Queen lays out Johnson’s Brexit plan to Parliament

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December 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in Downing Street after receiving permission to form the next government during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace Friday in London, England. GETTY IMAGES/DAN KITWOOD/TNS

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled an end to Britain’s era of Brexit deadlock today, announcing a packed legislative program intended to take the U.K. out of the European Union on Jan. 31, overhaul everything from fishing to financial services and shore up the country’s cash-starved public services.

The commanding House of Commons majority won by Johnson’s Conservative Party in last week’s general election all but guarantees he will be able to turn those promises into law, although with Brexit casting a shadow over the British economy, there’s a question mark over how he will pay for it all.

In a speech delivered from a golden throne in Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, Johnson opened the legislative floodgates after three years in which minority Conservative governments tried in vain to win lawmakers’ backing for their Brexit plans.

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