British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with US President Donald Trump onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.
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In a tweet published Friday morning, Trump offered his congratulations to the newly-elected prime minister, describing the better-than-expected result for his friend as a “great win.”
“Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new trade deal after Brexit,” Trump said.
“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!”
Trump’s best wishes for Johnson came shortly after official confirmation of his election victory.
In the early hours of Friday morning, the Conservatives had returned enough Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure an overall majority in government. That’s because the center-right party has surpassed the 326-seat threshold required, with some constituencies still to declare.
It is expected that the center-right Conservative Party will return to Downing Street with an outright majority of 74 seats in the House of Commons, according to an updated version of the exit poll.
The result is widely thought to fast-track Britain’s departure from the European Union, more than three-and-half years after a small but clear majority of the British electorate voted to leave the bloc.
The former London mayor had repeatedly encouraged voters to re-elect the Conservatives in order to “get Brexit done,” promising that only his party would be able to deliver his so-called “oven ready” divorce deal to take the country out of the bloc by Jan. 31.
Unlike his predecessor Theresa May in June 2017, Johnson now has a relatively strong mandate to try to put an end to the U.K.’s long-running constitutional crisis.