Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, secured a crushing victory in the UK’s general election as voters backed his promise to “get Brexit done” and take the country out of the European Union by 31 January next year.
Johnson’s Conservatives captured 364 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons with all bar one seat counted, a comfortable majority of 74 and the party’s best showing in a parliamentary election since Margaret Thatcher triumphed in 1987. He addressed the nation just after 7am in London, saying Brexit was now the “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people” and promising those who lent their vote to the Tories in traditional Labour areas: “I will not let you down.”
The prime minister this morning visited the Queen to form a government having secured what he described as a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done”, after the party won 47 more seats than in the last election in 2017.
He told Tory activists: “We did it, we pulled it off didn’t we?”.
“We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock.”
“With this election I think we’ve put an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum.”
So, the Conservatives have won a majority in the UK’s general election. But, what could that result mean for Brexit? The Brexit date – when the UK leaves the EU – is currently set for 31 January 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, agreed a deal with the EU, but it still needs to go through Parliament. The default position – if no deal is passed – is that the UK would leave without one.