Foreign

Snap election delivers strong majority for Johnson’s Conservatives

Published

on


The Conservatives have won a landslide majority in the British parliament in a snap election called by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who campaigned on the promise to “get Brexit done.”


Johnson’s party has taken 362 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, up by 47 on the 2017 election, with just four constituencies left to declare early Friday.

The main opposition Labour party has 203 seats after losing several dozen to the Conservatives in their traditional strongholds in northern and central England, where many voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

Preliminary vote shares released by the BBC placed the Conservatives at 43.6 per cent, in what would be the strongest result for any British party in decades.

Labour is thought to have garnered 32.3 per cent of Thursday’s vote.

The party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who campaigned on a socialist platform and vowed to hold a second Brexit referendum, said he does not plan to lead Labour into another general election.

Jeremy Corbyn

The Scottish National Party (SNP) boosted its presence in the national parliament with 48 winning candidates declared so far, a 13-seat gain.

It was a disappointing night for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, who failed to boost their seat share following a number of defections from the Conservative party.

The Liberal Democrats currently have 11 seats declared.

Their leader, Jo Swinson, lost in the Scottish constituency of East Dunbartonshire by just 149 votes to an SNP candidate, blaming the outcome on a “wave of nationalism” in Scotland and England.

A party statement carried by the PA news agency and other media later announced that she would step down as party leader.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, after a majority voted against it in 2014.

“I accept that Boris Johnson after this election has a mandate to take England out of the European Union, but he does not have a mandate to take Scotland out of the European Union,” she told the BBC.

“And I have a mandate, a renewed, refreshed, strengthened mandate to offer people in Scotland the choice of a different future,” Sturgeon said, adding that by Christmas she would formally request the power to hold a second vote.

This puts her on a collision course with Johnson, who has ruled out any fresh independence referendum in Scotland.

“This one-nation Conservative government has been given a powerful mandate to get Brexit done,” he said after winning re-election to his parliamentary seat in west London.

The “historic” election will allow the government to “respect the democratic will of the people,” he said, referring to the 52 per cent who voted for Brexit in 2016.

Turnout was down slightly on the previous general election in 2017 at 67.2 per cent, according to the BBC.

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Johnson on his “great WIN” in a tweet.

“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 EU.”

Johnson, who has promised that Britain will leave the EU on January 31, plans to negotiate liberal post-Brexit trade deals with the United States and other non-EU nations.

YEE

Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim

(NAN)

https://nnn.ng/snap-election-delivers-strong-majority-for-johnsons-conservatives/

Arsenal edges past Liverpool on penalties in League Cup Nigeria @ 60: Abia residents advocate FG’s policies for greater national cohesion Nigeria @60: Don urges Nigerians to imbibe national ethics, culture of patriotism Credible elections crucial to peace, development – CSO Our candidate’s eligibility unassailable, Lagos APC tells rumour mongers NESP: Don’t pay to access support grant, Presidency tells artisans Coalition laments release of inadequate funds for Bauchi Health sector capital projects Nigeria At 60 : Niger Govt official urges citizens to have faith in Nigeria project Uganda resumes commercial flights after seven-month suspension Nigeria needs actionable plan — NGO Deployment of technology critical for development — Sanwo-Olu Reports: Over 1,000 Hondurans are trekking towards US border Independence Day: Rep wants Obafemi Awolowo declared national hero Nigeria @60: Group urges Nigerians to unite against enemies of peace Gov. Mohammed says Bauchi records 1.4 million out-of-school children, figure highest in Nigeria Independence: PDP governors call for national dialogue Eminent Nigerian elders, leaders seek new constitution for unity, progress Kwara, a model for women empowerment – Ex-Liberian President Provide separate toilets for female civil servants – Bauchi NCWS begs Gov. Mohammed  FG kicks-off MSME support programme Google partners with NTDC to grow Nigeria tourism NLC urges FG to provide resilient base sustainable development Nigeria at 60: Foundation offers free medical services to indigents in Nasarawa   Europeans, UK tell U Navalny poisoning a ‘threat to international peace, security’ Gov Zulum reiterates commitment to welfare of displaced persons Lagos puts Nigeria on world record with 60,000 cupcakes mosaic Ambode’s former commissioner resigns from APC Show must go on as Queen and Adam Lambert release first live album 60: Lagos govt, Fly Africa creates 60,000 cupcakes mosaic anniversary logo Osinbajo disagrees with bleak view of Nigeria’s history Day of Older Persons: Nigeria plans to achieve 2020 Global strategy plan Group wants Nigerians to celebrate Buhari Nigeria @ 60: Ahmadu Bello Foundation urges leaders to confront challenges LASG tasks hospitals on improved aesthetic to foster patients’ satisfaction Globacom spent over N3bn on NFF, NPL during my tenure, says Ka’Oje Nigeria @60: Association tasks Nigerians on peaceful co-existence UEFA Champions League draw: Manchester Utd draw PSG as Ronaldo, Messi face off Navy Sailing Club holds Independence Day/Commodore Boat Race Nigeria @60: Stakeholders call for patriotism, value reorientation, responsibility Ojukwu varsity lecturers deny opting out of ASUU strike PDP urges Buhari to strengthen harmonious living in Nigeria Kogi CJ tasks lawyers on application of ‘Electronic Evidence’ Zamfara pledges revival of health, demographic centre Independence: Buhari’s Comparism of Petrol prices will educate Nigerians- Expert Diamond Jubilee: Nigeria can become power house of technology in Africa – Expert Independence Day: Police arrest 30 protesters, detain Inspector for assaulting journalist NGOs advocate establishment of platform to cater for elderly in Nigeria Nigeria @60: Sanwo-Olu urges youths to believe in Nigeria Independence: Experts commend monuments integrity, task building professionals on quality construction Polish Robert Lewandowski wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award