Thanks in large part to his Brexit promises, Boris Johnson has secured the biggest Conservative majority in parliament since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. And hard-right forces throughout the world have rushed to congratulate him.
In Westminster, Johnson said:
we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before
The Conservatives got around 43% of votes, but about 56% of all MPs. Roughly two thirds of eligible people in the UK voted in the election.
He is now expected to reintroduce his Brexit deal in the Commons next week following the Queen’s Speech and State Opening of parliament on Thursday.
In the UK, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka ‘Tommy Robinson’) – “the most high profile member of the far-right” – celebrated Johnson’s victory:
Within hours of their forming a large majority government at Westminster, the most high profile member of the far-right, ‘Tommy Robinson’, claims to have joined the Conservative party. pic.twitter.com/9bqgwx0YjU
Italy’s Matteo Salvini, meanwhile, tweeted the hashtag #goBorisgo. And France’s Marine Le Pen celebrated too.
Johnson also has past links with Hungary‘s antisemitic Fidesz government, which some have called “probably the most reactionary Right-wing racist and homophobic government in Europe”. And Fidesz vice president Katalin Novák tweeted:
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!
Netanyahu's words, my emphasis: "Congratulations to my friend @BorisJohnson on your astonishing victory. This is more evidence that *the people decide, not the media. It's part of a global tidal wave* for secure borders, a free economy and sovereignty." pic.twitter.com/1reObvNjVc
His party, meanwhile, has long faced allegations of antisemitism, with ties to antisemitic, far-right parties in Europe being a particular cause for concern. Just in the run-up to the election, a number of Tory candidates faced allegations of antisemitism. And former Tory prime minister Theresa May recently unveiled a statue remembering a politician accused of “virulent antisemitism”, which Johnson gladly visited. That’s not even mentioning Johnson adviser Dominic Cummings recently facing accusations of antisemiticdogwhistling himself.
The Tory Islamophobia crisis, meanwhile, seems to be out of control. Because despite the Muslim community’s repeated calls for an official inquiry, Johnson’s government has so far failed to investigate the crisis. Statistics have previously shown that 56% of Conservative Party members believe “Islam is a threat to the British way of life”.
Minority communities in the UK now fear what may be to come under Johnson’s majority government:
After @BorisJohnson saw a landslide victory , his party that has been accused of systemic Islamophobia, British Muslims have voiced fears about their future and security in the UK. https://t.co/rSjWA5q1mk
The task now, going forward, is for all progressives to unite firmly against all forms of discrimination, and to challenge what looks set to be one of the mostregressivehard-right governments the UK has ever had.
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