UK PM May's Lead Over Labour Nearly Halves to 8 Points
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 5:19
The latest poll by YouGov for The Times put the Conservatives on 42 per cent, down one point since the end of last week and the party's lowest rating since before Theresa May called the General Election.
They are now on course to win 310 seats at the election - short of an absolute majority of 326 seats needed to form a Government.
A Kantar poll showed the Conservatives' share of the vote had increased by one percentage point since last week to 43pc, while Labour's had dropped by one point to 33pc.
May surprised nearly everyone in April when she called the snap election, saying she wanted to strengthen her hand for negotiations with the rest of the European Union about Britain's exit from the bloc.
But if she does not handsomely beat the 12-seat majority Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority could be undermined just as she tries to deliver what she has told voters will be a successful Brexit. She called the election three years early to increase her majority, now 17 seats, so she could strengthen her negotiating hand in Brexit talks with the rest of Europe.
That would have uncertain consequences for Britain's $2.5 trillion economy, and future government policy on everything from government spending and corporate taxation to bond issuance.
"If nothing else, the wide range in polling numbers will continue to boost uncertainty and keep the pound weaker as we head towards next week's vote".
It's not the case that Labour has simply piled on support from other parties, however. The first round of talks on Brexit in Brussels is scheduled for June 19.
"Set free from the shackles of European Union control, we will be a great, global trading nation once again bringing new jobs and new opportunities for ordinary working families here at home", May said.
According to Shakespeare, the model correctly forecast the Brexit referendum result past year.
"I've switched from saying "vote for her" to 'vote for me'".
In a last-minute change of plan, Corbyn joined the debate organized by the BBC in Cambridge, in eastern England.
But the Conservatives confirmed that interior minister Amber Rudd would represent the party as planned at the BBC hustings. The Conservatives were still tipped to be the single largest party, but without an overall majority.
She gave no answer, but said the election was a crucial choice, with her promising to negotiate the best Brexit deal for Britain when negotiations start with Brussels just days after the election.