VICTORY FOR BORIS... AND FOR BREXIT!
BORIS Johnson is poised to deliver on his Brexit promise with the Tories today on course for a landslide election victory.
A bombshell exit poll released after polling stations closed at 10pm forecast a massive 86-seat majority for the Prime Minister’s party.
The BBC, ITV and Sky News survey predicted 368 seats for the Tories, 191 for Labour, 13 for the Lib Dems and 55 for the Scottish National Party.
The signs of a surprise vote surge for the Tories put Mr Johnson on course for the party’s biggest majority since the days of Margaret Thatcher in 1987.
Millions of voters braved driving rain and blustery winds to go to the polls in the first winter election
since 1974 and the first held in December since 1923.
The Pound soared against the dollar and the euro as the General Election exit poll predicted the Conservative majority.
A Pound was up 1.85 per cent to 1.342 dollars and up 1.09 per cent to 1.202 euro within minutes of the announcement.
Turnout was expected to be the highest at a General Election in years after Brexit excited pasto sion among voters on both sides of the debate.
Early this morning, the result looked to be a decisive vote from the country in favour of Parliament finally respecting the verdict of the 2016 EU Referendum and freeing the UK from Brussels rule.
It also appeared to mark an emphatic rejection of Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of hard-Left socialism after a humiliating drubbing. The Labour leader was expected to face pressure as early as today to quit his job after what appeared to be his second General Election defeat.
Mr Johnson is today expected to celebrate a remarkable personal triumph in restoring the Conservative majority government lost by Theresa May at the last election in 2017.
The Prime Minister was hoping be able to confirm today that his EU Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels will be rushed back to the Commons next week for a swift vote by MPs.
Every Conservative MP elected last night was fully signed up to supporting Mr Johnson’s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
He made his promise to “get Brexit done” the centrepiece of the Tory offensive over the five-week election campaign.
His high-risk gamble of seeking to unite Leave voters appeared to have paid off with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party making little impact last night despite winning the Euro elections in May.
Last night’s exit poll suggested the insurgent anti-EU force will not win a single Commons seat.
Every Tory elected last night was fully signed up to supporting the deal.
Yesterday’s there were long queues at many polling stations. Waits of more than half an hour were reported at various locations across England.
Queueing appeared particularly widespread in London, with long lines forming in a number of constituencies.
The queues came on top of the highest number of postal votes ever in a British poll. Around one in four voters are estimated to have requested the right to send in their ballot paper by post.
Mr Johnson broke with tradition by not voting for himself yesterday after registering to vote in Westminster rather than his own constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, north-west London.
A spokesman for him said “The Prime Minister was proud to vote for Nickie Aiken, the fantastic Conservative candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster, who is committed to voting for the PM’s Brexit deal and getting Brexit done by January 31.”
Mr Johnson voted at Methodist Central Hall, near Downing Street,
at around 8.15am. He turned up to the polling station in Storey’s Gate, a street overlooked by Westminster Abbey, with his dog Dilyn in tow, an hour and a quarter after polls opened.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn voted at 9.30am with wife Laura Alvarez in Islington North, where he lives and has represented as an MP since 1983.
A protester dressed as Elmo, a character from children’s TV programme Sesame Street, was restrained by security guards as she tried to approach Mr Corbyn as he entered the polling station. As the woman in fancy dress argued with security and police, Mr Corbyn said: “Hello guys, can we stop the arguments please.”
Mr Corbyn arrived to cast his vote at Pakeman Primary School at around 9.25am.
During the campaign the Prime Minister has travelled more than 9,000 miles, attended more than 100 events and appearances and visited all four nations of the UK. He has also visited every English region at least twice.
But the campaign has been seen by commentators on all sides as the most acrimonious in living memory.All the major parties involved have repeatedly accused each other of lying.
Britain’s European future was the dominant issue throughout the campaign.
THE people have spoken and they have embraced hope and freedom for this nation with the vision outlined by Boris Johnson. In doing so they have in historic levels rejected the extremism of Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party.
The expected majority for Johnson’s Conservatives is a loud and clear message to get Brexit done and for Britain to set forth as an independent nation.
In the history of this great country there have been many elections but it is fair to say that only a handful have had enormous significance which have shaped the future of the nation for decades to come.
In 1906 the Liberal victory transformed our democracy and ensured that the franchise would be permanently extended.
In 1945 Labour’s victory saw the creation of the welfare state and a complete turn around in the philosophy of government.
Then in 1979, Margaret Thatcher’s historic victory rewrote politics in this country and brought an end to the long period of gloom, despair and decline.
The 2019 election which voters cast their ballots in yesterday was one of these seismic elections.At stake was the freedom of this country and its place as an independent state free of the EU.
Perhaps even more importantly the very integrity of our democracy in the mother of Parliaments was in jeopardy after more than three years of betrayal of the Leave vote in 2016 by a Remainer parliament set on ignoring the will of the British people.
But, perhaps even more important than that, the future direction of Britain and the fight against extremism lay at the heart of this election battle.
A victory for Mr Johnson meant the Brexit uncertainty will finally come to an end and the country could be set off on a path to prosperity for all.
It was clear last night that the British people would keep their heads and follow a path of common sense.
It is still uncertain how much of the red wall of Labour heartland seats have fallen.
But be in no doubt this election has changed things for good. Seats which were once safe Labour are no longer sure.
Voters in the North and Midlands have been ignored and betrayed for far too long by Labour. They have been treated as a means to get Labour MPs who then turned their backs on these constituencies.
The loss of patriotism and the support for terrorists by the current Labour leadership has disgusted many and turned voters off.
The first howl of protest in these seats was Brexit but Labour did not learn its lesson. Now it’s been crushingly punished.
Let us hope as the results are finalised that this country can now unite behind a positive vision in a country able to finally decide for itself and with a Parliament which respects the people who voted for it.
Boris Johnson on course for Tory triumph
Jeremy Corbyn voting yesterday
Queue stretches around the block outside a polling station in Balham, south London and, inset, another long wait in nearby Brixton yesterday Standing in line at Balham, south London, and right, voters waiting their turn in Manchester