VideoCast: The UK General Election — Avoiding a Serious Brexit Discussion

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In the latest of our videos on the June 8 UK general election, David Dunn of the University of Birmingham explains why the campaign is not producing a serious discussion of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and its likely consequences:

It is in the interest of the two leading parties not to make this an issue in the election. For the Conservatives, it allows them to heal divisions over Europe and wrap themselves in the flag and pretend to be the Unionist party — even though the biggest threat to the Union is Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving, precipitated by the Brexit decision.

For Labour, they are split between working-class voters, who are largely supportive of Brexit, and metropolitan liberals who are more internationalist and European in their outlook. For Labour, they would like this election to be about anything other than Brexit….

We are waiting for the car crash before anyone expresses opposition.

See also VideoCast: An Introduction to the UK’s General Election

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