British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to re-focus the Conservative general election campaign on the forthcoming Brexit negotiations after seeing Labour close the gap in the opinion polls.
Returning to campaign trail after the Manchester bombing and her attendance at the NATO and G7 summits, the Prime Minister said the choice on June 8 came down to who voters wanted to represent Britain around the negotiating table in Brussels – her or Jeremy Corbyn.
“The questions for this campaign haven’t changed since I called it six weeks ago. Who do you trust to stand up for Britain, to negotiate for Brexit and get the best possible deal for Britain in Europe?” she told a campaign event in South West London.
“Brexit matters because it is the basis of so much else – our economic security, our prosperity, our place in the world, the future of our public services, the prospects and opportunities for our children.”
Her appearance came after a series of recent opinion polls showed Labour narrowing the gap, with some putting the Conservative lead down to single figures. There has been anger within the party at plans in the manifesto to reform social care, only for Mrs. May to have to backtrack on a proposal to scrap a planned cap on care costs.
Addressing activists, Mrs. May warned that the party only had to lose six seats in the election for its Commons majority to disappear, opening the way to Downing Street for Labour.
“That could mean in just 10 days’ time, a government in chaos, Jeremy Corbyn in number 10, John McDonnell in the Treasury, Diane Abbott in the Home Office and Nicola Surgeon and the Lib Dems pulling the strings,” she said.
”The Europeans know that if they have a weak government in a hung parliament that government won’t be able to stand up for Britain. That is what this election is about. It is about leadership, it is about stability, it is about doing the right thing for Britain. It is only the Conservative Party that can provide that.”