UK’s landmark postwar elections: When Boris Johnson sought and acquired a mandate to ‘Get Brexit Done’ | EUROtoday

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Britain’s upcoming basic election is extensively anticipated to result in a change of presidency for the primary time in 14 years. Many analysts consider it will likely be one of many nation’s most consequential elections for the reason that finish of World War II.

Ahead of the July 4 vote, The Associated Press takes a glance again at different landmark U.Ok. elections for the reason that battle.


When former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson known as an election in December 2019, it was basically about one problem: Brexit.

General elections within the U.Ok. are sometimes held within the spring or early summer season. But within the fall of 2019, the recently-appointed Johnson gambled on holding one on December 12, when most individuals simply need to prepare for Christmas and would quite consider something however politics.

For Johnson, determined instances known as for determined measures. The June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum, gained narrowly by these backing an exit from the European Union, triggered a chaotic interval in politics.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned for Britain to stay within the EU, had resigned instantly after his facet misplaced the referendum.

His successor, Theresa May, tried however didn’t discover a Brexit method {that a} majority in Parliament would again. Everyone seemingly had a unique concept as to what post-Brexit deal the U.Ok. ought to have with the EU, and the unique day of departure — March 2019 — was delayed.

Parliament was in chaos, and Johnson, who succeeded May, pledged that he would get “Get Brexit Done.”

With Labour’s Brexit coverage unclear and its left-wing chief Jeremy Corbyn deeply unpopular, Johnson’s Conservatives gained their greatest majority since 1987 below Margaret Thatcher. Labour suffered its worst election outcome when it comes to seats for the reason that Nineteen Thirties.

Johnson prevailed largely as a result of his message was clear, particularly in components of the nation that voted Brexit however had for many years voted Labour. The U.Ok. left the European Union on Jan. 31, 2020.

Any celebrations have been short-lived, nonetheless, with a lethal coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading world wide.

Johnson was compelled to resign in the summertime of 2022 after he was discovered to have lied to Parliament over lockdown-breaching events at his places of work in Downing Street. The 49-day tenure of his successor, Liz Truss, was much more chaotic after she unveiled unfunded tax cuts that roiled monetary markets and despatched borrowing prices for householders surging.

It’s a twin legacy that their successor Rishi Sunak has needed to take care of forward of Thursday’s election.