TEHRAN, Dec 13_British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government has got a "powerful new mandate" to deliver Brexit as his ruling Conservative Party won a huge majority in the parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_An exit poll and early results suggested that Johnson’s party is set to gain 368 seats, 42 above the 326 needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons.
With 595 or parliament's 650 seats declared, the Conservatives have won 326, according to a tally of seats won so far by broadcaster ITV.
The Prime Minister, who will remain in power, arrived at the party headquarters on Friday, saying, “This One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done, unite this country and move it forward.”
He had called for the general election in order to break a deadlock in parliament, which had blocked the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, more than three and a half years after the Brexit referendum in 2016.
The victory, the biggest majority for a Conservative government in more than three decades, will now pave the way for the government to deliver Brexit in January next year.
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That, however, leaves the traditional opposition Labour party with about 190 seats —the worst electoral defeat in 84 years.
The party, which has lost seats in the areas which backed Brexit, is set to win 65 fewer seats than in 2017, according to early results.