1. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister and Conservative leader:
"Much for coming. My friends. Good morning, everybody, my friend. Well, we did it. We did it. We pulled it off, didn't we?
We pulled it off. We break the deadlock. We ended the gridlock. We smashed the roadblock. And in this glorious, glorious, free breakfast moment before a new dawn rises on a new day and a new government, I want, first of all, to pay tribute to good colleagues who lost their seats through no fault of their own in the election just gone by. And I, of course, want to congratulate absolutely everybody involved in securing the biggest conservative majority since the late 80s. Naturally, naturally, as I look around, naturally, before many of you were born! With this mandate and this majority, we will at last be able to do what? (Crowd: "Get Brexit done.") You paid attention because this this election means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision. Of the British people, and with this election year, I think we put an end to all those miserable, miserable threats of a second referendum."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament - a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.
With 648 of the 650 results declared on Friday, the Conservatives had 363 seats and the main opposition Labour Party 203.
“We did it - we pulled it off, didn't we?'' a jubilant Johnson told supporters. "We broke the gridlock, we ended the deadlock, we smashed the roadblock!"
The victory makes Johnson the most electorally successful Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher, another politician who was loved and loathed in almost equal measure. It was a disaster for left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faced calls for his resignation even as the results rolled in.