September 4, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says election is needed after lawmakers rule out no-deal Brexit

melis82/iStock(LONDON) -- The U.K. Parliament has voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit in defiance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who now says a general election is the only way out of the country's deepening political crisis. Lawmakers voted 327 to 299 in favor of a law that will force the prime minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline of Oct. 31 if he has not agreed a deal with EU leaders -- a deal that remains unlikely to pass through Parliament. In response, Johnson, who ..
September 4, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson loses vote on early election

melis82/iStock(LONDON) -- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to gain enough parliamentary support to hold an early national election on October 15. SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS The vote came after Parliament voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit in defiance of Johnson, who had said that a general election was the only way out of the country's deepening political crisis. 298 MPs voted in favor of an early election, with 56 voting against. But to hold a so-called snap election,..
September 4, 2019

Hong Kong’s embattled leader withdraws bill that sparked months of unrest

LewisTsePuiLung/iStock(HONG KONG) -- Almost three months into Hong Kong’s worst political crisis since its return to Chinese control, the city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam agreed to formally withdraw the extradition bill that drove millions of people to the streets in protest some 13 weeks ago. In a pre-taped televised address, a weary-looking Lam addressed the city from behind a desk and said the government will formally withdraw the bill “to fully allay public concerns.” “Incidents over these..
September 4, 2019

Churchill’s grandson and 20 other MPs expelled from the Conservative Party for voting against hard Brexit

tolgart/iStock(LONDON) — Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill, has been expelled from the Conservative Party for going against Boris Johnson over Brexit. He and 20 other Conservative members of Parliament "had the whip removed" following their votes against the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which helped to defeat the government's position. A member of parliament since 1983, Soames had only voted against the government th..