Britain Goes to the Polls to Decide Who is Going to Negotiate Brexit
The U.K. goes to the polls today after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election hoping to secure parliamentary majority to push through her Brexit plans, but recent terror attacks have cast a shadow over the vote.
When Britain Prime Minister Margaret May decided two months ago to call for snap general elections two months ago, her intention was to consolidate conservative party’s parliamentary majority and secure her Conservative vision for Brexit.
May, who took power after his predecessor David Cameron resigned over Brexit victory on a referendum his own government called for, need to secure her mandate to negotiate confidenlty with the European Union the withdrawal of the UK.
However, the recent row of terrorist attacks in Britain have evaded Brexit as the main issue of her election campaign. The attacks (3 in less than one month) have questioned the efficiency of May's Anti-terrorism policies. Before being nominated Prime Minister, May held the position of Home Secretary, thus responsible for national security affairs. As Home Secretary, May was also a member of the National Security Council.
Although MAy is expected to win, his rival, Jeremy Corbyn, from Labour Party, will have more chances to avoid the conservative majority in the Parliament.
The winner of the elections today will go to Brussels within 11 days to start negotiations for Brexit. The two major parties differ in their approach to negotiations with Brussels to agree on the conditions of Brexit. May has insisted on a hard Brexit.
One of the main reasons for Brexit's victory on the referendum was the anti-immigration speech used by their political supporters, who promised voters that UK needs to break with UE to avoid flows of illegal immigrants into the country.
Days after taking office, Donald Trump praised the UK decision to leave the European Union. The US President praised Britain as “smart” for opting out of a European Union that he believes is dominated by Germany and on the brink of collapse, as reported in the Guardian in January.
The EU, where most governments are also NATO allies, have also come under increased pressure from Trump, who last month scolded the Europeans for failing to spend enough on their own defense.