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Boris Johnson

British PM Johnson's father applying for French citizenship
World

British PM Johnson's father applying for French citizenship

  • The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit.
  • Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France.
Published 31 Dec, 2020 03:54pm
Britain says post-Brexit trade deal is done
World

Britain says post-Brexit trade deal is done

  • We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters.
  • The deal is the biggest bilateral trade deal signed by either side, covering trade worth £668bn in 2019.
Updated 24 Dec, 2020 08:06pm
As mutated variant spreads, PM Johnson mulls stricter lockdown
World

As mutated variant spreads, PM Johnson mulls stricter lockdown

  • The British government will review whether it needs to impose its strictest COVID-19 restrictions on more of the country on Wednesday as a highly infectious variant continues to spread but will not change Christmas rules.
  • Britain reported a record number of new infections on Tuesday as a mutated strain of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70% more transmissible than the original.
Published 23 Dec, 2020 06:56pm
Dollar whipsaws as virus mutation rattles traders
Markets

Dollar whipsaws as virus mutation rattles traders

  • Experts said there was no evidence that vaccines would not protect against the new virus variant, but Britain's chief scientific adviser said that in the meantime tighter restrictions on public life in Britain were likely.
Published 22 Dec, 2020 10:27am
Britain, EU tell each other to give way in 'difficult' trade talks
World

Britain, EU tell each other to give way in 'difficult' trade talks

  • With less than two weeks before Britain leaves the EU’s orbit, both sides are calling on the other to move to secure a deal and safeguard annual trade in goods from tariffs and quotas.
  • The EU wants to be able to impose trade barriers in the event that Britain changes its regulations in the future and undercuts the bloc’s market of 450 million consumers.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 11:45am
Stocks, pound, oil sink as virus surge trumps stimulus deal
Markets

Stocks, pound, oil sink as virus surge trumps stimulus deal

  • Oil prices also sank as the new containment measures hammered expectations for travel over the Christmas period, with the discovery of a mutated and more infectious strain of the coronavirus in Britain also leading several governments to ban flights from the country.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 08:35am