Boris Johnson defends Churchill statue which is targeted by protesters

By Helene Fung British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a wave of anti-racism protests across Britain had been “hijacked by extremists”, and it is “absurd and shameful” that statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has to beboarded up ahead of expected weekend protests in London due to vandalism risk. A number of…

EU and UK need accelerated talks, said adviser to EU negotiator

By Helene Fung Stefaan de Rynck, an adviser to Michael Barnier, chief trade negotiator for the European Union (EU), predicted that the EU and the United Kingdom (UK) will need to carry out accelerated Brexit talks. The ideal time for the negotiations will be in summer (northern hemisphere), if they want to reach a deal…

Boris Johnson able to walk again after leaving ICU

By Helene Fung British Prime Minister and COVID-19 patient Boris Johnson has regained sufficient energy for short walks in London’s St Thomas’ Hospital on Friday local time, 24 hours after he left the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). Fifty-five year old Mr Johnson was admitted into the hospital after he still showed respiratory symptoms following…

UK government to pick up payroll tabs on closed pubs

By Helene Fung UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, night clubs, theatres and gyms to shut their doors as soon as possible, to cut the risk of coronavirus transmission; but business could continue to provide takeaway services. He said the measures were intended to be temporary, and the length…

Brexit Is Finally Done After 43 Months Of Stuggle

By Helene Fung Britain officially ended almost half a century of European Union membership, as a clock projected on to 10 Downing Street counted down to zero at 11pm local time, which was midnight in Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the country in a pre-recorded message an hour before the deadline, with a message…

British House of Commons backs Boris Johnson Brexit bill

By Helene Fung A 358 to 234 vote in the House of Commons approved a revised EU divorce deal, which paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament.…

Tory win means Australia may re-negotiate UK relations

Boris Johnson has returned to Number Ten Downing Street after a historic landslide victory over Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn last week. Johnson’s Conservative party took government with 365 seats, beating Labour by 165 seats and taking many traditionally Labour voting areas. Boris Johnson ran the campaign on a platform of “getting Brexit done,” committed to leaving…

Boris Johnson wins UK election in landslide victory

By Helene Fung Boris Johnson was re-elected as UK’s Prime Minister, with the largest Conservative majority since the 1980s when the party was led by Margaret Thatcher. The Conservatives won 365 seats out of the 650 available, and the main opposition Labour Party won 203. In his victory speech, Mr Johnson emphasised that the UK…