UK election: Exit polls point to Conservative landslide

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Aden - Yasmin Abdel Azim - Exit poll results projected on the outside of the BBC building in London shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party predicted to win 368 seats and a majority as the ballots begin to be counted in the general election on December 12, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Boris Johnson is on course for a landslide victory in Thursday’s UK general election.

Early returns and exit polls point to the Conservatives winning as many as 368 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

Early counts point to a collapse in traditional support for Labour as British voters, weary of 30 months of Brexit wrangling, turned to Johnson’s Conservatives and his promise to 'Get Brexit Done' by the end of January.

The Conservatives held 310 seats in the last parliament, but the party was split between hard-line Brexiteers and those who favoured Britain remaining in the EU. The election has ended that rift, with Johnson on his way to a mandate for a quick and sharp break from the political and economic bloc.

Labour, the exit polls say, will hold just 191 seats. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will face immediate pressure to resign after four years at its helm if those predictions hold true, leading the party its lowest number of seats since 1935.

Labour Shadow Secretary John McDonnell said: “If the counts reflect the exit polls, it’s going to be devastating,” adding that “it looks as if every other issue has been squeezed out by Brexit.”

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Investors trading in the UK pound in Asia reacted by driving the value of the pound up 3 cents as soon as the exit polls were released when polling closed at 10pm local time.

While counting will continue Friday and most results known by breakfast, it certainly looks as if Johnson will remain as Prime Minister with the largest working majority since Margaret Thatcher led the Conservatives to victory in 1987 with a majority of 144 seats.

In Scotland, however, the Scottish Nationalist Party look like take 55 of the 58 seats north of the border, meaning it will be pushing the case for a second independence referendum at Westminster.

The exit polls, conducted by the BBC, ITV and Sky News, predicted that the Lib-Dems would have 13 seats in the new parliament, with the Greens holding onto their single seat.

Mick O’Reilly is the Al Khaleej Today Foreign Correspondent based in Europe

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