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Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Dec. 13, 2019 3:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Friday to heal Britain's divisions over Brexit after his gamble on early elections rewarded him with a commanding majority in Parliament and a new mandate to take his country out of the European Union at the end of January. Johnson's promise to “get...

Losing Grimsby: Working-class towns desert UK's Labour Party

Dec. 13, 2019 1:35 PM EST

GRIMSBY, England (AP) — Like the North Sea cod that was their livelihood, Conservative voters in the fishing town of Grimsby once seemed in danger of disappearing. In every election since 1945, voters in this port in eastern England elected a Labour Party lawmaker. Until this week. Grimsby, 200 miles (320...

Battle ahead: Scotland party leader vows independence push

Dec. 13, 2019 1:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the majority he needs to push through Brexit, but he faces another big challenge from Scotland, where the independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. Here is a look at the factors that...

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...

UK vote eases corrosive uncertainty hurting businesses

Dec. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British businesses that have been hobbled for three years by fear and confusion over Brexit are getting a break. The U.K. election result means Britain's departure from the European Union will almost certainly happen — after multiple delays — on Jan. 31, as scheduled. It remains...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'.

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...

Pound and stocks jump on UK election, talk of US-China deal

Dec. 13, 2019 6:55 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets and the British pound rose Friday after Britain's Conservative Party claimed a big win in the country's general election, easing uncertainty over Brexit, and amid talk of a China-U.S. trade deal. The British pound jumped to $1.3470 from $1.3150 late Thursday but then eased back...

Key takeaways from Boris Johnson's sweeping election victory

Dec. 13, 2019 6:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has led his Conservative Party to a landslide victory in Britain’s election that was dominated by Brexit. Here are five takeaways from the British election: BREXIT IS HAPPENING Johnson’s campaign was built around his pledge to — finally...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace for meeting with Queen Elizabeth II to form new government

Dec. 13, 2019 5:56 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace for meeting with Queen Elizabeth II to form new government.