Monday 24 July 2017

Week 22: UK general election to dominate week

Will Prime Minister Theresa May manage to rally enough voters to secure that commanding overall majority she hopes for? Photo: PA
Will Prime Minister Theresa May manage to rally enough voters to secure that commanding overall majority she hopes for? Photo: PA
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Voters in the UK go to the polls this week. Will Prime Minister Theresa May manage to rally enough voters to secure that commanding overall majority she hopes for, or will the polls prove correct and will we see Jeremy Corbyn manage to close the gap, and potentially even lead to a hung parliament?

All will be revealed after the election on Thursday.

Mrs May called the election in an attempt to gain an increased parliamentary majority to back her Brexit negotiating stance.

Voting ends at 10pm with an expected exit poll to give the lay of the land.

Results are expected to filter in through the night, with an impact expected on the pound either way.

Elsewhere, the European Central Bank is unlikely to change rates at its meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, on Thursday, although improving economic prospects could lead to a discussion about exiting monetary stimulus.

Also on Thursday in the US, fired FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his dismissal by President Donald Trump and investigations into the Trump administration's contacts with Russia.

Irish Independent

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