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Britain's Boris Johnson Tests Positive

Prime minister will self-isolate at home but keep working

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be self-isolating for the near future, reports NPR . In a video , the 55-year-old said he has "mild symptoms" of a persistent cough and a temperature but is otherwise OK. He said he... More »

Britain Tightens Restrictions, Limits Gatherings to 2 People

'Stay at home,' Boris Johnson tells nation in somber address

(Newser) - Britain has become the latest European country to go into effective lockdown to deal with the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday sweeping curbs on everyday activity that include the banning of any gatherings of more than two people. As well as instructing the... More »

After a Warning, UK Marks Mother's Day Creatively

Call or meet online, Johnson advises

(Newser) - Sunday was Mother's Day in Britain, prompting the government to issue a stark warning: Visiting your mom could kill her. Prime Minister Boris Johnson implored Britons to forego the day's traditional family visits, parties and lunches, saying he could not "disguise or sugarcoat the threat" poised by... More »

Boris Johnson Is Pregnant, Getting Married, Divorced

It's a very busy time for the British PM

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is about to birth more than a little political upheaval: The British prime minister is expecting his first child with girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 31, who the Guardian notes is "the first unmarried prime ministerial partner in history." The pending bundle of joy is expected in early... More »

Johnson Aide Who Urged Compulsory Contraception Quits

Andrew Sabisky says opponents are 'selectively quoting' his racial comments

(Newser) - An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid "a permanent underclass." Andrew Sabisky said he was quitting because he had become a distraction, the AP... More »

Boris Johnson Revives 'Bonkers' Bridge Idea

British government considering $25B bridge between Scotland, N. Ireland

(Newser) - With Scotland talking about independence post-Brexit and Sinn Fein calling for a vote on reunifying Ireland after its election success , Boris Johnson is talking about building bridges. The British prime minister has revived what critics call a "bonkers" idea to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, the... More »

Brexit Day Finally Arrives

Nation gives EU membership a low-key send-off

(Newser) - Britons counted down the hours Friday to their country’s departure from the European Union — some joyous, some sad, many just hopeful the divorce would mark the end of an anguished chapter in their country’s history. The 11pm London departure—6pm Washington time—comes 3½ years after the... More »

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 »

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