Boris Johnson, Scotland, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

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We are covering that the Conservative Party’s enormous success from the British elections, a possible breakthrough from the U.S.-China trade warfare and also the antitrust campaign contrary to Facebook.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s incessant campaign vow to eventually take Britain from the European Union has functioned: His Conservative Party won a big parliamentary majority on Thursday at a hugely significant general election. Mr. Johnson said early today that it seemed as though his administration had”a potent new mandate for Brexit done”

Listed below are the latest updates and a map of the results.

Based on official results, the BBC projected that the Conservatives would win about 365 seats in the House of Commons, giving them a 74-seat majority. That should enable Mr. Johnson to lead Britain through Brexit in January, probably with an orderly deal as opposed to the crash-out that many had feared.

In a country that has “lurched from crisis to crisis” since voters narrowly chose Brexit in a 2016 referendum, two of our veteran correspondents write, Thursday’s result provides “a rare moment of piercing clarity.” It’s also a resounding vindication for a prime minister whose tenure has so far been marred by ceaseless upheaval.

  • Conservatives: The party was projected to win dozens of Labour seats in the industrial north and the Midlands, shattering the so-called red wall of support that has undergirded the Labour Party’s political fortunes for generations.

  • The currency: In a sign of relief that British politics would probably stabilize, the British pound rose as much as 2 percent as results began to trickle in, its strongest level since June 2018.

  • Labour: Analysts say the party’s apparent collapse — potentially its weakest electoral showing since before World War II — could take a decade or more to overcome. Its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is likely to face calls to resign.

    Earlier today, Mr. Corbyn told reporters that he would not lead the party in “any future general election campaign.” But he vowed to stay on as leader for the time being to ensure a process “of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.”

  • Jo Swinson: The leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats, who was once seen as a potential kingmaker in Britain’s political scene, narrowly lost her parliamentary seat to a rival in the Scottish National Party.

The pro-independence Scottish National Party was projected to exceed expectations by winning 55 of Scotland’s 59 seats at Westminster, a 20-seat gain that puts the party in a position of almost total dominance in Scottish politics.

One result may be further calls for another vote on Scottish independence — and rising tensions between London and Edinburgh.

President Trump is expected to announce today that he will delay or cancel $160 billion in planned tariffs — scheduled to go into effect on Sunday — that would result in the United States taxing nearly everything China ships into the country.

When Mr. Trump hinted at the agreement on Twitter on Thursday, he shipped U.S. stocks soaring to record highs. Nevertheless the arrangement has not been completed, and it’s uncertain whether Beijing has consented to the particulars.

Details: Mr. Trump, that has said China’s trade practices are unjust to American firms, has agreed to greatly decrease tariffs he’s put around $360 billion of Chinese products, many people knowledgeable about the discussions said. China, in return, would consent to purchase American farm goods and make other concessions.

Wallpaper: Beijing and Washington have indicated they were on the point of a trade deal — before talks collapsed.

Among other items, a staff in the bureau — that the immediate precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency — honed the idea of a”situation room,” previously, where crucial decisions regarding war and peace are still made in the White House. The group was headed by Eero Saarinen, a successful Finnish-American architect.

U.S. impeachment: House Democrats are expected to approve along party lines today two impeachment articles against President Trump, a day after holding a bitter debate over them with Republican critics. The articles charge that Mr. Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals, and later obstructed Congress by defying related subpoenas.

Afghanistan: Three months after the country’s disputed presidential vote, its electoral process is still stalled, and a U.S.-brokered compromise — like the one that resolved a similar dispute in 2014 — looks unlikely. Our correspondent interviewed the political veteran Abdullah Abdullah, a presidential candidate locked in a bitter standoff with election officials.

E.U. farm subsidies: As the European Parliament prepares to renew the bloc’s seven-year farm bill next year, our reporters looked at connections between the continent’s powerful agricultural lobby and the E.U. lawmakers who have ties to the very industries they are supposed to regulate.

Facebook: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating the social network for antitrust concerns, may take the rare step of seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the company from carrying out a plan to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Armenian genocide: The U.S. Congress passed legislation that formally designates the 1915 mass killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire — the precursor to the Republic of Turkey — as a genocide. The White House had objected to the symbolic measure, saying it would damage relations with Turkey.

Algeria: The police beat back protesters at voting stations, as the authorities continued with an election that was broadly rejected by much of the population.

What we’re reading: The Space Explorer Mike Twitter feed. “We can not all be astronauts, however there are not any limitations on the journeys our heads can shoot,” writes the Briefings editor, Andrea Kannapell. “And also this accounts always has a launching pad”

“It is neurotic, certain. Nevertheless, it’s also… safer, more” Mr. King wrote in an article for The Times at 1984, record several unfortunate Friday the 13ths ever. (If he reads a book, he will not cease on webpage 94, page 193 — or some other webpage whose digits add up to 13.)

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That is it for this particular briefing. Have a fantastic weekend.

— Mike

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