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In Brexit limbo, UK veers between high anxiety, grim humor

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — It's said that history often repeats itself — the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Many Britons feel they are living through both at the same time as their country navigates its way out of the European Union. The British government awarded a contract to ship in emergency...

The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

UK students protest lack of action on climate change

Feb. 15, 2019 7:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chanting "Save our Planet!" thousands of students around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain's Conservative government take action on climate change. The demonstrators, many in their school uniforms, skipped class and are refusing to take exams, hoping to gain the attention of...

UK's May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

Feb. 14, 2019 1:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent EU and a resistant U.K. Parliament — with Brexit just six weeks away. A rebellion by hard-core...

The Latest: UK lawmakers repeat dislike of EU divorce deal

Feb. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 5:45 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing parliamentary defeat on Brexit as lawmakers remain resistant to her EU divorce plan. The House of Commons voted 303 to 258 on Thursday against a...

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit as lawmakers remain resistant to her plan.

Feb. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EST
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit as lawmakers remain resistant to her plan. .

Cypriot UK bases court jails man for people trafficking bid

Feb. 14, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A court within the two British military bases in Cyprus has sentenced a Palestinian man to six months in prison after finding him guilty of trying to illegally bring two men into a base from the island's Turkish Cypriot breakaway north. A bases statement said Thursday that Mohammed...

The Latest: Germany hopes for soccer Brexit

Feb. 13, 2019 12:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:40 p.m. German diplomats are showing little sense of fair play before three crucial meetings in the battle to rule Europe. Germany's foreign ministry tweeted Wednesday that while it laments Britain's...

UK government downplays suggestion it will seek Brexit delay

Feb. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — On the eve of more divisive votes in Parliament over Brexit, the British government on Wednesday downplayed a report that it plans to offer lawmakers a choice between backing Prime Minister Theresa May's unpopular divorce deal and a delay to the U.K.'s exit from the European Union. An ITV...

The Latest: EU official annoyed by lack of Brexit progress

Feb. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official is increasingly exasperated by the lack of clear British proposals coming from London seeking to unblock the current deadlock. Guy Verhofstadt met with the British...