And specifically as pretty much all UK political parties say they want a General Election (GE), are the parties being honest about this?
Count forward 25 working days from today... and you get 31 October. #Brexit day.
🚨 The UK now cannot hold a General Election before exit day 🚨
Holding an election until that extension is secured is dangerous.
Wanted an election 15 Oct so as to be able to threaten EU "a better Deal or No Deal" then go to the country. Have sounded less keen about a GE since.
➕ They're ahead in polls. FPTP means 33% might be enough for a majority. Johnson supposedly an electoral asset.
Have repeatedly said a GE is fine, providing No Deal on 31 October is definitely ruled out.
➕ Have said repeatedly they want a GE, can't back out. Corbyn a decent GE campaigner. Amend the Deal then Referendum position will probably hold now.
➕ Good poll position, building on good EP election results. New and energetic leader. Clear Brexit position.
➖ FPTP has always disadvantaged them - would their members actually sooner stop Brexit *first*?
➕ Now GE can only happen after 31 Oct know they can win support back from Tory Party. Media still loves Farage.
➖ Could still be left without any seats due to FPTP. If Brexit actually happened without a GE then it's mission accomplished for them.
➕ Polling v strongly in Scotland, would likely wipe out the Tories
➖ None as far as I can tell
➕ Clear Remain stance means would do solidly in vote percentage terms
➖ Screwed by FPTP. Better to seek other ways to stop Brexit?
➕ Clear Remain stance and party gaining in support and coherence in Wales
➖ None as far as I can tell - any gains would be welcome
So could another way - a referendum *first* - actually be a runner?