Latest Brexit referendum News

Lawmakers impede next UK leader's path to a no-deal Brexit

Jul. 18, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With Britain set to get a new pro-Brexit leader within days, lawmakers on Thursday erected a roadblock in the path of any attempt by the incoming prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The move came as the U.K.'s official economic watchdog said a...

The Latest: UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit

Jul. 18, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 2 p.m. British lawmakers have put a roadblock in the path of any attempt to take Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The House of Commons passed a motion Thursday that stops the...

The Latest: Watchdog predicts recession after no-deal Brexit

Jul. 18, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's talks to the leave the European Union (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Britain's independent economic watchdog says the U.K. will plunge into recession if it leaves the European Union without a divorce deal, with the pound plunging in value and the economy shrinking by...

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt make final pitch to Conservatives

Jul. 17, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two men competing to be Britain's next leader have held their final televised event in front of Conservative Party members who will decide the winner. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, Britain's former and current foreign secretaries, spoke and answered questions Wednesday in front of...

UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit 'absolutism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, a message that many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader — and at President Donald Trump. May, who is due to leave office in a week after a...

AP FACT CHECK: UK leadership contenders make wild promises

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild. Contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both say they will break the country's political deadlock over Brexit, take Britain out of the European Union, boost the economy...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot that saw her scrape through with nine votes beyond a necessary...

The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

Johnson, Hunt raise Brexit stakes with Irish border views

Jul. 16, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two contenders to become Britain's next prime minister raised the Brexit stakes by saying they will discard a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outgoing leader Theresa May. The pound fell to a 27-month low of $1.2408 Tuesday after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt...

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...