Britain’s General Election: A Ploy to Stop ‘Hard Brexit’?


Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will likely win the parliamentary vote tomorrow that will allow her to call a General Election on June 8th this year. This means a vote is just 80 days away — less time than a usual election cycle in the United Kingdom. May is riding the crest of a wave right now. The Conservative Party is incredibly popular. In part due to the feckless socialist leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn; the struggle of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) to find a post-Brexit raison-d’etre; and Mrs. May’s handling of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). “Brexit means Brexit,” has been her mantra for the past few months, before she formally invoked the Article 50 mechanism by which an EU member state leaves on March 29th. But she also inherited a manifesto from her predecessor David Cameron that she appears not to be fully signed up to. She and her government ran into the first signs on trouble emanating from this during the Budget earlier this year. Chancellor Philip Hammond was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over the issue of a tax hike — the latest in a series of policy overhang issues