Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been on course for a resounding victory in Britain's election after voters backed his bid to deliver Brexit on Jan 31, the country's most significant geopolitical move in 70 years.
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"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 said. Labour won the seat by 4,774 votes on Thursday, overturning a Conservative majority of 1,554. It didn't secure a single seat Thursday, just months after winning Britain's European Parliament elections in May with almost 31% of the vote.
"We did it - we pulled it off, didn't we?" a gleeful Johnson told supporters on Friday.
The United Kingdom will be gone from the European Union on January 31, when new talks to determine Britain's trade realignments with Europe begin, and the economic and political chaos of the past three years begins a new chapter.
While Johnson stayed on message, embattled opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was widely portrayed as sitting on the fence on Brexit and faced unprecedented criticism during the campaign for his failure to decisively tackle allegations of deep-rooted anti-Semitism in his party. And the formal exit from the bloc, now set for January 31, will serve to mark the beginning of what are expected to be tortuous trade negotiations with the EU.
This gives his party a majority of 76, its biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher's 1987 election win.
They performed well in European Parliament elections earlier this year, but new leader Jo Swinson failed to make an impact and experts suggest her promise to reverse Brexit without even a new referendum was unpopular.
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Mr Corbyn said he "will not lead the party in any future general election campaign" but he will lead the party during a period of "reflection and discussion".
The Conservatives took a swathe of seats in post-industrial northern England towns that were long Labour strongholds.
"At this stage 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", Johnson said after winning his seat of Uxbridge.
Two weeks ago, the U.K.'s Campaign Against Antisemitism released the annual results of its surveys, revealing that left-wing antisemitism has overtaken right-wing antisemitism in Britain, and that Corbyn had become the favoured politician among Britain's anti-Jewish racists. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party did not win the election. That effort got a boost when the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage decided at the last minute not to contest 317 Conservative-held seats to avoid splitting the pro-Brexit vote. With only one riding count left to declare Friday morning, that's a walloping 78-seat majority over the combined strength of Labour, the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and the other minor parties.
"Looking forward to the stability this brings and a new deal for Oz with the United Kingdom", he said in a message posted on Twitter.
"The exit poll shows a whopping victory for the Conservatives and the flawless result for the market and for business", said Neil Wilson, an analyst at Markets.com.
With a comfortable majority, Johnson should have little issue pushing the withdrawal deal through, finalizing the terms of the divorce with the European Union before starting the process of negotiating a new trade deal with the European bloc.
"We are committed to deliver on priorities and getting Brexit done is a priority".