The Conservatives have won an overall majority in the general election, passing the threshold of 326 seats. It gives the party their biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election win. At the time of writing just two seats are yet to declare.
The Tories have won 363 seats, constituting a majority of 86. Meanwhile, at 201 seats Labour has lost 59 constituencies. It appears the Conservatives have won over the traditional Labour season the north that voted to Leave in 2016.
The results mean Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street as Prime Minister. He said they bestow him a mandate to “get Brexit done” and take Britain out of the EU next month. Johnson himself was re-elected in his Uxbridge constituency with a slightly larger majority than before.
In other news, EU Member States have reached a climate neutrality agreement – without Poland. Three poorer eastern European countries had demanded more cash for economic transition and support for nuclear power.
Hungary and the Czech Republic eventually signed up to the deal after the EU agreed that nuclear energy would be recognised as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Poland remained opposed.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the deal meant the EU could begin drawing up concrete objectives next year based on its plan to go climate neutral by 2050.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, whose country depends on coal for 80% of its energy demands, said the negotiations had been “difficult”, adding “Poland will be reaching climate neutrality at its own pace”.
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