UK clinch narrow Brexit accord from European Union, week before deadline

LONDON/BRUSSELS: Britain clinched a narrow Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, just seven days before it exits one of the world`s biggest trading blocs in its most significant global shift since the loss of empire. The deal, agreed more than four years after Britain voted by a slim margin to leave the … Read more

PM Boris Johnson imposes tighter coronavirus lockdown as UK fights new COVID-19 strain

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed tighter coronavirus controls on millions of people in England and drastically scaled back plans to ease restrictions over Christmas, seeking to curb a new more infectious strain of the virus. The number of cases in England has soared in the last two weeks because of a … Read more

No deal on Brexit trade 'very very likely', says British PM Boris Johnson

LONDON: Britain is likely to complete its journey out of the European Union in three weeks without a trade deal, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission (EU) chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. Britain quit the EU in January but remains an informal member until December 31 – the end of … Read more

Britain's threat of breaking Brexit treaty a 'negotiating tactic', says Ireland

DUBLIN: Britain`s plan to press ahead on Monday with legislation that would break an earlier Brexit deal is a “negotiating tactic” which should not distract EU negotiators, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday. Britain`s upper house of parliament last month voted to remove the controversial clauses from the Internal Market Bill, but the … Read more

India invites UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as chief guest for 2021 Republic Day

New Delhi: India has invited United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the chief guest for 2021 Republic Day. The invite was extended during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to UK PM last week.  The telephonic talks that happened on November 27, focused on COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other related issues.  The Indian government … Read more

UK PM Boris Johnson self-isolates after contact with COVID-positive MP

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after a meeting with a Member of Parliament who later tested positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said. Johnson had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace that he came in contact of someone who has tested positive and he must self-isolate, the prime … Read more

British PM Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation after COVID-19 contact

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, a fresh setback after infighting among his top advisers plunged Downing Street into chaos last week. Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care in a London hospital earlier this year with the novel coronavirus, is well and … Read more

UK PM Johnson, Prince Charles extend Diwali greetings, talk of 'victory of light over darkness'

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles wished people of the occassion of Diwali on Saturday with a message of victory of light over darkness and of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Issuing an official statement, PM Johnson wished a “spectacular, joyful festival of Diwali”, which bursts through the autumnal darkness with an … Read more

Guarantee fundamental rights to all citizens: UK PM to Pakistan

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Imran Khan-led government in Pakistan to “guarantee fundamental rights” to all citizens of south Asian countries.  The matter was raised in the British Parliament by Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon with Pakistani’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari. The issue cropped … Read more

UK PM Boris Johnson mentions Ram, Ravana in COVID-19 address, says Diwali teaches us that light triumphs over darkness, good over evil

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the Diwali spirit of the victory of light over darkness and good over evil as he delivered a message of optimism about overcoming the coronavirus pandemic for a first-of-its-kind virtual Diwali festival this weekend. Johnson appealed for a ‘huge collective effort’ as England entered its second stay-at-home lockdown … Read more