Latest Brexit referendum News

The Latest: Johnson takes bigger lead in race to lead UK

Jun. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the voting to elect Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Boris Johnson has increased his lead in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, as one of his rivals was eliminated from the contest. Five contenders in all were still in the running after a...

UK man fined for hurling milkshake at Brexiteer Nigel Farage

Jun. 18, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to community service for dousing pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage with a milkshake. Paul Crowther pleaded guilty Tuesday to common assault and criminal damage. He said he regretted throwing the banana-and-salted caramel shake at the Brexit Party leader....

Ex-rival backs Boris Johnson in UK leadership race

Jun. 18, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former candidate to lead Britain's Conservative Party threw her support behind front-runner Boris Johnson on Tuesday, bolstering his lead as lawmakers prepared to eliminate at least one contender from the race to become prime minister. Andrea Leadsom, an ardent backer of Brexit, told LBC...

UK Conservative hopefuls fight for No 2 spot against Johnson

Jun. 17, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Contenders for leadership in Britain's Conservative Party jostled for attention Monday as the race narrowed into a contest to seize the mantle of challenger to front-runner Boris Johnson. With Johnson solidly ahead after winning 114 of the 313 votes in first-round voting among party...

Boris Johnson skips debate as Tory rivals quizzed on Brexit

Jun. 16, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Candidates seeking to beat Boris Johnson and become Britain's next prime minister accused the Brexit-backing front runner of trying to avoid scrutiny after he refused to take part in a televised debate alongside his five rivals Sunday. "Where is Boris?" Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt asked as...

UK leader race down to 6 contenders, Boris Johnson in front

Jun. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of seven contenders to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May quit the Conservative Party leadership race on Friday, as front-runner Boris Johnson was accused by rivals of trying to dodge media scrutiny. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that after the first round of voting it was...

High-profile UK political defection highlights Brexit schism

Jun. 14, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A prominent British lawmaker who quit the Labour Party to try to form a new pro-European political force has moved on again, this time joining the centrist Liberal Democrats. Chuka Umunna's move is the latest sign of Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's established political order. Umunna and 10...

Boris Johnson takes strong lead in race for next UK leader

Jun. 13, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson took a commanding lead Thursday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first round of voting by Conservative Party lawmakers. Johnson, a former foreign secretary and leading Brexit...

UK police assess comic's battery-acid quip about politicians

Jun. 13, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police say they are "assessing" a comedian's joke about throwing battery acid at politicians, a quip that was condemned by Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage. Discussing recent milkshake-hurlings at politicians including Farage, Jo Brand said on a BBC radio comedy show: "'Why bother with...

How the Tories choose a new leader - and UK prime minister

Jun. 13, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party is holding a contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who stepped down from the party helm last week after failing to deliver Brexit. Ten candidates wanted to follow May as party leader and into the prime minister's office. A series of knockout votes will...