What May wants, May gets. The snap election is just a tool.
If the world has witnessed a leader who is both unflinching and shrewd, it is Theresa May. Her proposal for the interim election is one of many examples of her astute sense of political power assimilation and her radical intellect. It is a whole other story if she is fit as the prime minister of Britain; her story is now, and she leads now. The elections indicate just that. May is reaffirming Leavers’ faith in her through the election. The Labour party is not far behind, with only 18 percent on recent polls. Expecting her own party, the Conservatives, to win despite such close margins, signifies confidence, topped with conviction.
She reasons that political “game playing” would hinder Brexit. But, the focus is on the stakes; A risky election with a diorama of favourable versus unfavourable results, and a complete package of Britain as a nation that is separate from the EU. The election seems nothing more than a small price of stress, paid as a trade-off. Well, this is just one side of the story.
Politics has been a great divider of opinions and preferences in Britain, atleast since the June Referendum. This time too, it is. May’s strategies are quite evident this time along. The election may as well serve as a process of elimination. Corbyn has not garnered much support, when he failed to oppose the Referendum, in the first place. A divided vote on Brexit from the Labour party allies, had put him in a rather defocused position. Fast-forwarding to him being considered as a potential competitor for May, several dismiss the idea. Corbyn’s inadequacy as a leader came through when none of Labour’s amendments were passed through in the Article 50 trigger.
Corbyn’s stance on Brexit became clear in February, when he announced his pro-Brexit opinions. Labour’s ideologies took blunt whipping, but the result was 7,000 members leaving the Party, and conveying their support of the Remain choice, rather than of Corbyn or the Labour.
It is not 1975. It is over forty years later; public opinion still matters. But the Referendum in 1975 was a fascination, and the one in 2016 had much more as reasons, the more mainstream one being party politics and economic imbalances in Britain. Infact, the Leave voters constituted more than 60 percent of the voting population in around 14 local authorities. So, it is for us to understand that the Referendum had some very strong arguments for being enacted, and that it was a peoples’ vote.
Britain’s leader’s job has just begun. Confirming Brexit, eradicating competition and regaining trust of a smoother economic growth after Brexit may just be a starting point. There is a long way to go. The vote on Brexit has definitely not been homogenous. For May, it would be a challenge to achieve that centrist position on Brexit, as opposed to the older electoral image that 2015 had offered her. At this juncture, the LDP is on a full-swing to deter her actions, and it has become absolutely necessary for the Conservatives to have a majority against the Labour, the UKIP and the SNP. This may be key to having a clean landscape for Britain, in the times ahead.