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Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis Thursday, September 12th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied Thursday that he had lied to Queen Elizabeth II when requesting she suspend parliament this month in the run-up to Brexit. Johnson asked the British head of state to shutter parliament for five weeks from last Tuesday, claiming it was..

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UK court rules Johnson’s suspension of Parliament unlawful Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans Wednesday, ruling that his decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was an unlawful attempt to avoid democratic..

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UK PM insists he will not ask for Brexit delay despite new law Monday, September 9th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday insisted he would not ask for a Brexit delay despite the approval of a new law that could force him to do so, as MPs prepared to vote against holding an early election next month. Johnson said that if MPs refused to support his call for..

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Britain’s Johnson vows to fight on despite Brexit blows Sunday, September 8th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): The British government insisted Sunday that Boris Johnson would fight on as prime minister despite seeing a top cabinet ally quit and his do-or-die Brexit strategy blocked by parliament. Johnson rose to power six weeks ago by injecting his trademark optimism into a ruling..

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Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson Friday, September 6th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. The draft, which now requires formal assent by Queen Elizabeth II to..

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UK’s Johnson seeks snap election to break Brexit deadlock Thursday, September 5th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Thursday for an early election after a flurry of parliamentary votes tore up his hardline Brexit strategy and left him without a majority. His government said it would make a second attempt on Monday to trigger the national polls after the..

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Weakened UK’s Johnson faces new Brexit battle Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a fresh Brexit showdown in parliament on Wednesday after a stinging defeat over his promise to get Britain out of the European Union at any cost next month. The Conservative leader said he would call for an early election on October 15 if lawmakers..

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PM Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday lost his working majority in parliament ahead of a showdown with rebel MPs over Brexit that could lead to a snap election within weeks. Johnson condemned a plan by lawmakers to block his Brexit strategy as "surrender" and said it would..

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UK PM holds emergency Brexit talks, fuelling election rumours Monday, September 2nd, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency cabinet meeting Monday on the eve of a showdown with parliament over Brexit, amid growing speculation he could call an early election to ensure Britain leaves the European Union next month. Opposition parties and several members..

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Britons protest Johnson’s Brexit ‘coup’ move Saturday, August 31st, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Protesters wielding pro-democracy placards and EU flags rallied on Saturday in dozens of British cities against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial move to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit. In the biggest demonstration, thousands of whistle-blowing, drum-banging..

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Britons set to protest against Johnson’s Brexit move Friday, August 30th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Demonstrations are expected across Britain on Saturday against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit. The protests come ahead of an intense political week in which Johnson's opponents will seek to block the move in court and..

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Delay in first legal challenge to UK’s Brexit plans

By GREGORY KATZ and LORNE COOK, LONDON (AP): The first legal challenge to prevent British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament amid the U.K.’s Brexit crisis was delayed in a Scottish court on Friday. The Court of Session in Edinburgh refused to take immediate legal action to..

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UK PM sparks outrage with parliament suspension

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced the suspension of parliament in the final weeks before Britain's EU departure date, enraging anti-Brexit MPs. The pound slid on the surprise news, which opponents branded a "coup" and a "declaration of war", although US President..

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Johnson makes global debut at G7 as Brexit battle looms Friday, August 23rd, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes his debut on the global stage at the G7 summit this weekend, where all eyes will be on his chummy relations with US President Donald Trump. The summit in France opens on Saturday, the one-month anniversary of the Brexit cheerleader and former..

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Macron backs further Brexit talks as Johnson visits Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): French leader Emmanuel Macron backed the idea of further talks to find a solution to Brexit while ruling out major concessions as he met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday. Like German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Macron supported allowing another 30 days to..

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Merkel seeks ‘frictionless’ Brexit before meeting UK leader Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

By DANICA KIRKA and FRANK JORDANS, BERLIN (AP): German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Wednesday that she’s still holding out for an amicable departure of Britain from the European Union, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Berlin for the start of a high-stakes tour to press..

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Easy credit poses tough challenge for Russian economy Saturday, August 17th, 2019

MOSCOW, (AFP): New machines popping up in Russian shopping centres seem innocuous enough -- users insert their passport and receive a small loan in a matter of minutes. But the devices, which dispense credit in Saint Petersburg malls at a sky-high annual rate of 365 percent, are another sign of a..

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The ECB’s Beggar-thy-Trump Strategy Monday, September 16th, 2019

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