British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a decisive majority in Thursday’s general election, a stunning victory for the Brexit cheerleader that paves the way for the U.K Parliament to trigger a long-delayed split with the European Union.
Johnson’s Conservatives secured a majority in Britain’s 650-seat House of Commons, the party’s strongest performance at an election since 1987.
Its projected 364 seats would give it 68 more lawmakers than all the other parties combined.
The scale of the victory makes it all but certain that Britain will leave the EU at the end of next month, completing a divorce that was backed by voters in a 2016 referendum but that has been bogged down in the country’s Parliament for more than three years.
It also signals a once-in-a-generation realignment of Britain’s electoral map, with scores of long-held working-class seats in England and Wales switching to the Conservatives. That puts Britain in line with a host of other Western countries, including the U.S, where shifting voter loyalties since the financial crash of 2008 have changed the political landscape.
Speaking after being re-elected in his electoral district in west London, Johnson hailed the results as “historic” and suggested his government “has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.”
(with news agency inputs)