Final results confirm Tories’ 80 seat majority

epa08069206 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 13 December 2019. Britons went to the polls for a general election on 12 December 2019, which the Conservative Party led by Johnson has won with an overall majority. EPA-EFE/VICKIE FLORES

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The last result of the British election confirm that the Tories have an official majority of 80 in the House of Commons. The Tories got 365 seats, Labour won 203, the Lib Dems got 11 votes while the SNP got 48. The Brexit Party failed to elect anyone.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson addressed the media outside 10 Downing Street. His speech focused on Brexit, the NHS and the healing process.

About Brexit – Boris Johnson said it was time for the country to have “closure” after a divisive period since the European referendum in 2016. He told Remain voters he wanted them to know a “One Nation” Conservative Government would “never ignore” the “positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe”. Mr Johnson added: “I frankly urge everyone on either side of what are, after three-and-a-half years, a frequently arid argument, I urge everyone to find closure and to let the healing begin.”

Johnson said his government would honour the mandate to leave the EU by 31 January. The PM paid tribute to those who had made possible the Conservative victory by voting for the party for the first time in their lives. “I want to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and in me and we will work round the clock to repay your trust and deliver on your priorities,” he said.

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To the remainers he said “I want you to know that we in this one nation Conservative government will never ignore your good and positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe, because now is the moment – precisely as we leave the EU – to let those natural feelings find renewed expression in building a new partnership, which is one of the great projects for next year.

And, as we work together with the EU, as friends and sovereign equals, tackling climate change and terrorism and building academic and scientific cooperation, redoubling our trading relationship, I frankly urge everyone on either side of what [is], after three and a half years after all, an increasingly arid argument, I urge everyone to find closure and let the healing begin.

About the NHS – Johnson said: “I believe – in fact, I know because I heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country – that the overwhelming priority of the British people now is that we should focus, above all, on the NHS – that beautiful idea that represents the best of our country.”

He said he would deliver the disputed pledges of the “biggest ever cash boost”, along with 50,000 more nurses and 40 new hospitals.

Via Sky News / BBC / 

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