British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservatives have won a significant majority in an election that reshapes the British political landscape and breaks the Brexit gridlock.
For Mr Johnson, who had faced gridlock in parliament and focused his campaign on a vow to “Get Brexit Done”, victory was a vindication.
Following the victory, he has now met with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for formal permission to create a new government.
PM Boris Johnso is understandably happy, seeing the ruling Conservative Party has secured a thumping majority in the house of commons, in a vote that’s seismically altered the polity. Its the party’s biggest win since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987.
Borris Johnson said: “We pulled it off didn’t we, we pulled it off. We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the road block.”
Also, leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corby said: “I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.”
With a majority of around 50 seats, Johnson promises to deliver Brexit the result of 2016 EU referendum,by January 31.and repay the trust of voters.
The next daunting task is negotiating a free trade agreement with the 27-member bloc. Boris Johnson’s message clearly chimed with the electorate more than three years after they voted, by a narrow margin, to leave the EU.
That was particularly noticeable in the opposition Labour Party’s so called “red wall” – once the UK’s industrial heartlands in central and northern England. Conservatives triumphed for the first time in Blyth Valley, a traditionally working class Labour seat.
After that, the red wall continued to crumble.
In all, the Conservatives took 47 seats from Labour, with most of them in central and northern England, often in areas that voted to leave the EU.
The opposition Labour Party loss of seats is its worst result since 1935 Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would, at a later date, be stepping down.
He said he will continue to lead the party during a period of reflection.
The biggest loss will however go to the leader of another opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, has npw quit, after she Jo Swinson lost her seat in Scotland as the Scottish National Party surged – winning 48 out of a possible 59 Scottish seats, an increase of 13.
That result adds weight to their calls for a new referendum on Scottish independence.
Another big winner on the night – the British pound. surged 2% against the dollar and the euro as indications came in on Thursday (December 12) – and the uncertain gridlock around Brexit was, for now at least, ended.