Brexit

Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

UK Says No-Deal Brexit Could See 7,000-Truck Border Queues

LONDON—There there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after the UK makes its economic break from the European Union at the end of the year, the British government said on Sept. 23, as…

UK Says No-Deal Brexit Could See 7,000-Truck Border Queues

LONDON—The British government says there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after the UK makes its economic break from the European Union at the end of the year. Michael Gove, the minister in…

EU to UK: Stop Playing ‘Games’ With Brexit Trade Talks

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. The sides committed to a new meeting to discuss Britain’s plans to disregard part of the withdrawal agreement it…

UK in a tailspin as it glimpses long gone glories

Spitfires and Hurricanes soared over London on Sunday in a reminder of heroic days 80 years ago, when an embattled United Kingdom stood as Europe’s last bulwark against Nazism. The now-iconic World War II fighters handed Hitler his first strategic defeat. Success in the Battle…

Boris Suggest Anti-Brexit Biden Does Not Understand EU Talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden does not understand Britain’s negotiations with the European Union, after he intervened on Brexit on the EU’s side.  0…

‘Anti-British’ Joe Biden Interferes in Brexit Talks, Takes EU’s Side

Joe Biden has waded into the Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the EU’s side, signalling that, as President, he would punish the British for not submitting to EU control over the British province of Northern Ireland.  0…

The Great British Humbling

“The cretinous stupidity of it!” snaps the tragic hero in Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March as he faces up to his likely death in a duel over his wife’s honor. He did not want the fight and no longer loves his wife anyway, but the…

Former UK Leaders Unite to Slam Johnson on Brexit Plan

LONDON—Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces on Sept. 13 to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the…

Former UK Leaders Blair and Major Slam Government Plan to Breach Brexit Treaty

Former British prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major have issued a joint warning against the government’s plan to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, an international treaty it had negotiated and signed with the European Union. Writing in The Sunday Times, the two…

Pro-EU Ex-PMs Blair and Major Attack Boris over Brexit Plan

LONDON (AP) — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages…

UK Reaches Agreement With Japan on First Post-Brexit Trade Deal

Britain has secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal after it left the European Union on Jan. 31. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan’s Foreign…

EU Boosts ‘No-Deal’ Planning as UK Refuses to Blink in Brexit Stalemate

LONDON/BRUSSELS—The European Union stepped up planning for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to revoke an ultimatum on breaking the divorce treaty that Brussels says will sink four years of talks. Britain said explicitly this week that it plans…

EU Calls Planned UK Law a Serious Violation of Brexit Deal

LONDON—Instead of closing in on a future trade deal, the European Union and Britain entered a bitter fight Thursday over a planned British law that the EU says would constitute a serious violation of the Brexit divorce agreement and destroy what little trust remains between…

Trade Deal at Risk as EU Says UK Must Honor Brexit Agreement

LONDON—Prospects of a trade deal between Britain and the European Union appeared to dim on Wednesday, with the EU saying that even the smallest UK breach of the Brexit withdrawal treaty would undermine what little trust is left between the two sides. The warning came…

In New Brexit Turmoil, UK May Break Law in ‘Limited Way’

LONDON—Britain headed into a fresh round of Brexit trade talks on Tuesday acknowledging it could break international law but only in a “limited way” after reports it may undercut its divorce treaty with the European Union. As the pound fell sharply on fears of a…

EU Warns UK on Commitments Ahead of More Brexit Trade Talks

BRUSSELS—The European Union warned the British government on Sept. 7 that any attempt to renege on commitments made ahead of its departure from the bloc earlier this year could put at risk the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland. The comments show growing signs that trust…

Brexit Showdown Looms as UK Threatens to Undermine Divorce Treaty

LONDON—Brexit trade talks plunged into crisis on Monday after Britain warned the European Union that it could effectively override the divorce deal it signed unless the bloc agrees to a free trade deal by Oct. 15. In one of the most startling turns of the…

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