The Latest: UK Liberal Democrats chief Swinson steps down

The Latest: UK Liberal Democrats chief Swinson steps down

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LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit election (all times local):

7 a.m.

The leader of Britain’s centrist Liberal Democrats has stepped down after losing her own seat on a disappointing election night for the party.

The pro-EU party had hoped that its staunch opposition to Brexit would help it build on the 20 seats it held before Thursday's general election but in the end only won about a dozen of the 650 seats in Parliament.

Leader Jo Swinson called the result “hugely disappointing” and stepped down.

The Liberal Democrats say lawmakers Ed Davey and Sal Brinton, a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords, would become joint chiefs of the party until a leadership contest is held next year.

Results pouring in early Friday showed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives easily winning at least 360 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, ensuring it will form a majority government.

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6:40 a.m.

The American president has taken to Twitter — where else? — to congratulate British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on “his great WIN” in the U.K.'s general election.

Donald Trump also wrote that “Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT.”

Trump claimed that such a trade deal “has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative" than any trade deal with the European Union. Right now, however, the 28-nation bloc is Britain's largest trading partner.

Results pouring in early Friday showed Johnson's Conservatives easily winning at least 358 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, ensuring it will form a majority government.

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5:30 a.m.

Britain's election was a flat-out disaster for left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faced calls for his...

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