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France says UK exit poll gives clarity on Brexit

Ballots are counted at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt in Northern Ireland for the 2019 General Election on Dec. 12, 2019. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) -- France says an exit poll shows the British election appears to have produced the 'clarification' needed to move forward with Brexit. France's European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin was asked about an exit poll projecting a clear majority for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives.

She said if the result is confirmed, it will allow EU leaders to move rapidly toward building a new relationship with Britain.

EU leaders will meet Friday morning with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier about next steps regarding Britain's impending departure from the bloc. De Montchalin says "the most important thing is not the method of divorce but the new legal framework."

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