British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Friday for “closure” over the Brexit as he made a decisive victory in the U.K.’s election, putting the country on course of leaving the European Union. After winning majority in British general elections he again vowed to take Britain out of the European Union on Jan. 31.
He was vindicated with the biggest Conservative win since Margaret Thatcher’s landslide victory of 1987, trouncing his socialist Labour Party opponent Jeremy Corbyn by winning 365 seats with a majority of 80. Labour won 203 seats.
Ever since the referendum, Brexit has divided the United Kingdom and fuelled soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and modern Britishness.
Johnson called for the healing to begin. “I frankly urge everyone on either side of what are, after 3.5 years, an increasingly arid argument, I urge everyone to find closure and to let the healing begin,” Johnson said outside his residence at 10 Downing Street. “I know that after five weeks, frankly, of electioneering, this country deserves a break from wrangling, a break from politics and a permanent break from talking about Brexit.”
Who is Boris Johnson?
Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson in New York City on June 19, 1964, started his journalism career, working as a reporter for the British daily The Times in 1987. After being fired for fabricating quotation, he worked for The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator magazine from 1989 to 2005.
Johnson’s political career did not start with a victory when he was a Conservative candidate in Clwyd South and lost to Labour candidate in 1997 general election. He started appearing in a series of TV shows until 2001, when he was elected as an MP for the House of Commons for Henley-on-Thames constituency.
He was re-elected as an MP in 2005 but later on he was elected as the mayor of London. He served as the mayor of the British capital from 2008 to 2016. Johnson returned to the House of Commons in 2015 after winning the election in Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency.
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