UK ELECTION PRIMER | Landslide helps Boris Johnson closer to Brexit nirvana

2019-12-13 10:45
Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson speaks during a campaign event to celebrate the result of the General Election. (Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP)

Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson speaks during a campaign event to celebrate the result of the General Election. (Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP)

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Boris Johnson, the Conservative British premier, will form the most stable government the United Kingdom has seen for a decade after the Tories defeated all-comers in the UK's general election.

In what was billed as a second referendum on Brexit - referring to the UK's planned exit from the European Union - Johnson and the Conservatives were given a resounding mandate and will in all likelihood have an electoral majority of more than 80 parliamentary seats.

READ | UK's Johnson wins parliamentary majority: Sky News/BBC

This makes Johnson the most successful Conservative leader since the heady days of Margaret Thatcher.

This is what you need to know:

  • The Conservatives received an overwhelming majority from the electorate and will be able to form a government on its own

  • Labour was smashed, losing numerous seats considered safe and marginal, and will return to parliament much diminished.

  • Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn retained their seats, but Corbyn has already announced he will step down after a review process.

  • The Tories - the Conservatives - managed to sway the electorate with a clear and easily digestible message: "Get Brexit done."

  • Corbyn's and Labour's attempts to bridge the divide between those who want to remain in the EU and those who want to leave failed.

  • The Tories have almost 50 seats more, Labour has lost almost 60, and the Scottish National Party has replaced the Liberal-Democrats as the third-biggest party in Britain.

  • Labour is being slammed for being out of touch with blue-collar workers in the northern parts of England, where it traditionally held sway.

  • Johnson, although lampooned as a caricature in many quarters, including by many political commentators, will now have the legitimacy and numbers to complete a Brexit deal.

  • A campaign depicting Corbyn as a radical left socialist and anti-semite has worked, with blue collar fears about Labour policy working in the Tories' favour.

  • Johnson "has realigned British politics. He has smashed through Labour's Red Wall and created a new Tory electoral coalition." – James Forsyth, The Spectator.

  • "The result will not heal the divisions caused by Brexit but voters have set the country on a clear new path with the political mandate to navigate it." – Oliver Wright, The Times.

  • "The London bubble is in a state of shock. The pollsters, the pundits - and even many tetchy Tory politicians - failed to see one of the most dramatic realignments in British history was about to unfold.” – Sherelle Jacobs, The Telegraph.

-          Sources: Sky News, The Spectator, The Times, The Telegraph, BBC

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