Democratic Unionist Party

  • Ireland Oct 24, 2019

    UK’s Johnson Seeks Dec. 12 Election to Break Brexit Impasse

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his promise of an October Brexit and pinned his hopes on a December election. Two days after lawmakers stymied Johnson’s latest attempt to pass his European Union divorce deal, he said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse was a general election. Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to...

  • Ireland Oct 19, 2019

    UK’s Johnson Asks for Brexit Delay, But Argues Against It

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.’s exit, scheduled for Oct. 31. A law passed by Parliament last month set a late-night deadline for the...

  • Ireland Oct 18, 2019

    Johnson Urges Support for Brexit Deal Before Knife-Edge Vote

    Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave the European Union in two weeks. His message to allies and opponents alike: Approve the agreement so Britain can finally put the tortuous, three-year Brexit saga behind...

  • Conservative Party Aug 2, 2019

    Boris Johnson’s Party Suffers Defeat in UK Special Election

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s governing Conservative Party lost a special election early Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister nine days ago, the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the opposition Liberal...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Apr 1, 2019

    UK Parliament Rejects Alternatives to May’s Brexit Deal

    Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government’s unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain’s departure. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons threw out...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Mar 31, 2019

    Brexit Creates Power Vacuum at Heart of Britain’s Government

    Britain’s Parliament is deadlocked over plans to leave the European Union. The country’s ruling Conservative Party is fractured by an undeclared leadership contest. Opposition parties are baying for an early general election. A power vacuum has paralyzed the heart of Britain’s government, dismaying both the European Union and the British public. In the next two weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Mar 30, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Mar 30, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Mar 29, 2019

    UK Faces New Brexit Crisis After Lawmakers Reject May’s Deal

    British lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock. It’s either that, or a long delay to the country’s exit from the EU. The alternatives...

  • Democratic Unionist Party Mar 27, 2019

    UK Leader May Says She’ll Step Down If Brexit Deal OK’d

    British Prime Minister Theresa May offered up her job in exchange for her Brexit deal Wednesday, telling colleagues she would quit within weeks if the agreement was passed and Britain left the European Union. May’s dramatic concession that “there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership” was a last-ditch effort to bring enough reluctant colleagues on...

  • Conservative Party Mar 25, 2019

    UK Lawmakers Seize Brexit Agenda in Bid to Break Deadlock

    British lawmakers seized a measure of control over the stalled Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May’s foundering government Monday, setting up a series of votes that could dramatically alter the course of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union. The move came after May conceded that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected divorce deal with the EU again if she...

  • London Mar 24, 2019

    UK’s Theresa May Faces Pressure to Step Down to Save Brexit

    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 fellow Conservatives and outspoken Brexit advocates like Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and others who...

  • Europe Jan 16, 2019

    May’s UK Government Wins No-Confidence Vote, Battles On

    British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes, on an opposition motion seeking to topple her...

  • Attorney General Dec 5, 2018

    UK Parliament, PM Theresa May Face Off in Brexit Showdown

    British lawmakers opened Round Two in their bruising battle with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government over her Brexit deal, as the release of previously secret legal advice provided more ammunition for opponents of her unpopular divorce agreement with the European Union. May’s Conservative government is struggling to convince skeptical legislators that the divorce deal it has struck with the EU...

  • Chief Nov 15, 2018

    Defiant UK Leader Tells Critics It’s Her Brexit Deal or Chaos

    Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into “deep and grave uncertainty.” Britain’s long-simmering divisions over its future in the EU erupted into turmoil just a day after the government agreed to a divorce deal with the...

  • Ireland Jul 23, 2018

    UK Faces Calls to Liberalize Northern Ireland Abortion Laws

    The British government faced intensifying pressure Sunday to take steps to legalize abortions in Northern Ireland, where terminating a pregnancy remains a criminal offense even as tight abortion restrictions are being lifted in the Republic of Ireland. More than 170 politicians from political parties in Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland sent a letter to the Sunday Times that urged the...

  • Ireland Dec 8, 2017

    UK, EU Claim Brexit Breakthrough; Eye Talks on Future Ties

    Britain and the European Union hammered out a deal early Friday that allows Brexit talks to finally move on to the all-important issues of trade and the future relationship between the two. But some of the details appeared contradictory and leave some of the toughest issues unresolved. The last stumbling block had involved the border between Ireland — an EU...

  • Ireland Oct 4, 2017

    Cough, Prankster Make UK Leader’s ‘British Dream’ Speech a Nightmare

    British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to her party Wednesday for a disastrous election result and promised economic help for struggling families, as she tried to restore momentum to a divided government. In a Conservative Party conference speech full of idealistic language but interrupted by a prankster, May said the election campaign had been “too scripted, too presidential.” “I led...

  • Ireland Jun 26, 2017

    Northern Ireland Party Signs Deals to Back UK Conservative Government

    The leader of a Northern Ireland-based party struck a 1.5 billion pound ($1.9 billion) deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives on Monday to support her minority government in a crucial vote on her legislative package later this week. Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said the details of the deal with the Conservatives will be published later. The...

  • Ireland Jun 11, 2017

    Tottering Theresa May Names New UK Cabinet as Critics Circle

    Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her — and others said her days were numbered after last week’s disastrous election. May is seeking a deal with a Northern Irish party to prop up the Conservative minority administration, and lawmakers said the rebuff from voters meant the...

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