General Election Reaction

The Conservative party has secured a large majority in the United Kingdom’s General Election and now claim to have the mandate to “get Brexit done” as they promised in their campaign. Volt is concerned that this will prove harder than it was advertised to be and will have negative consequences for the residents of the United Kingdom and the EU, with Boris’ deal now more likely to pass.

At Volt, we believe in cooperation and hence will push for the closest possible relationship between the UK and the EU in any scenario, while still fighting for the UK to remain in the EU at every opportunity.

The election campaign that has just been fought has not shown the best the British politics has to offer. It is deeply disappointing when a serving Prime Minister actively avoids scrutiny from either the media or the general public in an election campaign and damages our democracy.

Volt believes in a different kind of politics: one based on transparency, citizen empowerment, and listening to the evidence about what policies work best. We hope that the new Conservative government may rediscover some of these qualities over its term in office.

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives also have much work to do to regain the trust of minority groups. The Prime Minister’s failure to apologise for his offensive remarks about a wide range of minority groups over a period of many years has been a lowlight of this election. There will be particular concern amongst many EU citizens, who watched the Windrush scandal unfold and may be worried today what their future might hold.

Furthermore, this election has again proven that the British voting system is dysfunctional. In any given constituency only the candidate with the most votes can be elected as Member of Parliament while all other votes are essentially “useless”. Voters are forced to elect politicians that often do not represent them, instead having to vote for whomever they dislike the least. This leaves us with political parties that do not truly represent the opinions of voters.

Volt therefore strongly advocates for electoral reform in the United Kingdom, away from “first past the post” and towards a representative electoral system with national or regional lists that better represents the diversity of citizens’ opinions.