Nigel Farage has claimed victory in the general election tonight, despite his Brexit Party on course to end up with zero seats.
Jubilant Brexiteers are celebrating after the exit poll showed that the Conservatives are set for a huge majority.
And Mr Farage believes standing down his Brexit Party delivered victory to the Tories with Britain now set to leave the EU on January 31.
According to the poll, released at 10pm, the Conservatives will get 368 seats, a majority of 86.
Nigel Farage claims that standing his party down helped deliver Boris Johnson’s huge majority
Britain’s Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is free to push through his Brexit plan – if the exit poll is accurate
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Farage said: ‘I can tell you that if we had stood in every seat in the country it would have been a hung parliament.
‘That would have been a disaster … I think the Liberal Democrats would have won an awful lot of seats.’
On Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, Mr Farage said: ‘If the current treaty on the table with the political declaration passes unamended I can’t bring myself to support it.
‘Look, I’ve spent my political career trying to get Brexit, alright. We’re going to get Brexit. Are we going to get the right one? Maybe not.’
Labour’s John McDonnell suggested that Brexit was the main reason for Labour’s heavy defeat.
The Shadow Chancellor said: ‘I actually think Brexit did dominate this election and that’s exactly what people have made their minds up.
‘They wanted… it is… well, I hate to use the expression, I think they probably did want to get it done, and that’ll be it.’
Mr McDonnell added: ‘I’m not sure Brexit will be done as a result of this. I think what will happen… people, I think, almost in despair, wanted to get Brexit over and done with because they’ve had enough of what’s been going on.’
He said people will be met with ‘disappointment’ because ‘Brexit isn’t going away’, adding: ‘What will happen is there’ll be negotiations for a long period of time with our European partners and anybody else.’
Jeremy Corbyn failed to make his position on Brexit clear throughout the election, instead promising a new deal and a second referendum next year.
Under his plans, a Labour government would have negotiated a different deal to Mr Johnson’s, before putting it to the people within six months.
However, Labour’s crushing defeats leaves Mr Johnson free to pursue his plan and promises to end three years of Brexit chaos.
Johnson’s victory, if confirmed by official results, also sounds the death knell for hopes among Remainers that Britain might reverse Brexit through a second referendum.
After the shock exit poll was announced, Brexiteers flocked to social media to celebrate.
Former UKIP MP Douglas Carswell wrote: ‘Well done Hugh Grant. Tony Blair. Chris Patten. Dom Grieve. And all the other Brexit blockers.’
Piers Morgan wrote: ‘Britain will now get Brexit done.’
Mr Johnson is now free to pursue his Brexit deal if the exit poll holds true.
He struck a revised Brexit deal with Brussels earlier this year, removing the much-derided ‘backstop’ from the agreement reached by Theresa May.
However, Mr Johnson could not get it through Parliament before the previous October 31 deadline.
That impasse prompted Mr Johnson to demand the general election, which Mr Corbyn eventually agreed to.
Every Tory candidate backed the deal, Mr Johnson said, meaning that the withdrawal agreement bill should now have a more comfortable passage through Parliament.
Jeremy Corbyn gives a thumbs up after casting his vote in the 2019 General Election at the polling station at Pakeman Primary School in Islington, north London
That means Mr Johnson should be able to met his promise of leaving the European Union by January 31, setting the stage for further trade talks with Brussels.
Once Britain has left the EU, the Tory government plans to introduce an ‘Australian-style’ points-based system to manage immigration.
Mr Johnson repeatedly said during the campaign that finishing Brexit would allow the government to turn its attention to the ‘priorities of the British people’.
‘Get Brexit done and we can focus our hearts and our minds on the priorities of the British people because it is this One Nation Tory party that is already embarked on the biggest cash boost for the NHS for a generation,’ the Prime Minister said at the manifesto launch in Telford.
The pound also surged dramatically after the exit poll was announced.
It jumped over two cents against the dollar, to $1.3445, the highest in more than a year and a half.
Many investors hope a Conservative win would cement the the country’s impending departure from the European Union and ease, at least in the short term, some of the uncertainty that has corroded business confidence since Britons voted in 2016 to leave the bloc.
If the exit poll proves to be true Labour’s tally would be even worse than their previous low watermark under Michael Foot in 1983 when it crashed to just 209 MPs.
Mr Corbyn will now face immediate and intense pressure to quit as Labour leader after failing to get anywhere close to winning power in back to back elections.