Sunday 23 July 2017

Terror attacks may swing enough voters back to May's cause

A Jeremy Corbyn supporter at a campaign event in Birmingham yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A Jeremy Corbyn supporter at a campaign event in Birmingham yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
John Downing

John Downing

Most British general elections have an impact on the smaller of the two islands. Tomorrow's vote in Britain - taking place in the backwash of two major terrorist outrages in England - has huge resonance for the upcoming Brexit negotiations, from which Ireland needs a good outcome.

In an ideal world the Dublin Government would like to see Theresa May return with her enhanced majority, which is what she sought when she stunned everyone with her sudden election call back on April 19. That is, however, based on the assumption that a strengthened Mrs May government would not continue to be influenced by the "let's walk from the EU whatever the cost brigade" within the British Conservative Party.

But a narrow win for Labour - or worse, a hung parliament - would rightly be viewed with dismay in Dublin and Belfast.

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