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What's Next?Posted on: December 13th 2019
By: Harley Dalton, Area Manager, Greater Manchester.
The dust has settled, and Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party have achieved an expected and quite thumping majority over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, whose performance was their worse for close to a century. What can we now expect from each of the parties going into 2020?
The Tories will use their majority to push through their Brexit deal, and with no Brexit Party representation it is unlikely we will see favourable amendments to the Political Declaration. The Tories have committed the UK to friendly alignment with the EU, which could potentially limit our ability to compete globally with pro-market reforms to business tax and regulation. Domestically, the Tories will be looking to entrench their newfound support in the North by delivering on promises of investment – we should expect lots of targeted spending on big projects in the Midlands and North East, though it remains to be seen whether anything will be done about the housing crisis, which is the single biggest issue in the UK economy today.
The excuses have already started for Jeremy Corbyn, whose allies have been blaming Brexit for their woeful performance. This is a clever tactical ploy – Corbyn and his ilk want the Labour Party to continue with an overly socialist platform, and it would be inconvenient to admit that the country just overwhelming rejected it. Thus, expect to see plenty of manoeuvring in the next few weeks as the “process of reflection” and “period of discussion” Corbyn promised in his constituency speech turns out to be a process/period of Corbyn’s allies trying to convince the Parliamentary Labour Party that socialism isn’t to blame and that they should pick another socialist – perhaps one a little less toxic than their deeply dislikeable and soon-to-be former Leader of the Opposition.
Elsewhere, it was a devastating night for hope of the UK remaining in the EU – overwhelmingly rejected south of Hadrian’s Wall, key scalps were claimed in the form of Jo Swinson, Chuka Umunna, Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry. No second referendum will pass through the Commons before 2024, and while Boris may yet deliver a Brexit fudge, it will be at the very least a Brexit fudge, rather than a Remain stitch up in the form of a People’s Vote.
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