July 23, 2019 / 11:29 AM / a month ago

UK's Johnson pledges to get Brexit done on Oct 31 after winning race to be PM

FILE PHOTO: An EU flag flutters during an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson promised to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31 after he was chosen by UK Conservative Party members to succeed Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday.

“We are going to energise the country. We are going to get Brexit done on October 31 and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring,” Johnson said in a speech after defeating rival candidate Jeremy Hunt.

Reporting by Alistair Smout, Kate Holton and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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