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'Election' written in wooden blocks

It’s a Conservative Majority…

It’s been almost four years since the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Three Prime Ministers, three delays, four exit deadlines and the UK still remains in the European Union.

In an attempt to decide the question of Brexit, the snap Christmas election has proven successful for the Conservative party. But what does this mean for the country?

Here is the JFG Comms lookahead…

The Conservatives have won a large majority, securing 364 of the 650 parliamentary seats, with one seat still left to declare. This gives Prime Minister Johnson the mandate he was looking for and means the Conservatives will be introducing the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament again with the belief that it will have enough support to pass every stage unamended. The first reading of the Withdrawal Bill is likely to be on 23rd December, after having the Queen’s speech – likely to be on 19th December. The new parliament will go into recess on 23rd December.

When parliament returns (6th January), it is most likely that Boris Johnson will attempt to introduce the Withdrawal Bill on a ‘fast-tracked programme’ in order to exit the EU on 21st January. The Government could then enter into the transition period and seek to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The transition period would end on 31st December 2020 unless an extension is agreed.

If a FTA is not agreed and implemented within the transition period, the Conservatives could either choose to extend the period for up to two years or exit without a deal.

There is also the less likely possibility that the new Conservative Government could decide not to pursue the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at all, and instead seek to leave the EU without a deal. However, this is not the current Government stated position.

Other priorities for Boris Johnson for the first 100 days include:

  • Delivering a post Brexit Budget in February
  • Launching a review of our defence, security and foreign policy
  • Legislating for a funding increase to our schools – raising minimum funding per pupil
  • Changing the law to increase the amount that migrants pay to use our NHS
  • Beginning cross party talks to find a solution to the social care
  • Finalising an agreement with mobile phone operators to improve mobile service in rural areas

For our transport and gender equality clients, this also means the new Government will begin the process of implementing their manifesto commitments. For full list of Conservative pledges on transport and gender equality please view our manifesto analysis.

We will bring you all the latest news on the new government.