December 13, 2019 | 7:23am
Boris Johnson (left) shakes palms as he greets Donald Trump.
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President Trump congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson early Friday for his Conservative Social gathering’s landslide victory and promised to strike a “massive new Trade Deal” between the US and the UK.
The outcomes of the Brexit-dominated election ought to permit Johnson to satisfy his pledge to take the UK out of the European Union by Jan. 31.
With 649 of the 650 outcomes declared Friday, the Conservatives had 364 seats, whereas the primary opposition Labour Social gathering had 203.
“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,” Trump mentioned in a tweet.
“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!” he added.
After the resounding victory, Johnson instructed supporters: “We did it — we pulled it off, didn’t we? We broke the gridlock, we ended the deadlock, we smashed the roadblock!”
Just a few hours later, Johnson arrived at Buckingham Palace to fulfill with Queen Elizabeth II as a part of the constitutional ritual of forming a brand new authorities.
He’s the 14th prime minister to be requested by the monarch to type a authorities.
Left-wing Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn referred to as the outcome “very disappointing” for his social gathering and mentioned he wouldn’t lead his social gathering into one other election, although he mentioned he would lead a interval of “reflection” relatively than resign instantly.
The decisive victory vindicated Johnson’s resolution to press for Thursday’s early election, which was held virtually two years forward of schedule.
He mentioned that if the Conservatives received a majority, he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit divorce deal and take the UK out of the EU by the January deadline.
He mentioned the “historic” election “gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people to change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of the entire people of this country.”
That message seems to have resonated with Brexit-supporting voters, who turned away from Labour within the social gathering’s conventional heartlands and embraced Johnson’s promise that the Conservatives would “get Brexit done.”
“I think Brexit has dominated, it has dominated everything by the looks of it,” Labour financial system spokesman John McDonnell mentioned. “We thought other issues could cut through and there would be a wider debate. From this evidence there clearly wasn’t.”
With Publish wires