The Conservative Party led by Theresa May is gradually losing the lead it enjoyed over the rival Labor Party in the UK as per the latest opinion polls that were conducted after the Manchester attacks. They are largely indicating that the UK Prime Minister Theresa May will now not have a landslide victory that was predicted barely one month ago, as quoted by The Hindu.
In a scenario wherein Theresa May fails to garner a much larger majority than that was held by her predecessor David Cameron with 12 seat majority, it will defeat the very purpose of holding the snap general elections. Most importantly it will undermine her authority to negotiate the Brexit talks just at the very commencement of the discussions with the European Union.
Theresa May’s popularity and lead of the Conservative party began to decline drastically after she announced the proposal to increase the cost borne by the elderly for their care services. Almost four polls have given a clear record of decline in the lead of the Conservative Party by 2 to 6% points implying that the June 8 snap elections will now be more closely contested than was presumed earlier.
Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde John Curtice was quoted by the Reuters as saying that though it is certain that Theresa May will emerge victorious in these snap elections, it is now unpredictable how large her majority margin is going to be. Unlike the earlier predictions that gave a landslide victory to her, the majority is going to be far away from the landslide margin, added Mr. Curtice who is also the British Polling Council’s President and a leading psephologist.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May had announced the snap general elections with the aim of securing enhanced authority for her Brexit negotiations with the EU, to avail more time to assess the effect of separation from the EU-bloc and as well as to increase her hold over the Conservative Party. She had also shocked the financial markets and the politicians in the UK with her announcement on April 18 to hold snap general elections on June 8.
Sterling had suffered its steepest decline since January 2017 when it was revealed by an opinion poll of the YOUGOV that the lead of Theresa May’s Conservative party was reduced by 5% point over the rival Labor Party.
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