LONDON — Political deadlock gripped Britain on Friday as no party won enough seats to form a government — a so-called "hung parliament." The result plunges the country into uncertainty just 10 days before complex and high-stakes talks with Europe over Brexit are due to begin. Although an election had not been due until 2020, Prime Minister Theresa May gambled and sent voters to the ballot box early as she sought to bolster her strength ahead of the talks. Instead, her hold on power was weakened as she lost her majority in the House of Commons. Her Conservatives retained the most seats — 318 out of 650 — but were unable to govern without a deal involving another party. A spokesman said May would visit Queen Elizabeth later to seek permission to form a minority government with the h
A van has run over pedestrians and there have been stabbings resulting in “multiple” casualties on Saturday night in the London Bridge area in what police are treating as “terrorist incidents”. Armed British police rushed to London Bridge after reports of the rogue vehicle, with one woman telling Reuters that she saw people who may have had their throats cut. As the nightmare struck London, several people were reported injured in two incidents --- on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market. Transport for London said busy London Bridge station and two others were closed at the request of police. The incident comes less than three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament. Here are
UK Govt are apparently using recent terror attacks to bring in new legislation that would force technology giants, such as Apple and WhatsApp, to hand over encrypted data. A report originating with The Sun claims that the Conservative government will lobby MPs to get the new rules, known as the Technical Capability Notices (TCN), through Parliament as quickly as possible after the general election. "We will do this as soon as we can after the election, as long as we get back in," a government minister apparently told The Sun. "The level of threat clearly proves there is no more time to waste now… The social media companies have been laughing in our faces for too long." Companies like Apple and WhatsApp make a major point of keeping users' messages safe. However, if the TCN were passed
The British Parliament has passed a motion condemning Pakistan's move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. The motion was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman. It stated that Pakistan by making such an announcement is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area. "Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression," the motion read. It was further noted that the attempts to change the demography of the region was in v...