Why Boris Johnson’s Election Victory Could Create More Instability for the U.K.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside 10 Downing Street after his Conservative Party won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, London, Dec. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside 10 Downing Street after his Conservative Party won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, London, Dec. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
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LONDON—In the weeks leading up to the British general election last Thursday, all the opinion polls suggested that the Conservative Party was on course for a large parliamentary majority, with the Tories enjoying an average lead of 10 points over the opposition Labour Party. Yet despite the polls having pointed in that direction all along, few observers expected such a crushing victory. In the end, the Conservatives took 365 seats, handing them an 80-seat majority and dealing Labour its most brutal defeat since 1935. But it isn’t simply the scale of the Tories’ victory that provoked disbelief. It was the […]

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