‘Bad news for Europe’ – EU reluctantly congratulates Johnson

European Council President Charles Michel talks to the media as he arrives for the second day of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders welcomed Boris Johnson’s election triumph and called for a quick Brexit vote in the British parliament, but the Czech prime minister warned it was ‘bad news for Europe’.

“It is obviously a giant success for Boris Johnson. He is a charismatic leader,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said in reaction to the victory of Johnson’s Conservative Party, which swept the opposition aside across much of England on his promise to get Brexit done.

“He won and now they will leave, unfortunately. That is bad news for Europe,” he said as he arrived for a second day of an EU summit in Brussels.

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