Boris unchained. The man who famously compared himself to the Incredible Hulk has been given a stonking great mandate by the British public. Brexit will now happen at the end of January 2020.
Other EU countries will, by and large, be happy with the result. While they have said, of course, that they regret the Brexit vote, Britain’s European partners have also said, from the beginning, that they want clarity (and a Prime Minister who can make a deal in Brussels and then actually get it agreed in Westminster).
Once Britain formally leaves the EU, it will enter a transition period where European rules will still apply but the UK will have no MEPs or seats in the Council of Ministers. This transition period could last, potentially, until 2022.
Meanwhile, the tricky part of Brexit can begin. Negotiations over the future trade relationship between the UK and the EU have the potential to make the withdrawal negotiations look, to coin a phrase, like the easiest in history.
Nevertheless, Johnson is in a much, much stronger position than his predecessor. He has a strong mandate for the next five years. He can now safely ignore the DUP on Northern Ireland, as well as (if he so chooses) the hard Eurosceptics in the European Research Group (ERG). The chance of a “no deal” Brexit has certainly receded.
Meanwhile, the anti-Brexit forces in the UK are in complete disarray. Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to step down and not fight another election as leader. The Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has lost her seat in Scotland. The SNP, though, have made gains (strengthening their claim that Scotland wants a second independence referendum).
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