Snap elections campaign intensifies in UK

Hauwa Abubakar, UK

Following the call for snap elections in June and the backing of MPs, political parties have taken to the streets to canvass support from voters across the UK.

Conservative PM Theresa May visited Wales on Tuesday, as part of campaign efforts to woo areas which voted to leave the EU, including the Midlands, the north-east and north-west of England.

While issues around Brexit negotiations formed the major reasons for calling a snap elections, Theresa May said the Brexit vote should have been a “wake-up call for a generation of politicians who have taken the people for granted for too long”, but instead other parties had “closed ranks”.

The Conservatives insist they have a clear plan for exiting the EU and argue that a vote by the public would give it the needed influence and power to pursue the negotiations to the letter to ensure a good deal.

The PM said she wants a reciprocal deal on expats’ rights to be struck at the earliest possible stage in the negotiations.

However, Labour says it would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talk’s start, if they win power.

It would also seek an early deal on transitional arrangements to smooth the way for the UK’s departure in 2019.

 

Zainab Sa’id