What might seem like an overblown reaction to a gathering in a garden — as opposed to, say, a violent insurrection — could well have historic repercussions.
The prime minister’s office said it was “deeply regrettable” that two parties took place at Downing Street the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. Mr. Johnson was not accused of attending either of them.
Historically, one of the institutions has stabilized the other in rocky moments. With troubling accusations against Prince Andrew and Boris Johnson, that’s not an option now.
The future of Britain’s prime minister is in doubt after he admitted attending a party while the country was under Covid lockdown. Here’s a guide to how he could be forced out, or fight on.
The British prime minister, on the defensive after a series of ethical lapses, said, “I know there are things we simply did not get right” about a gathering at 10 Downing Street during a lockdown in 2020.
The prime minister and his government are accused — yet again — of violating their own lockdown rules, undermining their credibility and attempts to pivot to other issues.
A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.
Two different leaders with differing approaches landed on a policy of coexisting with the virus. Analysts say they had little choice.
The adviser said it was “plainly unsatisfactory” that he was not told that Mr. Johnson had petitioned a prominent donor to arrange financing for the makeover of his apartment.
“We can find a way to live with this virus,” the prime minister said
For Christmas shoppers in central London this week, little seemed to dampen their spirits. But there was an undercurrent that the city was bracing for further coronavirus restrictions.
Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.
The Parthenon Marbles in London are likely the world’s most famous disputed museum items. Yet the British government says the sculptures’ fate isn’t its concern.
Britain’s health secretary said on Sunday he wouldn’t rule out more restrictions before Christmas, but the prime minister would most likely face sharp pushback from his own party.
The move puts new pressure on the prime minister, whose leadership has been called into question by a series of setbacks, including a new wave of Covid infections.
The prime minister’s Conservative Party lost a seat it had held for more than a century, a loss that could hamper his efforts to address the Omicron variant now sweeping Britain.
The governing party lost a district it had represented for more than a century.
Officials didn’t specify what share of the new cases might be Omicron, though they said a majority in London were from the variant.
A record number of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fellow party members voted against his plan for Covid certificates. But the plan passed with the help of the opposition.
The British prime minister, under fire for his government’s handling of the coronavirus, is facing deep opposition within his party over new rules aimed at quelling a surge of the variant.
Britons don’t know whether the prime minister can save himself, let alone Christmas.
The British prime minister is facing a new virus variant, a rebellious Conservative Party, collapsing poll ratings and questions about whether he or his staff flouted the lockdown rules.
It is still unclear how much of a threat the fast-spreading Omicron variant poses, but fear and a sudden revival of restrictions have added to an epidemic of loneliness.
Britain could be a bellwether of what other countries will see from the new coronavirus variant. Officials say Omicron could account for most cases within weeks.
The birth comes as the British prime minister faces a political scandal over Covid rules.
Under the so-called Plan B, people in England will be urged to work from home and will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter some venues.
“There will be effectively a diplomatic boycott,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the decision to join the United States and others in registering discontent over human-rights abuses in China.
Critics have condemned a recording showing the prime minister’s staff joking about breaches of coronavirus restrictions last year, when Britain was in lockdown.
Britain’s approach to coronavirus-related restrictions has been looser than other European countries, but the Omicron variant has spurred swift action on mitigation measures.
The French responded angrily to Boris Johnson’s suggestion that France take back migrants who reach Britain, and rescinded an invitation for a top British official to discuss the crisis.
Neil Ferguson, a leading epidemiologist, said the country had almost reached a state of herd immunity as it settled into a new normal of about 40,000 cases a day. Other experts disagreed.
The top editor is out at The Daily Mail, widely viewed as the voice of middle-class voters, and the paper’s coverage of Boris Johnson’s government might be softened because of it.
Reversals and broken promises have eroded his party’s lead in the polls, and the prime minister faces a low-grade mutiny from Conservatives angry over a proposal to limit their options for extra income.
Austria took the hardest line yet on Monday, beginning a lockdown aimed exclusively at those who are not inoculated, part of a pattern to make life harder for resisters.
As the host leader of the U.N. conference on global warming, Mr. Johnson was hoping to project statesmanship. But a mushrooming ethics scandal dominated the week, overshadowing his climate ambitions.
A recent dispute over fishing rights illuminates a broader and more fundamental disagreement over Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
Britain’s prime minister intervened in the case of a Conservative Party lawmaker who faced suspension. A ferocious blowback caused him to retreat, a now familiar path.
Agreements to reduce methane gas emissions and protect the world’s forests were reached Tuesday at the U.N.-sponsored meeting, as President Biden chided the leaders of Russia and China for not showing up.
The opening day of a climate summit was heavy on dire warnings and light on substantive proposals as leaders in Glasgow met to discuss a warming world.
On the eve of a global climate summit, Britain’s evolution from fossil fuels to clean energy is on display. But experts question whether its commitment is sufficient, and whether it can persuade other nations to meet meaningful goals.
“A new age of optimism” is coming, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, while inflation and shortages still bedevil the country.
“Churchill’s Shadow,” by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, may be the best single-volume indictment of Churchill yet written.
Wages in some industries are rising because employers can’t find enough workers. That’s not a path to long-term growth, analysts say.
A glance behind the rhetoric reveals the government’s hypocrisy.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of Parliament paid tribute to David Amess, who was fatally stabbed last week.
As the U.K. and the European Union begin their wrangling over details of trade with Northern Ireland, President Biden has more than a passing interest in the final result.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders paid their respects to David Amess, who was fatally stabbed while meeting with constituents. The police have a suspect in custody and said the attack was linked to Islamist extremism.
Britain’s Brexit minister is demanding an overhaul of an agreement on trade rules for Northern Ireland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s slowness last year to impose a lockdown and institute widespread testing had tragic results, according to a parliamentary report.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says an emphatic no, but rights groups argue that it would add an extra layer of protection for women who face violence at the hands of men.