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    UK lawmakers voted in favour of taking control of the parliamentary agenda of 4 September, signalling a major defeat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The parliament voted in favour 328 to 301, with 21 members of Johnson's own Conservative party voting against him.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has started answering questions from MPs in the wake of the British Conservative Party losing its majority in the Parliament.

    A total of 21 members of the ruling Conservative Party have been expelled, following their vote against the leader of the party, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an effort to block a no-deal Brexit.

    Following the vote on 3 September, Johnson announced that he would call snap elections, saying he saw this as the only solution to the political crisis in the country surrounding Brexit.

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    • 23:46

      UK Lawmakers Reject Prime Minister Johnson's Request to Hold an Early Election

      UK Lawmakers Reject Prime Minister Johnson's Request to Hold an Early Election

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday failed to win the approval of enough members of parliament to go ahead with an early election.
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    • 23:32

      UK Lawmakers Begin Voting on Whether to Hold an Early Election

    • 22:05

      Johnson Should Put His Plan Before People in Referendum or Election - Corbyn

    • 21:54

      UK Lawmakers Approve Brexit Delay Law at Final House of Commons Stage

      UK Lawmakers Approve Brexit Delay Law at Final House of Commons Stage

      Since assuming office, Johnson has been pushing for withdrawal by the 31 October deadline even without a deal. Because he lost the parliamentary majority, the prime minister can no longer guarantee that UK lawmakers will ratify any potential deal, should Brussels agree to renegotiate.
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    • 21:35

      EU Citizens Can Apply for 3-Year Right to Remain in UK After No-Deal Brexit

      "After Brexit, EU citizens who move to the UK for the first time will be able to apply for a 36-month temporary immigration status - European Temporary Leave to Remain (TLR)", the government said in a document.

      "Applications to the new Euro TLR scheme will be simple and free and will be made after arrival in the UK".

    • 21:26

      Kinnock Amendment to Brexit Delay Bill is Approved Without Vote - UK Deputy Speaker

      Just minutes after it was reported that UK lawmakers had started voting on the Kinnock amendment to the Brexit delay bill it was approved, a deputy speaker announced. Previous reports said that the amendment had been cancelled.

    • 21:23

      UK Lawmakers Reject Graham Amendment to Brexit Delay Law

      65 lawmakers have voted for the Graham amendment to the Brexit delay bill, while 495 voted against.

    • 21:11

      Graham Amendment Being Voted on Would Require Gov’t to Hold a Vote on Deal by 21 Oct

    • 21:03

      UK Lawmakers Start Voting on Amendment to Brexit Delay Bill

    • 20:39

      Anti-Brexit Activists Protest in London’s Parliament Square - Video

      Protesters rally against delay of the Brexit process in London, the United Kingdom on 29 March, 2019

      Anti-Brexit Activists Protest in London’s Parliament Square - Video

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned during a heated debate with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the Parliament that he would push for snap general elections to be held on 15 October after lawmakers received the chance to block a no-deal Brexit.
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    • 20:16

      Boris Johnson Told 1922 Committee There Must be Snap Election - Lawmaker

    • 19:54

      US President Donald Trump is Not Worried for Boris Johnson, Claims 'He Knows How to Win'

    • 19:49

      UK Finance Chief Believes Brexit Will Reaffirm United Kingdom as Global Economic Leader

      "Brexit will allow us to reshape the British economy and reaffirm our place as a world-leading economic power", UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said, addressing the parliament with a budget speech.

      The UK government will have the opportunity to introduce more flexible regulation and get away from "inefficient EU programmes," creating their own alternatives, he noted.

      "Even if we leave with no deal, I’m confident we will be able to secure a deep, 'best in class' free trade agreement with the EU and we will be able to pursue a genuinely independent free trade policy with the rest of the world", the chancellor said.

    • 19:42

      ‘We Need a New Mayor’: Sadiq Khan Jeered at Outside British Parliament - Video

      Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks in Westminster, London, Britain August 28, 2019.

      ‘We Need a New Mayor’: Sadiq Khan Jeered at Outside British Parliament - Video

      During a PMQ session on Wednesday, Johnson confirmed his intention to hold snap elections on 15 October if lawmakers seek an extension of the Brexit deadline. British PM Boris Johnson lost his working parliamentary majority on Tuesday after MPs voted to take the “no-deal” option off the table.
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    • 19:30

      Brexit Minister Tells EU Ambassadors Brussels Fails to Offer Backstop Replacement -Reports

      UK Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has told EU ambassadors that the bloc was not doing enough to come up with solutions to replace the Irish backstop plan as there are less than two months before the country is due to leave the bloc, The Guardian reported.

      The European Union repeatedly warned the United Kingdom that their negotiations are "going nowhere" in response to Johnson’s claim that progress is being made in the talks, The Guardian wrote.

      A team of the UK officials led by the prime minister's envoy to the EU, David Frost, will hold talks with the European Commission's negotiating team in Brussels on 4 September.

    • 19:25

      British Parliamentarians Approve First Stage of Law to Delay Brexit

      Anti-Brexit protestors demonstrate at Whitehall in London, Britain, August 31, 2019

      British Parliamentarians Approve First Stage of Law to Delay Brexit

      The Conservative Party has withdrawn the whip from 21 MPs who rebelled against the government in an attempt to block a no-deal Brexit. And now they have suffered a second successive defeat in a crucial parliamentary vote.
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    • 19:01

      UK Government Commissions Points-Based Immigration Scheme Review Amid Looming Brexit

      UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has commissioned a review of the points-based immigration system to see if it would work for her country after Brexit.

      "I am asking the MAC … to conduct a review of the Australian immigration system and similar systems to advise on what best practice can be used to strengthen the UK labour market and attract the best and brightest from around the world", she wrote.

      In addition to the ongoing review of possible salary thresholds for migrants, MAC will be required to consider what it takes to replace the dual system — which allows EU workers of all skill levels to work in the country while admitting only skilled workers from third countries — with a skills-based one.

      The minister suggested that prospective migrants be given points based on the desirable attributes they possess. These include educational qualifications, language proficiency, work experience, and willingness to work in particular areas and occupation.

    • 18:26

      Corbyn Accuses Johnson of ‘Hiding Facts’ About No-Deal Brexit Ramifications

      "The prime minister failed to answer my questions about food supply, about medicine supplies and about the problems in hospitals [in the wake of a no-deal]. He refuses to publish the Yellowhammer documents and he talks about scaremongering. Where does the information come from other than his office and his government? … He is now prepared to spend 100 million pounds of our money on an advertising campaign in order to try to persuade people that everything is fine. He knows it’s not. They know it’s not. He is hiding the facts!" Corbyn said.

    • 18:25

      A Big Girl's Blouse: Commons in Uproar as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn Clash in PMQs Over Brexit, General Election

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament in London, Britain, September 4, 2019

      A Big Girl's Blouse: Commons in Uproar as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn Clash in PMQs Over Brexit, General Election

      Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) moved at a frantic pace as UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn squared off in a heated battle over Brexit, which saw a flurry of insults and accusations thrown from both sides.
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    • 17:52

      Rebel Bill Intended to Secure UK Doesn’t Withdraw From EU Without Deal - Lawmaker

      "The purpose of the bill is very simple. It is to ensure that the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union on the 31st October without an agreement", opposition Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn stated.

      "The bill is deliberately open as to the purpose of the extension". 

    • 17:42

      British Labour Party Wants Rebel Bill to Pass Before Backing Election

      Labour's finance policy chief John McDonnell stated the party wanted the bill to get Royal Assent, adding that "we're also not going to be tricked or conned by Johnson so we're looking at every way in which, having secured the legislation, he can't wriggle out of abiding by the law and implementing it".

    • 16:35

      Once We Have Ensured No-Deal is off the Table That is Time to Consider Election - Labour Junior Finance Minister

      "If we are going to make sure we have successfully taken no-deal away from where we might end up that has to be implemented in full - and if we didn't do that the risk would clearly be that the prime minister would simply be in charge of the process and get to that position by default", unior finance spokesman Jonathan Reynolds said.

    • 15:48

      Theresa May Just 'Loving Life' While Johnson Answers Questions at PMQs Session - Videos

    • 15:42

      'Johnson Wanted to Have All Benefits of EU Membership With None of the Responsibilities' - Think Tank

      J. Scott Marcus, a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economics think tank, and an independent consultant has commented on the cost of a no-deal Brexit and the possibilities of the EU giving Johnson what he wants.

      In essence, Johnson (like many Brexiteers) has wanted from the start to have nearly all of the benefits of EU membership with none of the responsibilities. His current negotiating posture with the EU and with his own Parliament assumes that the EU will be motivated to cut a deal that is highly favourable to the UK.

      This is a completely flawed vision. The UK is under far greater pressure than the EU, for the simple reason that the EU represents a far greater share of the UK's international trade than vice versa. The EU has long since "priced in" the cost of a no-deal Brexit, and is not happy with it but can live with it. It is less costly than the damage that would be done to the EU by granting special favours to the UK that every other member state would then insist on.

      So the EU is not going to give Johnson what he wants. It is as simple as that. Johnson and his cohorts are still in denial - they have an unrealistic vision of the UK's value and importance.

      Parliament either will or will not, force a change of course. This will possibly be resolved in the next 24 hours. What exactly will happen is unclear, but it is clear that Johnson has lost his majority.

    • 15:35

      UK Stirs Concerns in EU Over Plans to Leave Expired Oil Rigs in North Sea - Reports

      Section of the BP ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) oil platform in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland. (File)

      UK Stirs Concerns in EU Over Plans to Leave Expired Oil Rigs in North Sea - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK government's plans to abandon polluted, decommissioned oil rigs in the North Sea has faced bitter criticism from the European Commission and five EU member states, which claim that leaving old oil infrastructure amounts to a "ticking timebomb", The Guardian newspaper reported.
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    • 14:58

      Tory Rory: Conservative MP Says He Was Thrown out of Party by Text While Grabbing Best Politican Award

      Britain's International Development Secretary Rory Stewart reacts as he attends a press conference following a meeting hold by the United Nations on the Ebola disease in Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 15, 2019, in Geneva

      Tory Rory: Conservative MP Says He Was Thrown out of Party by Text While Grabbing Best Politician Award

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the UK Parliament to dump a bill that, according to him, should be referred to as “Jeremy Corbyn's surrender bill” - one that would block a no-deal Brexit. What promptly followed was a vote against Johnson and the government’s agenda, leading to 21 longstanding party members being expelled.
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    • 14:49

      Boris Johnson Swears During PMQs - Video

    • 14:46

      Dublin Would Back Brexit Extension If It is Sought - Irish Foreign Minister

      Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has stated that the government wants to send a very clear message to every business in Ireland that “we need to prepare for the worst”.

    • 14:43

      UK Prime Minister Johnson Calls Labour's Economic Plans 'Sh*t' During Parliament Questions Session

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament in London, Britain, September 4, 2019

      UK Prime Minister Johnson Calls Labour's Economic Plans 'Sh*t' in Parliament - Video

      The prime minister was answering a barrage of questions in the UK Parliament after a crushing defeat in a crucial vote on 3 September that opened the way for Parliament to stop him from a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
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    • 14:36

      'I Think Tariffs on Scotch Whisky Would Be Absolutely Absurd' - Johnson

      "I think that tariffs on Scotch whisky would be absolutely absurd - a point that we have made repeatedly to our friends in the United States", Johnson said. 

    • 14:27

      Boris Johnson Calls Jeremy Corbyn a 'Chlorinated Chicken' - Video

    • 14:11

      Johnson Proposes Early Vote on 15 October

      "Can I invite the leader of the opposition to confirm, when he stands up shortly, that if that surrender bill is passed, he will allow the people of this country to have their view on what he is proposing to hand over in their name, with an election on October the 15th", Johnson stated.

    • 14:11

      We Will Get the Backstop Out And Get an Agreement - Johnson

    • 14:06

      Rebel Bill is the Only Thing That Stands in the Way of UK Leaving EU on 31 October - PM Johnson

      "This government will take this country out of the European Union on October 31st, and there is only one thing that stands in our way, it is the 'surrender bill' currently being proposed by the leader of the opposition [Corbyn]", Johnson told Parliament.

    • 14:02

      UK PM Boris Johnson Attends PMQ Session in Parliament After Tories Lose Majority - Video

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a speech on domestic priorities at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, northwest England on July 27, 2019.

      UK Parliament Holds Debate and Vote on No-Deal Brexit After Tories Lose Majority - Video

      The head of the UK cabinet earlier vowed to hold a snap election if the Parliament voted to take over the Brexit agenda on Tuesday.
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    • 13:56

      EU Officials Still in Talks With Ireland to Work out How to Carry Out Checks in Case of No-Deal Brexit

      The European Union is still in talks with Dublin over how to carry out border checks on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit but such controls would inevitably be "disruptive", according to EU officials.

    • 13:48

      Corbyn Along With Opposition Leaders Won’t Support Election Until No-Deal Threat is Gone - Reports

      British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has just had another meeting with opposition leaders this morning who concluded that they wouldn’t support elections until confident the no-deal threat has passed, a BBC political editor reported.

      Corbyn has told opposition parties that Labour will not fall for "Boris Johnson's tricks".

    • 13:37

      UK Prime Minister Johnson Remains EU's Negotiating Partner on Brexit - EU Commission

      "There is a UK government in place so our interlocutor at the highest political level for (Commission) President Juncker remains Prime Minister Johnson", a Commission spokeswoman told a regular briefing.

    • 13:18

      Backstop is the Only Solution Identified at This Stage to Safeguard Irish Peace Accord - European Commission Spokeswoman

    • 13:15

      Britain’s Heading to ‘Very Dark Place’ Says Farage as Parliament Votes Against ‘No-deal’ Option

      Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a Brexit Party news conference in London, Britain August 27, 2019

      Britain’s Heading to ‘Very Dark Place’ Says Farage as Parliament Votes Against ‘No-deal’ Option

      Boris Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the European Union by 31 October with or without a deal, which has been severely criticised by groups fearing a disorderly Brexit. Johnson, however, lost his working parliamentary majority on Tuesday, potentially steering him off the “no-deal” course.
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    • 13:15

      UK Parliament Suspension Does Not Contravene the Rule of Law, Scottish Court Rules

      a British flag is blown by the wind near to Big Ben's clock tower in front of the UK Houses of Parliament in central London

      UK Parliament Suspension Does Not Contravene the Rule of Law, Scottish Court Rules

      The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he wants to get Britain out of the European Union by 31 October. Last week he persuaded the Queen to suspend, or prorogue, Parliament for a month.
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