THE General Election is now just weeks away and Brits will have to decide who they want in charge of the UK during Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May called for the election on June 8 and party leaders have since released their manifestos with Brexit at the forefront of their policies.
Here is everything you need to know about how leaving the EU will affect the 2017 General Election.
How will Brexit affect the 2017 General Election?
The process of Britain leaving the EU has been one of the key issues debated by leaders in the run up to June 8.
May previously ruled out an early election because Britain needed “stability” during the Brexit process.
She claimed that anti-Brexit MPs are “trying to stop us every step of the way”, she insisted, which is making it “harder for us negotiating with Europe”.
A recent YouGov poll revealed that 63 per cent of Brits think Brexit is one of the three most important issues facing the UK.
Therefore it is highly likely that political parties view’s on Brexit will have some impact on the election.
Who is against Brexit?
Just minutes after Mrs May make the announcement about the General Election, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, said: “If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the single market.
“If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.
“Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”
The party has now pledged to hold a second referendum on the Brexit deal if they get into power.
They have also announced plans to press for the UK to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK.
Labour, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU, has actually ruled out a second referendum on the final EU deal and said they would accept the result.
They have also said that if they win, they will “build a close new relationship with the EU” prioritising jobs and and workers’ rights and guarantee European Union nationals they can stay in Britain.
In contrast, it accused the Conservative government of “rigidity and recklessness” in its approach to leaving the EU.
In their manifesto, Labour pledged to scrap the Conservative’s Brexit White Paper and replace with “fresh negotiating priorities”.
Which parties are for Brexit?
Ukip have no compromise on Brexit and want to make a clean break from the European Union.
They have pointed out Prime Minister Theresa May was against Brexit and used that to their advantage during the campaign because they have consistently been pro leaving the EU.
Although May was against Brexit, she has since committed the government to delivering it.
She said: “What you need is a government which has a clear plan for those negotiations. That’s what the Conservative Government has.
“It’s what the Conservative Party has.”
May also outlined plans to exit the European single market and customs union but seek a “deep and special partnership” including comprehensive free trade and customs agreement.
She wants to covert EU law into UK law and later allow parliament to pass legislation to “amend, repeal or improve” any piece of this – as well as repealing or replacing the Human Rights Act.
The manifesto also includes promises on reducing and controlling immigration and seeking to replicate all existing EU free trade agreements.
Will the election affect Brexit negotiations?
The negotiations were due to begin in June, after the General Election has been held, therefore it is unlikely.
A spokesperson for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the election would not delay the start of negotiations.
But it is not clear what would happen if the Lib Dems seize power and follow through on their promise to hold a second Brexit vote.
If the vote went ahead, Remainers could win this time shaking up what happens to the country after the election.
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3379775/brexit-2017-general-election-labour-conservatives-lib-dem/