The United Kingdom’s Conservative Party expanded its lead in Parliament in a sweeping victory that saw a humiliating defeat for the opposition.
The Conservatives, known locally as the “tories” by both critics and supporters alike, will be able to keep party leader Boris Johnson as the country’s prime minister, and the prospect of Brexit finally going through seems much more likely.
The UK’s left-wing Labour Party, led by MP Jeremy Corbyn, ran on a decidedly socialist platform that also opposed the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum, which mandates that Britain sever its ties with the European Union. With sentiments that largely echo America’s Democratic Party, Labour candidates suggest have linked Conservatives with racism, homophobia, and the other usual phobias ahead of the election.
BBC News reports the Conservatives added 47 seats to their majority, while Labour lost a substantial 59 seats. Smaller parties like the Scottish National Party, which supports Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, added 13 seats while center-left Liberal Democrats lost a single seat.
The election is being called the worst defeat for Labour since 1935.
With 364 Conservative MPs now in Parliament, party leaders are calling it a mandate to finally get Brexit done, a process that has stalled since the referendum passed by popular vote in 2016. Brexit has often fractured the party’s ranks, with former Prime Minister Theresa May forced to step down from her position due to her lackluster effort for it. May and other Conservatives actually opposed the referendum leading up to the 2016 vote.
Boris Johnson, who will retain his role as prime minister, was a Leave supporter since before becoming the head of the UK’s government.
Corbyn, considered by many to be responsible for Labour’s strong shift to the left in recent years, is expected to leave his post as the party’s leader in the aftermath of its humiliating defeat.
Here’s Britain’s own Carl Benjamin with more thoughts on the election.
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