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Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

Jul. 14, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador's blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018...

British activist readies legal bid over no-deal Brexit

Jul. 14, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An anti-Brexit activist who won a major legal case against the British government said Sunday she will go to court again if the next prime minister tries to force the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal. Businesswoman Gina Miller said she instructed her lawyers to serve notice to...

Brexit, domestic drama and Trump drive UK leadership race

Jul. 12, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next leader has been dominated by Brexit, but disrupted by domestic drama and Donald Trump. Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union divided the country, upended its politics and ultimately defeated Prime Minister Theresa May. She resigned as...

UK PM May takes swipe at front-runner Boris Johnson

Jul. 12, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Outgoing British Prime Minster Theresa May has leveled a thinly disguised swipe at Conservative Party front-runner Boris Johnson as she underscored the necessity of character in taking on the country's top post. May told the Daily Mail in an interview published Friday that the job of prime...

UK rate-setter: Rates may be cut to zero in no-deal Brexit

Jul. 12, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of the Bank of England's nine monetary policymakers says it's "more likely" that he will vote to slash the bank's main interest rate to zero if the country leaves the European Union without a deal, to smooth its path to any future relationship. In a speech Friday, Gertjan Vlieghe also...

Branson: Pound could be just a dollar in 'no-deal' Brexit

Jul. 11, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has warned that the pound's value would fall to that of the dollar if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal — a stark prediction that will fuel worries about the economic pressures facing the country. Traders see the possibility of a...

Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

Jul. 10, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a U.K. departure from the European Union without a deal. John Major told the BBC it would be unacceptable and against...

UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US

Jul. 10, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It all so seemed so rosy in the stately Anglo-U.S. garden, however forced, just a few weeks ago. President Donald Trump was being feted by British royalty and like-minded politicians, though the protesters decrying the American leader's visit were loud and in great numbers in London's...

UK economy recovers in May, easing immediate recession fears

Jul. 10, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British economy bounced back in May, official figures showed Wednesday, allaying some fears that the country could slip into recession ahead of the revised Brexit deadline. The Office for National Statistics said the economy grew a monthly 0.3% in May, largely because carmakers ramped up...

UK envoy's leaked views inspire more insults in Trump tweets

Jul. 9, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Britain's ambassador to the United States for a second day, describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool" after leaked documents revealed the envoy's dim view of Trump's administration. Trump fired off a series of tweets about Ambassador Kim Darroch...