For the first time since 2005 a general election has delivered a government with a large enough majority that it can essentially do what it likes without worrying about coalition partners or internal factions.

The recent years of British politics have been marred by hung parliaments and gridlock in the House of Commons as coalitions, small majorities and minorities propped up by other parties have stumbled their way through attempts to pass laws and tackle Brexit.

Can the UK finally come together around a strong government and make the recent years of divisions a thing of the past?

The Claim

Prime minister Boris Johnson certainly hopes so, and has said he wants to "let the healing begin" in the aftermath of his election victory.

He praised former Labour voters who ended up backing the Conservatives and suggested he would pivot towards the centre ground with a more "One Nation" approach that will see an increase in public spending and a more liberal approach than many might expect of Johnson.

Johnson is claiming he wants to be a prime minister for the whole country, not just the parts which voted for him. 

The UK has been wracked for years by arguments over Brexit and parliament but now it has a government with a strong enough majority in parliament that it makes leaving the EU on January 31 almost a certainty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gained an 80-seat majority in the election

No longer is the UK's short-term political future full of various potential outcomes, such is the size of Johnson's majority that Brexit will happen and he can govern however he likes with no threat of being toppled.

Now the future is more certain the prime minister hopes people on opposing sides of the various arguments will come together and get behind the inevitable conclusions facing the UK. 

It's harder to oppose something when it becomes inevitable and Johnson is hoping Brits will put aside their concerns and get behind his majority government. In his eyes, since they can't beat him they might as well join him.

The Counter Claim

While the UK has a government with a strong majority once again the seats won and lost will put a particular strain on the union , possibly throwing the future of the UK itself into doubt.

The SNP took 48 out of 59 seats in Scotland and party leader Nicola Sturgeon claimed it as a new mandate for Scottish independence. Being tethered to a Boris Johnson-led Brexit Britain is the perfect bogeyman for an independence campaign.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland the number of nationalist MPs outnumbers the number of Unionist MPs for the first time . Like Scotland, Northern Ireland does not want Brexit either and Boris Johnson's deal creates a clear divide between it and the rest of the UK. 

With two of the UK's countries appearing to drift further away from Westminster the UK may find itself divided on the questions of its own existence rather than just membership of the EU. 

The General Election campaign itself was hugely divisive. Plagued by lies and dangerous rhetoric, many voters held their noses while they cast their ballots while the age of voters once again was a clear indicator of which party they would support.

The UK's First Past the Post system has delivered a majority government which the majority of the electorate didn't vote for and the result draws some rather clear lines across age groups and national borders. 

The Facts

The Tories have 365 seats in the Commons and have a majority of 80, enough to govern without the support of any other party or be vulnerable to dissident factions within the party. 

While past leaders had to deal with coalition partners and being propped up by other parties, Johnson can now act decisively with little to no chance of anyone raining on his parade. 

The vote across the UK was heavily divided across demographic lines. Labour overwhelmingly outmatched the Tories in support among 18 to 24 year olds (57 per cent to 19 per cent), while they also had huge support among 25 to 34 year olds (55 per cent to 23 per cent).

The 35-44 year old age range also voted Labour over the Tories by a significant margin (45 per cent to 30 per cent), but from there on the voting share flips as 43 per cent of 45-54 year olds voted Tory and 35 per cent backed Labour; 49 per cent of 55 to 64 year olds backed the Tories, while 62 per cent of 65+ voters supported them.

Incredibly, on the subject of Brexit, the old 52 to 48 per cent result reared its ugly head but the roles were reversed as 52 per cent of overall voters supported parties backing another EU referendum and 48 per cent supported parties promising to take the UK out of the EU.

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The UK is still split on the issue of whether to leave the EU, is split deeply across age groups and very divided when it comes to the desires of the different countries that make up the UK. 

The Conservative government was voted in primarily by older English voters rather than enjoying strong support across the various nations and demographics which make up the UK. The election result was a victory for one side of the divide.

Healing the divides will be very difficult when the UK is split across so many different fronts and the government was voted in by one specific group. Boris Johnson's claim that now is the time for healing to begin looks like wishful thinking.