On December 12th, British citizens went to the booths to vote in the country’s general election.
The big winner of the election is Boris Johnson and the Conservative party, securing 364 seats in parliament, following by Labour with 203, SNP with 48, Liberal Democrats with 11, and finally the DUP with 8.
Sinn Fein has 7 seats, Plaid Cymru – 4 and the SDLP has 2. The Green Party and Alliance Party have 1 each. The Brexit Party, which had great success in May 2019’s European Parliament elections failed to secure a single seat.
The voting turnout was 67.25%
The Conservative party, also called the Tories, led by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured the victory and, in his words, Brexit will happen, and will happen on time.
He thanked Labour voters, many of whom, he said, had backed the Conservatives for the first time, vowing to lead a “people’s government” and fulfil the “sacred trust” placed in him.
“You may intend to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me, and I will never take your support for granted,” he said.
“I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future.”
“We will get Brexit done on time by 31 January – no ifs, no buts, not maybe,” he said.
Johnson said the electorate’s “voice” had “been heard”, adding: “The people want change… We cannot and we must not let them down.”
On the morning of December 13th, Johnson is to go to Buckingham palace and ask the Queen’s permission to form a government.
Labour has suffered its worst defeat since 1935, losing seats across northern England, the Midlands and Wales in areas which backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum.
Labour chairman Ian Lavery said he was “desperately disappointed”, adding that voters in Labour’s “heartlands” were “aggrieved” at the party’s Brexit stance. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not lead the party in the next elections, following the “very disappointing night.”
“Brexit has so polarised and divided debate in this country, it has overridden so much of a normal political debate.”
“I recognise that has contributed to the results that the Labour Party has received this evening all across this country.”
Labour went into the campaign promising to renegotiate Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, and then put it to a referendum vote alongside the option of remaining in the EU.
That strategy was criticised by party chairman Ian Lavery, who said it had led voters in traditional Labour seats to believe it was “a Remain party”.
“They believe they should have been listened to – and they think that the Labour party have totally reneged on the result,” he added.
Johnson was congratulated by US President Donald Trump for his “great 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
Conservative minister Helen Whately said the party is committed to delivering on its promise to voters.
She said it will deliver “both on Brexit, and getting Brexit done but also on public services, the NHS, on education.”
— Priti Patel (@patel4witham) December 13, 2019
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