UK Conservative party wins large majority, paving the way for early 2020 Brexit
The UK Conservative party has won the general election by a significant majority, winning 365 seats in parliament, the party’s biggest majority since the 1980s, with a gain of an additional 47 seats. The leading opposition party, the Labour Party, suffered significant losses and had their worst election results since 1935, holding on to just 203 seats and losing 53.
As a result of the conservative majority, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, will likely pass his EU deal through parliament in the coming weeks, enabling the UK to leave the EU on January 31, 2020. Johnson has committed to spending the rest of the year working with the EU to establish a future trading relationship and hopes to conclude negotiations by the end of 2020. A major cabinet reshuffle is due in the first quarter of this year. So far, Alok Sharma has retained his position as the secretary for state for international development.