Brexit gave the UK its new Prime Minister Theresa May and a snap national election scheduled on June 8, three years earlier to the normal schedule. May declared the snap general elections exclusively to strengthen her authority for the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
However, thanks to the terror and domestic issues, the disruptive Brexit issue is no more a crucial issue for the elections that were ironically announced solely for Brexit strategy. Electorates in the UK expressed strong inclination to move on from the Brexit rhetoric even prior to the terrorist bomb attacks on May 22, 2017, at Manchester, as quoted by New Indian Express.
Brexit Spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party in the UK Keir Starmer has said that Brexit is no more the critical issue for the upcoming national elections. It is now more about the kind of Britain as a nation the electorates would like to live in and not Brexit anymore.
Brexit being pushed to back burner is mainly because of two important issues- social policies and terrorist attacks. The Conservative party announced several measures of social policies that have backfired amongst the electorates, especially amongst the staunch voter base of the party. This includes the proposal to hike social care charges for the elderly that has decisively alienated the elderly voters from the party.
The Manchester terrorist attacks brought into the forefront the issue of security of the UK and its citizens. Injuring almost 122 people and causing the death of 22, the attacks spread a huge grief wave across the nation.
Theresa May was buoyant owing to the initial exit polls that predicted her landslide victory and a huge lead over the rival Labor party. However her electoral lead has diminished over the last few weeks and the voters’ focus has now shifted from Brexit to other social issues that include the effect of government’s cost-cutting measures, health, and education.
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