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Brexit in late January ?: After election victory: puzzles over Johnson's future European course

2019-12-14T07:31:14.111Z

ZEIT ONLINE | News, backgrounds and debates



London (dpa) - After the overwhelming election victory of the British Conservatives by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it is puzzled which course he will take with regard to the future relationship with Europe.

With a lead of 80 seats over the other parties, Johnson will have a great deal of freedom in the future. Some hope that they will use it to seek a closer relationship with Brussels than the election frenzy suggests.

At a speech in front of 10 Downing Street in London on Friday, Johnson showed his conciliatory side: "We will never ignore your good and positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe," he said to Brexit opponents in the Country directed.

But whether that is just rhetoric or whether the former spokesman for the Brexit campaign is turning away from his previously uncompromising course is unclear. Because there is also the provocateur Johnson, who berated his political opponents as traitors or collaborators.

Johnson left no doubt that he would lead the country out of the European Union on January 31, 2020. There was "no if, no but and no maybe," Johnson promised to cheering supporters in London. A vote on the necessary ratification law is expected next Friday. The day before, Queen Elizabeth II would read Johnson's government statement at a ceremony in Parliament.

After counting all constituencies, the Conservative Party has 365 of the 650 seats - the Tories have an advantage of 80 seats over all other parties. Labor lost 59 seats and came to 203. The Scottish National Party (SNP) increased 13 seats to 48, the Liberal Democrats lost one seat and came to 11. The other seats were held by smaller parties.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn does not want to lead another election campaign after his party's historically poor performance. After the defeat, a process of reflection was necessary, which he wanted to accompany as party leader. Corbyn named the first months of next year as the period for a resignation. Labor will have fewer MPs in the lower house than it has since 1935. The pressure on Corbyn should increase significantly in the coming days.

Source: zeit

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