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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a resounding overall majority in the United Kingdom’s general election and will return to Downing Street with a big majority.

Official results from Thursday’s poll showed the Conservatives had won 358 of the 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons as of 06:05am (06:05 GMT) on Friday, with results in eight seats still to be declared. Turnout was about 67 percent.

The Conservatives’ performance points to a major reconfiguration of Britain’s political map and paves the way for Johnson to take the UK out of the EU by the end of next month, as he has repeatedly pledged to do.

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“I think this will turn out to be a historic election that gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people,” Johnson said after winning his seat of Uxbridge.

He said the Conservatives appeared to have won “a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done”.

U.S President Donald Trump said it was “looking like a big win for Boris”.

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Labour were forecast to win 203 seats, the worst result for the party since 1935, after offering voters a second referendum and the most radical socialist government in generations. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would step down.

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