A lot riding on Britain's snap elections

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

The move has, in any case, been welcomed by the opposition with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stated the party would contest the government over its failure to fix the economy and public services.

"If the United Kingdom wanted to stay, everybody would be in favor", Antonio Tajani said after a meeting with Theresa May at Downing Street to discuss Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Following his first major election speech on Thursday morning, Mr Corbyn was asked whether he was considering or would rule out a second referendum on any agreement reached after withdrawal negotiations with the EU.

The Prime Minister called a snap General Election that will be going ahead on 8 June earlier this week.

Some Conservative supporters might think this election is done and dusted - a blue victory in the bag.

"Instead of the country's wealth being hidden in tax havens, we will put it in the hands of the people of Britain, as they are the ones who earned it".

According to previews of a speech Corbyn will make today shared to the Guardian, the Labour leader will say: 'We will overturn this rigged system. This election is a chance for them to change direction of the country.

For starters, she is reversing a position she has maintained since announcing her candidacy to succeed Cameron as Tory leader (and thus as prime minister).

The Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, have an opportunity to siphon support from both the Conservatives and Labour, by campaigning against May's vision for a hard Brexit.

"What has been billed as a "Brexit election" is an attempted power grab by the Tories, who wish to take advantage of a Labour party in seeming disarray to secure another five years of power before the reality of Brexit bites", Mr Verhofstadt wrote in The Observer.

May said voters will have the choice between "the strong and stable leadership" of the Conservatives, or the "weak and unstable coalition chaos" led by Jeremy Corbyn. May is not only keen to win her own mandate but also to be less at the mercy of her party's anti-EU right-wing when it comes to parliamentary votes.

The European Parliament is expected to play a peripheral role in the negotiations themselves, but could veto the final deal in a vote, which Tajani said he expected to be held in early 2019, once negotiations have concluded.

Stewart Edge, chairman of Waverley Liberal Democrats, said: "As Waverley voted 58 per cent to Remain in the European Union, we will be working hard locally to show voters the Liberal Democrats are the party to give a voice to their concerns and represent their views".

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