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Britain's campaign enters frenetic final with Conservatives leading

Monday, December 9th 2019 - 09:30 UTC
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The prime minister said on Sunday that the impact of Thursday's vote would be “felt for decades”. The prime minister said on Sunday that the impact of Thursday's vote would be “felt for decades”.
The high stakes and ideological divisions between Johnson and veteran leftist Corbyn have led to a fractious and personal campaign The high stakes and ideological divisions between Johnson and veteran leftist Corbyn have led to a fractious and personal campaign

Britain's general election campaign enters its frenetic final stages this Monday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn desperately seeking votes ahead of Thursday's crucial poll. Johnson is hoping to regain the Conservative majority lost by his predecessor Theresa May in the last election, just two years ago, while Corbyn is aiming to upset the odds and usher in the first Labour government for nine years.

Hanging over the election is the issue of Britain's departure from the European Union, which will be thrown into doubt altogether should Johnson fail to achieve a majority. The prime minister said on Sunday that the impact of Thursday's vote would be “felt for decades”.

The high stakes and ideological divisions between Johnson and veteran leftist Corbyn have led to a fractious and personal campaign, with Johnson repeatedly facing questions over his trustworthiness and the Labour leader on the back-foot over anti-Semitism within his party.

The pair traded barbs over Brexit in Friday's final TV debate, but also on other key election themes such as the health service, austerity and terrorism.

A Conservative majority would almost certainly confirm Britain's departure from the European Union, but any other result could lead to a second referendum and the 2016 result being overturned.

The Labour leader is proposing to negotiate a softer form of Brexit if he becomes prime minister to put up against remaining in the bloc in the vote.

Johnson is due to visit Brexit-backing Sunderland, northeast England, on Monday in a final push to lure traditional Labour voters to his side.

“The Labour party has let you down most of all,” he was expected to say, according to extracts released by his party.

“Under Jeremy Corbyn, they promised to honor the result of the referendum - before voting against Brexit every chance they had. They won their seats on a false prospectus and then stuck two fingers up to the public.”

Corbyn's main attack line has been to accuse Johnson of opening up Britain's cherished National Health Service (NHS) to US businesses as part of a post-Brexit trade deal with President Donald Trump.

Labor's would-be finance minister John McDonnell will on Monday lay out the early priorities of any future Labour government, including an end to austerity, investment in a “Green Industrial Revolution” and nationalization of key utilities.

“In too many parts of the country, we have been wasting people's potential,” he was due to say.

“That's down to successive governments sitting back and leaving the fate of whole communities at the mercy of market forces.”

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