Brexit

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo, scaffolding surrounds the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, in London. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment Britain leaves the European Union -- 11 p.m. (2300GMT) on Jan. 31. Parliamentary officials say it is not worth the cost, which could come to 500,000 pounds ($650,000). The House of Commons Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 that because the clock mechanism has been dismantled and the belfry is currently getting a new floor, arranging for the bell to ring “could result in huge costs to the public purse.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
January 26, 2020 - 4:30 am
LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just days away, Britons are fighting over the chimes of Big Ben. And the White Cliffs of Dover are a battleground. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, people are divided over how to mark a historic moment that some are relishing but others...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 17, 1997 ,file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, foreground, mounts a bike, along with European leaders in Amsterdam. One of Blair's ambitions after his Labour Party won a landslide election victory in May, 1997, was to put Britain at the "heart of Europe." However, his decision to join the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003 put him at odds with many in Europe, notably French President Jacques Chirac. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave what became known as the European Union after 47 years of membership. (AP Photo/Hermann Knippertz, File)
January 25, 2020 - 2:00 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue...
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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, center, looks at European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, front left, and European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos, front right, as he arrives to an European Finance Ministers meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
January 24, 2020 - 5:26 am
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German finance minister says he is confident that his country won’t suffer from Brexit but that Britain will inevitably face “consequences” from its decision to leave the European Union. At a panel at the World Economic Forum, Olaf Scholz said Britain’s financial sector...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 1990, file photo, Britain's then Treasury chief John Major outside Parliament after he announced he would stand to replace Margaret Thatcher as prime minister. He won and sought to mend fences with the then European Community while still negotiating an opt-out to keep Britain out of the euro single currency. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave what became known as the European Union after 47 years of membership. (AP Photo/Robin Nowacki, File)
January 24, 2020 - 2:09 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekley session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
January 23, 2020 - 7:47 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans announced in the House of Commons that the Withdrawal Agreement Act had received royal assent...
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Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
January 23, 2020 - 7:36 am
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, the European Union and what will soon be post-Brexit Britain have all raised the prospect of concluding trade deals between themselves by the end of this year, setting up an intense few months of negotiations. High-level representatives said Thursday at...
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A member holds a document inside the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Britain's House of Lords is considering the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is due to pass through its final stages before returning to the House of Commons. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
January 22, 2020 - 3:13 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament on Wednesday after the House of Lords abandoned attempts to amend it, leaving the U.K. on course to leave the European Union next week. The bill was approved by Parliament's upper chamber after the House of Commons overturned...
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In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The president of the European Commission warned Britain on Wednesday that it won’t get the “highest quality access” to the European Union's market after Brexit unless it makes major concessions. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)
January 20, 2020 - 12:49 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans hit a hurdle Monday when Parliament’s upper chamber told the government to give European Union citizens living in the U.K. physical proof of their right to remain after the country leaves the bloc. The House of Lords voted by 270-229...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, shakes hands with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London, Monday Jan. 20, 2020. Boris Johnson is hosting 54 African heads of state or government in London. The move comes as the U.K. prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world. (Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP)
January 20, 2020 - 3:57 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Harry touted the U.K. as an ideal business partner for Africa on Monday as their country prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world. But Britain faces tough challenges as it seeks to assert itself on a continent with several of the...
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Anti Brexit campaigner Steve Bray demonstrates outside Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Britain is due to leave the European Union on Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
January 18, 2020 - 1:26 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result. Sajid Javid told the Financial Times in an...
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