Theresa May accused of 'opportunism' over election by EU Brexit negotiator

Theresa May accused of 'opportunism' over election by EU Brexit negotiator

Theresa May accused of 'opportunism' over election by EU Brexit negotiator

With many Scots - 62 per cent of whom voted to remain in the European Union - leery of being dragged into a hard Brexit by a Conservative UK government in thrall to English nationalism, the case for Scottish independence could be compelling.

"Indeed, it appears this election is being driven by the political opportunism of the party in government, rather than by the people they represent", he added.

Labour is "prepared to make radical change" and stand up to the elites, but this did not mean "picking off people of particular incomes", she said.

In 2015, the SNP scored its biggest ever electoral success, sending more than 50 MPs to Westminster.

A debate would also see May challenged over her handling of Brexit, where she has steadfastly refused to share even the slightest shadow of her plans with the country or parliament until she was forced to by the courts. May greater authority to pursue a Brexit agreement.

When pressed on what the election was about, she said: "This election is about preventing the Tories (Conservatives) from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country".

The Green party was also highly critical of Labour's decision, following an earlier appeal by party leader Caroline Lucas for Corbyn to get behind the proposal.

Mr Corbyn said: "We're gaining support, we're gaining a huge amount of ground".

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I doubt it. People are smarter than that.

The issue presents problems for Labour.

Tim Farron on the campaign trail in Manchester. Furthermore, a revival for the Liberal Democrats could contribute to this scrutiny. "My sense at the moment is that talk of coalitions is a little bit fanciful". The Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats.

This election is a chance for voters to make sure Brexit happens.

The party faces a tougher test in Gorton, where the late Sir Gerald Kaufman had a 24,000 majority.

"This is yet more evidence of chaos from Jeremy Corbyn and Labour", he said. "He looked so promising when he came in because he was a socialist and that's what we needed to go against the whole horrific Tory destruction of the welfare state and the NHS, which is just very bad to watch, but then you watch him with Brexit and he wasn't really bothered".

The writer, a former economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute and the author of "European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess - and How to Put Them Right". I think there is a general view that middle and low earners are being hit very hard by income tax rises and the burden that is placed on them by stealth taxes.

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