# Britain

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of a meeting. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson a […]

UK PM to talk to EU chief as Brexit talks run out of time

Britain's PM Boris Johnson will talk to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday as both sides blame each other for blocking progress in post-Brexit trade talks ahead of a key EU summit
From January 1, 2021, following the end of the transition period, UK banks will be deprived of their "passporting" rights that have allowed them to offer services across the European Union. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
From January 1, 2021, following the end […]

UK expats count Brexit impact as banks shut accounts

For Roger Morton and his wife living in France -- and many other UK expats across the European Union -- Brexit is causing the closure of their British banking services
An aerial photo shows migrants in a dinghy wearing life jackets as they illegally cross the English Channel from France to Britain on September 11, 2020. - The number of migrants crossing the English Channel -- which is 33,8 km (21 miles) at the closest point in the Straits of Dover -- in small inflatable boats has spiralled over the summer of the 2020. According to authorities in northern France some 6,200 migrants have attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31, 2020, compared with 2,294 migrants for the whole of 2019. (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)
An aerial photo shows migrants in a ding […]

‘Just God, the water and us’: risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain

AFP followed two groups of migrants as they made the perilous journey from the French town of Grande-Synthe to Dover in the south of England via the choppy waters of the Channel
A firefighter wearing protective gear disinfects outside a nursing home for elderly people where more than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Burbaguena, near Teruel on August 04, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A firefighter wearing protective gear di […]

Europe imposes fresh virus curbs as global cases top 30 million

Large parts of Europe have geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020, to attend Prime Minister's Question at the House of Commons. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he lea […]

UK’s controversial new Brexit powers law explained

The UK government is set for showdown talks with the EU after unveiling a new bill that will override parts of the divorce deal it signed with the bloc last year - the new bill explained
The Elizabeth Tower, commonly known Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are pictured by the River Thames in London on February 1, 2017. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
The Elizabeth Tower, commonly known Big […]

Spectre of no-deal Brexit returns to haunt virus-hit UK

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit looms again in Britain, stoking fears of a painful double whammy for an economy already on its knees due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak