State of the Union: election tests ties that bind the UK | AFP

The outcome of the UK’s general election could put more strain on the links between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are already being tested by Brexit.

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UK party leaders in final week of campaigning

UK party leaders have entered the final week of campaigning ahead of the general election on Thursday, Dec. 12. Leaders hammered home core messages to voters, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowing to deliver his government’s Brexit deal, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn arguing that his Labour Party would prevent any further privatization of the National Health Service, and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson giving priority to stopping Brexit and seeking bolder initiaves to battle climate change.

Boris Johnson unveils Conservative manifesto, promises to ‘get Brexit done’ | AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveils his Conservative Party’s manifesto, pledging to move on from Brexit. SOUNDBITE

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Brexit shaking traditional loyalties in unpredictable UK election | AFP

While the Conservative Party is ahead in the polls, the UK’s general election remains one of the most unpredictable in decades. One reason for that is that many voters are now more attached to their positions on Brexit than to traditional political parties. It’s an issue that both Labour and the Conservatives are having to think about.

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Tusk: UK will be ‘second rate player’ after Brexit

European Union Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday that the United Kingdom will be a second-rate player once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United States and China. (Bruges, Belgium. Nov. 13, 2019)

Merkel: Brexit will place competitor on EU doorstep

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at a conference in Berlin, cautioned that Brexit was a “painful outcome” that would make Britain a third country “basically living on our doorstep as a competitor.” Merkel said she is optimistic that Britain would be able to approve a withdrawal deal.

Sturgeon: Vote for SNP a vote ‘to escape Brexit’

The Scottish National Party officially launched its election campaign on Friday, ahead of a vote that it hopes will put Scotland a step closer to independence. (Nov. 8)

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Scotland leader Sturgeon promises new independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, says country’s vote to remain in EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum has been ignored by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and promises to hold new independence referendum.

Bercow: UK should not be tied to close Brexit vote

Former British House of Commons speaker John Bercow said Thursday that Britain would suffer in terms of trade, global standing and influence because of Brexit. (Nov. 7)

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Ex-Speaker Bercow on Brexit, Britain’s options, and variations of “or-derrr”

Former British House of Commons speaker John Bercow told The Associated Press that he believes the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum is not binding, and that leaving the EU would harm the country.

Barnier: Brexit is “school of patience”

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says that talks on a free trade deal with the United Kingdom once the country has left the bloc might be as tough as the Brexit talks over the past years. Barnier told the Web Summit in Lisbon that already by next summer it will be clear if the transition period to agree on future relations will have to be extended beyond the end of next year.
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Launching election, Johnson blames Parliament for Brexit delay | AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that Parliament has officially been dissolved ahead of a general election, saying that he has been forced to call the early election by MPs’ inaction on Brexit. SOUNDBITE

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Labour to hand Brexit decision back to voters if elected: Corbyn | AFP

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will put forward a people’s vote over a future Brexit deal if Labour is elected in the upcoming December general election. Corbyn is giving a speech in Harlow as the opposition party gears up for the election. SOUNDBITE from Jeremy Corbyn

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Farage: Brexit Party ‘won’t split’ election Leave vote | AFP

Speaking at an event to unveil the Brexit Party’s election candidates, Nigel Farage says they will not split the Leave vote as they are the only party offering what he considers a true Brexit. SOUNDBITE

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UK Liberal Democrat leader: We can stop Brexit

The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, launches a national election tour ahead of next month’s snap general election in the U.K. Speaking to a crowd of supporters in London, she described Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was a “dead pigeon of a deal” that was going to be “bad for jobs.”