President Donald Trump wasted no time Friday congratulating U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his historic victory in yesterday’s general election, telling Johnson that a “massive new trade deal” between the two countries awaits his new government.
Taking to Twitter, Trump said Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a new trade once the U.K. fullfills Johnson’s promise to finally separate itself from the European Union.
“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U.,” Trump said.
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019
Britain’s Conservative Party trounced his left-wing opponents, led by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in Tuesday’s vote. With all but one of the seats counted, Johnson’s Tories took 364 of the 650 seats in parliament up for grabs. Labour won 203 seats, 59 seats less than it won in the last election.
The victory was the biggest for the conservatives since 1987, when Margaret Thatcher was elected to a third term. It was the worst showing for Labour since 1935.
Speaking in Uxbridge early Friday morning, Johnson said the vote gives him “a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.”
“We will get Brexit done on time on the 31st of January — no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” he added.
Corbyn ran on a left-wing platform including more taxes on high-income earners and companies, free higher education and broadband internet service, the re-nationalization of public utilities and transportation, and stronger unions. After the vote results, Corbyn said he would step down as head of the party before the next election.
Labour activists, however, said he should do so immediately after what they described as an “appalling, heartbreaking night.”
"Jeremy Corbyn should announce that he's resigning."— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 13, 2019
Labour's @RuthSmeeth says it's been an "appalling, heartbreaking night" for Labour and the party has "huge, huge questions to answer".
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The only shadow for conservatives over the result of the election was the landslide showing of the Scottish National Party, which won 48 seats, or 45 percent of the vote — 8 percent more than they did in the last go-round. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would immediately seek another independence vote for Scotland, the results of which could lead to a dissolution of the 300-year-old union between the two countries.
Sturgeon said Thursday’s vote was a “clear endorsement Scotland should get to decide our future and not have it decided for us.”