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In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The president of the European Commission warned Britain on Wednesday that it won’t get the “highest quality access” to the European Union's market after Brexit unless it makes major concessions. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan 31 exit

Jan. 9, 2020 2:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain passed a long-elusive milestone on the road to Brexit on Thursday when the House of Commons approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the end of the month. Lawmakers voted by 330-231 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets the...

PM says Croatia's EU presidency specific and demanding

Jan. 2, 2020 1:04 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia will try to help launch blocked European Union membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia while the country holds the EU presidency for the next six months, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Thursday. ‘’We will do our best to overcome problems and...

In this photo released by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the house on the first day of the new Parliament, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Buoyed by a big new Conservative majority in Parliament, Johnson toughened his Brexit stance on Tuesday, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

What will Boris Johnson do? UK leader to unveil policy plans

Dec. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British voters have given Prime Minister Boris Johnson a commanding majority. But they have little idea what he plans to do with it, apart from taking the U.K. out of the European Union. Johnson won last week’s election with a pledge to “get Brexit done” by leaving the EU...

The Latest: Macron: UK and EU will remain tied after Brexit

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit election (all times local): 5 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and Europe will remain inextricably tied even after Brexit, which is now set to take place on Jan. 31 after Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a convincing majority in...

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, center, speaks with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured an election majority that should allow him to push the Brexit deal through parliament. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU relief as UK polls signal Brexit may soon be done

Dec. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his sweeping election victory amid optimism that his clear majority should finally allow him to push the long-stalled Brexit divorce deal through a reluctant parliament and end years of political...

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waits for the declaration of his seat in the 2019 general election in Islington, London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The first handful of results to be declared in Britain's election are showing a surge in support for to the Conservatives in northern England seats where Labour has long been dominant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The Latest: UK vote a disaster for left-wing Labour Party

Dec. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit general election (all times local): 6 a.m. Veteran Labour Party left-wing firebrand Dennis Skinner has lost his seat in the British election, one of many Labour lawmakers ousted by a Conservative challenger in Boris Johnson’s landslide victory. The...

European Council President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. European Union leaders gathered for their year-end summit and discussed climate change funding, the departure of the UK from the bloc and their next 7-year budget. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU ready to get Brexit talks moving again after UK vote

Dec. 12, 2019 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With votes still being counted in Britain, EU leaders were already gearing up to move forward with Brexit plans. Based on an exit poll, the leaders of Austria and Poland congratulated Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his projected win, based on an exit poll, in...