Since the EU referendum in 2016, this will be the second general election without Brexit having actually happened.
Now, a key question is what do voters want from this election? If they want an election at all that is. The major parties are seemingly clear on their Brexit positions:
- Lib Dems: revoke Article 50 or a second referendum – no details on the options they’d give voters
- Labour: negotiate a new deal – a softer Brexit – and then offer a second referendum
- Conservatives: leave with Boris Johnson’s deal or no-deal – “let’s get Brexit done”
- (Brexit Party): no-deal or as they say, a ‘clean break’
But, do voters want more to base their votes on? There are a plethora of other issues facing the country at the moment and if Brexit does eventually happen, the country’s problems will, by most predictions, get tougher still.
Curiously, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, last night in the immediate aftermath of MPs voting in favour of a December 2019 election, didn’t mention much on Labour’s Brexit stance, but instead chose to focus on Labour dealing with the country’s other problems.
The NHS is something that actually unites all voters. Whether they are hardcore Brexiteers who will vote for nobody but Nigel Farage or whether they’re extreme Remainers who want Brexit undemocratically cancelled, all people of the UK know the sanctity of the free, for now, NHS.
Much has been discussed about whether or not a Brexit will bring forth the privatisation of the NHS – by selling it to merciless US corporations – and whether or not this means people will have to start paying for some sort of US-style health insurance every month, but are voters thinking about these possible scenarios? It goes without saying, the poorer working-class, and even the shrinking middle-class, will be hard hit by a privatised NHS, but do they see this as scaremongering or rather ‘Project Fear’, or will this sway votes? Only time will tell.
Austerity over the last decade has had tangible impacts on people’s lives and on society as a whole. For example: does getting rid of tens of thousands of police officers have a strong correlation with the horrific increase in violent crime? Voters will, no doubt, have points like these on their minds too.