Boris Johnson promised to sort out Brexit as results for the election trickled in.
Speaking at his count in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson said: ‘Clearly lots of results are still coming in and we’re still mainly dealing with projections but at this stage it does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.
‘And not just to get Brexit done, but to untie this country and to take it forward and to focus on the priorities of the British people, and above all, on the NHS.’
In an address to staff at CCHQ afterwards, Mr Johnson said: ‘We must understand now what an earthquake we have created.
‘The way in which we have changed the political map in this country.
‘We have to grapple with the consequences of that. We have to change our own party. We have to rise to the level of events. We have to rise to the challenge that the British people have given us.’
Will Scoular, co-head of origination at Investec Structured Property Finance, said:
“Brexit uncertainty has been an impediment to UK economic momentum since the referendum. A Conservative majority will likely relieve some of this as the UK Parliament then passes Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, allowing Brexit by 31 January 2020.
“Uncertainty will not though be eliminated as questions over the UK’s permanent trading relationship persist. Still the removal of some of the Brexit fog should help lift business investment, UK growth and with it housing activity too.”