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Everything you need to know about Brexit

The U.K. has a new prime minister, but the same incredibly complex puzzle it's faced for the past two years.

Updated Oct 29, 2019 - World
Dominic Cummings is out as Boris Johnson's top aide

He was seen as the power behind Johnson's throne.

Nov 13, 2020 - World
Boris Johnson says U.K. must prepare for no-deal Brexit

He said the European Union needs "a fundamental change of approach."

Oct 16, 2020 - World
EU initiates legal action against U.K. over plans to break Brexit treaty

It's a sign of a major breakdown in the U.K.-EU relationship.

Oct 1, 2020 - World
Brexit threatens to become a constitutional crisis

Boris Johnson's government said it intends to break the withdrawal treaty that Johnson negotiated and signed.

Sep 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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Sep 10, 2020 - World

The return of Brexit bedlam

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Nine months after Boris Johnson won a smashing majority on the promise of an "oven-ready" Brexit deal, the U.K. government is threatening to blow up trade talks with the European Union by declaring its intent to violate that very agreement.

Driving the news: An emergency U.K.-EU meeting was called in London today after a government minister made a stunning admission on the floor of the House of Commons this week — that a new bill seeking to override parts of the Brexit deal would indeed "break international law."

Updated Sep 7, 2020 - World

Boris Johnson says U.K. will quit Brexit talks within weeks if no deal with EU struck

Boris Johnson. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday the United Kingdom will walk away from Brexit talks if no agreement is struck with the European Union by Oct. 15.

The big picture: The U.K. has five weeks to reach a deal with the EU, with negotiations due to resume in London on Tuesday. The threat comes as the U.K. plans legislation to "override" key aspects of the Brexit withdrawal agreement reached with the European Union — including on Northern Ireland, the Financial Times first reported Sunday.

Updated May 24, 2020 - World

Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports of lockdown violations

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out in support of top aide Dominic Cummings Sunday after a joint investigation by the Daily Mirror and The Guardian found Cummings had traveled 260 miles in April to visit his parents while exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

The latest: "In traveling to find the right kind of child care, at a moment when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus, and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent and I do not mark him down for that," Johnson said Sunday.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Feb 11, 2020 - World

Brexit brings "Special Relationship" down to size

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Polls suggest Americans consider the U.K. to be their country's closest ally, a distinction prized by a succession of British leaders and supported by decades of shared history and close cooperation.

Why it matters: President Trump has reveled in Brexit Britain’s rejection of multilateralism, in general, and the EU, in particular. But the U.K.'s voice will now count for less in Brussels and Berlin, and likely in Washington as a result.

Pence: "We'll see" if U.K.'s Huawei decision threatens trade deal

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Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC Friday that "we'll see" if the U.K.'s decision to allow Chinese telecom firm Huawei to build part of its 5G network will impact forthcoming trade talks between the U.S. and U.K.

Why it matters: Striking a trade deal with the U.S. is one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top priorities post-Brexit.

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