UK PM Johnson to welcome new lawmakers, get Brexit rolling

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be giving a pep talk Monday to a new group of Conservative Party lawmakers as he begins his latest push to secure parliamentary approval for his Brexit deal.Johnson will welcome 109 newly elected colleagues, many of them coming from parts of the country that were once strongholds of the opposition Labour Party. Overall, the Conservatives now have 365 of the House of Commons’ 650 seats after their convincing victory in Thursday’s general election.All lawmakers from all parties will be sworn in on Tuesday, the first day of the new session in Parliament.Buoyed by the Conservatives’ decisive win, Johnson plans to move fast to deliver on his campaign mantra to “get Brexit done.” That means ensuring a Brexit withdrawal agreement bill is passed in time for the U.K. to complete its historic departure from the European Union by the current deadline of Jan. 31.Johnson spokesman James Slack said the government will introduce the EU withdrawal bill on Friday. It will be up to the speaker of the House of Commons to determine if Parliament will hold its first major vote on the bill that same day or will wait until January after
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