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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that voters had given his government a "powerful new mandate" to take Britain out of the EU next month as he secured a crushing victory in a landmark election, before calling for "closure and healing" over Brexit.
With all but one seat declared, Johnson's Conservatives had secured a commanding majority of 78 in the House of Commons – their biggest since Margaret Thatcher's third landslide in 1987.
"We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes," Johnson told cheering supporters.
In a speech outside Downing Street, he described the UK's three year-long Brexit divisions as "an increasingly arid argument".
With a large majority of MPs, he will be able to get the divorce deal he struck with Brussels through parliament in time to meet the next Brexit deadline of January 31.
But the Conservative leader will face renewed calls for an independence referendum in Scotland, where the pro-independence Scottish National Party claimed 48 of the 59 seats contested.
It was a punishing election for the opposition Labour party, which was swept aside by the Conservatives in its traditional heartlands in the Midlands and north-eastern England in an extraordinary pRead More – Source