A campaigner who wanted to prosecute British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allegedly lying about the benefits of Brexit before the 2016 European Union referendum, on Wednesday lost his bid to take the case to Britain’s top court. Marcus Ball, 29, wanted to bring the crowdfunded private prosecution against Johnson for misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($445 million) a week better off outside the EU.
After a successful campaign by residents, Guinness World Records said Tuesday that the street of Ffordd Pen Llech in the seafront town of Harlech in North Wales, located 245 miles northwest of London, has a gradient of 37.45 percent. That is two percentage points steeper than Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, which held the record for more than a decade.
Downing Street has reaffirmed its “full support” for the UK’s ambassador to the US after Donald Trump said he will no longer work with him. The US president was responding after leaked emails revealed Sir Kim Darroch had called his administration inept. Speaking on Monday following Mr Trump’s initial comments on the leaked emails, Downing Street said the prime minister did not agree with Sir Kim’s assessment but had “full faith” in him.
Ford has announced plans to close an engine plant in Wales, dealing yet another blow to a UK industry that is being ravaged by weak car sales and uncertainty over Brexit. The US automaker said it would shutter its plant in Bridgend by September 2020, when a contract to supply engines to Jaguar Land Rover ends. Some 1,700 people work at the factory.
President Trump mixed high-level diplomacy with schoolyard taunts as he arrived early Monday morning at Buckingham Palace as part of a packed overseas agenda that includes an audience with Queen Elizabeth II and D-Day commemoration ceremonies. Juxtaposed against that scene, however, was an opening scrap between Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who penned a critical column of the president he called a “global threat.” Trump will be in the U.K. from Monday to Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which comes at a tumultuous time in British politics, with Prime Minister Theresa May due to step down on Friday.
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST. The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and Prince Harry. The baby is a dual citizen, having automatically acquired US citizenship, via Meghan, at birth. He is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.
British Prime Minister Theresa May summarily fired Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson Wednesday after an investigation into leaks from a secret government meeting about the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. An investigation was launched last week after newspapers reported that Britain’s National Security Council, which meets in private, had agreed to let Huawei participate in some aspects of Britain’s new 5G wireless communications network. Williamson, 42, insisted he was not the source of the leak.
Britain’s exit from the European Union looks set to be delayed by as long as a year in a blow for Theresa May that risks a destabilizing backlash at home. European Council President Donald Tusk rejected May’s request for a brief postponement to the U.K.’s membership, saying it would create a “rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits, creating new cliff-edge dates.” Leaders will finalize the length of the delay to Brexit at a summit on Wednesday.
Theresa May has promised Tory MPs she will quit if they back her Brexit deal. She told backbench Tories: “I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.” The PM said she knew that Tory MPs did not want her to lead the next phase of Brexit negotiations “and I won’t stand in the way of that”. But the DUP said it had not changed its position and would still vote against the deal.
For the second time in as many months, British lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union. Tuesday’s defeat came only 17 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the 28-country bloc. Lawmakers rejected her deal 391 to 242, which was similar to the previous vote. They are now set to decide in the next few days whether to leave the E.U. without an agreement — an idea likely to be rejected due to its potentially devastating economic impact — or to ask the E.U. to delay Brexit beyond the scheduled March 29 departure date.