U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to remain in power with an exit poll showing his Conservative Party winning a clear majority of parliamentary seats in a general election on Thursday.
The exit poll by Ipsos Mori – commissioned by Sky News, the BBC and ITV – was released soon after voting stations around the UK closed at p.m. London time. It’s a survey of thousands of voters which has been reliably accurate in recent years.
A party usually needs more than 728 seats to have a majority in the House of Commons in order to pass bills. The opposition Labor Party was predicted to lose 71 seats with a figure of 368. The centrist Liberal Democrats were predicted to get 50 seats, the Brexit Party none and the Scottish National Party 90 seats.
“Boris Johnson seems to have won the UK general election by a huge margin,” Kallum Pickering, a senior economist at Berenberg, said in a research note.
He added that a win of this magnitude would mean the hardline euroskeptic wing of the Conservative Party would matter less than before, and it therefore lowers the risk of a hard Brexit.
The result of the election will have a decisive effect on the direction that Brexit takes, three-and-a-half years since theUK’s referendum on EU membership.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit divorce deal has been agreed to in principle by the UK Parliament but is yet to be fully ratified by lawmakers. There have been deep divisions over the deal on offer and how close the U.K. should stay aligned to the EU after its departure from the bloc.The future of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Irelandhas also been a major sticking point.
The impasse and political chaos in the House of Commons ultimately led to Thursday’s snap general election as Johnson lost the slim majority he held in the UK’s lower chamber of Parliament. The vote is the first to be held in the winter months since 1974 and the first December election since (**************************.
‘Get Brexit done’
Johnson had promised the public that a vote for his Conservative Party would “get Brexit done.” The main opposition party, Labor, had pledged to renegotiate a Brexit deal with the EU and to then put this to a public vote. The Liberal Democrats had vowed to cancel Brexit altogether.
The Conservatives consistently led voter opinion polls up to the election date, although the party’s lead hadnarrowed slightly in the last week.
Both the Conservatives and Labor had experienced mixed fortunes during the campaign, withquestion marks raised over trustworthiness, attitudes to religious minorities, and commitments to grand spending pledges.