Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and MIKE CORDER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's gamble on early elections paid off as voters gave the UK prime minister a commanding majority to take the country out of the European Union by the end of January, a decisive result after more than three years of stalemate over Brexit. Johnson's promise to "get Brexit done'' and widespread unease with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's leadership style and socialist policies combined to give the ruling Conservative Party 365 seats in the House of Commons, its best performance since party icon Margaret Thatcher's last victory in 1987. Corbyn's Labour Party slumped to 203 seats, 59 fewer than it won two years ago, vote totals showed Friday. The results offer Johnson a new mandate to push his EU wit
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