Neither tribe won a clear advantage, and the main parties stay internally deadlocked, with a general election less likely now
What a night, eh? The Conservatives turned in their worst electoral performance since 1832. Labour managed to finish third in Wales and a remarkable fifth in Scotland. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have rediscovered their mojo and the Brexit party has taken on and beaten all comers from a standing start. What a night, and yet – whisper it quietly – it’s quite likely that nothing much at all will change.
Let’s start with what happened before speculating about what might transpire. The picture is relatively clear. The two big parties – those same parties, remember, that hoovered up more than 80% of the vote at the 2017 general election – haemorrhaged votes.