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Chronicle of Julian Assange's stay in the Ecuadorian embassy

Apr. 11, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, was arrested at the Embassy of Ecuador in London Thursday — seven years after he first took refuge there. A look at key events in the Assange saga: — August 2010: Swedish prosecutor issues arrest warrant for Assange...

What next? Some scenarios for UK as Brexit crisis unfolds

Apr. 6, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European Union leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make Brexit work. Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement in place unless a plan is reached or a further extension is granted. British politicians are...

UK government, opposition search for a Brexit plan

Apr. 4, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government and senior opposition figures tried Thursday to overcome intractable differences and forge a new plan for departing the European Union, as the bloc warned of dire consequences if the U.K. leaves the EU without an agreement next week. Prime Minister Theresa May was...

UK PM May faces heavy pressure to step down to save Brexit

Mar. 24, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May was scrambling Sunday to win over adversaries to her Brexit withdrawal plan as key Cabinet ministers denied media reports that they were plotting to oust her. May spent the afternoon ensconced in a crisis meeting at her country residence Chequers with...

May to UK lawmakers: Back my Brexit deal or face long delay

Mar. 17, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that it would be "a potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure" if a Brexit delay meant that the U.K. has to take part in May's European Parliament election — almost three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc....

The Latest: UK lawmakers vote strongly to delay Brexit

Mar. 15, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:45 p.m. British lawmakers have voted to delay Brexit, just 15 days before the country is scheduled to leave the European Union. The House of Commons voted 413-202 Thursday in favor of seeking to postpone the U.K.'s...

Brextension: UK lawmakers vote to seek delay of EU departure

Mar. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a stalemate over Brexit, British politicians have chosen to delay it. After weeks of political gridlock, Parliament voted Thursday to seek to postpone the country's departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit date of March 29....

UK lawmakers vote against no-deal Brexit, now aim for delay

Mar. 13, 2019 11:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a tentative first step toward ending months of political deadlock, British lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the country from leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement, triggering an attempt to delay that departure, currently due to take place on March 29. Parliament is...

Big tech companies cast as monopolies in UK government study

Mar. 13, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple are once again being cast as monopolies that have become too powerful for society's good, a recurring theme that's increasing the pressure to rein them in. A 150-page report commissioned by the British government depicts big digital companies in search,...

UK unveils new tariff regime in event of 'no-deal' Brexit

Mar. 13, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Business leaders reacted with fury Wednesday after the British government unveiled a temporary tariff regime that could see higher prices on an array of imports ranging from cars to butter, if the country crashes out of the European Union later this month without a deal. The tariffs, which...