'We have strong mandate for Brexit,' UK PM Boris Johnson after landslide victory

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 13, 2019, 08.44 PM(IST)

File Photo: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photograph:( AFP )

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Johnson's Conservative party has won 365 seats in parliament, giving it a majority of 80, final results of the general election showed.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday thanked the voters for the landslide victory in the general election, securing Britain's exit from the European Union on January 31.

During his speech at Downing Street at London, Johnson thanked the voters "for the trust" placed in his party. 

"We have a strong mandate for Brexit," he said while calling on Britain move on from Brexit.

"I urge everyone to find closure and let the healing begin," he said.

Johnson's Conservative party has won 365 of 650 seats in parliament, giving it a majority of 80, final results of the general election showed.

The main opposition Labour party won 203 of the remaining seats, while the Scottish National Party was third on 48. The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats won 11 seats. Other parties took 23.

Brexit represents the country's biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world's fifth-largest economy adrift from the vast trading bloc and threatening the integrity of the United Kingdom.

For Johnson, who campaigned on a vow to "Get Brexit Done", victory was a vindication after anti-Brexit opponents tried one manoeuvre after another to thwart him during his first chaotic months in office.

"We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes," a triumphant Johnson told supporters at a rally in London.

"Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people," he said, reprising the refrains of his successful Brexit referendum campaign of 2016.

(With inputs from agencies)