|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Reports, analyses and information relating to the general election held in the United Kingdom in December 2019.
The election was triggered in the context of the debate regarding the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. A fragmented House of Commons when it comes to Brexit met a cabinet without a parliamentary majority and damaged by confrontation with the Parliament. The difficulties facing the Prime Minister in moving forward with his version of Brexit, and the overall confusion over a clear path towards the exit from the European Union, led to the understanding that a general election would be the best option in an attempt to break the deadlock.
The governing Conservative Party was widely expected to win the election according to the pre-election polls, but it was not clear whether they would be able to secure a parliamentary majority. Nigel Farage - the leader of the Brexit Party - announced on 3 November he did not intend to run as a candidate in the election. On 11 November, Mr Farage further announced that his party would not put forward candidates in constituencies held by the Conservatives, in a bid to secure a parliamentary majority favouring a harder form of Brexit.
Electoral Manifestos (updated as published):
The electoral campaign was dominated by the issue of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), the country's National Health Service (NHS) and questions relating to integrity, trust and intolerance. The election results largely confirmed the pre-electoral polls - the Conservative Party gathered a substantial parliamentary majority, taking over traditional Labour seats in a number of working-class, Leave-voting areas. The Labour Party achieved one of its worst electoral results in decades. The Scottish National Party (SNP) secured most of the seats from Scotland. A number of national leaders from across the European Union expressed relief for the 'clarity' provided by the decisive Conservative victory in the context of Brexit.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|