Boris Johnson Opposes Super League, Scores Political Points

The British prime minister was able to take the moral high ground by opposing the breakaway European soccer league that proved to be highly unpopular with fans.

#europe, #european-super-league-soccer, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #soccer

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U.N. Panel Is Scathing in Its Criticism of a British Report on Race

The criticism adds to a backlash against findings by the Johnson government that called Britain a “model for other white-majority countries.”

#black-people, #discrimination, #floyd-george-d-2020, #great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-nations, #whites

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UK Eases Its Coronavirus Lockdown, and Britons Rejoice

Experience with the pandemic has taught Britons to be wary of setbacks, but as some pubs and stores reopened and the coronavirus abated, it was hard not to hope.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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Boris Johnson Announces Free Covid Tests and Status Certificates for England

The U.K. leader’s plans are the next step in a cautious reopening after a lockdown that began in January.

#england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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150,000 Painted Hearts, Each for a Life Lost to Covid-19 in Britain

The National Covid Memorial Wall in London aims to remember those who die during the pandemic. “It’s therapeutic,” said a volunteering painter who lost her grandmother to the disease.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #river-thames-england

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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.

#asylum-right-of, #conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #johnson-boris, #patel-priti-1972

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Upbeat Official Report on Race in Britain Draws a Swift Backlash

The government report, while acknowledging enduring racism, said Britain provided a model for other white-majority countries on issues of race. Critics accused it of ignoring racial injustice in the country.

#black-people, #colston-edward-1636-1721, #discrimination, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #minorities, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

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Cautiously, Britain Begins Relaxing Strict Lockdown Rules

The move to allow larger gatherings outdoors and reopen some sports centers came as many countries in Europe are tightening restrictions as their coronavirus cases shoot up.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #quarantines, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Could the Pandemic Spell the End of U.K.’s High Speed Rail?

Critics say HS2, a $140 billion project sold as a green alternative to planes and cars, makes less sense than ever in a world where people work from home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #high-speed-2-ltd, #infrastructure-public-works, #johnson-boris

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #christensen-thomas-j-1962, #communist-party-of-china, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #johnson-boris, #pompeo-mike, #putin-vladimir-v, #state-department, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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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.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #conservative-party-great-britain, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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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.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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.

#bristol-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris

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‘Global Britain’: Boris Johnson Pins U.K. Future on U.S. Ties

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s blueprint for Britain’s economic, security and diplomatic future is a tighter embrace of Washington, with policies aligning London with President Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Europe Says Britain Is Violating International Law Over Northern Ireland

Brussels says Britain has broken its legal agreement governing trade with Northern Ireland. Britain has denied breaking the deal, saying its move is a temporary measure to relieve bottlenecks.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland

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Piers Morgan Can’t Wait to Bring the Worst of America Home

British TV executives see opportunity — and money to be made — in bringing American cable-style clashes to their screens.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #content-type-personal-profile, #fox-news-channel, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #morgan-piers, #murdoch-rupert, #neil-andrew-1949, #news-and-news-media, #news-corporation, #politics-and-government, #rhodes-david-1973, #shapiro-benjamin-a-1984, #sunday-times-british-newspaper, #television

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Britain Delays Brexit Border Checks for Goods Coming From Europe

The decision amounted to an embarrassing admission by the government that Britain was still not prepared to implement the terms of its withdrawal from the European Union.

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

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The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Is Just Getting Started

As trade disputes pile up, the blame game evident in the early months of the split suits domestic political needs on both sides.

#brussels-belgium, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977

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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.”

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #johnson-boris

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Could Brexit Destroy British Fashion?

Already pushed to the breaking point by the pandemic, designers, manufacturers and retailers claim the newly-negotiated Brexit deal is a disaster.

#british-fashion-council, #burberry, #cameron-david, #cameron-samantha-1971, #christian-dior-sa, #europe, #european-union, #fedex-corporation, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #ilincic-roksanda, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #london-fashion-week, #politics-and-government, #shopping-and-retail, #textiles, #value-added-tax, #your-feed-fashion

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

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Brexit Was Sold as Taking Back U.K. Control. Post-Brexit Is Out of Control.

With Britain out of the European Union, companies that trade with the continent are contending with expensive disruptions to their businesses and a plunge in exports.

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson Wins Vaccine Spat with E.U.

Buoyed by Britain’s vaccination procurement and rollout success, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to reverse a deal signed with the bloc over the territory’s trading arrangements.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Top E.U. Official Comes Under Fire in Vaccine Wars

Ursula von der Leyen has largely stayed away from the limelight while driving the handling of a crisis and letting subordinates take the blame.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dombrovskis-valdis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #european-commission, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #kyriakides-stella, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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Vaccine Rollout Gives U.K. a Rare Win in Pandemic

“Vaccination is the one thing we’ve gotten right”: How a country that botched so much of its pandemic response has managed one of the fastest distributions in the world.

#astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #national-health-service, #oxford-university, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Britain Will Make Citizens Quarantine at Hotels at Their Own Expense

The move, which comes as Britain is swamped by a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus, will require British citizens arriving from 22 high-risk countries to quarantine for 10 days.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #travel-warnings

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Britain Passes a Grim Milestone of 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths

Mandatory hotel quarantines for travelers entering the country are being weighed as fatality rates soar despite a national lockdown.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #great-britain, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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Britain’s Alarm Over Virus Variant Bolsters Case for Lockdown

A warning that the variant could be deadlier is a powerful argument that Britain could be entering a severe new phase of the pandemic and that easing lockdown rules could be calamitous.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ferguson-neil-m, #great-britain, #imperial-college-london, #johnson-boris, #quarantines, #scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-great-britain, #shutdowns-institutional

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New Virus Variant May Be Somewhat Deadlier, U.K. Warns

The evidence on the fatality rate is worrisome but not yet solid, scientists said. It contrasts with news that Britain is vaccinating its people at a promising pace.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #ferguson-neil-m, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vallance-patrick-j-t

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With Hospitals Nearly Overwhelmed, Britain Faces Harder Days

As a more contagious variant of the coronavirus tears through the country, and as people resist new restrictions, hospitals are struggling to cope with a surge in patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #johnson-boris, #london-england

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The Capitol Attack Shocks the World

How the world reacted to the Trumpist mob that sacked the heart of American democracy.

#haass-richard-n, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Crisis Grows in Britain Over Coronavirus Variant, a Reprieve for Johnson

The public health threat of the new coronavirus variant has stilled the British prime minister’s critics and offered a chance to redeem past failures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #national-health-service, #starmer-keir

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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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #british-broadcasting-corp, #conservative-party-great-britain, #davie-tim-1967, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #sharp-richard-s-1956, #television

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UK Lockdown: Schools, Colleges to Close as Coronavirus Variant Rages

Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes schools and declares a national lockdown in England, following on the heels of Scotland.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional, #sturgeon-nicola

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Britain Braces for a Dark Winter as Covid Variant Spreads

Scotland has declared a national lockdown and, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the nation Monday night, England may soon follow.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional, #sturgeon-nicola

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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.

#british-pound-currency, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cowell-alan, #europe, #european-commission, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #williamson-gavin

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Brexit Deal Done, Britain Now Scrambles to See if It Can Work

Britain is finally departing from the European Union, but its formal exit is only the beginning of a high-stakes experiment to unstitch commercial relations across an integrated continent.

#accounting-and-accountants, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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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.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

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Pound Rises as Britain and E.U. Announce a Post-Brexit Trade Deal

The free-trade pact would help both sides avoid tariffs, but Britain would still face economic costs from being outside the European Union.

#british-pound-currency, #customs-tariff, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #referendums

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Brexit Is Finally Done, but U.K. Ambitions Already Seems Outdated

The idea of an agile “Global Britain” was an effective sales pitch. But that was before President Trump and other populists began erecting barriers to trade.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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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.

#books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #conservatism-the-fight-for-a-tradition-book, #conservative-party-great-britain, #fawcett-edmund, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas

With a deadline closing in fast, negotiators were racing to strike a deal, with an agreement said to be imminent.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

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For U.K., an Early Taste of Brexit as Borders Are Sealed

Battling a new coronavirus variant even as they steel themselves for the looming split with the E.U., Britons are feeling profoundly isolated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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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.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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U.K. Imposes Harsher Lockdown on London, Citing New Version of Virus

Scientists in Britain say the new variant is spreading faster than previous ones, but does not appear to make people sicker.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #kent-england, #london-england, #quarantines

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Brexit Trade Deal Really Is Coming Down to the Wire

Until now, the deadlines have seemed notional and the extensions endless, but New Year’s Eve is when the Brexit transition period ends. Talks could go well beyond that day.

#barnier-michel, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #ships-and-shipping

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For London, Tighter Coronavirus Rules. For Boris Johnson, More Pressure.

The prime minister, already facing a tough week with Brexit, risks additional wrath from Conservatives over the closing of pubs and restaurants again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #politics-and-government

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Deadline for Brexit Trade Talks Is Extended. Again.

Britain and the European Union agreed to give the seemingly intractable negotiations yet more time in an attempt to strike a deal and avoid a disruptive no-deal outcome before Dec. 31.

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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U.K. to Halt Subsidies for Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been positioning himself as a leader in fighting global warming, an area where he can make common cause with President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

#carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #johnson-boris, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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All Fish and No Chips

Brexit negotiations continue to limp along as a deadline looms.

#european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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