The Conservatives and Labour books (heavy) losses in local elections. The British reward the parties that provide clarity about the Brexit.
That the Conservative party of Theresa May no glansprestatie would drop, was expected. Although the local elections went, hung the long shadow of the Brexit on the ballot. The most …
That the Conservative party of Theresa May no glansprestatie would drop, was expected. Although the local elections went, hung the long shadow of the Brexit on the ballot. Most Britons take the premier very displeased that they still failed to force a breakthrough. Her beloved enemy, Boris Johnson, had the voters this week asked their ‘Brexit-frustrations not to respond to all those hard-working local Conservative directors”.
But also to Boris’ ‘good advice’, the voters are not listened to. Halfway through the count walk to the losses of the Conservatives high on. The party is already more than 430 seats lost. That loss can easily reach up to 800 seats. In total, there were elections for 248 municipalities and six mayors in England and eleven councils in Northern Ireland.
Also not happy with the response from Labour
Labour had hoped to be able to take advantage of the Conservative punishment, but the socialists are threatening a bleak journey home. Halfway have they are all the 80 seats lost. The Westminster-watchers agree that the party is the price to pay for the half-hearted attitude of Jeremy Corbyn in the Brexit-file.
“We knew that the voters were dissatisfied with the way the Conservatives the Brexit have dealt with, but now it is clear that they are also not happy with the response of Labour’, says political scientist John Curtice, the hard BBC-duider of the election results.
Party leader Corbyn hopes that the Brexit-impasse leads to the fall of premier May. He is counting on that, then new national elections, which his party can win. And once in power, he thinks a different kind of Brexit to be able to negotiate with Europe. But it is clear that many voters have little confidence in that scenario. They believe just isn’t that Labour quickly-quickly to a different (softer) Brexit can negotiate.
Who got more votes?
They seem, meanwhile, won for the clarity of the eurofiele LibDems. In contrast to Labour the liberal democrats from the very beginning clearly said that there is a second Brexit referendum. They hope that the British to the insight that the Brexit wasn’t a good idea, and that they clearly will make in that new referendum.
Yesterday they were halfway to the counts already more than 300 seats profit. Their party leader, Vince Clarke, explained immediately the connection with the Brexit negotiations. “The voters have clearly Labour do not want to reward for the fact that it is around the pot continues to rotate about the Brexit.’
The great leap forward for the LibDems was not predicted. In the polls for the European elections, they are indeed at profit, but they remain a relatively small party.
The greens are on the same clear anti-Brexitlijn if the LibDems. Also they want a second referendum and also they go forward. Still, their profit is limited. More profit is there for all kinds of independent parties.
Nigel Farage did not
Does this result now that the British are a clear anti-Brexitstem have heard? That conclusion is premature. The Brexit Party, the new party of Nigel Farage, did not participate in these elections. She carries plenty of campaign for the European elections and the expectation is that the party very well will score. According to a new poll by YouGov, this week, Farage and co. most European seats. The party rises to 30 percent, while also there Labour terugzakt to 21 percent. The Conservatives do much worse. They fluctuate around 13 percent.
The three parties that are clearly profiled itself as an anti-Brexit (LibDems, greens and UK Change) are sitting around the 10 per cent. Together, they are so as large as the Brexit Party. According to political columnist Matthew Parris of The Times the conclusion is clear. The British want to finally have clarity about the Brexit. “In there, they are united. The message to May and Corbyn is in any case clear: create a place for people who know what direction they want to.’
But on the question of in which direction it should go – hard Brexit or no Brexit – will remain in the division yet always the same.