Protesters clashed with police, Friday, December 13, during demonstrations in central London, after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won the general election with a sizable majority.
Britons woke Friday to a transformed political landscape: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s emphatic win in the country’s third general election in four years gives the Conservatives, also known as Tories, their biggest parliamentary majority in more than a quarter of a century. It also marks a decisive turn in the country’s fortunes following the instability triggered by the 2016 Brexit referendum, say analysts.
Armed with an 80-seat majority, the biggest at a general election since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987, Johnson’s government now will be able to end the deadlock in Britain’s Parliament and deliver on the Conservative promise to “get Brexit done” without further delay. Britain will almost certainly exit the European Union by the end of January, triggering a second and likely trickier stage of negotiations with Brussels over the country’s future political and trade relations with the European continent.