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Boris Johnson is the UK election winner

Boris Johnson and the Conservatives win a majority in the British Parliament and secure the best election result since Margaret Thatcher in 1987.

Jan Erik Mustad in London, foto
“Boris Johnson succeeded and is the clear winner. Now he can continue as prime minister and carry out his Brexit plan”, says Jan Erik Mustad.

London, 13 December at 8.30am: Votes from all but one constituency have now been counted. The count shows that the Conservatives gets 364 seats in the House of Commons, while Labour gets 203.

That provides Boris Johnson with a solid majority, and with that majority he can carry out his election promise to leave the EU on 31 January.

“The election result is a disaster for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. And it is a crushing victory for the Conservatives and Boris Johnson.”

This is stated by Jan Erik Mustad, Associate Professor at the University of Agder.

Corbyn failed

“Corbyn has failed with his wobbling on the Brexit issue, while Johnson has won with his simple message of getting Brexit done”, says Mustad.

He does not envisage that Corbyn can continue as Labour leader. While the Conservatives has had their best election in a long time, the British Labour Party has had its worst election since 1935.

“Such a result spells the end for Corbyn, and I don’t think it will be long before he resigns or is asked to step down as Labour leader,” says Mustad.

The UK expert remembers the last election disaster for Labour in 1983. Labour's Michael Foot won 209 seats. Now, Corbyn's Labour won even fewer with just 203 seats.

Clears way for getting Brexit done

“Get Brexit Done, Unleash Britain's Potential” was the slogan and mantra of Boris Johnson during the election campaign. With a parliamentary majority, he gets the chance to take the first step out of the EU.

“Now he has a majority. With that, he will be able to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January, which has been his major election pledge. But we must remember that the divorce agreement with the EU is not a final goodbye to the union”, says Mustad.

Johnson and his government will spend 2020 negotiating trade agreements with the EU. Mustad and many other experts point out that one year is probably not enough time to complete the negotiations.

“Boris Johnson has been given a clear mandate to implement his Brexit plan. But Brexit will still dominate British politics throughout next year and beyond. Canada spent seven years negotiating a full trade agreement with the EU”, says Mustad.

After the last general election in 2017, the Conservatives held 316 seats and Labour held 262. This time, the Conservatives get 364 and Labour gets 203 seats.

Facts about the election

BBC election day poll: Thursday evening at 22:00 GMT:

Conservatives 368 seats

Labour 191 seats

Scottish National Party 55 seats

Liberal Democrats 13 seats

Parliamentary election 2019:

650 representatives are elected to the House of Commons. The UK is divided into 650 parliamentary constituencies and only the one with the most votes in each constituency gets a seat in the House of Commons.

Here is the geographical distribution of seats:

England 523 seats

Scotland 59 seats

Wales 40 seats

Northern Ireland 18 seats

Jan Erik Mustad comments on the election result in the UK: