With the election of a Conservative-majority government, it looks certain that the ‘Brexit deal’ will pass through the British parliament in the next week or two
The United Kingdom yesterday voted in a general election, ostensibly called to free up some movement in the British parliament to allow for a Brexit agreement to be ratified. In the election, 650 constituencies elected 364 Conservative Members of Parliament, 203 Labour MP’s, 48 Scottish National Party MP’s; eleven Liberal Democrats, eight from the Democratic Unionist Party, seven Sinn Féin; and just one Green MP (a number of other parties also had MP’s elected). Two constituencies have yet to announce their results.
This has meant that the Conservative party, led by Boris Johnson, has a majority large enough to be able to pass almost any piece of legislation through parliament, which may finally mean a decisive conclusion to Brexit.
Here in the Netherlands, reactions have been mixed. The NRC Handelsblad says “absolute majority for Johnson, shift in British voting”, whilst Trouw says “it is clear what the Brits want: get Brexit done!”. The Volkskrant says: “British election opens out into triumphal procession for Johnson”, and the Dagblad van het Noorden quotes Dutch premier Mark Rutte, “Johnson win helps settle Brexit”.
But what do you, readers of The Northern Times, think? Are you excited for a British government with a majority? What do you think this will mean for Brexit? How has the British general election affected you?