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EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

Brexit Party fails to clinch voting pact with Conservatives

Nov. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit Party has failed to reach a tactical voting pact with the ruling Conservatives, saying Thursday that it will field 300 candidates in next month's election to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise of a clean break with the European Union. Brexit...

White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. Anadolu Agency reports Thursday that James Le Mesurier's Swedish...

The Latest: UK won’t name new EU commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 5:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s Brexit-dominated election and its impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 10:10 a.m. With election campaigning in full swing for its Dec. 12 election, Britain has informed its European Union partners that it will not name a new...

The Latest: Tusk: UK to be ‘second-rate player’ post Brexit

Nov. 13, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. European Union Council President Donald Tusk says that the United Kingdom will be “a second-rate player” once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United...

Former Conservative minister urges UK to reject the party

Nov. 13, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A former Conservative Party Cabinet minister said Wednesday that giving the party a majority in next month's election would be ``disastrous'' for the U.K., in the latest example of how the Brexit debate has shattered traditional party alliances in this deeply divided country. David Gauke, who...

Neglected heartland seen as key to Brexit-dominated election

Nov. 13, 2019 5:30 AM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — In Hartlepool, a tough, proud English port town whipped by bitter North Sea winds, people have long felt ignored by politicians in far-off London. But not anymore. Political parties in Britain's Brexit-dominated December election are battling fiercely to win Hartlepool and places...

Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report

Nov. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she's "dumbfounded" that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics before the country holds a national election next month. The former U.S. presidential candidate told British media that the public needs to know what is in...

The Latest: EU asks UK to name commissioner even temporarily

Nov. 12, 2019 7:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Dec. 12 election and the country's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Even though the British government desperately wants to leave the EU, the bloc itself desperately wants a new U.K. Commissioner on its executive team, even if...

Brexit Party shifts tactics, won't challenge Tories in vote

Nov. 11, 2019 2:24 PM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage changed course Monday, announcing that his party would not challenge Conservative candidates in nearly half of the U.K.'s districts, a tactical move that may make it easier for pro-Brexit forces to prevail in the Dec. 12 election. Farage said his...