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Farage’s Brexit Party hit by split a week before UK election

Dec. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One week before Britain votes in a national election, fractures were emerging Thursday within jittery political parties unsure how a volatile electorate will judge them. The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which became the U.K.’s top party in European elections earlier this year, saw...

UK election is full of dirty tricks and political clicks

Dec. 5, 2019 4:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is proving a lawless landscape for political mudslingers mining cyberspace for votes in an election that could determine the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union. Two years after Britain found itself at the epicenter of a global scandal over the misuse of Facebook data...

UK’s Boris Johnson juggles NATO summit with electioneering

Dec. 4, 2019 11:51 AM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson juggled election campaigning with hosting a meeting of NATO leaders on Wednesday, keeping a polite but noticeable distance from unpredictable U.S. President Donald Trump. The gathering was intended to celebrate the 70th birthday of the 29-member...

UK politicians hold breath as Trump arrives mid-campaign

Dec. 3, 2019 7:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want to interfere in Britain’s election campaign. But his presence in London nine days before the Dec. 12 vote is a complication for Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and ammunition for Johnson’s opponents. Trump, who is...

Facebook removes Conservative Party ad with BBC presenters

Dec. 2, 2019 6:01 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says it has removed a Conservative Party ad that used BBC news footage on the grounds that it infringed on intellectual property rights. The BBC had complained about the ad last week, arguing material involving some of its well-known presenters was taken out of context and could...

London extremist attack takes center stage in UK campaign

Dec. 1, 2019 1:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is...

New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

Johnson seeks to focus UK election on Brexit, not his flaws

Nov. 29, 2019 8:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggled Friday to move Britain’s election debate away from questions about his character and onto Brexit, promising to bolster protection for British businesses and farmers once the country has left the European Union. Johnson tried to brush aside...

Surge in new voters sparks talk of UK election ‘youthquake’

Nov. 29, 2019 2:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — In a British election dominated by Brexit, young voters who had no say in the country’s decision to leave the European Union could hold the key to victory. That is, if they can be bothered to vote. It has long been a truth in British politics that young people vote in lower numbers...

Opponents attack Johnson’s character as UK election looms

Nov. 28, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition parties intensified attacks on Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday with two weeks to go until election day, as polls suggested the U.K. leader’s Conservatives have a substantial lead. Johnson was accused of running scared of scrutiny after he declined...