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Conservatives Win Big in U.K. Election
Conservatives Win Big in U.K. Election0Last month, as he was struggling to unite his party and effectively lead the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an election to serve as a referendum on both his leadership and the will of the British people to leave the European Union. On Dec. 12, they responded, giving the prime minister and his Conservative Party their largest victory in decades.
Boris Johnson became prime minister of the U.K. after his predecessor, Theresa May, stepped down in July. In the following months, after threatening to withdraw the country from the European Union, he lost the support of Parliament, including several members of his own party. He then called for an election, hoping that the people would support his candidates and allow him to regain control of the government.
The Conservative Party polled well before the election, but as election day drew near, its lead over the Labour Party, its largest opposition, began to shrink. Though the Conservatives were expected to win, there was a distinct possibility that they would need the support of another party to form a government, or even that the Labour Party could gain enough seats to form a minority government.
Conservatives Win Big in U.K. Election3In the end, the Conservatives outperformed even the most optimistic expectations, winning 365 seats, giving them a 40-seat majority, their largest since 1987. The Labour Party, on the other hand, suffered its worst defeat in decades, finishing with just 203 seats. Much of the blame for the Labour Party’s loss has fallen on its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is personally disliked by many, even within his own party. He has stated that he will not lead the party in the next election and is expected to resign soon.
As for Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party, they now have total control of Parliament, which they will almost certainly use to complete the withdrawal of the country from the European Union. This withdrawal, commonly referred to as Brexit, has been at the center of British politics since June 2016, when just over 51 percent of the country voted to leave the EU.
Another interesting result from the election came from Scotland, where the Scottish National Party (SNP), which supports Scottish independence from the U.K., gained 13 seats, giving it 48 of Scotland’s 59 total seats. The SNP is now calling for a national vote on Scottish independence, but Boris Johnson has refused, claiming that the last referendum in 2014, in which 55.3 percent of the country voted to remain in the U.K., was final. However, now that Brexit is all but certain, the majority of Scots would likely choose to leave the U.K. if given the opportunity.



Gregory Hutchinson
For The Teen Times
 
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