Yep, It Was a Historic Night for Conservatives in Britain. Here's How Historic.

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Posted: Dec 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Yep, It Was a Historic Night for Conservatives in Britain. Here's How Historic.

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Oh, what a night. Not only did Boris Johnson and the Conservatives retain their majority in Parliament in Thursday night's British elections, but they did it in historic fashion.

Just ask CNN International.

The Conservatives managed to pick up 47 seats last night. As it stands, the Conservatives have 364 members of Parliament, Labour has 203, the Scottish National Party has 48, the Liberal Democrats have 11, and the Democratic Unionist Party has eight. The Brexit Party, which was recently formed by former Brexit leader Nigel Farage, did not pick up any seats. 

In sum, Johnson has his mandate to take the UK out of the European Union. Brits voted to leave the EU back in June 2016, but three years of lackluster negotiations in Brussels from former prime minister Theresa May and arguments in Parliament have stalled their exit plans.

"I will put an end to all that nonsense," Johnson pledged in his victory speech Friday morning. "And we will get Brexit done in time, on the 31st of January. No ifs, no buts, no maybes."

Johnson also appealed to former Labour voters who decided to put their trust in him. He promised to "never" take their support for granted. 

Speaking of Labour, they also made their mark on history last evening, pulling off the worst election result for their party since 1935. 

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Some Labour voters decided to defect and give Johnson a chance, because they have become disenchanted with Jeremy Corbyn, Labour's very unpopular, far-left, socialist leader. 

Other leaders and supporters called on Corbyn to resign. He agreed.