What a snap election could mean for British politics

Today MPs voted to move the 2020 general election forward to 8 June 2017 by 522 votes to 13.

mayThe vote followed Theresa May calling for a snap election yesterday.

The prime minister said Britain needs certainty during Brexit negotiations, and this U-turn could lead to unexpected changes in Britain’s political landscape.

Conservative Domination

Since the PM’s surprise announcement, it has been widely suggested that the decision to hold an early election is predominantly to crush the weakened Labour party.

Several Labour MPs have already decided not to stand in the upcoming election, and an increased Tory majority would certainly make Theresa May’s job easier.


Soft Brexit Still Possible

Many who voted remain are likely to vote tactically, in an effort to prevent the Conservatives from fulfilling their vision of a hard Brexit.

The Pro-EU campaigner, Gina Miller, who took Article 50 to court; has said she will launch a tactical voting initiative to support election candidates opposed to a hard Brexit.

Furthermore, Liberal Democrat membership has seen a sharp increase following the EU referendum. The party lead by Tim Farron have promised to push for freedom of movement and for Britain to retain their membership of the Single Market.

If gains are made by left wing parties the election could in fact lead to a more divided parliament, despite Theresa May prompting the vote to unite Westminster.


Jeremy Corbyn Gone Sooner

Labour are expected to lose the election, with polls projecting an increased Tory majority.

Labour has been split under Corbyn, and suggestions of a smear campaign against him within the party, only proves that some would like to see the leader gone.

Although the Labour Party leader will reportedly try to stay on until at least autumn, the recent portrayal of Labour as a weakened force means there are likely to be big changes, should the party fail to make an impact this June.

Complete Turnaround

Given the recent outcomes in international politics, it is of course possible that Labour could pull off an upset.

In the event that the unexpected happens, it is very difficult to predict how it could change the country, with the anti-establishment Corbyn in power.


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