The UK has elected Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party into the largest conservative government since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. This is undoubtedly a second referendum on the Brexit vote of 2016, which up until now has been delayed for more than 3 years. How did Boris and the Conservative Party do this?
In 2016 Boris Johnson campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union. Dubbed UK’s “Trump” by many for both his blonde top-mop and his patriotic pro-British attitude and classic friendly man-of-the-people demeanour, he advocated hard for British Independence from the large and unwieldly, bureaucratic, inflexible and undemocratic European Union. In the end, Leave won against Remain, 52% to 48%, meaning the UK would leave the EU. The Conservative Prime Minister then, David Cameron, resigned and appointed Theresa May as his successor to bring about Brexit, as the issue now became how best to go about leaving the EU. She immediately stated in a speech that “No deal is better than a bad deal,” and then soon afterwards she called an election to galvanize her place as Prime Minister.
This election was a massive failure, as the Conservatives technically lost their majority and only maintained power through support of Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). May’s campaign was highlighted by a plethora of blunt proposals that were unpopular with average British people, like a reintroduction of “Fox hunting”, for example. This lead to utter chaos and an inability too stand strong for the UK’s interests when negotiating with the EU. Her absolutely disastrous “Checkers Proposal” which would have rendered the UK a mere Vassal state of the EU, with restrictions of the UK’s independence in international trade negotiations with third party nations, as well as requirements to pay the EU what could only be described as “tribute.”
This weak leadership lead to a massive dissatisfaction from all sides of the political landscape, even amongst a field of absolutely weak alternative candidates for UK leadership. Her nickname was “Theresa the Appeaser” (pronunciation note: TARE-ee-zer), but it was not certain to many whether her poor leadership and appeasement was due to incompetence or weakness of character. But she finally resigned after a long and fruitless battle over trying to pass her objectively terrible deals with the EU. The parliament was also to blame for this, in passing acts which restricted the government from having a no-deal Brexit, which left the UK trapped in a one-sided negotiation wherein the EU essentially called the shots, like if you were trying to negotiate the price of a car with the restriction that you MUST buy the car, and the other party knew that, and most normal people could easily understand that this was not a fair scenario, and polling started siding as much against MAy as it did against the Parliament itself for their unfair handling of government.
Source: (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/city-eye-facts-on-a-plate-our-population-is-at-least-77-million-5328454.html). T