General Election 2019
A General Election has been called and is set to be held on 12 December 2019. The next general election was due to be in 2022, but the government has been pressing for an early election for some weeks and has now managed to get one through Parliament. This was only possible because opposition parties have moved to supporting an election.
Politicians are divided, nearly three and a half years after the UK voted to leave the EU – it hasn’t happened. Due in large part to some wanting to leave as soon as possible, some wanting a ‘clean break’ Brexit (essentially a no deal Brexit), others wanting another referendum and a few wanting to cancel Brexit altogether. Much like the country, Parliament is split nearly down the middle.
Detailed proposals from the main parties will start to be released in the coming days and weeks. Importantly the party manifestos will set out their main pledges, that if elected they will begin to deliver on once Parliament sits again. While it’s expected that Brexit will feature heavily in the manifestos, domestic policy will be high on the agenda. With many parties wanting to concentrate on the country’s future and move the discussion away from Brexit which has become a divisive talking point.
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