Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pulled off a convincing win in the general election. This unlocks the door for him to push Brexit through parliament in time to leave on the 31st January after over three years of delay since the referendum vote to leave in June 2016.
It is a personal triumph for the much criticized Conservative leader, who has seen his most virulent opponents on Brexit within his own party all lose their seats or leave parliament. It will be a very different House of Commons that reassembles on Monday.
The result was above expectations and gives the Conservatives a majority of 80 seats. It has removed all doubts about the views of the British people on leaving the EU. The government will now be in a strong position in its future difficult negotiations with Brussels over a trade deal after leaving.
The only weakness was that the Scottish Nationalists did well in Scotland and increased their representation. Expect calls for another independence referendum.
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will resign before the next election.
The strongest anti-Brexit party was the Liberal Democrats. They started the election talking of winning a majority and instead have seen their leader Jo Swinson lose her seat.
With its new large majority totally committed to Brexit, the government will now keep parliament sitting through much of the Christmas holidays to get the necessary legislation in place, in time to leave at the end of January.
Boris Johnson has, in the words of his election slogan, got ‘Brexit done’. Now he has to make a success of it.