UK’s Snap Elections: The Corbyn Factor

by Richard Seymour – Will the snap elections in the UK be the end of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn? In the week leading up to France’s elections, Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a snap general election for June 8 in Britain. May is out to neutralise a few problems. First of all, the Crown Prosecution Service is looking at prosecutions affecting two dozen Conservative MPs. That number is greater than her parliamentary majority of 17. Second, May’s administration is hamstrung by its weak majority, as witnessed in a recent U-turn over an attempt to raise taxes for the self-employed. Above all, May is out to finish the left-wing opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn. UK: Theresa May announces plans for June snap election Indeed, the election looks dire for Corbyn, currently at 25 percent in the polls. But why does it seem so much worse than that of France’s radical left presidential candidate,...

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Theresa May Calls Snap General Election for June 8

Theresa May will go to parliament on Wednesday and seek early election because of disunity in politics. British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election to be held on June 8, 2017, in a surprise announcement on Tuesday as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union. May said she will go to parliament on Wednesday to seek approval for the early election. “We need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done … before the detailed talks begin,” May said, speaking in front of 10 Downing Street. “I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election,” she said. May added that the UK needed an election because other parties are opposed to the Brexit plans to leave the EU. May had...

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