British Government

LONDON | UK hits back after EU trashes May’s Brexit plan

LONDON— The British government on Friday accused the European Union of slamming the handbrake on Brexit negotiations, after the bloc said Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint was unworkable. European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday that parts of May’s plan simply “will not work,” while French President … Continue reading LONDON | UK hits back after EU trashes May’s Brexit plan

LONDON | Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

LONDON  — Dyson, the British company best known for its ground-breaking vacuum cleaners, said Thursday that it has submitted a planning application to expand facilities at a former British military airfield to develop electric vehicles. The company said Thursday it plans to build more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) of test tracks at the former … Continue reading LONDON | Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

JOHANNESBURG | UK’s May pledges to boost Britain’s investments in Africa

JOHANNESBURG — British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged Tuesday to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the developed world, as she began a three-nation tour of the continent. With Britain due to leave the European Union in March 2019, May is seeking to bolster Britain’s ties with other regions around the world, notably … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | UK’s May pledges to boost Britain’s investments in Africa

LONDON | Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign

LONDON— The co-founder of the fashion brand Superdry has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to those seeking a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union. Julian Dunkerton writes in the Sunday Times he is backing the People’s Vote campaign because he predicts that Brexit will be a “disaster” and “we have a … Continue reading LONDON | Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign

LONDON | The Latest: British government emergency committee to meet

LONDON  — The Latest on a crash outside the House of Parliament in London (all times local): 1:10 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has called a crash outside Britain’s Parliament “another terrorist attack in London.” Trump tweeted: “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!” Three people were hurt when … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: British government emergency committee to meet

LONDON | UK trade minister says ‘no deal’ Brexit more likely than not

LONDON  — Britain’s international trade minister says it’s likely the U.K. will fail to agree upon a divorce deal with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next March. Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday Times newspaper that “intransigence” by EU officials “is pushing us towards no deal.” He put the chance of … Continue reading LONDON | UK trade minister says ‘no deal’ Brexit more likely than not

LONDON | UK lawmakers recommend tougher rules on Facebook

LONDON — The U.K. government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia. The interim report by the House of Commons’ media committee to be released Sunday … Continue reading LONDON | UK lawmakers recommend tougher rules on Facebook

LONDON | UK faces calls to liberalize Northern Ireland abortion laws

LONDON  — The British government is facing rising calls to liberalize abortion laws in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion remains a criminal offense even as strict prohibitions are being repealed in the Republic of Ireland. More than 170 politicians called Sunday for action to be taken. The group included legislators from political parties in … Continue reading LONDON | UK faces calls to liberalize Northern Ireland abortion laws