Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the historic United Kingdom general election as his Conservative Party crossed the 326-mark required for a majority in Parliament, marking a victory for his “Get Brexit Done” message and setting the UK on course to leave the European Union in the New Year.
Among the first to congratulate Johnson on his comeback with an emphatic victory was Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet . In his tweet PM Modi wrote, I wish him the best and look forward to working together for closer India-UK ties.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 13, 2019
Johnson, who won his own seat in London’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip, hailed the projected win for his Conservative Party as a “powerful new mandate” to move forward with his deal to leave the 28-member economic bloc.
“It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done — and not just to get Brexit done but to unite this country and to take it forward,” said the 55-year-old Tory leader in his winner’s speech after the results in his constituency were declared.
The latest projections put the Johnson-led Conservatives at around 363, but the party can safely celebrate its victory as it comfortably crossed over the half-way finish line for the 650-member House of Commons.
The Opposition Labour is projected to get 203 seats, a disastrous performance for the party which resulted in leader Jeremy Corbyn announcing that he would be stepping down.
“It has been a very disappointing night for Labour… I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign,” said Corbyn, as he won his own seat in London’s Islington North constituency.
Labour is set for a crushing defeat which is almost entirely likely to be blamed on Corbyn’s leadership and his failure to take a clear stance on Brexit as well as counter growing allegations of anti-semitism within the party ranks.
US President Donald Trump too congratulated Boris Johnson on his historic win in a tweet
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019