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UK lawmakers OK Johnson’s Brexit bill, pave way to exit EU

Britain took a big step towards the European Union exit door on Friday when lawmakers gave preliminary approval to Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce bill in a decisive vote that broke years of political deadlock over Brexit. The House of Commons, with its Conservative ranks swollen after Johnson’s election victory last week, voted 358-234 for the Withdrawal Agreement ...

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UK MPs to vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal

MPs will vote later on whether to back the prime minister’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January, reports BBC. The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill would also ban the government from extending the transition period – where the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules – past 2020.Boris Johnson said it ...

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Queen lays out Johnson’s Brexit plans at Parliament opening

Queen Elizabeth II formally opened a new session of Britain’s Parliament on Thursday with a speech laying out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to use his commanding majority to take the U.K. out of the European Union and shake up the country’s public services. Johnson’s Conservative Party won an 80-strong majority in the 650-seat House of Commons last week on ...

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State Opening: Queen to outline PM’s Brexit and NHS agenda

The Queen Elizabeth is to set out the Conservative government’s agenda for the year ahead following their decisive election win last week, reports BBC. Legislation to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January will be among more than 20 bills announced during Thursday’s State Opening of Parliament.Other measures include guarantees on extra health service funding and longer ...

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Tony Blair warns Labour not to ‘whitewash’ reasons for poll defeat

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is warning that Labour will be “replaced” as a serious political force if it tries to “whitewash” the scale of its election defeat. The ex-prime minister will unveil research suggesting Labour’s problems go “far deeper” than the unpopularity of Jeremy Corbyn and its Brexit stance. He will say in a speech that the party ...

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UK PM to outlaw Brexit extension beyond 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seeking Tuesday to outlaw extending the Brexit transition period beyond the end of 2020, as he prepared to put the EU divorce deal before MPs. Johnson won a big majority in last week’s general election on a promise to “get Brexit done” by taking Britain out of the European Union by the end of ...

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UK’s Johnson seeks to rule out Brexit delay beyond 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is signalling that he won’t soften his Brexit stance now that he has a majority in Parliament, seeking to rule out any extension of an end-of 2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union. Johnson’s office says the government will insert a clause in its Withdrawal Agreement Bill to rule out extending ...

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UK makes visa process for Bangladeshis more modern, efficient

UK Visas and Immigration made the UK visa process for Bangladeshis safer, more modern and efficient by introducing the option to use card and online transactions to pay for a UK visa application effective from Tuesday. This change improves the previous model where cash was the only way to pay for a UK visa application, giving customers greater choice during ...

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UK prime minister to welcome new lawmakers to Parliament

Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gestures as he speaks to supporters on a visit to meet newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell, at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England, Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, following his Conservative party’s general election victory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to give a pep talk Monday ...

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UK opposition chief Corbyn ‘sorry’ for election wipeout

Britain’s main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised Sunday for waging a disastrous campaign that handed Prime Minister Boris Johnson a mandate to take the UK out of the EU next month. But the veteran socialist defended his far-left platform and blamed the media for helping relegate his century-old party to its worst performance since before World War II. “I will ...

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