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World leaders react to Boris Johnson’s British election victory

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party secured a majority in a landslide election victory, results showed on Friday.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Party event following the results of the general election in London, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Following is reaction from leaders around the world:

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Trump said Johnson’s win meant Britain and the United States would be free to strike a “massive” new trade deal after Brexit.

“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU. Celebrate Boris,” Trump tweeted.

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT CHARLES MICHEL

Michel said the EU was ready to negotiate a free-trade agreement with Britain but called on London to work in good faith. He said the EU hoped for a quick British parliamentary vote on withdrawal from the block.

“We expect, as soon as possible, a vote by the British parliament … It’s important to have clarity,” he said.

GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL

“Congratulations, Boris Johnson, on your resounding victory. I look forward to working with you for the friendship and strong cooperation between our nations,” her spokesman tweeted.

CZECH PRIME MINISTER ANDREJ BABIS

Babis tweeted: “He is a charismatic leader, we share the same kind of thinking. He received strong mandate to deliver Brexit. I’m sorry that Czech Republic loses strong ally in the EU

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