The Latest: Johnson, Germany’s Merkel discuss Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union (all times local):

2:00 p.m.

The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed Brexit and bilateral relations with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Merkel’s office gave few details of Friday’s phone conversation between the two leaders. It said that Merkel wished Johnson luck in his new job and invited him to visit Berlin soon. It didn’t give a date.

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Johnson has replaced much of predecessor Theresa May’s Cabinet with loyal Brexit supporters and has pledged to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31, with or without a deal.

Merkel, like other EU leaders, has insisted that the withdrawal agreement British lawmakers rejected three times when May was prime minister won’t be renegotiated. Johnson insists that it must be renegotiated.

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1:20 p.m.

A British car industry group has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid leaving the European Union without a deal, warning it would present an “existential threat” to the sector.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders wrote the newly installed leader to underscore the importance of the 18.6-billion-pound industry. The letter says a no-deal Brexit “would result in huge tariff costs and disruption that would threaten production.”

Less than 100 days before Britain’s scheduled withdrawal date, the government doesn’t have an approved agreement on the terms that will replace the 45 years of frictionless trade that came with being an EU member. Johnson has threated to take the country out of the 28-nation-trading bloc without a deal.

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