Britons headed to the polls in what has been described as the most important general election of a generation. Johnson's Conservative party secured its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. Scroll down for live updates.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson proclaimed a political "earthquake" Friday after his thumping election victory cleared Britain's way to finally leave the European Union after years of damaging deadlock over Brexit.

The main opposition Labour party suffered its worst performance since the 1930s, forcing its socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn to announce plans to step down, but Scottish Nationalists performed well, raising the prospect of another push for independence.

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