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US News This election is make or break for Boris Johnson and his Brexit dream

10:00  30 october  2019
10:00  30 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The past two elections saw more people change their vote than ever before, with nearly half of the country (49% of the electorate) switching between parties across the three elections from 2010-2017. Already a historic trend that points to voters becoming less loyal or partisan, the Brexit crisis pours fuel on that fire.

"Given the UK's recent history of vote switching and the unpredictability of the current climate, it would be unwise for any political party or commentator to presume how voters will behave in a general election," said Professor Edward Fieldhouse of Manchester University. "But we do expect to see large shifts defined largely by Brexit."

It is what the insurgent Lib Dems and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party are counting on. A Brexit election offers them the best chance to eat into the Labour and Conservative votes and put on seats.

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For Boris Johnson this election is undoubtedly a big gamble and one which some in his party think he should not have taken. There are those in the One Nation Group as well as the Brexiteers European Research Group who believed he would have done better to have tried to get his Brexit deal across the line before he went back to the country. While for those who passionately want Brexit delivered will be worrying that the entire Brexit project will be lost if this election doesn't go Mr Johnson's way.

But the prime minister's sole goal isn't to get Brexit done. He wants to govern for a decade and is gambling that it is better to take the initiative and go now in the hope that Vote Leavers of 2016 go with him. If he can hoover up that support while the Remain vote is split between Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP, he perhaps has a route to a majority. But that is a huge "if" from a nation that has delivered two hung parliaments out of three in the past seven years.

There are some factors in Mr Johnson's favour. The first is Jeremy Corbyn's unpopularity. The Labour leader is the most unpopular opposition leader since polling began and goes into this election in a worse position that he did in 2017. The Conservatives will try to capitalise on that by turning this into a presidential-style campaign (although Team Corbyn would argue that their man surprised on the upside in 2017 and will do so again when he begins his rally circuit).

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And in Remain marginals, the Conservatives could benefit from the Remain vote splitting as voters are divided between Labour and the Lib Dems. Take a seat such as Croydon Central, which Labour took from the Tories with a 5,600 majority in 2017, as the Lib Dems came in third on just 1,000 votes. It only takes a chunk of the Labour vote to shift to the Lib Dems, and the Conservative candidate comes through the middle.

But what is equally true is that Mr Johnson could face a pincer movement from the Liberal Democrats in Tory Remain seats such as Richmond Park, St Albans, St Ives, Cheltenham, West Aberdeenshire. While in some of those northern target seats, Mr Farage could split the right wing and Brexit vote and undermine the Tories' attempts to nudge past Labour in Brexit-facing constituencies.

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An election then as unpredictable as it is important. What happens in the next six weeks could reshape our country. This campaign and the result could inform the future of the union between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It could trigger another independence referendum in Scotland or strengthen the calls for a border poll on a united Ireland in the coming years. It could determine whether we leave the EU or remain, setting out not just our economic and political relationship with Europe but with the wider world for decades to come.

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This election comes three-and-a-half years after the referendum; two years after Theresa May's ill-fated snap election and on the heels of the third Brexit delay. Parliament has stopped no-deal but believes the only way to settle the matter once and for all is to put it back to the public via the ballot box.

A general election won't necessarily deliver a clear result, but Mr Johnson will hope for better luck than the last Conservative prime minister who called a December poll. Stanley Baldwin won the most seats in 1923 but found himself in a hung parliament and out of power after Ramsey MacDonald formed the first ever Labour government propped up by the Liberals. There is a real risk that this cautionary tale could become Mr Johnson's reality in six weeks' time. This is make or break for him and for his Brexit dream too.

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Britain and Europe Are Destined to Be Rivals .
Once Brexit eventually happens, the two will have to compete. It’s only natural.Thus: British voters decided in 2016 that they wanted to end the right of European Union citizens to live and work in Britain, and to repatriate trade policy to Westminster, therefore the country has to leave the EU’s single economic market and customs union, which are not compatible with either goal. If Britain leaves the EU’s single market and customs union, there must therefore be an economic border between it and the EU.

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