Boris Johnson Set to Reshuffle U.K. Cabinet

A reshuffle would give Mr. Johnson the chance to reshape the top echelons of his government at a time when his popularity appears to be waning.

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Johnson, Inviting Battle, Prepares to Break Vow on Raising Taxes

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to propose increasing the National Insurance tax to bolster social care services.

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A New Coal Mine for England Is Stirring Hopes and Fears

A mining company’s proposal has largely been embraced locally as an economic stimulus, but climate concerns may shelve the idea.

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A Rebellion Is Stirring in Boris Johnson’s Backyard

Brexit helped destroy Labour’s “red wall” in England’s North. Now, it’s coming for the Conservatives’ “blue wall” in the South.

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Italy’s Victory at Euro 2020 Echoes a Broader Resurgence

The national team beat England in the final of the European Championship soccer tournament, and the country wildly celebrated a win that seemed to symbolize renewal after adversity.

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Royal Yacht or Fishing Trawler? Either Way, Even the Royal Family Isn’t Interested.

For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the proposed $280 million vessel would serve as a symbol of Global Britain. To critics, it’s an ill-conceived boondoggle.

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British Health Minister, Matt Hancock, Quits After Social Distancing Furor

Mr. Hancock, who spearheaded the country’s pandemic response, was the latest member of the government to be accused of violating coronavirus restrictions.

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They Voted for Brexit, but Not the Giant Truck Park That Came With It

Yet even that floodlit eyesore near a formerly idyllic village in southeast England has not altered local views on the split with the E.U.

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‘Freedom Day’ for England Is Looking Like a Mirage

All coronavirus restrictions were supposed to end on June 21, but with the new Delta variant, the long-anticipated opening is increasingly problematic.

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Boris Johnson Is a Terrible Leader. It Doesn’t Matter.

Britain’s prime minister is slapdash, venal, incompetent — and unassailably popular.

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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy.

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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony, Reports Say

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy, according to news reports.

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The Dominic Cummings Chronicles: The Can’t-Miss Sequel

Once Boris Johnson’s closest adviser, Dominic Cummings is expected to deliver scorching testimony in Parliament on Wednesday about the government’s handling of the pandemic.

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Queen’s Speech: Johnson Presses Advantage in U.K. Government Program

The government plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech suggest that Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to make full use of favorable political conditions.

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U.K.’s Labour Party Reels After Panicked Response to Election Loss

The party leader, Keir Starmer, was seen as scapegoating a key aide, causing more turmoil in an already divided party after a disappointing performance in local elections.

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U.K. Conservatives Win Hartlepool Parliament Seat

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent troubles didn’t seem to bother voters in Hartlepool, a struggling town in the northeast of England.

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Decorating Scandal Engulfs Boris Johnson and Puts Fiancée in Spotlight

Critics see the hand of Carrie Symonds in the costly makeover of the couple’s apartment and other political dust-ups. Supporters see “outdated sexist tropes.”

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Boris Johnson Under Investigation Over Flat Renovation

Britain’s Electoral Commission said it was opening an investigation into whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson used political donations to refurbish his apartment.

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For U.K.’s Johnson, Plenty of Mud but Will It Stick?

Accusations of lying, cronyism and intemperate talk emerge seemingly on a daily basis, but there’s little evidence yet that Britons care.

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‘It’s a Paper Tiger.’ Britain’s Lobby Laws Under Fire as Johnson Fights ‘Sleaze’ Label

The prime minister likes to flout convention, but a litany of cozy dealings between the government and business is beginning to take its toll.

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David Cameron Comes Under the Spotlight for His Business Dealings

The former British prime minister has lobbied the government on behalf of an Anglo-Australian finance firm, Greensill Capital. While apparently legal, his activities set off a debate about lobbying by former leaders.

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Boris Johnson’s Government Is Built on Cruelty

Determined to make good on the nativist promise of Brexit, it has embraced anti-migrant authoritarianism.

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U.K. Government, Sensing an Opportunity, Wraps Itself in the Flag

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative allies have seized on a dispute over ostentatious displays of the Union Jack as a way to keep opponents on the defensive.

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Johnson Hopes Vaccine Success Can Inoculate Him Against Brexit Critics

The British prime minister is riding high on a strong vaccine rollout, despite a bumpy departure from the European Union and earlier pandemic missteps.

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As Europe’s Lockdowns Drag on, Police and Protesters Clash More

In Britain and beyond, protesters on the left and right are rebelling against virus restrictions, drawing harsh police responses — and questions about the officers’ legitimacy.

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Johnson Lays Out a Cautious Path for Ending the U.K.’s Covid Lockdown

Having confused and angered Britons in the early stages of the pandemic, he is determined to make the step-by-step plan “irreversible.”

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Richard Sharp to Be Named BBC Chairman

Richard Sharp will step into a role that requires a politician’s touch as the broadcaster faces threats to its funding from the governing Conservative Party.

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Brexit, Lockdown and a Vaccine: A Head-Spinning Day of Change in U.K.

Britain put millions more people under severe virus restrictions and approved a new vaccine, while Parliament approved a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.

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The Brexit Fight, Through a Reporter’s Prism of a Changed Continent

Alan Cowell, a longtime New York Times correspondent, recalls a different Europe, one of currency controls, cumbersome paperwork and burdensome cross-border regulations.

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Brexit Deal Poses Threat to Boris Johnson and U.K. Conservative Party

Conservatives are united for now over the British prime minister’s trade deal, but as details emerge, he could face challenges from hard-liners and business groups.

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Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us

Edmund Fawcett’s “Conservatism” is a sweeping history that reaches deep into the past but with startling relevance for the present.

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On Brexit and Coronavirus, Boris Johnson Leaves It Late

Critics say the British prime minister’s penchant for last-minute decisions has complicated the handling of the coronavirus and narrowed the window for scrutiny of any trade deal with the E.U.

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Boris Johnson Once Mocked the Eurocrats of Brussels. They Haven’t Forgotten

As a newspaper reporter decades ago, he made plenty of enemies there with his inflammatory articles. Now, those officials may determine his political fate.

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England Votes to End Lockdown in Favor of New Coronavirus Measures

Lawmakers approved new coronavirus restriction rules, but members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party showed growing opposition to the measures.

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England’s Lockdown Will Lift, but Many Pub Doors Will Stay Closed

Some Conservative lawmakers are calling Boris Johnson’s plans to continue restricting most of England’s bars and restaurants “authoritarian.”

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Johnson Basks in a Rare Burst of Good U.K. News

The current lockdown is ending and a successful British vaccine could vanquish the virus by spring. But will that be enough to rebuild his sagging political fortunes?

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Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

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Instead of Regaining Momentum, Johnson Is Stalled at Home Again

The British prime minister begins 14-days of self-isolation after meeting with a lawmaker who tested positive to Covid-19 just as he tries to shake off bitter infighting within his administration.

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Brexit Hard-Liners Lose Battle as Aide to U.K’s Johnson Quits

A Downing Street feud could indicate the prime minister is ready to make the compromises needed to strike a deal with the European Union.

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Trump’s Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks

As the European Union knows, the British prime minister can ill afford to threaten peace in Ireland, an issue close to the President-elect Biden’s heart.

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As Boris Johnson Plays Scrooge, Marcus Rashford Works to Feed Hungry Britons

A campaign begun by the soccer star Marcus Rashford to provide free meals to children who need them is being taken up by small-business owners, who themselves are often struggling.

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England Weighs Another Nationwide Virus Lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet met on Saturday as medical experts warned that the virus would soon overwhelm hospitals if the government did not take draconian action.

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As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson Stalls

The prime minister’s delaying strategy carries severe risks if he misplays his hand, with the pandemic worsening and a Brexit deadline approaching.

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While Boris Johnson Sinks, Rishi Sunak Is on the Rise

A virtual unknown 10 months ago, the wealthy and polished British finance chief gained stature during the pandemic, while remaining in his boss’s good graces.

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Britain’s New Measures to Control Virus Inflame North-South Tensions

Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise to “level up” struggling northern areas, but his three-tier plan threatens to keep them in economically debilitating lockdowns.

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For Boris Johnson, and Maybe Trump, Covid as Metaphor Is Hard to Shake

The British prime minister’s personal battle with the disease has come to symbolize his government’s fumbling efforts to halt the pathogen.

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‘It Really Was Abandonment.’ Virus Crisis Grips British Universities

With no bailout forthcoming from the government, financially strapped British universities beckoned students back to campus, with predictably dire results.

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For Boris Johnson, a Grim Premiership That No One Foresaw

“What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for,” asked one columnist.

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A Somber Boris Johnson Offers Britain a New Plan to Halt the Virus

Fighting a second wave of infections that scientists warn could grow exponentially, the prime minister is imposing new restrictions and penalties for up to six months.

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Order Pubs and Restaurants to Close Early

As Britain endures a second wave of coronavirus, experts fear much worse is yet to come. But critics argue that restrictions damage the economy and threaten liberties.

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