Theresa May speaks during question and answer session in the House of commons in London on Wednesday. Mark Duffy / AFP
Britain's parliament was forced to close early on Thursday after a leak in the 19th century Gothic palace caused water to rain down into the debating chamber.
Lawmakers were debating tax policy when water began cascading into the press area overlooking lawmakers' seats, forcing Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to suspend the session.
Speaking over the noise of pouring water, Member of Parliament Justin Madders, said: "I hope I can complete my speech before rain stops play. I think there is probably some kind of symbol, about how many people view how broken parliament is, going on there."
Thursday's sitting in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, was then ended more than two hours early.
The upper chamber, the House of Lords, continued to debate Brexit in a separate part of the building.
The Palace of Westminster - parts of which date back to 1097 - has been slipping into disrepair for decades, requiring frequent repairs and upgrades. Much of the crumbling limestone exterior is clad in scaffolding.
Plans are being made for a multi-billion pound restoration programme which could require parliament to be temporarily relocated to a separate building, but the process has been delayed, with many lawmakers opposed to giving up their traditional setting.
Britain’s government will seek to extend the period during which parliament does not normally sit, shutting it for around a month until Oct.14, as part of a drive to prevent politicians
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will seek to persuade Britain’s top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.
As the United Kingdom grapples with its Brexit drama, the uncertainty around its decision to leave the EU persuaded Dale Carr to close down her Berlin shop selling British goods. The 67-year-old from Sheffield and her husband Robin in 1996 opened “Broken English”, a shop selling British goods to homesick expats and Germans with a taste for UK treats in the trendy district of Kreuzberg.
In a nailbiting moment, a Chinese girl saved her brother after he nearly hanged himself by mistake while playing with a plastic barrel at his residence in Beijing.
The gang apparently asked the Imam’s help as he was familiar with their mother language, French, and thought he wouldn’t report the incident to the police.
Hundreds of farmers on their tractors with flags raising 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan' slogans reached central Delhi from different parts of the national capital and ultimately made their way to the Red Fort after breaching all the barricades on the way.