So the UK is entering a General Election on 8th June. What fun.
If you didn’t know already, the United Kingdom is having a General Election. This means that every constituency seat of the UK’s 650 seater Lower House, the House of Commons, will elect a new member of Parliament. The leader of the largest party goes to the Queen and asks to form a Government and become the new Prime Minister. This happens every 5 years, in accordance with the Fixed Term Parliament Act meaning that our next general election is going to be… on the 8th June. A month and a half away.
Politics in the UK has been thrown into somewhat of a chaotic state today. I was personally alerted to the chance of an election at around 10:40am when I was alerted via Facebook that the Prime Minister was to give a statement outside of Number 10 – a rare occurence except for matters of extreme importance such as military action, a resignation or to announce an Election. It was unlikely that the first two options were on the cards, unless Prime Minister May was willing to deal with Scottish Nationalists in a slightly more direct method, but also Prime Minister May had consistently denied she would seek an early election. Despite this, at around 11am we got this surprisingly direct and aggressive announcement:
Yes, the Prime Minister wished to call an election for 8th June. It is clear from her tone and direct attacks against Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, supposedly propped up by the Liberal Democrats (which both parties may indeed take issue with) that Prime Minister May intends to win this election for the sake of Brexit, effectively re-running the Referendum to secure a majority for her vision for Britain’s future after we leave the European Bloc.
There are multiple interesting dimensions to this elections such the huge poll lead of the Conservative Party, the Lib-Dems on a supposed rise and the splits within the main parties surrounding Soft and Hard Brexits but there is also the issue that whereas in the past a Government could call an election whenever they wanted, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, as mentioned, means that the Prime Minister today can’t. Unless they win a 2/3 majority in the Commons or simply repeal the legislation with a simple majority. As Labour has already welcomed the election, we can presume it will go ahead.
Many do see the Prime Minister’s choice as politically savvy and indeed it may be, but as Harold Wilson said, “A week is a long time in politics.” and the election is over a month away. Many Tory MP’s voted Remain and their constituencies Brexit. Labour’s newest policies have been well received. 48% of the populace voted Remain and may find refuge in the Liberal Democrats. Everything is to play for and the future of the UK depends on it.
As for what will happen… I would like to think Labour will do well but we shall see. Before the election I will publish a personal piece of speech as to why you should consider voting for Labour but today I’m too busy ordering stickers and rosettes.
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