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What Boris Johnson's Big Win Means to Brexit, Trump, and Conservatives

What Boris Johnson's Big Win Means to Brexit, Trump, and Conservatives
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Friday, 13 December 2019 06:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive

"Seismic" was an adjective frequently heard from British political commentators Thursday night to describe the big election win of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party.

The triumphant victory of Johnson and his party clearly has a big impact on Britain’s three-year Brexit to get out of the European Union and on conservative politics in general. 

With final returns hours from being counted, the BBC projected that the Conservatives would make a gain of at least 86 seats for a majority of 368 in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. 

In contrast, the opposition Labour Party under its controversial far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn was projected to lose more than 40 seats and thus bringing its ranks in the House of Commons to 191. 

More important than the big numbers for Johnson and his Conservatives, however, is the dramatic change in voting patterns nationwide.

Reliably Labour constituencies in northern England — the “Red Wall” of the Labour Party — crumbled, as Conservatives picked up seats hitherto considered unwinnable such as heavily blue-collar Wakefield and Workington. Sedgfield, famed as the constituency of former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, went Conservative for the first time in 84 years.

In making such gains in traditionally Labour-held constituencies, the Conservatives have mapped out a path for right-of-center parties worldwide to make similar gains.

“It is a seismic shift that is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan's win in 1980,” American political scientist Henry Olsen, author of the much-praised “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism,” told Newsmax.

Olsen predicted that “Johnson now has an opportunity to remake Britain's politics like Reagan remade America's.”

As to what led to such a shift from Labour to Tory among blue-collar workers, there is disagreement. 

“Brexit dominated the election,” John McDonnell, deputy leader of Labour told reporters after Johnson’s big win became apparent Thursday evening.   Having decried a “hung, divided parliament” that kept him from completing the UK’s split from the European Union voters supported in 2016,  Johnson now has a majority to ensure Brexit happens on the Jan. 31 deadline set by the EU and on his terms.

But other observers such as Alastair Campbell, onetime press secretary to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, believe the election was less about Brexit and more about Labour’s Corbyn and Corbynism—an agenda that included calls for higher taxes on upper-income wage-earners, nationalization of the railways and utilities, non-interventionsim in foreign policy, and unilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons.

(Having led the party to two successive defeats in elections, Corbyn signaled late Thursday he would soon step down as leader).

Coming on the heels of the defeat of Greece’s hard-left Prime Minister Alexei Tsipras earlier this year, Corbyn’s rejection may well serve as a warning to Democrats in the U.S. not to nominate their “Corbyn counterparts” such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

If there is any noted American especially buoyed by Johnson’s big win, it is inarguably Donald Trump.  The U.S. President gave his blessing to Johnson before he became prime minister and repeatedly called him “my friend.”  How their friendship fares in the months ahead will surely be a test of the “special relationship” between their respective countries in the 21st century. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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