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N Ireland party leader pans Pelosi's warning on Brexit terms

May. 20, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing criticism from the leader of Northern Ireland’s biggest unionist party after saying Congress won’t approve a trade deal with the U.K. if Britain scraps the agreement governing post-Brexit trade on the Irish island. The...

Johnson: UK will act on Northern Ireland rules if EU won't

May. 16, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday renewed British threats to break a Brexit agreement with the European Union, blaming it for a political crisis that's blocking the formation of a new government in Northern Ireland. Johnson said there would be “a necessity to...

UK's Johnson urges end to N Ireland deadlock, spars with EU

May. 15, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is heading to Northern Ireland on Monday to try to end a political deadlock that is preventing the formation of a regional administration. The trip comes amid threats by Johnson's government to break the Brexit agreement with the...

EXPLAINER: 'Neutral' Europe recedes as NATO set to expand

May. 15, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — With Finland and Sweden inching closer to applying for NATO membership amid Russia's war in Ukraine, the list of “neutral” or nonaligned countries in Europe appears poised to shrink. Security concerns over the war have changed the calculus for Finland and Sweden,...

Unionists block new N Ireland govt over Brexit trade rules

May. 13, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland’s second-biggest political party on Friday blocked the formation of a working legislature in Belfast, and said it would keep up the boycott until the U.K. government tears up post-Brexit trade rules it accuses of destabilizing the region. The...

Unionist party refuses to form new N Ireland government

May. 09, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland’s largest unionist party, which lost last week’s local elections, refused Monday to return to a power-sharing government saying it will not do so until its demands over post-Brexit customs arrangements are met. Democratic Unionist Party leader...

N.Ireland parties urged to work together after Sinn Fein win

May. 08, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K., U.S. and Irish governments have urged rival parties in Northern Ireland to come together to resurrect its power-sharing government after Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein scored a historic victory to become the biggest party in Northern Ireland's Assembly. ...

Sinn Fein hails 'new era' as it wins Northern Ireland vote

May. 07, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which seeks unification with Ireland, hailed a “new era” Saturday for Northern Ireland as it captured the largest number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time in a historic win. With...

EXPLAINER: What's next for N. Ireland after Sinn Fein wins?

May. 07, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The election of Sinn Fein as the biggest party in Northern Ireland’s Assembly is a historic moment -- the first time an Irish nationalist party, rather than a British unionist one, has topped the voting. With all but two of the assembly's seats filled Saturday,...

Sinn Fein eyes historic win in Northern Ireland election

May. 04, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Ever since Northern Ireland was founded as a Protestant-majority state a century ago, its governments have been led by unionist politicians who defined themselves as British. But if opinion polls are right, an election Thursday will see Sinn Fein,...