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Parliament to vote on 'oven-ready' Brexit deal by Christmas, Johnson says

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LONDON -- British lawmakers will vote before Christmas on the Brexit deal that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with Brussels, he said on Saturday.

"We're going to get Brexit done," Johnson told supporters in Sedgefield in northeastern England, where the Conservatives made a historic gain from the opposition Labour party in Thursday's snap election.

He asked the crowd: "What kind of (Brexit) deal have we got?"

"Oven ready!" chanted his supporters in the constituency once held by former Labour prime minister Tony Blair.

"We have 100% support (for the deal from Conservative lawmakers)," Johnson said. "We can definitely get it in before Christmas."

Passage of the deal, which allows Britain to withdraw from the European Union on Jan. 31, is expected to be a formality after the Conservatives won a big majority in the election.

Johnson called the election in a bid to break a parliamentary impasse over Brexit.

On Saturday, he promised to build "a one-nation Conservative government, a people's government" that will increase funding for health services, policing and infrastructure.

 

Thursday's election has "changed the future of our country," Johnson said.

The Conservatives won 365 seats in the 650-seat parliament, from 43.6% of votes under Britain's constituency-based, winner-takes-all electoral system.

Labour lost 59 seats to end the election with 203 lawmakers. The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats also lost ground despite recruiting several high-profile pro-EU lawmakers from the Conservatives and Labour.

Left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson both said they plan to step down.

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