British Prime Minister Boris Johnson achieved a resounding victory in early legislative elections on Thursday, with the Conservative Party crossing the threshold of 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons, according to partial official results released on Friday, AFP reports.
After counting the results in almost all constituencies – 647 out of 650 -, the Conservatives held 363 deputies, confirming a large conservative majority and paving the way for the UK to leave the European Union on January 31, as Johnson promised.
Conservatives have not benefited from such a level of control in parliament since Margaret Thatcher, AFP notes.
If the Conservative Party far exceeded the number of mandates obtained in the 2017 election, the main opposition party, the Labor Party, suffered a painful setback, reaching only 203 mandates compared to 262 in the elections two years ago.
Boris Johnson said after announcing the results that his Conservative government was given a "strong mandate to implement Brexit" and that this "historic" vote will allow his government to "respect the democratic will of the people," referring to the outcome of the referendum in 2016, in which 52% of the British voted in favor of leaving the country in the European Union
The defeat of the Labor Party is drastic, estimates show that Jeremy Corbyn's party will have 191 seats – they have lost 71 seats in Parliament. The Labor Party, which marked a considerable leftward movement under Jeremy Corbyn, has not suffered such a failure since 1935.
The elections also showed a strengthening of the Scottish National Party (SNP), with 55 mandates, which overtook the Liberal Democrats, with only 13 seats. The SNP advance could give a chance for a new referendum on Scotland's independence.
The Liberal Democrats, who were once the deputy prime minister, who had a campaign in which they promised a new referendum on Brexit, are also at a critical moment.
Boris Johnson's campaign, which had the slogan "Get Brexit Done" (brings Brexit to an end), clarifies the opinion of the electorate, which confirms, after three years and many changes, that the current is more numerous who wants Britain to break away from the European Union.
Interior Minister Priti Patel, a close relative of Johnson, said Brexit will occur as soon as possible, with a priority being the adoption of legislation covering Brexit conditions until Christmas.
It is the third round of elections in five years that the Conservatives win, and if they take the (five-year) term at the end, it will be ten years of dominance on the British political scene. Twice were early elections, convened by Theresa May and this time by Boris Johnson, who organized the ballot before Christmas, for the first time in 100 years.
Johnson said that if he had the majority at Westminster Palace, the UK would leave the EU on January 31, 2020. The Guardian writes that the head of the London government "will not be able to get a new trade relationship with the EU in less than a year" and Boris Johnson can only offer "the worst consequences of Brexit – further destabilization in Ireland, inciting separatist sentiment in Scotland, a reiteration of the split between the pro and anti-Brexit camps in England and Wales, and more parliamentary conflict, renewed economic uncertainties for companies and the labor market and a new humiliation of the UK on the international stage ”- points out The Guardian. Brexit cannot be achieved in a short time, confirms the EU's chief negotiator in the relationship with Britain, Michel Barnier.
The nationalists obtained more mandates than the unionists in Northern Ireland and Scotland
Northern Ireland has for the first time elected more nationalists than unionists for the London parliament in the UK's parliamentary election on Thursday, reports Reuters.
Thus, the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein and the pro-Irish SDLP obtained together nine of the 18 mandates allocated to Northern Ireland, while the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) obtained eight mandates, out of the ten that it had. so far in the parliament of the United Kingdom.
A mandate was won by the Alliance Party (cross-community).
Crashing victory of nationalists and in parliamentary elections on Thursday in Scotland. Opinion polls indicate that the Scottish National Party (SNP) will win 55 of the 59 mandates allocated to Scotland in the UK parliament.
According to the partial results, the Conservative Party obtained 363 of the 650 mandates in the House of Commons, the Labor Party 203 mandates, the Scottish National Party (SNP) 48 mandates, the Liberal-Democratic Party 11 mandates, DUP eight mandates, Sinn Fein seven mandates, Plaid Cymru four mandates, SDLP two mandates and Greens one mandate.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland should be allowed to hold a new referendum on independence
Scotland must receive authorization to hold new referendum on its status in the United Kingdom following the crushing victory of nationalists in parliamentary elections held on Thursday, Scottish chief executive Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday.
Opinion polls indicate that the Scottish National Party (SNP) will win 55 of the 59 mandates allocated to Scotland in the UK parliament.
"There is now a mandate to give the Scots the choice of their future. It is a clear desire and confirmation that Scotland should not be anchored by a Boris Johnson government and should not be detached from Europe against our will. Boris Johnson may have a mandate to remove England from the European Union, but he does not have a solid mandate to remove Scotland from the European Union. Scotland must have an option for our own future, ”Sturgeon said.
An opinion poll published Sunday by the Sunday Times indicated that Scotland would vote for independence if the UK leaves the European Union, but would oppose independence if it remains within the EU bloc.
The poll showed that 51% of Scots would support Scotland's independence if the UK leaves the EU, and 49% vote against independence. However, if the UK were to remain within the European Union, 58% of Scots would vote against Scotland's independence, and 42% would favor this scenario.
At the June 2016 referendum, the United Kingdom voted 52% to leave the European Union. As far as he is concerned, 62% of Scots voted to remain in the European Union.
However, The Independent believes Boris Johnson could be the last leader of a United Kingdom. The Scottish Nationalist Party SNP will now be active to gain the country's independence.
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