Boris Johnson and his party win elections

Brexit one step closer, Corbyn bites the dust

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won a monster victory in the British elections with 364 seats in the Lower House. Opposition party Labor has therefore had to surrender a lot: it loses no less than 42 seats. On Friday at 9 a.m. (Dutch time) the votes for 649 of the 650 seats were counted.

Johnson has gained a large majority in parliament with that number of seats. At around 6 a.m., the Conservatives passed the threshold of 326 seats for a majority in the lower house. His much heard saying “Let’s get Brexit done” now seems to be true.

In addition to Johnson and the Conservatives, the Scottish National Party (SNP) also had something to celebrate: it won no fewer than 48 of the 59 Scottish seats.
Results of the British elections

  • Conservative: 364 seats (+66 seats)
  • Labor: 202 seats (-42 seats)
  • Scottish National Party: 48 seats (+13 seats)
  • Liberal Democrat: 11 seats (-10 seats)
  • Democratic Unionist Party: 8 seats (-2 seats)
  • Sinn Fein: 7 seats (+0 seats)
  • Plaid Cymru: 4 seats (+0 seats)
  • Green: 1 seat (no change)
  • Other parties: 4 seats (-25 seats)

In a brief victory speech, Johnson said the election results put an end to the “imminent new Brexit referendum”. He also reiterated that the British leave the EU no later than 31 January. The prime minister wants to put his Brexit deal to the vote at the lower house by the end of next week.

Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, said on Friday morning that the EU is “ready” to reach a trade agreement with the UK, now that a Brexit seems inevitable. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte congratulates Johnson on his Twitter victory and says he is looking forward to a constructive collaboration.

On Thursday at 11 p.m. the polling stations closed and immediately followed the exit poll. It showed that Labor would go from 243 to 191 seats. The eyes quickly turned to the so-called ‘Red Wall’, an area in Midlands and Northern England that has traditionally been in the hands of Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

The first official results came in around midnight. Soon the first surprising result followed that confirmed the exit poll. The Conservatives dragged into Blyth Valley, traditionally in the hands of Labor, as well as Darlington and Workington.

Labor leader Corbyn spoke of a “disappointing evening” for his party. He announced that he will remain in a period of reflection for Labor, but that he will not lead the party during the next elections. He did not provide more details about his steps.

Corbyn and Prime Minister Johnson retained their seats. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, did not succeed. She saw her seat taken by the Scottish National Party.

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