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Johnson's Role in Brexit Predicted 22 Years Ago

Too bad flying cars are still a ways off

(Newser) - We're nearly a fifth of the way into the 21st century with no flying cars in sight. That's one prediction for the year 2020 that's gone by the wayside. But other predictions—from Brexit to fitness trackers to self-driving cars—turned out to be right on the... More »

After Landmark Vote, 'Battle to Stop Brexit Is Over'

UK's House of Commons clears the way for exit from European Union

(Newser) - Britain took a big step toward the European Union exit door on Friday: Lawmakers gave preliminary approval to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce bill in a decisive vote that broke years of political deadlock over Brexit, per the AP . The House of Commons, with its Conservative ranks swollen... More »

In British Election, Lessons for American Liberals

Jeremy Corbyn was loved by the left, and he just got trounced

(Newser) - Those who lean left in America should be worried about what just happened in the British elections, writes Jonathan Chait at New York magazine. Yes, the vote is a result of particular circumstances there, but in general terms, it was also "a test of a widely articulated political theory... More »

Boris Johnson Hails 'Great Stonking Mandate'

Conservatives win historic victory in UK election

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is celebrating what he calls a "huge great stonking mandate" to deliver Brexit after a landslide win for his Conservative Party in Thursday's election. The party won a majority of at least 76 seats in Parliament, its biggest since the 1980s, while the... More »

Exit Poll Shows Johnson on His Way to Clear Victory

Vote would put Brexit on for next month

(Newser) - Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is likely to win a solid majority of seats in Parliament, an exit poll suggested late Thursday—a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated British election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the UK out of the European Union next month. It... More »

Most Notable Quotes of 2019 Have Been Chosen

At the top of the list: one from the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call

(Newser) - Activist Greta Thunberg and actress Emma Watson have two of the 10 most notable quotes of 2019, according to a librarian at Yale Law School. But it's the line at the center of the impeachment inquiry—"I would like you to do us a favor, though"—from... More »

That Famous Love, Actually Scene Now Stars Boris Johnson

His message is about Brexit and voting Conservative, though, not about love

(Newser) - Either because we've seen the real deal or parodies of it, most of us are familiar with what Mashable calls "the creepiest scene" from the 2003 movie Love, Actually, where the character played by Andrew Lincoln whips through a stack of cue cards proclaiming his love for the... More »

Trump Cancels NATO Presser in Wake of Mocking Video

Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced'

(Newser) - The first day of the NATO summit was contentious . The second is no different, thanks to video Tuesday night that appears to show a group of world leaders mocking President Trump, though he was never mentioned by name. The candid moment at the summit reception at Buckingham Palace was caught... More »

Crowd Laughed at Johnson, but Not in BBC Clip

Network calls it a mistake after editing audience's reaction to question asked of the candidate

(Newser) - Boris Johnson could well have fretted that a bit of mocking during a debate of British party leaders would made him look bad. Not to worry. When the BBC showed the clip on its newscast the next day, the audience's response to a question asked of Johnson had been... More »

Boris Johnson Kicks Off His Campaign With a Big Promise

And he finds a new way to ridicule opponent Jeremy Corbyn

(Newser) - The formal launch of the Conservative Party’s election pledges Sunday centered around the key plank of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign: making Brexit happen, the AP reports. Speaking to a friendly crowd, Johnson trashed his opponents—most notably the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, his prime rival—and... More »

Boris Johnson Gets His Election

UK lawmakers back December 12 election

(Newser) - Britons will be heading out to vote in the dark days of December after the House of Commons on Tuesday backed an early national vote that could break the country's political impasse over Brexit—or turn out to be merely a temporary distraction. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes electing... More »

Boris Johnson: Here's How We Break Brexit Impasse

The UK prime minister seeks a general election Dec. 12

(Newser) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that the only way to break Britain's Brexit impasse is a general election, and he will ask Parliament to approve a national poll for Dec. 12, the AP reports. Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to vote Monday on a motion calling... More »

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 »

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