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The Latest: Boris Johnson to lead Britain into Brexit

Jul. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Boris Johnson's victory in the race to become Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, has been chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but...

Boris Johnson's chaotic path to power finally pays off

Jul. 23, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson aspires to be a modern-day Winston Churchill. Critics fear he's a British Donald Trump. Johnson won the contest to lead the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday, and is set to become Britain's prime minister on Wednesday. Like revered World War II leader Churchill, Johnson...

Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

Jul. 23, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister on Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday after winning...

Johnson's win elevates 'no-deal' Brexit risks to UK economy

Jul. 23, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next U.K. prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has become murkier — and potentially more perilous. Johnson's comprehensive victory over Jeremy Hunt in the battle to lead the governing Conservative Party has made it more likely that...

5 things you may not know about Boris Johnson, UK's next PM

Jul. 23, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here are five things you may not know about Boris Johnson, who is set to become Britain's next prime minister on Wednesday: HE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN SO CONFIDENT While Johnson is known for his booming voice, boisterous behavior and creative use of language (including Latin and Greek), he was...

Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledges "full support" to her successor, Boris Johnson

Jul. 23, 2019 7:35 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledges "full support" to her successor, Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson wins race to be leader of UK's Conservative Party and will be country's next prime minister

Jul. 23, 2019 7:06 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wins race to be leader of UK's Conservative Party and will be country's next prime minister.

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

Jul. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led "maritime protection mission" to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week. Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

Voting for new UK prime minister ends amid Brexit foreboding

Jul. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Voting closed Monday in the two-man contest to become Britain's next prime minister, as critics of likely winner Boris Johnson condemned his vow to take the U.K. out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal. Members of the governing Conservative Party had until 5 p.m. (1600 GMT)...