London mayor Boris Johnson on Sunday said he would support a vote for Britain to leave the European Union in a blow for Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of a membership referendum in June.
"After a great deal of heartache... I will be advocating vote Leave," said Johnson, a popular politician from Cameron's own Conservative Party who is seen as a potential successor to the prime minister.Full Story
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday an EU deal with Britain was "possible" but ruled out any terms that would hold the bloc back, amid concerns over demands for safeguards for non-euro countries.
"A deal is possible if certain conditions are met. A deal is possible because it is necessary that Britain should remain in the EU," Hollande said as he arrived at a Brussels summit.Full Story
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday he could not imagine Britain leaving the EU as Prime Minister David Cameron drummed up support in the European Parliament for his reform proposals.
Cameron came to Brussels for talks with Juncker, European Parliament head Martin Schulz and top MEPs aiming to win them over to the changes he says Britain must get to avoid “Brexit”.Full Story
English town halls and publicly funded universities face "severe penalties" if they institute boycotts of "unethical" companies or Israeli goods under controversial new rules to be outlined by the government this week.
"Locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain's export trade and harm international relationship," the Cabinet Office said in a statement on Monday.Full Story
Talks on a deal to keep Britain in the EU will go down to the wire at a leaders summit next week after negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough on the key issues on Thursday, European sources said.
The main sticking points include Britain's demands for protection for countries that do not use the euro currency and the length of time it can limit welfare benefits for European Union migrant workers, they said.Full Story
A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.
Two fire extinguishers could be seen next to a police tent set up at the scene of the incident near the large windows of the palace's Orangery.Full Story
Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday fended off attacks from euroskeptics and a hostile press over proposed reforms to keep Britain in the EU that Brussels defended as a "fair" deal for all.
In a heated parliamentary debate, Cameron urged fellow MPs to stand united as he faced vitriol from senior members of his own Conservative Party and a vicious response from several newspapers to the plan.Full Story
European Union and British diplomats held "intensive" talks in Brussels on Monday in a race against time to seal a deal on changes to Britain's membership of the crisis-ridden bloc by the end of the day.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and EU President Donald Tusk failed to reach an agreement over dinner in London on Sunday and so decided on a 24-hour extension for further discussion in a bid to reach an accord by the self-imposed deadline.Full Story
Prime Minister David Cameron said progress had been made in Britain's renegotiation of relations with the EU, after talks in Brussels on Friday, but it was "not enough".
"We have made progress today; it's not enough," he told Sky News television after talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.Full Story
Around 20 schools in France and Britain were placed on bomb alert Thursday following another round of telephone threats, the second in a week.
Police were sent to secure five of the most prestigious schools in Paris after bomb threats were phoned in, and British police said they were probing threats at 14 schools in central England believed to be "false and malicious."Full Story