Boris Johnson wins parliamentary majority in UK election


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s has won an outright majority of parliamentary seats and a mandate to deliver Brexit in Thursday’s general election.

The Conservatives won 364 of the 650 seats in the lower House of Commons, gaining 47 seats to trump Labour’s 203 seats.

The victory is the biggest majority for a Conservative government in more than three decades. It will now pave the way for the government to deliver Brexit in January next year.

In a victory speech, Boris Johnson said Brexit was now the “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people,” adding that he will work night and day to repay the trust of voters.

The opposition Labour Party suffered its worst defeat in decades, losing at least 59 seats. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, although he won re-election in his constituency, announced he will not lead Labour in the next election.

The Prime Minister had called for the general election in order to break a deadlock in parliament, which after more than three years of crisis had blocked the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

President Donald Trump was among the world leaders to congratulate Johnson on his win, adding his support for a post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal.

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