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the December 12 one will decide whether Boris Johnson wins a majority, or another EU referendum is held.(Reuters File Photo)

What the UK’s December 12 Brexit election is all about

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 12:35 AM IST
If Johnson leads the Conservatives to a majority in the 650-member House of Commons, the UK will leave the EU on the next exit date of January 31. If he falls short by 15 or 20 seats, Westminster will be in for another round of Brexit-related blood-letting.
Senior Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz was on Thursday suspended for a period of six months.(Reuters Image)
Senior Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz was on Thursday suspended for a period of six months.(Reuters Image)

Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz suspended for 6 months

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 09:56 PM IST
The suspension period of six months is the longest ever imposed on any MP in British parliamentary history.
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to supporters after he was re-elected in Burnaby South at an NDP election night party in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.(REUTERS)
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to supporters after he was re-elected in Burnaby South at an NDP election night party in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.(REUTERS)

CANADA POLLS: Jagmeet’s NDP emerges weaker

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 11:31 PM IST
The British prime minister has already sought an extension to the October 31 deadline from Brussels.(Reuters image)
The British prime minister has already sought an extension to the October 31 deadline from Brussels.(Reuters image)

Delay looms after Johnson wins one vote, loses another

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar & Agencies
PUBLISHED ON OCT 23, 2019 08:17 AM IST
Johnson, who earlier in the day said he would withdraw the bill if he lost the timetable motion and go for a general election, said after losing that he would “pause” it and discuss with EU leaders the next course of action.
Shailesh Vara, a conservative MP from North-West Cambridgeshire, is among nine candidates in the fray to succeed John Bercow.(Photo: ShaileshVara/ Twitter)
Shailesh Vara, a conservative MP from North-West Cambridgeshire, is among nine candidates in the fray to succeed John Bercow.(Photo: ShaileshVara/ Twitter)

Indian-origin MP in race to be next speaker of House of Commons

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 06:15 PM IST
Vara, who has been an MP since 2005 and held various ministerial roles under the prime ministership of David Cameron and Theresa May, resigned as minister for Northern Ireland in November 2018 to oppose the EU withdrawal agreement reached by May.
Devolved Parliament more than comfortably surpassed its estimated price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds, with the auctioneer declaring “history being made” at one point.(Instagram/Banksy)
Devolved Parliament more than comfortably surpassed its estimated price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds, with the auctioneer declaring “history being made” at one point.(Instagram/Banksy)

Banksy’s chimp-depicting ‘Devolved Parliament’ sells for over $12 million, ‘makes history’

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 05:13 PM IST
Devolved Parliament more than comfortably surpassed its estimated price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds, with the auctioneer declaring “history being made” at one point.
Banksy painting of primates in parliament up for auction.(Banksy/Instagram)
Banksy painting of primates in parliament up for auction.(Banksy/Instagram)

Monkey business? Banksy painting of primates in parliament up for auction

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 01:48 PM IST
Devolved Parliament, in which chimpanzees replace politicians, measures 13 feet (4 m) long, making it the largest known canvas by the secretive British street artist, according to Sotheby’s.
David Cameron criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for proroguing parliament and expelling 21 Conservative MPs who voted with the opposition last week in the House of Commons.(AP FILE)
David Cameron criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for proroguing parliament and expelling 21 Conservative MPs who voted with the opposition last week in the House of Commons.(AP FILE)

Ex-UK PM David Cameron says he is ‘sorry’ for Brexit divisions

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 10:11 PM IST
David Cameron, 52, was Britain’s youngest prime minister in 200 years when he entered 10 Downing Street in 2010 at 43, but left behind a withering legacy in 2016 that promises to unsettle the country for years
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to trigger a mid-term election was again stopped by the opposition, when his motion failed to get the two-thirds majority required.(BLOOMBERG.)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to trigger a mid-term election was again stopped by the opposition, when his motion failed to get the two-thirds majority required.(BLOOMBERG.)

Key Brexit questions remain as ugly scenes mark House suspension

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 06:56 PM IST
The Johnson government was restricted in its actions when the opposition managed to pass a motion blocking it from leaving the EU on October 31 without an agreement, which makes it mandatory to ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit date.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Bloomberg file photo)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Bloomberg file photo)

PM Boris keen on election, but Labour won’t oblige

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Johnson, whose brother Jo Johnson resigned on Thursday on the issue of his controversial Brexit policy, leads a minority government with little control over parliamentary agenda.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)

‘He knows how to win’: Donald Trump says not worried for Boris Johnson

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2019 06:14 AM IST
Johnson faces a revolt in the House of Commons over the possibility of a no deal exit from the European Union, but Trump told reporters his friend was “going to be okay.”
Boris Johnson, in his first PMQs, uttered the expletive to describe the main opposition Labour Party’s economic plans, describing them as “shit or bust”.(Reuters image)
Boris Johnson, in his first PMQs, uttered the expletive to describe the main opposition Labour Party’s economic plans, describing them as “shit or bust”.(Reuters image)

UK PM saying sh**t in parliament adds to Britain’s tumultuous week over Brexit

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:36 PM IST
Boris Johnson, in his first PMQs, uttered the expletive to describe the main opposition Labour Party’s economic plans, describing them as “shit or bust”.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)

Tory vs. Tory: Ex-PM Major joins legal fight against Boris

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 06:38 PM IST
Former Conservative prime minister John Major on Friday said he is joining a legal bid by Indian-origin anti-Brexit campaigner against parliament’s prorogation announce by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as courts prepare to hear challenges next week.
Boris Johnson suffered a setback in his first test as prime minister after the Conservative party on Friday lost a by-election in Wales that reduced its majority in the House of Commons to one(AFP Photo)
Boris Johnson suffered a setback in his first test as prime minister after the Conservative party on Friday lost a by-election in Wales that reduced its majority in the House of Commons to one(AFP Photo)

Boris Johnson’s govt has majority of 1 after bypoll setback

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2019 01:28 PM IST
In the House of 650, the Conservative strength is now 310. It is supported by the 10-member Democratic Unionist Party, taking the ruling combine’s strength to 320.
Former British PM Theresa May with England’s World Cup winning cricket team at 10 Downing Street.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Former British PM Theresa May with England’s World Cup winning cricket team at 10 Downing Street.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Former British PM May prefers cricket to Boris Johnson in parliament

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 07:44 PM IST
May and her ministers who did not find a place in the Johnson government were conspicuous by their absence in parliament. Those who survived the cull include Sajid Javid, who was appointed chancellor, and Amber Rudd, who stays as minister for women and equalities.
Boris Johnson appointed Priti Patel as the home secretary and Alok Sharma as the international development secretary(Getty Images.)
Boris Johnson appointed Priti Patel as the home secretary and Alok Sharma as the international development secretary(Getty Images.)

Record 3 in Boris Johnson cabinet: Indians in UK come a long way

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 04:47 PM IST
Boris Johnson appointed Priti Patel as the home secretary and Alok Sharma as the international development secretary. Rishi Sunak does not have cabinet rank but as the chief secretary to the treasury, will attend cabinet meetings.
Boris Johnson’s rival in the election is foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who put up a concerted challenge in live televised debates. The election was prompted by former PM Theresa May’s resignation due to her approach to Brexit.(AFP.)
Boris Johnson’s rival in the election is foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who put up a concerted challenge in live televised debates. The election was prompted by former PM Theresa May’s resignation due to her approach to Brexit.(AFP.)

All pointers indicate Boris Johnson will be UK’s next prime minister

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 05:48 PM IST
Johnson is almost certain to be the next prime minister, according to a poll of odds offered by various betting agencies. The latest poll by Conservative Home on Sunday also put Johnson polling 73 per cent votes of the 1.6 lakh party members.
India, Sepoy Rebellion (1857). One can say cultural nationalism was at the core of the first war of independence in 1857(UIG via Getty Images)
India, Sepoy Rebellion (1857). One can say cultural nationalism was at the core of the first war of independence in 1857(UIG via Getty Images)

The war of 1857 was much more than just a sepoy mutiny or a peasant revolt

By Arun Anand
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 09:35 PM IST
It was an assertion of the sociocultural identity of Bharatiya society which was under attack by the British
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019.(AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019.(AFP)

Theresa May becomes second UK PM to resign over Brexit

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 09:39 AM IST
Theresa May took over in July 2016 after the Leave vote in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on Brexit in London on May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on Brexit in London on May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)

Theresa May offers another Brexit referendum to see bill through

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 10:46 PM IST
May has rejected on umpteen occasions the demand for another referendum, on the ground that it would betray the trust in democracy of the people, who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May wants MPs to consider the deal “with fresh pairs of eyes - and to give it their support”.(REUTERS PHOTO)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May wants MPs to consider the deal “with fresh pairs of eyes - and to give it their support”.(REUTERS PHOTO)

PM Theresa May’s offer of new ‘bold’ Brexit deal prompts scepticism

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 06:19 PM IST
It would be May’s fourth attempt to seek its passage through parliament, after the agreement was voted down thrice in the House of Commons. Unless it was fundamentally changed, the opposition Labour said it is likely to be rejected again.
The six-week long exercise to explore a consensus between the Theresa May government and the opposition Labour ended on Friday without a consensus, a denouement expected given the intractable positions of the two sides on Brexit.(AFP)
The six-week long exercise to explore a consensus between the Theresa May government and the opposition Labour ended on Friday without a consensus, a denouement expected given the intractable positions of the two sides on Brexit.(AFP)

Brexit: May govt-Labour talks end without consensus

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 07:11 PM IST
May was forced to turn to Labour after the EU withdrawal agreement was voted down thrice in the House of Commons, including by a large section of rebels in her own party.
The report alleges that mob violence has become a ‘regular occurrence’ in several states.(Reuters/File Photo)
The report alleges that mob violence has become a ‘regular occurrence’ in several states.(Reuters/File Photo)

UK to take up persecution of Christians in India

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 06:03 PM IST
The issue of alleged persecution was raised during Foreign Office questions in the House of Commons, following which the Theresa May government said it would take up with Indian authorities.
Doubts have crept in over the fate of any deal when PM Theresa May has made clear her intentions to resign later in the year.(REUTERS)
Doubts have crept in over the fate of any deal when PM Theresa May has made clear her intentions to resign later in the year.(REUTERS)

No Brexit consensus without new referendum: Labour

Hindustan Times, London | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2019 04:13 PM IST
There are demands within the Conservative party that PM Theresa May should call off the talks since, according to the increasingly influential view, they are destined to fail.
A survey published in The Observer suggests that support for the Brexit party launched in April has soared to a level higher than that of the two main parties, reflecting continued anger among voters.(REUTERS)
A survey published in The Observer suggests that support for the Brexit party launched in April has soared to a level higher than that of the two main parties, reflecting continued anger among voters.(REUTERS)

New Brexit party set to eclipse Tories, Labour: Poll

Hindustan Times, London | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2019 06:06 PM IST
The Theresa May government has been forced to hold the European elections because the UK remains a member of the EU after the House of Commons thrice voted down the withdrawal agreement. Cross-party talks are currently on to explore a consensus position.
A member of parliament who lied about a speeding offence has become the first casualty of the Recall of MPs Act of 2015, triggering a by-election after a large number of constituency voters signed a recall petition.(Bloomberg)
A member of parliament who lied about a speeding offence has become the first casualty of the Recall of MPs Act of 2015, triggering a by-election after a large number of constituency voters signed a recall petition.(Bloomberg)

This British MP loses seat for lying about speeding offence

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 02:21 PM IST
Fiona Onasanya (Labour), disgraced by her lying and jailed in January for perverting the course of justice, has now been removed from the House of Commons. She represented Peterborough, but was expelled by Labour due to her conduct.
British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith with his deputy Andrew Ayre at Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial on Saturday to pay tribute to the martyrs of 1919 massacre.(HT photo/Sameer Sehgal)
British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith with his deputy Andrew Ayre at Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial on Saturday to pay tribute to the martyrs of 1919 massacre.(HT photo/Sameer Sehgal)

Jallianwala Bagh massacre ‘a shameful act’, says UK envoy in Amritsar

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 04:21 PM IST
UK envoy to India Dominic Asquith expressed regret over Jallianwala Bagh and called it a shameful act of British Indian history.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party(Reuters file photo)
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party(Reuters file photo)

Jallianwala Bagh: Labour would apologise if in power

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 08:18 PM IST
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has piled more pressure on PM May to tender an apology on behalf of the state for the April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, for which she and her ministers have so far confined themselves to expressing ‘deep regret’.
File photo of European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
File photo of European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

‘UK deadlock makes no-deal Brexit more likely,’ says EU’s Michel Barnier

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 08:03 PM IST
Barnier said a long extension to the April 12 exit date had “significant risks for the EU” and a “strong justification would be needed” if the May government sought it.
British MPs on Friday rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union for a third time, raising the spectre of a “no deal” exit or a long delay to the process.(Reuters File Photo)
British MPs on Friday rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union for a third time, raising the spectre of a “no deal” exit or a long delay to the process.(Reuters File Photo)

‘Grave’ situation, says British PM Theresa May after third Brexit defeat

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 09:32 PM IST
Sitting in an extraordinary session in the House of Commons, MPs rejected the text negotiated with European leaders last year by 344 votes to 286.
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