UK government faces new boozy scandal as deputy whip quits
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is dealing with another boozy scandal after the deputy chief whip resigned and then was suspended by the Conservative Party after a drunken incident in which he reportedly groped two men at an event.
Doubts hang over UK's Johnson though bid to oust him fails
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to patch up his tattered authority after surviving a no-confidence vote that exposed his shrinking support in a fractured Conservative Party and raised serious doubts about how long he can stay in office.
Foreign aid rebels urge No 10 to reintroduce spending pledge or risk Commons defeat
Tory rebels have urged the Government to re-introduce its 0.7 per cent foreign aid pledge next year or face defeat in the Commons. Over 40 MPs, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, are understood to be prepared to back an amendment on Monday that would require ministers to reverse their cut in the foreign aid budget to 0.5 per cent of national income. However, they have offered the Government an "olive branch" by accepting a delay to its reintroduction until next year, by which time thenews.yahoo.com
Theresa May joins rebellion against move to slash foreign aid
Theresa May has backed a swelling Tory revolt that aims to force a Government about-turn on controversial cuts to the aid budget. The former prime minister on Thursday joined a list of 30 Conservative MPs who have vowed to vote for a rebel amendment on the issue in the Commons next Monday. Opposition parties are also lining up behind the bid to compel ministers to reverse their decision to slash overseas development spending from 0.7 per cent of gross national income to 0.5 per cent. The move, unews.yahoo.com
Iran chemical factory catches fire near holy city of Qom
A chemical factory near the central city of Qom caught fire Sunday, Iranian media reported, a blaze that injured at least two firefighters. Videos showed heavy black smoke rising from Movaledan chemical factory in the vicinity of Qom, one of Iran’s prominent religious cities. Twenty fire engines and 150 firefighters were dispatched to the site, the semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted Qom fire department spokesman Hamid Karimi as saying.news.yahoo.com
Theresa May rebukes Boris Johnson as UK welcomes Biden era
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Britain's former Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the Commons Members Lobby in Parliament, London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the start of a new U.K.-U.S. chapter on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, even as his predecessor Theresa May accused Johnson of abandoning the U.K.s moral leadership in the world during the tumultuous Trump era. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool, file)LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the start of a new U.K.-U.S. chapter on Wednesday under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, even as his predecessor Theresa May accused Johnson of “abandoning” the U.K.’s moral leadership in the world during the tumultuous Trump era. Since Biden won the U.S. election in November, Johnson has tried to shake off criticism that he became too close to outgoing President Donald Trump. Johnson has congratulated Biden and noted that they share priorities, including combating climate change and bolstering international institutions.
Leaders like UK’s Johnson who wooed Trump face tricky reset
But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Johnson has changed his tune. But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Johnson has changed his tune. Critics say Johnson took his courting of Trump too far, and got little in return. Like Trump, Johnson has engaged in populist stunts, exaggerated promises and, at times, racist and inflammatory language. Like Trump, Netanyahu frequently rails against the media and belittles opponents with language seen as racist or incendiary.
Timeline of events in Britain's exit from the European Union
July 13: Following a Conservative Party leadership contest, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes prime minister. June 8: A general election called by May to bolster her party’s representation in Parliament to help with the Brexit negotiations backfires. Her Conservative Party loses its majority and continues in a weakened state as a minority government. Jan. 15, 2019: The Brexit deal comes back to Parliament, where it is overwhelmingly defeated on a 432-202 vote. Sept. 3: Rebel Conservative Party lawmakers vote against the government in protest of Johnson’s strategy.
EXPLAINER: For UK and EU, Brexit has become a messy divorce
When Britons voted for Brexit in 2016, they were promised a smooth transition to a new economic relationship with the European Union. But I also did divorces as a lawyer, and it’s always difficult.”The messy EU-U.K. divorce has been years in the making. “Brexit was a mandate to leave the European Union. May eventually resigned in defeat after her Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament three times. For British Brexit supporters, controlling the nation’s waters is essential.
UK's Johnson to head to Brussels amid Brexit talks deadlock
Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, came time and again to negotiate a Brexit deal, only to see it repeatedly rejected by her own Parliament, ending her top-level career. Johnson will be hoping for a quick in-and-out that leaves his reputation intact and his country on course for a free trade deal with its biggest economic partner. Johnson and von der Leyen spoke by phone Monday for the second time in 48 hours, as their negotiators were stuck in gridlocked trade talks. Officials on both sides said there were also major differences over the legal oversight of any trade deal and European boats’ access to U.K. waters. While both Britain and the EU say they want a trade deal, trust and goodwill are strained after months of testy negotiations.
AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?
Her successor, Johnson, secured his own withdrawal agreement with the EU in October 2019, allowing for the U.K. to leave on Jan. 31. The two sides are hoping to agree a free trade deal with no tariffs and no quotas. So it is demanding strict legal guarantees on the governance of any trade deal. The EU fears Britain will slash social and environmental standards and pump state money into U.K. industries, becoming a low-regulation economic rival on the bloc’s doorstep. As well as the economic impact, a no-deal exit would endanger everything from U.K. police forces’ access to EU crime databases to U.K.-EU cooperation in science.
Lives Lost: London rabbi worked to end community's isolation
“He served as a bridge in a broader sense,″ said Chaya Spitz, a protege of Pinter's and CEO of an umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish charities. For instance, students aren’t taught about human reproduction because the Orthodox community believes the topic is one best handled at home. While some in his Jewish community considered him a dangerous modernist, many in the broader society saw him as a crazy extremist, Cohen said. After seeing the situation for himself, Pinter went back to London and raised 5,000 pounds ($6,500) for the migrants. “When he died I thought, ‘That’s Rabbi Pinter, at least he could look at his wife and say that he did his homework,’″ Glasman said.
EU to UK: stop playing 'games' with Brexit trade talks
(Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)BRUSSELS – The European Union is pleading with Britain to stop playing “games" as time is running out to clinch a free trade deal over the next month. A transition period now runs until Dec 31, during which time both sides are negotiating a trade agreement to replace the open and unfettered economic relations that are currently in place. The EU has repeatedly expressed its exasperation at what it sees as British stubbornness and refusal to compromise on some key points. The EU has not explicitly said what action it would take but EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic indicated it would stay within the rules of dispute settlement set out in the withdrawal agreement. “I would like to underscore that the EU believes in calm, constructive cooperation through the channels created by the withdrawal agreement," Sefcovic said.
'It's not going to be the end of us': London's remain voters confront Brexit reality
When Remainers protested against Brexit: Thousands of protesters gather in London on September 09, 2017 in London, England. For those that wanted it, Friday 31 January dubbed "Brexit Day" as the U.K. finally leaves the EU will be a day of celebration. CNBC spoke to Londoners, a city that voted overwhelmingly in favor of remaining in the EU, about how they feel about "Brexit Day" and impending life outside of the European Union. There have been false starts March 29, 2019 was meant to be the original Brexit day and hopes and fears (in both the remain and leave camps) that Brexit might not happen. Brexit was "a bad thing but at the same time, it's not going to be the end of us," Josh added.cnbc.com
NATO needs to change to survive, analysts say
LONDON As NATO members gather in the U.K. to celebrate 70 years since its inception, there are pressing questions about the organization's future and its relevance on the global landscape. NATO was created in the aftermath of World War II with the overall aim to protect its members against any threats posed by the Soviet Union. U.S. officials have expressed concern over the company's links to the Chinese government and the security threat it could pose something which the Shenzhen-based tech firm has denied. This issue has sparked division within NATO allies, with Germany and France taking a different stance to the U.S. administration. "NATO is at a crossroads," Agathe Demarais, global forecasting director at the research firm The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), highlighted to CNBC Monday.cnbc.com
As election nears, Boris Johnson tries to keep distance from President Trump
For years, Trump has publicly praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose Conservative Party is hoping to win a parliamentary majority in Dec. 12 voting. And the president is an unabashed proponent of Brexit, the planned split with the European Union that Johnson has vowed to bring to fruition. But the last thing Johnson wants during this visit is an open show of support from Trump. The Labor leader last week claimed that a leaked government dossier on preliminary U.S.-British trade discussions pointed to post-Brexit peril for the National Health Service, Britains much-criticized but beloved universal healthcare system. That drew an angry response from the family of one of the victims, who accused the prime minister of exploiting the tragedy for political gain.latimes.com
UK PM Boris Johnson on course to win parliamentary majority
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) waves as he leaves the Conservative Party headquarters in London on November 4, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on December 12 to vote in a pre-Christmas general election. BEN STANSALL | AFP | Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to win a majority of 68 in parliament at the Dec. 12 election, according to a model from pollsters YouGov that accurately predicted the 2017 election. The Labour Party is on track to secure 211 seats, down from 262, according to the model. The SNP were on 43, the Lib Dems on 13 and the Brexit Party winning no seats.cnbc.com
Frustration grows among EU finance ministers over Brexit deadlock
Germany's finance minister has said the EU and U.K. have a "common responsibility" to negotiate a settlement to govern Britain's departure from Europe, but insisted any solution to end the Brexit impasse in the coming days must meet the EU's long-standing list of criteria. Instead, he said he hoped for a deal that would "follow the lines" of an earlier agreement finalized under former British prime minister Theresa May. The pound had fallen precipitously Tuesday after alleged details of that phone called were published. Johnson will meet with his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, in Dublin Thursday. The British and Irish prime ministers remain wide apart on the potential for technological solutions that the U.K. side says will obviate the need for physical customs checks and border infrastructure on the dividing line between the Irish republic and the separate nation of Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom.cnbc.com
Boris Johnson's Brexit proposal is 'unlikely to work,' strategist says
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest proposal to take his country out of the European Union would divide Ireland and therefore "is unlikely to work," a strategist said on Thursday. One major sticking point in the Brexit process is the so-called Irish backstop. May's deal had sought to ensure there's no hard border between the U.K.'s Northern Island and EU member Republic of Ireland. But avoiding customs checks there would bind Britain to the bloc's trade rules a point that Brexit supporters had opposed. "If you start putting customs posts on the border in Ireland, you'd have divided Ireland.cnbc.com
UK will let international university students stay longer
Matt Cardy/Getty Images(CNN) - International students will be offered a two-year UK visa after graduation with or without a job, the country's Home Office announced Wednesday, reversing one of the major aspects of former Prime Minister Theresa May "hostile environment" strategy. "That's why we're unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK," he said. The new policy applies to international students at the undergraduate level or above, and to trusted institutions with a track record of upholding immigration checks, the Home Office said in a statement. Wednesday's announcement was well-received among lawmakers and business groups who have argued that international graduates provided value to the British economy. "Brilliant move by PM (Prime Minister) @borisjohnson.
New U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnsons agenda hints at a snap election
With Britains departure from the European Union due in less than 100 days, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a man in a hurry. Asked Friday whether he would rule out calling an election, Johnson said: Absolutely. But May had also insisted she would not hold a snap election and then did, in 2017. Laying out his priorities in his first Commons statement as prime minister, Johnson said he wanted Britain to leave the EU with a deal. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said Friday that Johnson was putting himself on a collision course with the bloc. The approach that the British prime minister seems to now be taking is not going to be the basis of an agreement, he said.latimes.com
Who is Britain's next prime minister, Boris Johnson?
London British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to step down Wednesday and be replaced by former London mayor and U.K. foreign minister Boris Johnson. President Donald Trump has said he thinks Johnson, who is known domestically for an off-beat brand of charisma, political opportunism, and promoting a hard break from the European Union, will do a "great job" as prime minister. Johnson said Mr. Trump was "unfit to hold the office of President of the United States." After the surprise results of the Brexit referendum, in which Britain voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%, Johnson was appointed foreign secretary by the country's new prime minister, Theresa May. "I say to all the doubters: Dude, we are going to energize the country, we are going to get Brexit done," Johnson said Tuesday.cbsnews.com
Stock futures climb on solid earnings
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)(CNN) - The Dow and U.S. stocks are on track to open higher on Tuesday as global markets are in the green across the board. Futures for the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are all up 0.4%. The positive momentum comes on the back of better-than-expected corporate earnings. The U.S. earnings calendar is packed on Tuesday, including Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin, which reported before the open. However, stock gains might be limited ahead of Friday's second-quarter US GDP report, as investors wait and see how the American economy performed last quarter.
Boris Johnson will be UK's new prime minister
(CNN) - Hardline Brexiteer Boris Johnson has won the UK's Conservative Party leadership contest and will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May when she steps down on Wednesday. Johnson, a former Mayor of London and British Foreign Secretary, was officially named the new Tory leader on Tuesday, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of party members. As prime minister, Johnson, 55, will inherit the same problems of a deeply divided Parliament -- and nation -- when he assumes the role. During the 2016 campaign for Britain to leave the EU, Johnson was accused of lying to the public by stating that the country's membership of the bloc cost 350 million ($442 million) a week. And last week, both the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed they will step down before Johnson becomes prime minister.
Boris Johnson to be next prime minister of U.K., replacing Theresa May amid Brexit turmoil
London -- Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has been chosen by his party to become Britain's next prime minister. Boris Johnson speaks after being announced as Britain's next Prime Minister at The Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, Britain July 23, 2019. REUTERSThe new prime minister will officially take office on Wednesday, when May formally resigns the post. President Trump welcomed Johnson's victory, predicting in a tweet early Tuesday that the new prime minister would "be great!" Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.cbsnews.com
UK set for a new prime minister as Brexit chaos rolls on
Boris Johnson (L) and Jeremy Hunt take part in the Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson debate Head To Head on ITV on July 9, 2019 in Salford, England. The U.K. will find out who its next prime minister will be this week as voting within the U.K.'s ruling Conservative Party comes to a close. The vote comes after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would resign following repeated parliamentary rejections of the Brexit deal she struck with the EU. A "no-deal" Brexit is seen by many inside and outside of parliament as a "cliff-edge" scenario to be avoided at all costs. Finance Minister Philip Hammond has already said he will resign on Wednesday and has strongly opposed a no-deal Brexit, telling CNBC last week that "if the new government tries to drive the U.K. over a cliff-edge called no-deal Brexit I will do all I can to stop that."cnbc.com
UK PM candidates Hunt and Johnson say Trump comments about U.S. congresswomen unacceptable
LONDON (Reuters) - Both candidates vying to replace Theresa May as Britains prime minister said they agreed with her that the language used by U.S. President Donald Trump about a group of mostly American-born Democratic congresswomen was unacceptable. Asked during a leadership debate whether they agreed with May that the comments were unacceptable, both frontrunner Boris Johnson and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said they did. So it is totally unacceptable.Asked whether the comments were racist, both Johnson and Hunt declined to use that term however. This is the president of the country which happens to be our closest ally and so I think it is not going to help the situation to use that kind of language about the president of the United States, Hunt said. Three were born in the United States while Omar, a Somali refugee, arrived in 1992.feeds.reuters.com
British Ambassador Kim Darroch quits after leaked memos spur Trump attack
Britains ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch Sir Kim to his compatriots resigned Wednesday, following a leak of brutally frank diplomatic cables he wrote about Trump and, in response, a storm of invective from the president. This is not the first time a British ambassador has left post or resigned because of actions against the host government, McDonald said. The leaked cables appeared in the British tabloid the Mail on Sunday. But Darroch, he said, was the victim of scurrilous British officials who leaked his cables and of the vanity and vengefulness of Trump. The ambassadorial rupture came just weeks after Britain pulled out all the ceremonial stops for a state visit by Trump.latimes.com
Britains contest for prime minister roiled by Trumps bare-knuckled attack on envoy to Washington
President Trumps full-throated attack on Britains ambassador to Washington is roiling the race for prime minister, putting the Trump-friendly front-runner in an awkward spot. That means it will most likely be the next prime minister who decides Darrochs fate. I dont think that was necessarily the right thing for him to do, he finally said of Trumps attacks on both the ambassador and May. Earlier Tuesday, when Trump began hurling personal insults, he suggested the U.S. president had crossed a diplomatic line. AdvertisementWhen Trump just tweets insults at our allies, America moves on, tweeted Brian Klaas, a Britain-based academic who studies authoritarian governments.latimes.com
U.K. to apologize to Ivanka Trump for leaked diplomatic cables as it hunts for the culprit
British officials are embarrassed by the publication of Kim Darroch's unflattering assessment, but more alarmed that sensitive confidential information has been leaked, possibly for political ends. British International Trade minister Liam Fox, who is visiting Washington this week, told CBS News partner network BBC radio that he would apologize personally to Mr. Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump when he met her later Monday. "I've seen nothing to suggest hostile state actors were involved," said Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman, James Slack. Majority of Americans disapprove of Trump's job performanceAfter the cables were published, Mr. Trump said the ambassador "has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that." "We are not big fans of that man," Mr. Trump said.cbsnews.com
Trump says he will no longer deal with British ambassador who called him insecure
I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit, Trump wrote. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well...thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him.latimes.com
How will new U.K. leader Theresa May handle Brexit?
Britain is getting a new prime minister much earlier than expected. Theresa May will replace David Cameron Wednesday. May was confirmed as Britain's new leader after her last opponent dropped out of the race. Elizabeth Palmer reports from 10 Downing Street in London, where the transition is underway.cbsnews.com