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Snap Election!

Postby tph » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:13 am

Well that could make Brexit even more difficult than it needs to be!
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:26 am

Not really, there is no effective opposition, the conservatives have established that they can buy seats without significant comeback: she'll get a smaller majority and call it another resounding endorsement.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby tph » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:47 am

I'm not as confident as you in the status quo being maintained. The Lib Dems will no doubt sell themselves on a we can reverse the decision to leave the EU. As the Conservatives triggered article 50 they could still be seen as the bad guys amongst those who wanted us to remain in the EU.

I suppose the question to ask those who wanted us to remain in the EU is would you change you vote in this election?
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:48 am

tph wrote:I suppose the question to ask those who wanted us to remain in the EU is would you change you vote in this election?

How I vote is utterly irrelevant.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby tph » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:53 am

My personal fear is that the timing of the election means that there is an opportunity for UKIP to gain further political influence at a time when they appeared to be on the wane!
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby atticus » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:16 am

This gives us a perfect opportunity to discuss the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby atticus » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:26 am

Section 2 requires a 2/3 majority in the House of Commons in favour of an early election. Labour can block it. Surely it is in their interests to do so.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby atticus » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:44 am

Jeremy Corbyn has made a statement which appears to indicate that the Labour Party turkeys will be voting for Christmas.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:01 pm

I'm not surprised. It's politically difficult for the opposition to be against an early election: how can they say that the Government ought to carry on for three more years? And ultimately it would have futile because the Government would just have no-confidenced itself and we'd have had an election on the same day.
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Re: Snap Election!

Postby tph » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:13 pm

It will be make or break for Corbyn.
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