December 13, 2019
When Theresa May’s Conservative party lost the majority vote in June 2017, the United Kingdom government found it difficult to drive through legislation and were forced to rely on the Northern Ireland’s Democratic Union Party (DUP) to prop up the government. However, the DUP would not support the agreed deal for Brexit with the European Union, not even following Boris Johnson’s re-negotiation. In order to try and break the deadlock, Boris Johnson called for a General Election, which took place on December 12, 2019.
Further to the general election in the United Kingdom yesterday, the results have been announced. With 326 seats needed for the majority.
Boris Johnson's conservative party has won the election with the majority vote and he will continue to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
It is more than likely that Brexit will be in place for the end of January 2020 as originally planned further to the 'flex tension' agreed by the European Union earlier this year. With Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, there is a possibility that a No Deal may still occur although the European deal that has been outlined by the conservative party could be the most likely outcome.
The British election turned into a fantastic night for the Conservatives, led by Boris Johnson, the prime minister, and a terrible one for Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Mr. Johnson won a resounding mandate to “get Brexit done”, although securing a permanent trade deal with the European Union by the end of next year still seems a tall order. One Labour stronghold after another fell to the Tories, who are set to win a majority of around 80 seats. The defeated Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said he would step down eventually, but Corbynism is likely to endure. The Liberal Democrats, having failed to rally pro-Remain supporters, saw their leader, Jo Swinson, lose her seat. The other winner was the Scottish National Party, which won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats, thus strengthening demands for another independence referendum. Britain’s leaving the European Union, as now seems certain, may yet push Scotland to quit the British one - Full article: UK general election 2019 - The race to Downing Street
A time-sensitive detailed update will follow with preparations that will be required if you have any global trade that involves the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. In the meantime, should you have any further questions in relation to the impact that Brexit will have on your supply chain, logistics, air freight, and ocean freight please reach out to the Crane Worldwide Logistics team.