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Tories Set To Pick Between Two Women To Replace David Cameron

British Houses Of Parliament

Regardless of the outcome of the Conservative Party’s leadership race, the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be a woman.

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

With The Future In The Balance, British Voters Head To The Polls In ‘Brexit’ Vote

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Voters in the United Kingdom are headed to the polls in a vote that will have widespread consequences.

Jo Cox, Member Of British Parliament, Murdered In Northern England, Possible ‘Brexit’ Connection

Jo Cox

A freshman Member of Parliament was murdered today, and there may have been a political motive.

‘Leave’ Takes The Lead In Latest ‘Brexit’ Polling

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With just over a week to go, the latest polling shows voters in the United Kingdom leaning toward leaving the European Union.

United Kingdom Sets ‘Brexit’ Referendum Vote For June 23rd

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Britons will go to the polls in June to decide the future of their country’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria


The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

The Vote Could Be As Much As Two Years Away, But Support For A ‘Brexit’ Seems To Be Growing

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A vote is still as much as two years away, and support for staying in the E.U. still has the most support, but support for the idea of a British exit from the European Union has grown in the past several months.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

British Labour Party Takes A Strong Tilt Left In Leadership Election

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain’s Labour Party has taken a hard tilt left with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

As Far As Europe Is Concerned, The Debate Over The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Over

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Congress is set to debate the Iran nuclear deal next month, but as far as Europe is concerned the debate is already over.

What Went Wrong With The Polls In The British Election?


Pollsters on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to figure out why the polls released right up until the eve of the British General Election were so wrong. Here’s one theory, and it’s very compelling.

David Cameron To Propose Broad Expansion Of Powers To Crackdown On ‘Extremism’

David Cameron

Fresh off an election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to propose a series of new measures to crackdown on extremism that raise serious civil liberties concerns.

The British General Election And The Future Of The United Kingdom

British Houses Of Parliament

With the election behind him, David Cameron’s biggest problems may be yet to come.

European Commission Plan Would Require All E.U. Members To Accept Migrants

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A plan to distribute migrants from the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa across the entire European Union seems destined to cause political conflict.

Jim Messina Beats David Axelrod In British Election Battle

David Axelrod Jim Messina

The just-concluded British General Election was also a clash between two former top advisers to President Obama.

David Cameron And Britain’s Conservative Party Score A Surprising Win

David Cameron

After weeks of polls predicting a political stalemate or worse, British voters delivered a strong win for David Cameron and the Tories.

As Great Britain Heads To The Polls, Uncertainty Reigns

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The political outlook in the United Kingdom is as uncertain as it has ever been.

The Most Important Person In British Politics May Be Someone Who Isn’t On The Ballot

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, could hold the key to the future of Britain in her hands after the election ends on May 7th.

Bernie Sanders Has A Brother Running For A Seat In Parliament In Britain


Senator Bernie Sanders announced last week that he was running for President, but it turns out he’s not the only one in the family with a taste for electoral politics. His older brother is running for a seat in the British Parliament in this week’s elections: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont promised to fight for […]

America Hasn’t Really Noticed, But It’s Election Time In The United Kingdom

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Great Britain heads to the polls in less than a week, and it remains unclear just what’s going to happen.

British Government Backs N.F.L. Franchise In London, But It Doesn’t Make Sense

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The N.F.L. and the British Government are both behind the idea of a franchise in London, but the idea doesn’t really make sense for the league, or the game.

Scots Reject Independence, But The United Kingdom May Never Be The Same

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The United Kingdom will stay united, but it may never be the same again.

Final Election Eve Poll In Scotland Finds ‘No’ Leading By Six Points

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As this post is being written, voters in Scotland have been heading to the polls for roughly seven hours, and polls will remain open until 10pm local time, or 5pm U.S. Eastern time. By all accounts, turnout is expected to be quite high, and neither side is claiming that they are assured of victory. However, […]

On Eve Of Vote, Anti-Independence Forces Have Slight Lead In Scotland

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It’s all over but the voting in Scotland.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind


Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

Scottish Independence Becoming More Likely?

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With just nine days to go, it’s anyone’s guess how the Scottish Independence vote will turn out.

Scottish Independence Losing In The Polls

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If recent polling is to be believed, the bid for Scottish independence is going to go down in flames.

Scottish Independence Referendum A Nailbiter


Scottish independence may be more likely than many think.

Alan Turing, Computer Pioneer Who Broke Engima Code, Pardoned On 1952 Conviction Of Homosexuality

Alan Turing

Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who played a crucial role in breaking the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II only to be convicted in 1952 on charges of “homosexuality,” has been pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II: Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British mathematician regarded as one of the central figures […]

In Preliminary Vote, British Parliament Rejects Military Action Against Syria


After a day-long debate, the British Parliament has voted against authorizing military action against Syria: LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a preliminary vote on Syria, an early sign of the pushback Western governments may face as they prepare to launch an attack. Thursday evening’s vote was nonbinding, but in practice the rejection of military strikes means […]

U.K., France Seeking More Time For Decision On Syria Strikes


While there had been some indications earlier this week that a strike on Syria could happen before the Labor Day Weekend, two of America’s closes allies are seeking to slow the decision making process down: LONDON — U.S. efforts to forge an international coalition to support a military strike on Syria faced fresh uncertainty Thursday, […]

Former Obama Adviser Goes To Work For British Conservatives

Jim Messina

The architect of President Obama’s re-election campaign is going to work for the Tories.

German Pols Upset Over NSA Programs Ahead Of Obama Visit


Politicians and others in Germany are upset about the revelations of NSA spying, and it’s likely to come up when President Obama heads there later this month: As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Germany next week, German officials are turning up the heat on the U.S. over its Internet surveillance, according to reports, with […]

Prince Harry Back In Afghanistan


After his recent troubles in Las Vegas, Prince Harry probably welcomes a return to combat duty in Afghanistan for the first time in four years: CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (AP) — Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, began a four-month combat tour Friday in Afghanistan as a gunner on an Apache attack helicopter, […]

Brits Say They Will Not Let Julian Assange Leave The Country


It looks like Julian Assange will have to get used to the Ecuadorean Embassy: The UK has insisted it will not grant Julian Assange “safe passage” to Ecuador as it seeks a diplomatic solution to him being given asylum. Downing Street said the government was obliged to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden where he faces […]

Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Asylum


Another step in the ongoing diplomatic showdown over the founder of Wikileaks.

More British Troops At The Olympics Than In Afghanistan


Thanks in large part to failures by the security company hired by the London Organizing Committee, there are now more British troops deployed to provide security for the Olympics than there are in Afghanistan: The Summer Olympic Games in London kick off today with the opening ceremony extravaganza, march of athletes, lighting of the flame and security and surveillance […]

The Anglo-Saxon Outrage Of The Day


Two words spoken by a Romney aide have led to a ridiculous firestorm on the right, while the rest of their comments are being ignored.

Queen Elizabeth Meets Former IRA Commander

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Twenty years ago, the idea of the Queen of England meeting with a Commander of the Irish Republican Army would’ve been unthinkable, but times do change: BELFAST, Northern Ireland — In a moment of heady symbolism that would once have seemed unthinkable, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s head of state, shook hands on Wednesday with Martin McGuinness, a onetime commander […]

Iranian Diplomats To Be Expelled From Great Britain


The British government has reacted pretty quickly to yesterday’s embassy attack in Teheran: The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced. He said he had ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London. Tuesday’s attack by hundreds of protesters […]

Iranian Students Storm British Embassy (Updates)


Well, this sounds familiar: Dozens of hard-line Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union Jack flag and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the anger against Western powers after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The mob moved into the diplomatic compound two days after Iran’s parliament approved […]

David Cameron Calls On Tories To Back Same-Sex Marriage


The fight for marriage equality may be on the verge of a significant victory across the pond, if this excerpt from David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party is any indication: I once stood before a Conservative conference and said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a woman and […]

British Parliament Debates Libya Commitment (And So Do The French)


The English are so quaint, what with their odd way of spelling colour, those double-decker buses, the way they call elevators “lifts,” and their cute little devotion to the idea of democratically debating whether their country should go to war: London – The British government won overwhelming parliamentary backing late Monday for its role in […]

Three Different Takes on the Leaked “War Logs”


Three different ways they’re viewing the leaked “war logs” across the Pond.

Lockerbie Bomber Not Dying After All

Lockerbie Pam Am Flight 103

It turns out that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi isn’t dying after all, at least not any faster than any other human being.

Meanwhile, Across The Pond, The Brits Are Not Amused


Last week, I noted that the British seemed to be taking the reaction of the Obama Administration, and Americans in general, quite personally, and perceiving it as an attack on Britain as a whole. Well, if their reaction to yesterday’s meeting between White House officials and BP Executives is any indication, the sentiment has not […]

The Odd British Response To American Anger At BP


One of the most striking developments over the past several days has been news of the way that some Britons seem to be reacting to American anger at BP. It started with statements from Boris Johnson, the always outspoken Mayor London, who accused President Obama of using “anti-British rhetoric:” Boris Johnson has warned that the […]

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