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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 »

This Is How EU Lawmakers Said Goodbye to UK

With a song

(Newser) - After endless debate , Brexit is now less than a day away. The divorce between the UK and the European Union formally takes place Friday, and members of the EU parliament marked the occasion Wednesday by joining hands for an emotional rendition of "Auld Lang Syne," notes Business Insider... 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 »

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 »

It's a Huge Day for Britain's Future

Voters go to the polls with fate of Brexit at stake

(Newser) - British voters go to the polls on Thursday, and if that sounds familiar, it's because this is the third general election in less than five years, notes the BBC . This particular vote, however, is considered one of the nation's most important since World World II, reports the AP... 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 »

Hugh Grant Is Going Door to Door in December. Yes, Really

No, this is not a scene from 'Love Actually'

(Newser) - If you watched Love Actually and dreamily wished Hugh Grant would one day come knocking at your door, we have good news for you: He might. That is, if you live in London, where the actor is going door to door canvassing with anti-Brexit candidates ahead of the UK's... 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 »

Brexit Chaos Had an Impact on Tesla

Automaker chose Berlin over Britain for its new factory

(Newser) - One consequence of Brexit: Tesla has chosen Berlin as the site of its first European factory. The UK was under consideration, but "Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," CEO Elon Musk told industry website Auto Express after making the announcement Tuesday night.... 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 »

EU Agrees to Delay Brexit

UK asked for a 'flextension' to Jan. 31

(Newser) - Looks like no Brexit this year: The European Union agreed Monday to delay Brexit until Jan. 31—making the concession just three days before Britain was due to become the first country ever to leave the 28-nation bloc. After a short meeting of diplomats in Brussels, European Council President Donald... 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 »

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 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 »

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