It has been three years since the UK narrowly voted to come out of the European Union with only a 51% majority. Although the next general election isn’t due until 2022, almost another four years, this is likely to change with the plummeting confidence in the leadership of Theresa May.
Even though May is leading negotiations for Brexit, she still has yet to confirm a deal with the EU, whether that be a soft Brexit, a hard Brexit, or the Chequers deal she is so adamant to push through. However, despite the fast approaching deadline, May remains confident that Britain will leave the EU with a deal that would benefit the United Kingdom before March 2019.
May claims that leaving the EU with ‘no deal’ is better than leaving with a ‘bad deal’. However, this is something that has caused a divide within Parliament. At the Labour Party Conference, Jeremy Corbyn stressed that it is “inconceivable that we should crash out of Europe with no deal. It would be a national disaster.” Experts warn that a no-deal Brexit could be chaotic, with food and medicine shortages, and the drop of sterling. A hard border also would be installed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Corbyn confirmed that, “If Parliament votes down a Tory deal, or the government fails to reach any deal at all, [Labour] would press for a general election.” The Labour leader stressed that his party’s job “is now to win support for a deal that meets the needs of the country, combined with our plan to rebuild and transform the investment in our people and our economy.”
In an interview at the UN General Assembly, May told reporters that “a general election is not in the national interest.” Be that as it may, the Prime Minister was adamant that there wouldn’t be a general election in 2017, but soon crumbled under pressure and called for one anyway.
May claims that, “The Labour party […] would reject any deal that I bring back from Europe, regardless of how good it is for the United Kingdom.” Corbyn, however, dismissed this, stressing that, “If you deliver a deal that considers a customs union, and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work, and environmental and consumer standards then we will support that sensible deal.” In spite of this, the Labour Leader was adamant what would happen if May couldn’t deliver such a deal: “Then you need to make way for a party that can and will.”