UK Elections

by JULIA RODRIGUEZ

Staff Writer

 

Millions in Britain cast their vote, with turnout at about 66%, but the rest of the world should also be paying attention to what is going on in the UK. The elections just recently revealed David Cameron and his conservative party as the winning majority with 331 seats out of 650, now able to form a new government.

What this means for the UK is that the Conservatives get to govern alone after five years in a coalition, though with a slender majority. The outcome of this election could reshape the country’s global role for years, most importantly in terms of Britain’s relationship with the European Union. That is why the rest of the world should also be concerned with the elections. Since who is in charge is the one who takes responsibility for the country’s role worldwide, it is vital that whoever is the leader can be a strong one. This person’s decisions will not only affect the country, but all other countries it interacts with and impacts as well. The Conservatives have said they’ll push forward with reforms to tackle the huge UK deficit and rein in spending on the welfare state as well as hold a national referendum on continued EU membership by 2017. Hopefully they will accomplish this and other goals they have set so far.

Cameron was noted saying, “I truly believe we are on the brink of something special in our country,” he said. “We can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing.” He was noted saying this after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace which is a huge step towards forming government. There is no doubt that the world is buzzing over the UK elections right now as this is a defining moment in history for everyone.

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