- Boris Johnson is on course to win a parliamentary majority, according to the official UK exit poll.
- The poll points to a clear majority for Johnson’s Conservative Party.
- Official election results will start to come in from midnight.
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Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are set to win a huge majority in the United Kingdom’s general election, according to the official UK exit poll published on Thursday evening.
The nationwide poll conducted on behalf of Britain’s major broadcasters indicates that Johnson is on course to win an 64 seat majority.
If correct, it would suggest that the Conservatives are heading for their biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and be Labour’s worst result in nearly 100 years.
Early indications are that the Conservatives have made significant gains in Brexit-voting Labour areas in Northern England and the Midlands, which will more than outweigh any potential losses in pro-European areas in the south.
The first batch of results from the UK’s 650 constituencies are set to come in from midnight, with final results expected midmorning on Friday.
Reacting to the poll, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said it meant Johnson’s government would be able to “get the Brexit vote through and start rebuilding and healing the country.”
The poll is in stark contrast to modelling conducted in advance of the vote, which suggested Johnson would win only a modest majority in Parliament.
Labour sources had been hopeful of outperforming preelection polling, all of which had the Conservatives clearly ahead.
A Labour Party spokesperson said it was “too early to call the result” but that they “knew this was going to be a challenging election.”
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described the poll as “extremely disappointing.”
“If it is anywhere near this, this will be extremely disappointing for the party overall and for our movement,” he told the BBC.
“I thought it would be closer. I think most people thought the polls were narrowing. We knew it would be tough because Brexit has dominated this election. But if it is anywhere near this, it is extremely disappointing.”
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Asked whether he and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would resign, McDonnell said that they would make an “appropriate decision” after looking at the full results in the morning.
The pound soared as much as 2.7% against the dollar after the poll was announced.
Official UK Exit poll
- Conservatives: 357 (+39)
- Labour: 201 (-61)
- SNP: 55 (+20)
- Liberal Democrats: 13 (+1)
Is the exit poll reliable?
Exit polls are based on large-scale surveys of people who have actually taken part in the election. More than 20,000 people were asked about how they voted at 144 polling stations across the UK.
Their record for accuracy in recent general elections has been excellent. However, they are not an exact science, and there is a significant margin of error with every poll.
General election 2019 results
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