won't happen by Oct. 31

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the European Union—but effectively guarantees it won't happen on the scheduled date of Oct. 31. The good news for... More »

Boris Follows Parliament's Orders. And Breaks Them.

Britain's prime minister asks, and doesn't ask, for a Brexit extension

(Newser) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal, the AP reports. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the UK's exit, scheduled for Oct.... More »

Boris After Brexit Vote: 'Opportunity' Has Been Lost

British parliament votes to delay the PM's deal

(Newser) - British parliament faced a dramatic Brexit vote Saturday and chose, by a slim margin, to seek further delay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU appeared "tantalizingly close" to passing when a delay amendment brought by an ousted member of his Conservative Party passed by 322... More »

Johnson Scores One Brexit Win, but Clock Is Ticking

UK strikes deal with EU, but prime minister now must quickly sell it to his own parliament

(Newser) - Britain and the European Union finally reached a new tentative Brexit deal on Thursday, hoping to escape the acrimony, divisions, and frustration of their three-year divorce battle. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now faces the Herculean task of selling the accord to his recalcitrant parliament—including his allies in Northern... More »

Trump on UK Crash: Wrong-Way Driving 'Happens'

Notes suggest Anne Sacoolas will not return to UK

(Newser) - Anne Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of a US diplomat who fled the UK after a fatal Aug. 27 crash in which she claims diplomatic immunity, has no plans to return, according to notes provided to President Trump. A Washington Post photographer got a look at briefing notes given to Trump... More »

Parents of Brit Killed in Crash on Quest That Could Lead to Trump

Harry Dunn's parents want Anne Sacoolas' immunity waived

(Newser) - It's still unclear exactly where Anne Sacoolas is right now. The same can't be said for Harry Dunn's parents, who have been putting themselves in front of cameras and journalists as part of their quest to have the 42-year-old American held accountable for allegedly killing their 19-year-old... More »

Boris Johnson's Ties to US Businesswoman Under Fire

Tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri won't talk about their personal relationship

(Newser) - The British press remains very much interested in a recent Boris Johnson controversy , but this one has nothing to do with Brexit. Instead, it involves an American tech entrepreneur named Jennifer Arcuri, reports Reuters . The British prime minister is under fire for not disclosing his personal relationship with Arcuri when... More »

From Boris: a Final Brexit Offer, a Line on Kangaroo Testicles

PM gives conference speech to Conservative Party members

(Newser) - The UK will offer the EU a proposed Brexit deal on Wednesday that represents a compromise for both sides, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech to Conservative Party members at their annual conference that had been billed by his office as a take-it-or-leave-it "final offer" to... More »

Boris Johnson Denies 1999 Thigh Squeeze Happened

It was made Sunday by journalist Charlotte Edwardes

(Newser) - "No." That was the response from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when asked Monday about a groping allegation made against him on Sunday. The allegation comes from Sunday Times columnist Charlotte Edwardes, who "recalls a scandalous encounter with the prime minister ... on the second anniversary of #MeToo"... More »

Boris Johnson on US Gal Pal: 'No Interest to Declare'

'Times' says businesswoman claimed they had an affair while he was London mayor

(Newser) - British PM Boris Johnson denied wrongdoing Sunday over his links to American tech entrepreneur and model Jennifer Arcuri, who allegedly received money and favorable treatment because of their friendship while he was mayor of London. During a BBC interview, Johnson sought to suggest that political motivations were behind the decision... More »

Boris Johnson's Inaugural UN Speech Was a Doozy

'Terrifying limbless chickens,' 'pink-eyed Terminators' covered in dystopian address

(Newser) - If anyone was expecting Boris Johnson to speak substantially on Brexit on Tuesday night in his inaugural United Nations General Assembly speech as prime minister, they would've been disappointed. But Johnson delivered in other ways, just hours after the UK's highest court ruled his suspension of Parliament was... More »

UK's Top Court Deals Devastating Blow to Boris Johnson

Court rules that suspension of Parliament was 'unlawful'

(Newser) - In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain's highest court ruled Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country's Brexit deadline was illegal. The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend Parliament "void and... More »

Johnson: UK Has Determined Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack

He says Britain might join military effort

(Newser) - Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the UK would consider taking part in a US-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses. But the Conservative prime minister also said the UK... More »

The Hulk Will Break Manacles of the EU, Boris Johnson Says

British leader expresses determination comically

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union next month. Johnson faces considerable legal and political hurdles but told the Mail on Sunday he will meet the Oct. 31 deadline no matter... More »

Boris Johnson Insists He Told the Queen the Truth

The UK Supreme Court will weigh in on Tuesday

(Newser) - "Absolutely not." That was Prime Minister Boris Johnson's answer Thursday when asked if he lied to Queen Elizabeth when asking her to sign off on the suspension of Parliament that's now in effect. The question was spurred by a Wednesday development out of Scotland, where the... More »

MP After Court Ruling on UK Parliament: 'Utterly Vindicated'

Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament deemed unlawful by Scottish court

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the UK's Parliament began five weeks of "proroguing"—the technical term for suspension without dissolution, mandated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Now, with Brexit looming at the end of October, a new development out of Scotland: Its highest civil court has deemed Johnson's move... More »

UK Parliament Suspended After 3 Defeats for Johnson

Opposition lawmakers shouted 'Shame on you'

(Newser) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain's rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The simmering showdown between Johnson and Parliament over Brexit came to a head... More »

Photo of the Day, Courtesy of Boris Johnson

Bull he's leading bumps into a police officer

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for Boris Johnson, with major setbacks for his Brexit strategy and the resignation of his own brother from the government. Friday brought a new kind of trouble, though of a lighter variety. The cameras were rolling as Johnson visited a farm in Scotland and... More »

Boris Johnson to Pence: Britain Wants No Part of 'Chlorinated Chicken'

British PM tells US VP that the NHS is not on the table as far as trade deal is concerned

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is apparently a big fan of his "chlorinated chicken" line : On Thursday, the British prime minister told Mike Pence Britain is "not keen on that chlorinated chicken," a reference to the US practice of washing chicken carcasses in an attempt to cut down on pathogens... More »

Boris Johnson's New Trouble: His Brother Just Quit

Jo Johnson resigns as MP over Brexit mess

(Newser) - The intense political fight underway in Britain just took a personal turn for Prime Minister Boris Johnson—his brother quit. Jo Johnson said Thursday he's stepping down as a member of Parliament and as a minister in his older brother's government because of the Brexit turmoil, reports the... More »

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