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The chance of a lifetime!

by New Worker correspondent

PARLIAMENT has agreed to hold a snap general election on Thursday 12th December to break the deadlock over Brexit that has led to a further delay of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

The dissolution of Parliament was agreed by Labour after it was clear that a ‘No-deal’ Brexit was off the table, at least until the end of January.

Johnson is hoping to win an overall majority in the next parliament to end his dependency on northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) whilst Labour sees this as a golden opportunity to sweep the Tories out on an anti-austerity programme that could rally working people behind the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Leading Tories have dismissed Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party offer of an electoral pact in return for a ‘No-deal’ Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any pacts with other parties in the forthcoming general election.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister who told us “I’d rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for another Brexit extension, was forced to eat his words by the truculent factions in the House of Commons whose last act has been to call for a snap election at the start of the festive season.

Johnson said it was time for the country to “come together to get Brexit done”. He told Tory MPs that “it’ll be a tough election and we are going to do the best we can”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “This General Election is a once in a generation chance for real change. Labour will transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.”

The Tories are well-ahead in the opinion polls but the Labour campaign has only just begun. No-one knows what impact the Brexit Party will have on the Tory vote, and the Scottish nationalists (SNP) and the Liberal Democrats are expect to make big gains at the expense of both major parties in the forthcoming election.

This is also the view of election pundit Sir John Curtice, the professor of politics at Strathclyde University who foresaw Brexit and made accurate predictions of the results of the 2005, 2010 and 2015 general elections.

Sir John told LBC radio this week that he expects the smaller parties to make record gains in December. He said: “I think the safest prediction is that we will have a record number of non-Conservative and non-Labour MPs in this parliament.

“The SNP look set to win the vast majority of seats in Scotland. The Liberal Democrats given their position in the polls should do extremely well. We expect Caroline Lucas and the Green Party to hang on to her seat.

“We could have more than 100 MPs that do not belong to either of the other two parties. That matters for two reasons. The first is that it makes it difficult for either Conservative or Labour to win an overall majority if you’re taking the fact that 100 of the seats are already spoken for.

“Secondly, it matters because this is an asymmetric election. It’s an election that Boris Johnson has to win. If he does not get a majority or something very close to it, he will not be able to stay in government because the Conservatives do not have any friends elsewhere.

“The Labour Party, by contrast, at least has the possibility of doing a deal with the SNP, a deal with the Liberal Democrats, getting support of the Greens and maybe even the DUP not standing in their way.

“Bear in mind, this is not an election that Labour have to win to stop Brexit, but it is an election that they and the other opposition parties simply need to deny the Conservatives a majority.”