Boris Johnson wins UK election in landslide victory

By Helene Fung

Boris Johnson was re-elected as UK’s Prime Minister, with the largest Conservative majority since the 1980s when the party was led by Margaret Thatcher.

The Conservatives won 365 seats out of the 650 available, and the main opposition Labour Party won 203.

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson emphasised that the UK would leave the European Union by January 31st.

“This election means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people… And this election I think we put an end to all those little, miserable threats of a second referendum,”said Mr Johnson.

According to the Press Association news agency, Mr Johnson told party staff “We must understand now what an earthquake we have created.”

Mr Johnson met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday (local time) to receive a request to form government, as part of a constitutional ritual, and arrived back at 10 Downing Street soon after.

Mr Johnson’s main rival, Jeremy Corbyn, announced that he planned to remain Labour leader until the party chose a successor next year, and that he intended to remain in Parliament.

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