Boris on track for landslide win in United Kingdom election

Clay Curtis
December 14, 2019

"Boris Johnson has gambled and won, he has purged his party and still come out on top with a majority to force through his Brexit deal". That would be a solid majority.

Labour would get 191, the Liberal Democrats 13, the Brexit Party none and the SNP 55.

The decisive Conservative showing vindicates Johnson's decision to press for Thursday's early election, which was held almost two years ahead of schedule.

Johnson, 55, will now be able to lead Britain out of the European Union by January 31, 10 months after the original deadline of March 29, which was repeatedly pushed back as a gridlocked parliament failed to take any clear decisions on Brexit. The pound traded around 76 pence per euro before the June 2016 Brexit vote.

Awaiting the result of the poll, Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked: "Has Boris Johnson pulled it off and secured a majority?' in the run up to the announcement, the audience booed, as the words 'Conservative Majority" appeared on screen.

The joint-leader of East Dunbartonshire council has said "it is on a knife edge" whether Liberal Dem leader Jo Swinson will lose her seat to the SNP.

Britain's departure will start a new phase of negotiations on future relations between Britain and the 27 remaining European Union members.

"I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign", said Corbyn said before adding that there needs to be "a process of reflection" about Labour's direction.

The last Tory win of such a magnitude was Margaret Thatcher in 1983, when she won 397 seats, a majority of 144 seats.

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Many voters casting ballots on Thursday hoped the election might finally find a way out of the Brexit stalemate in this deeply divided nation.

And that's going to lead to days of horsetrading between the parties.

If there is a hung parliament, Mr McTernan predicted both Mr Johnson or Mr Corbyn would struggle to form government and the United Kingdom would face going to the polls again soon. To get Brexit done.

But on the whole Labour tried to focus the campaign away from Brexit and onto its radical domestic agenda, vowing to tax the rich, nationalize industries such as railroads and water companies and give everyone in the country free internet access. Leading up to the Election, it did seem the Conservatives were in the lead by about nine to 10 points?

Labour's Gareth Snell announced his own defeat ahead of the result in the Brexit-backing former stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent Central and called for the resignation of Mr Corbyn. The 70-year-old left-winger was also accused of allowing anti-Semitism to spread within the party.

"Just as Boris Johnson was desperately seeking his majority, this result would give the markets their ultimate wish: clarity", said Dean Turner, Economist at UBS Wealth Management.

"We knew it would be tough because Brexit has dominated this election". Both Johnson and Corbyn have personal approval ratings in negative territory, and both have been dogged by questions about their character.

Yet, his energy and determination proved persuasive to many voters.

Speaking on the BBC following the exit poll announcement, Jeremy Vine said: "This result changes the House of Commons - it end that period in Parliament when no-one could get anything done". He was told he couldn't get a new Brexit deal. "That's investment in the NHS, schools, hospitals you name it - it's finally a chance to break that deadlock in Parliament".

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