Pro-EU candidate wins 'Brexit by-election' in London

Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney smiles on stage after winning a by-election in Richmond, southwest London, on December 2, 2016Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered a rebuke over its plans to pull Britain out of the EU on Friday after voters in the London suburb of Richmond ousted a eurosceptic lawmaker in favour of a pro-European candidate. In a stunning upset, Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Olney overturned a large majority to defeat Zac Goldsmith, who had held the seat for May’s Conservative party since 2010, in a battle that became a mini-referendum on Brexit. “Our message is clear: we do not want a hard Brexit,” Olney said as she became her party’s ninth MP with 49.68 percent of the vote, compared to 45.15 percent for Goldsmith.

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