General Election 2017: it’s an important day 

 

With just five days to go until we all head to the polls for yet another vote, it’s time for us to make up our minds on where we’ll place the cross on 8 June.

I think it’s clear to say that a lot has actually changed since we last voted in a General Election, even though it was only two years ago.

1. Brexit

In an historic vote on 23 June last year, the British public voted to leave the European Union.

There was a lot of talk about whether or not it was going to actually happen – our Prime Minister had just spent months campaigning for the losing side. But instead of an answer, he resigned.

2. Theresa May

Following David Cameron stepping down, the Home Secretary at the time – Theresa May – stood up to become the Prime Minister.

The UK had ended up with a leader who they didn’t vote for, just months after the election.

Then she started appointing her cabinet and people really didn’t know if she was just having a laugh or not.

3. IndyRef2

Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland would hold another independence referendum. 

From this came cries of joy from supporters, but also outrage from the opposition.
*STRONG LANGUAGE IN VIDEO*

She said that she would wait out to let Brexit happen first, then have the Scottish people vote with ‘the facts’ at some point between Autumn of 2018 and Spring 2019.

4. Article 50

From the minute she stood up to the plate, Theresa May said ‘Brexit means Brexit’, and right enough she was. Article 50 was triggered and the process of leaving the EU officially began.

5. Snap election

And now we’re here. On 18 April, Theresa May announced a snap election – after insisting that she wouldn’t call one.

Theresa May gave just seven weeks for parties to pull a campaign together.

Since then, there’s been squabbling, there’s been u-turns, there’s been numbers thrown about everywhere but one thing there’s not been, is debates.

The Prime Minister refused to go head-to-head with other leaders live on TV, and the closest she came was on a special Leaders’ edition of Question Time on Friday night.

At first, many thought the snap election was a ploy by the Tories to increase their majority before starting Brexit negotiations.

And with a lead of 24 points early on in the campaign, it was easy to believe that.

But now, the gap has closed, and more and more people have started looking at Jeremy Corbyn as a proper leader, and a genuine contestant for the top job.

Even in Scotland where the SNP took 56 of the 59 seats available to them, it looks like opinions may have shifted. Sturgeon’s focus on a second go at independence has put some people off the idea of voting for them

It’s certainly going to be a close one, but also a very interesting one.

The party we vote for this week will take the UK through the process of leaving the EU, and they’ll do it their way. Will it be a ‘hard’ Brexit? Or will it be a safe one, leaving us with a ‘good deal’? Or will we go with the Lib Dems and just cancel Brexit all together (is that even possible now, though)?

However you want to vote, just make sure you do it. 8 June will prove to be one of the most important days in our generation, so be a part of it and have your voice heard.

 

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