Boris Johnson has won an overwhelming majority with 365 seats in the British elections, which gives him the mandate to take the country out of the EU early in 2020.
It was dubbed, "Brexit election" by the British media, and running of the platform of "Get Brexit Done," Johnson swept the polls. Government’s main opposition, the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn, took heavy loses losing 60 seats – 45 to Conservatives in industrial north and Midlands, seats that have been held by the Labour for decades. Six Labour seats went to the SNP. By the end of the count Labour was left with 203 seats in the Parliament. Blyth Northumberland, which has been held by Labour for 70 years, since the constituency was created, voted Conservative because they needed a change after feeling neglected and criticizing Labour’s front bench as well as Corbyn.
Canvassing on the doorsteps, voters told Labour candidates they were put off by Corbyn. His biggest problem was his indecisiveness on Brexit, only to, late in the campaign, announced he would remain neutral on the subject if he won the election.
Immediately after he retained his seat in Islington North with a reduced majority, he said he would not lead the party into the next election, indicating he would leave early next year when the new leader is elected. He said:
"Brexit has so polarized and divided debate in this country. It has overridden so much of a normal political debate…I recognize that has contributed to the results that the Labour Party has received this evening all across this country."
The next steps
Boris Johnson has inherited a changing demographic, but that did not start last night, it began in 2016 when Brexit became a choice. From that moment on, the country began to divide slowly and racism to grow. For the past three years, Brexit has been led by bad negotiation teams by the government, who did not know what to do nor how to negotiate with the EU block. They did not listen to the people, and any deal was not sorting out the problem. In the process of these three years, Brexit chaos saw a drop in house prices, a slowdown in the economy, collapsing pound sterling, companies leaving or threatening to, and job cuts. Brexit was like a broken record playing on the news every night.
But the new Conservative government should now work to unite the country as it leaves the EU. They should also concentrate on investing in NHS, science, and education, tackling crime, and immigration. There is most certainly a very strong feeling about Brexit in the UK, and it should be one of the primary next steps to take; however, it should not be the only policy to lead with.
Leaving the EU without a deal, which is what Johnson's government now has number’s to push through, should be done diplomatically not just by the UK but also by the EU. The EU, in particular, Eastern European countries, should not treat Britain like a doormat or delegate what the UK should get out of a trade deal and immigration should not be a debatable issue. The UK should decide how they want to run that policy themselves and not how a trade deal with the EU would demand it.
Johnson now has a chance to unite the country and to be one nation party, but also to reshape how the rest of the world views the UK. But the same goes for the EU, which needs a radical change. It needs to adjust with times, avoid remaining stuck operating under a constitution that may have worked well in the 1990s, but no longer serves its purpose. Immigration is a big issue in the EU, and alongside illegal immigration, it has contributed to the rise of the far-right. The problem is just beginning for the bloc of the unelected bureaucrats.