Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won the UK election in a landslide victory, the like of which has not been seen since Margaret Thatcher swept to power in 1987.
Johnson, the current UK Prime Minister, said he would said work to finally get Britain out of the European Union today (Friday), with the Conservative Party on course for a majority of 86 and to take 46 per cent of the vote.
Earlier Johnson, re-elected by the Uxbridge electorate in London, said he did not want to “tempt fate”, but it did look as though the Conservatives would win a majority.
“At this stage it does look as though this ‘One Nation’ conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate. To get Brexit done. And not just to get Brexit done, but to unite this country and to take it forward,” Johnson said.
“This historic election gives us now the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people, to change this country for the better and to unleash its potential.
“That work will begin tomorrow …. no, today!”
The joint Sky/BBC/ITV Exit Poll gave the Conservative Party 368 seats in the UK election with the main opposition party Labour on 191 seats, the SNP on 55 and LibDems 13. The Conservative Party majority was tipped to be 86 seats, The Telegraph reported.
The BBC forecast a Conservative Party victory with 362 MPs and 199 MPs for Labour. The Holy Grail to form government is 326 seats.
Johnson tweeted: “Thank you to everyone across our great country who voted, who volunteered, who stood as candidates. We live in the greatest democracy in the world.”
Early results show that former Labour strongholds have gone to the Conservatives. Leigh that has been held by Labour since 1922, Bishop Auckland since 1935, Blyth Valley since 1935, Wrexham since 1935, Darlington since 1992 and Blackpool South since 1997. Burnley, a Labour fortress, fell to the Conservatives. Workington, held by Labour since 1979, fell.
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn held his seat but said he would not stand at the next general election. If the Exit Poll is accurate, Corbyn will have presided over the Labour Party’s worst result since World War II with a projected 191 seats.
Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson lost her seat of East Dunbartonshire to the Scottish Nationalist Party.
The pound surged 2% after the exit poll of the UK election was released. The last poll taken 24 hours before the election predicted a far closer result.
“If that is accurate, then that is a phenomenal result for the Conservative Party and Boris Johnson would feel completely vindicated in the gamble that he took. That is much more emphatic than some of the polls have suggested but it would be an absolutely dramatic victory. It means he would be in a position to get phase one of Brexit done by the end of January, said John Bercow, the former Speaker of the House.
Boris Johnson launched the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto, with the slogan ‘Get Brexit Done, Unleash Britain’s Potential’. The 59-page manifesto was released 18 days before the UK election. Speaking at its launch in Telford, Shropshire, the prime minister said the choice facing the country in this “closely fought” contest had “never been starker”.
Johnson staked his career on Brexit (leaving the European Union bloc of trading countries) and delivering what the majority of the population voted for in June 2016.
When Johnson took over as leader of the Conservative Party in the Northern Hemisphere summer, he faced a gridlocked Parliament and he was unable to fulfil his promise of getting Brexit through.
However, Johnson has defied the odds ever since becoming Prime Minister. He was told he couldn’t get a new Brexit deal. He did. He was told Parliament would block his attempts to hold a general election. It didn’t. And he was told that betting the house on “Getting Brexit Done” would divide the nation further. It hasn’t.
The Liberal Party in Australia couldn’t hide their glee.
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— Liberal Party (@LiberalAus) December 13, 2019