Latest Brexit referendum News

Boris Johnson tipped to win as UK Tories reveal new leader

Jul. 23, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party is set to reveal Tuesday the identity of the country's next prime minister, with Brexit champion Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job. Party officials will announce whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000...

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)...

European Central Bank could act before Fed to add stimulus

Jul. 22, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank could take action including a possible rate cut at its policy meeting on Thursday, as central banks around the globe rev up stimulus to support the world economy through a period of heightened uncertainty from trade wars and Brexit. The ECB, which sets...

A tiny, unrepresentative electorate picks UK's new leader

Jul. 22, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's next prime minister will govern a nation of 66 million people, but only 0.25% of them had a say in the choice. Either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be announced Tuesday as the winner of a contest to lead the governing Conservative Party. After a formal handover of power, the...

Correction: Brexit story

Jul. 21, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story July 19 about Brexit, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote in the 14th paragraph. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the comments, not British Prime Minister Theresa May. A corrected version of the story is below: UK lawmakers warn of lost residency rights in...

UK Treasury chief vows to quit if Boris Johnson becomes PM

Jul. 21, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Sunday that he will quit if — as widely expected — Boris Johnson becomes prime minister this week on a promise to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal. Hammond said Johnson's vow to press for a no-deal Brexit if he...

With Boris Johnson tipped to win PM race, UK eyes rocky ride

Jul. 21, 2019 2:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride. On Tuesday, the U.K.'s governing Conservatives will announce the winner of a contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the party and the country. Just over three months later, on Oct. 31, Britain is scheduled to leave the...

The Latest: Trump lauds Johnson as 'different kind of guy'

Jul. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:00 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has waded back into British politics, expressing enthusiasm for the likelihood of Boris Johnson becoming the U.K.'s next prime minister and panning outgoing leader...

Lawmakers impede next UK leader's path to a no-deal Brexit

Jul. 18, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With Britain set to get a new pro-Brexit leader within days, lawmakers on Thursday erected a roadblock in the path of any attempt by the incoming prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The move came as the U.K.'s official economic watchdog said a...

The Latest: UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit

Jul. 18, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 2 p.m. British lawmakers have put a roadblock in the path of any attempt to take Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The House of Commons passed a motion Thursday that stops the...