Articles by William James

With COVID Infections Rising, England Limits Gatherings, Plans for Mass Testing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions on social gatherings in England on Wednesday, saying there was a clear need to act after a spike in COVID-19 infections. Speaking at a televised news conference, flanked by his top medical advisers, …

Britain, EU Report Little Progress on Post-Brexit Deal

Britain and the European Union made scant progress towards a deal on future ties in talks last week, and their chief negotiators blamed each other for the stalemate as time ticks down to an end-of-year deadline. “Those who were hoping …

‘Impossible’ to Agree to Full EU-U.K. Brexit Trade Deal by Year End: EU Head

Britain will find it “basically impossible” to negotiate all aspects of its future relationship with the European Union by the end of this year, the head of the European Commission said on Wednesday, adding that both sides must pick priorities. …

EU Eyes Another Brexit Delay as U.K. Edges Toward Election to Break Impasse

EU leaders should delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat, EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday, as Britain spins towards a possible election to break the impasse. As the …

UK Government Will Not Delay Brexit, Says PM Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain’s departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce …

Leaked Document Warned of Fuel, Food, Medicine Shortages If No-Deal Brexit

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers. Setting out a vision …

British PM Johnson Targeted by Opposition Campaigns to Block No-Deal Brexit

Opposition parties launched rival campaigns to topple Prime Minister Boris Johnson and stop him taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal, illustrating fractures in the anti-Brexit movement that make neither scheme likely to succeed. Johnson has promised …

UK Prime Minister to Resign on June 7, Paving Way for Possible No-Deal Brexit

Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union. May’s departure deepens the Brexit crisis as …

Hard Brexit Fears Rise as UK Parliament Again Rejects Prime Minister’s Deal

Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to quit the bloc. …

UK Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly to Ask EU for Brexit Delay

British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union, setting the stage for Prime Minister Theresa May to renew efforts to get her divorce deal approved by parliament next week. Lawmakers approved …