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Anti Brexit campaigner Steve Bray demonstrates outside Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Britain is due to leave the European Union on Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer

Jan. 18, 2020 4:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result. Sajid Javid told the Financial Times in an...

UK announces plan to mark the Brexit moment on Jan. 31

Jan. 17, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for gala events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union after a prolonged political stalemate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to make a speech that night to mark the occasion after holding a special Cabinet...

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,pool)

UK inflation at lowest since late 2016, stokes rate cut talk

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain has fallen to its lowest level since November 2016, official figures showed Wednesday, heightening expectations that the Bank of England will cut interest rates this month. The Office for National Statistics said consumer prices rose by 1.3% in the year to December, down...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo, scaffolding surrounds the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, in London. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment Britain leaves the European Union -- 11 p.m. (2300GMT) on Jan. 31. Parliamentary officials say it is not worth the cost, which could come to 500,000 pounds ($650,000). The House of Commons Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 that because the clock mechanism has been dismantled and the belfry is currently getting a new floor, arranging for the bell to ring “could result in huge costs to the public purse.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Big Ben, big bucks: Brexit bell plan hits financial hurdle

Jan. 14, 2020 1:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Will Big Ben bong for Brexit? Not unless British taxpayers cough up the bucks. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment...

FILE - In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage arrives at the party's HQ in London, prior to an event to mark the gains his party made in the European elections.  Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, told the Associated Press Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, he is leaving the European Union's parliament in Strasbourg later this week with a sense of mission accomplished. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti, File)

Nigel Farage gets his way, and last laugh: Brexit is coming

Jan. 14, 2020 12:22 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater — the European Union's parliament in Strasbourg — this week with a sense of mission accomplished. Ridiculed for years, and thriving on the abuse he got from,...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured an election majority that should allow him to push the Brexit deal through parliament. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Irish prime minister seeks new mandate in February election

Jan. 14, 2020 10:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Leo Varadkar sought a fresh mandate to govern Ireland on Tuesday, arguing he's the best person to represent Irish interests in the next phase of Brexit negotiations between the European Union and Britain. The leader of the Fine Gael Party formally asked President Michael...

Labour Party lawmaker Keir Starmer speaks to the media following the launch of his campaign to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, in Stevenage, England, Sunday Jan. 5, 2020.  Starmer criticised the party's recent general election campaign.(Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat

Jan. 13, 2020 1:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Monday that five lawmakers will contend to lead the party as it tries to rebuild support and regain power after last month's electoral drubbing. Labour is choosing a new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn, who is stepping down after the...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen kisses EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michael Barnier on the cheek as they depart 10 Downing Street following a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

France rejects 11-month deadline UK sets on EU trade talks

Jan. 10, 2020 10:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — France made it clear Friday that it does not want to be shackled to the tight deadline British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to impose for the upcoming free trade talks between Britain and the European Union. Johnson has said discussions about the future must be completed by the...

Newspapers are seen for sale in London, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. In a statement Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning

With 'Megxit,' Harry and Meghan aim to control media image

Jan. 9, 2020 2:30 PM EST

The relationship between Britain’s royals and the media is awkward, mistrustful — and seemingly inescapable. But now Meghan and Harry want out. After years of growing tension with the press, the prince and his wife have announced plans to quit their senior royal duties, move part-time to North...

In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The president of the European Commission warned Britain on Wednesday that it won’t get the “highest quality access” to the European Union's market after Brexit unless it makes major concessions. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan 31 exit

Jan. 9, 2020 2:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain passed a long-elusive milestone on the road to Brexit on Thursday when the House of Commons approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the end of the month. Lawmakers voted by 330-231 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets the...