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Majority in U.K. Vote: ‘Brexit Will Happen’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party won a commanding majority in the British Parliament, a striking victory that redraws the lines in British politics and paves the way for the country’s exit from the European Union early next year.

The Conservatives win 364 seats in the House of Commons, versus 203 for the Labour Party, according to the BBC, with almost all of Parliament’s seats decided. That would give the Conservatives about a 75-seat majority.

The results flowed in from individual districts, they pointed to a radical reconfiguration of Britain’s political map.

For Mr. Boris Johnson, whose brief tenure has been marked by serial defeats in Parliament it was a resounding vindication. Defying predictions that he would be tossed out of his job, the prime minister is now assured of leading Britain through its most momentous transition since World War II.

For Britain these election provided a rare moment of piercing clarity, its future seemingly shrouded in perpetual uncertainty since from the 2016 Brexit referendum.

“It’s a remarkable victory,” said Tony Travers, a professor of politics at the London School of Economics. “Boris Johnson now has five years in power. Brexit will happen. Labour faces an existential question about its future — yet again.

As news of the Conservative victory began to circulate, the pound surged in trading against the dollar and euro, reflecting relief that British politics is likely to stabilize and Britain is more likely to have an orderly departure from the European Union.

There were, however, some red flags for Mr. Johnson, who will lead a Britain still deeply divided over Brexit. The Scottish National Party has stridently opposed Mr. Johnson’s drive for a swift Brexit, and its powerful performance could renew calls for a referendum on Scottish independence, which the prime minister opposes.

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