Published On: Fri, Nov 15th, 2019

Tis the season for elections

It’s a little bit too early to be celebrating the festive season, although many people across the nation will already be hoarding presents and putting up trees. But Christmas comes with a different buzz to it this year, a political one.

Election Day is on its way, and with many parties launching their campaigns recently, members of the public have another decision to make. Not only to choose between turkey or chicken but also Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn. Of course, many other candidates are standingin the election, and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson would not allow you to overlook her so quickly. But this election is like none before.

It’s Leave or Remain, not Conservative or Labour

It is no longer a case of Conservative or Labour, not forgetting the Lib Dem and Green votes too,because next month people will be voting with Brexit in mind.

The 2016 referendum meant that members of the public opted for the UK to leave Europe, and three years on,we still haven’t left. After deadline day flew past us – and Boris – last month, the government called for an election to try and put this Brexit saga to rest.

Supporting Leave or Remain has become more important in influencing your decision, in comparison to your long-standing right or left-wing beliefs. Plenty of life-long Labour voters opted to leave the EU, but now, with Corbyn announcing he would hold a second referendum and delay Brexit for six months, loyal followers are left confused about whose name to tick on the ballot box.

Many voters are now standing in the middle of these political parties, not knowing which way to turn – making this election, anybody’s.

Constituencies, such as Bishop Auckland, who have historically held a Labour majority voted 61% Leave in the EU referendum. The Labour majority has now whittled down tojust over 500 votes, making it the perfect target for the Conservatives. It is places like Bishop Auckland that could tip the scales come December 12th.

Deal or No Deal or Referendum?

The odds of a no-deal Brexit have not yet faded away, although they are less likely. With the European Union offering the UK an extension, the government has until January 31st2020 to get a deal. The idea is that after the General Election, there will be a majority government. Hopes will be that the new government will be able to pass a deal through the House of Commons or hold another referendum if they wish.

There is still the possibility that if a majority government were to get into power, that MPs would still disagree on the terms of Brexit. As we have already discussed, one’s political views do not always align with the Brexit opinions. No-deal is very much still on the cards, but this election aims to ensure it never happens.

Crazy election tactics

The election has become one of the most interesting in modern-day history. Not only is it the first December election since 1923, but parties are joining forces to prevent others from coming into power.

In what is one of the most bizarre moves ever, Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, has stood down 317 of his party’s candidates to make way for the Conservatives – giving Johnson a better chance to win a majority. MPs will do anything to prevent their rivals from getting into office – and even former Labour MPs are begging the nation not to vote for the Labour leader.

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