Category: UK

UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that the days of Britain making vast annual contributions to the European Union will end, but there may be some specific EU programmes in which Britain would want to participate after Brexit. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said it might be necessary for Britain […]

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Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent for […]

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Conservatives set to outspend Labour in election battle

Conservatives set to outspend Labour in election battle

Britain’s ruling Conservatives are expected to outspend the opposition Labour Party on campaigning for next month’s election, with many of their traditional business backers opting to stick with them despite concerns over Brexit. The Conservatives already have a strong lead in opinion polls, but targeting money at areas they think they can win from Labour could help them achieve their […]

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Irish PM announces resignation as party leader

Irish PM announces resignation as party leader

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday he was resigning as leader of the Fine Gael party, kicking off a contest that will see a new leader elected by June 2. Kenny – who had already said he would not lead Fine Gael into elections due late next year – said he would continue to carry out his duties […]

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Former John Lewis boss poaches Labour voters for British PM May

Former John Lewis boss poaches Labour voters for British PM May

Andy Street’s mayoral victory in Britain’s second largest metropolitan area may give the best indication yet of just how far Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives are poaching traditional Labour supporters ahead of the June 8 national vote. Street quit his $1-million-a-year job as managing director of department store chain John Lewis to stand for the top political job in the […]

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UK police arrest four men on suspicion of terrorism offense

UK police arrest four men on suspicion of terrorism offense

British police said they had arrested four men on Wednesday on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts in the United Kingdom. London police said officers from its Counter Terrorism Command had detained the four men, aged 18, 24, 25 and 27, at their homes in the east of the British capital. “These arrests were pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation […]

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Conservatives to unveil policy pledges on Thursday

Conservatives to unveil policy pledges on Thursday

The Conservatives will present their policy pledges to voters on Thursday ahead of a June 8 parliamentary election, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday. “We will be setting out our policies in the manifesto when we publish it tomorrow,” May told a news conference. The Conservatives are widely expected to win a large parliamentary majority in the election.

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Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote if elected

Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote if elected

Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party, trailing significantly behind Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour party, vowed on Wednesday to hold a second referendum on a final Brexit deal if it wins next month’s election. Launching his party’s proposals for the June 8 election, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said they would give Britons a say on the divorce […]

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UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

The British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those who are still alive to have their criminal records wiped clean. The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday the pardons apply to men convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living […]

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Brexit minister says expects parliament to get vote on final deal

Brexit minister says expects parliament to get vote on final deal

It is inconceivable that Britain’s parliament would not be able to vote on the country’s final deal with the European Union, but that would not reverse the fact it was leaving the bloc, Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday. “If the European Parliament has a vote, it is inconceivable this house doesn’t – simple as that,” Davis said […]

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