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Boris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory today, in a landslide victory. This election triumph is historic with the conservative winning at least 333 seats, a gain of 43, and labour only winning 197 seats, a loss of 55. This majority would be the most prominent Conservative win since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987.
The election victory has also prompted the resignation of Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. He stated, “I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign”, meaning that a long reflection and rebuilding period is on the horizon for the Labour party.
So what now for Brexit?
January 31st seems to be the day when England will finally leave the European Union. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will be able to pass the European Union withdrawal agreement through parliament, years after the initial Brexit vote in 2016.
What this election does provide for the UK, is a sense of direction, hopefully. Johnson has been voted in overwhelmingly, and due to the majority within the House of Commons, it is looking more likely of decisive action taking place within the British government. Johnson also reiterated in his victory speech his other election promises such as his aim to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050, highlighting that although this will always be considered as the Brexit election, other matters aren’t being forgotten about.
As an Australian, I look to my own government while reflecting on the result in the UK. We have now witnessed three successive elections in America, Australia and England where the conservative party has dominated over the left. Although this is not necessarily bad, the leaders of these conservative parties in the UK and America are new conservatives. They are populist outfits that have no interest in coherent ideology but have a ready willingness to exploit fear. They talk when they want to, and when they don’t want to, they merely walk away and refuse to answer any questions. My hope is that Australia doesn’t fall into this same trap, as we are already witnessing the passive nature of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
For now, Johnson is in power, and it looks like the Brexit drama may finally be over. I hope that the British government can find some unity in this period so that they can lead effectively, efficiently, and adequately represent the people.
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