Boris Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority
LONDON — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s gamble on early elections has paid off. Voters gave him a commanding majority to take the country out of the European Union by the end of January.
Results are showing that Johnson’s promise to “get Brexit done” and widespread unease with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership style and socialist policies combined to give the ruling Conservative Party 364 seats in the House of Commons. That’s the party’s best performance since Conservative icon Margaret Thatcher’s victory in 1987.
Corbyn’s Labour Party slumped to 203 seats, 59 fewer than it won two years ago.