British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scored a massive victory Thursday night over the rival Labour Party in the country’s national elections, exit polling showed.
Johnson and the Tories were expected to take as many as 368 seats in the House of Commons, with the Labour Party — led by leftist Jeremy Corbyn — projected to hold just 197.
The win will pave the way for the nation’s long-delayed split from the European Union.
Corbyn announced in a speech early Friday that he would not lead his party in a future general election but continue to serve as a member of Parliament.
“I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward,” Corbyn said soon after being elected to his 10th term as an MP.
Johnson did not mention the favorable exit polls Thursday evening, but he conveyed his gratitude to the nation.
“Thank you to everyone across our great country who voted, who volunteered, who stood as candidates,” he tweeted.
“We live in the greatest democracy in the world,” the prime minister added.
The Conservative victory means the UK will likely complete long-stalled exit negotiations with the European Union, as Johnson campaigned on a “get Brexit done” platform.
British voters approved Brexit in a 2016 referendum.
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