Re-elected British PM vows to heal Brexit wounds

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to take Britain on a new course after the Conservatives’biggest victory in decades on Thursday night.

As the parliament is set to meet on Monday to discuss an early exit from the European Union, Johnson said in his address to the nation that it was time for closure on the Brexit struggle and to let healing begin.

The new government would never ignore the warmth and sympathy of Remainers towards other European nations.

Since Britain is set to leave the EU, focus should be on building a new partnership and working together with the block in tackling climate change and terrorism, building academic and scientific cooperation and boosting trade ties.

The National Health Service would be the top priority of the new government, Johnson said.

Many people thought this was going to be the most unpredictable election but the results surprised them. The Conservatives won 365 seats, 29 above the magic figure for majority, in the House of Commons.

The Tory win is significant as they could make inroads into Labour strongholds.

Besides, Johnson became all-powerful defying predictions that he would be one of the shortest-serving prime ministers after votes are counted.

Johnson has purged rebels and taken a new team that is expected to remain loyal to him. He may not face any serious challenge from Labour in the near future.

However, building a healthy relationship with EU after leaving it is not going to be an easy task.

Johnson is set to visit northern constituencies later in the day to thank voters.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was disappointed as it was the worst defeat for the party since 1935.

Corbyn is planning to hang on till a new leader is appointed to replace him. He would continue to serve as MP.

Some of Corbyn’s party colleagues are demanding he should quit the post immediately.

Liberal Democrats are also facing leadership change as the party chief Jo Swinson lost the East Dunbartonshire seat.

Voters rejected Corbyn but the erosion of votes in constituencies dominated by the working class for generations defies logic.

Voters in labour strongholds would not have bothered about his personal views on dictators, terrorists or anti-Semites.
They had welcomed Labour’s massive public spending plans if the party was voted to power.

Maybe, Labour lost the election because Corbyn took a neutral stand on second Brexit referendum.