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Thread #166482 Message #4003947
Posted By: DMcG
10-Aug-19 - 05:20 AM
Thread Name: BS: Is this Brexit 4?
Subject: RE: BS: Is this Brexit 4?
Looking to the short term future. There several reasons why it is in Mr Johnson's interest to hold a general election as early in November as possible, because it maximises his chances of taking the votes from the Brexit Party supporters and minimises people exposure to any problems arising from leaving. It also means if he wins he is home and dry for years, and if he loses he can blame any downsides of Brexit on Labour - "We won it, they wrecked it".
So it seems to me there is a case for Labour to say it certainly wants a general election but will not vote in support of one that takes place between say November and March the following year. Obviously that would not matter if the election arose from a vote of no confidence, but it would apply to any call by the PM under the Fixed Term Parliament Act. Then the Tories would have to have faced the first six months post departure and they would be responsible for addressing any issues.