British Prime Minister Boris Johnson retains his Prime ministership as the Conservative Party gets a resounding overall majority in the United Kingdom’s general elections.
AS of Friday morning, official results from Thursday’s poll showed the Conservatives had won 361 of the 650 seats in the house of Commons. Voter turnout was about 67 percent.
Political pundits are still trying to figure out the election results that change the political map of Britain. The conservative party has made inroads into the Labour party stronghold in the industrial parts of the country.
With the victory of Conservatives and Boris Johnson, one of the prominent advocates of Brexit, the path to a final exit of Britain out of EU seems clearer.
What happened to the labour party?
For the Labour Party, which had lagged the Conservatives in the polls throughout the campaign but seemed to be narrowing the gap in the past few days, it was a devastating defeat. It is not less than shocking for people many of whom have rooted for the popular labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn who oversaw packed rallies during his election campaign is now blamed for the defeat.
Corbyn has decided to resign from his position has opposition leader.
In reality, Brexit dominated the elections and despite striking a chord with the public on social issues like healthcare and housing, the party struggled to fight the misinformation campaign against it.
Boris Johnson, Second time Prime minister of UK
Boris Johnson, who had a brief tenure after Theresa May resigned this year unable to get a better deal for Brexit. His tenure was marked by serial defeats in Parliament, legal reversals and ceaseless upheaval. Many had predicted that he will be kicked out for good, but the Brexit and nationalism wave has spoken.
Speaking in the early hours of Friday morning, Johnson said voters appeared to have given his government a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done”.
Adding that the election had put an end to the threat of a second referendum, Johnson said that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union by January 31, 2020.
For Johnson, whose brief tenure has been marked by serial defeats in Parliament, legal reversals and ceaseless upheaval, it was a resounding vindication. Defying predictions that he would be tossed out of his job, the prime minister is now assured of leading Britain through its most momentous transition since World War II.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson win in the election.
US President Donald Trump also congratulated Boris Johnson on the win
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now 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 E.U. Celebrate Boris!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019