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As British voters cool on Brexit, UK softens tone towards EU

Nov. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Sunday denied a report that it is seeking a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union that would remove many of the economic barriers erected by Brexit — even as it tries to improve ties with the bloc after years of acrimony. ...

Albania: Wrong for Britain to blame Tirana on migrants

Nov. 15, 2022 12:40 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Tuesday that Britain is carrying out a “calculated attack” on his country by blaming it for the increased number of migrants crossing the English Channel. Edi Rama said that the new U.K. Cabinet was scapegoating Albanians...

Rishi Sunak seeks thawed relations at UK-Ireland summit

Nov. 10, 2022 14:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aimed to repair frayed relations with Britain’s European Union neighbors — and with highly skeptical leaders in Scotland and Wales — when he attended a summit of leaders from across the U.K. and Ireland on Thursday. It was the first...

UK delays N Ireland election call to buy time for talks

Nov. 09, 2022 11:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday delayed calling a fresh election in Northern Ireland, hoping to buy time to break an impasse over post-Brexit trade rules that put the administration there on ice. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he was giving...

UK delays Northern Ireland vote to restore power-sharing

Nov. 04, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland elections aimed at restoring the region’s power-sharing government have been delayed until January amid concerns about holding them during the holiday season, the U.K. government said Friday. Efforts to end a stalemate over post-Brexit trade rules...

UK delays calling N Ireland election amid Brexit impasse

Oct. 28, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland's political deadlock deepened Friday when the U.K. government delayed calling an early election for the Belfast-based Assembly after a deadline to restore the mothballed administration expired. The limbo means more uncertainty and delays to government...

Brexit crisis pushes N Ireland to brink of new election

Oct. 27, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland is headed for an unwanted early election after its deadlocked lawmakers failed Thursday to break a political impasse triggered by Britain's exit from the European Union that has shaken the power-sharing structure underpinning the region's hard-won peace. ...

Britain's political turmoil shatters its pragmatic image

Oct. 21, 2022 05:06 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — When the United Kingdom walked out of the European Union two years ago, Brexit supporters believed British pragmatism and common sense would not only see them through but also allow their country to flourish as it stood alone. That self-image was, many felt,...

Tory troubles: A brief timeline of UK political upheavals

Oct. 20, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It is a British cliché that a week is a long time in politics. Liz Truss proved it true on Thursday when she became the shortest-serving British prime minister in history. In a matter of days, her U-turn on economic plans that made global markets jittery and the resignations of key...

Truss quits, but UK's political and economic turmoil persist

Oct. 20, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss quit Thursday after a tumultuous and historically brief term marred by economic policies that roiled financial markets and a rebellion in her political party that obliterated her authority. After just 45 days in office, Truss became...