School of Politics and International Relations

Boris Johnson’s election dilemma

24 October 2019

The timing of any election will have significant implications on the positioning of the two main parties, and both are split about which scenario would play most to their advantage. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale (featuring in Politico) said that by triggering an election before he has delivered Brexit, Johnson “runs the risk of Nigel Farage telling the country that this isn’t really Brexit and that he might not get it anyway. If he’s actually got the Withdrawal Bill through, Farage may criticize the kind of Brexit that Boris Johnson has achieved, but it will be very difficult to argue to voters that Brexit hasn’t happened. Competence is a very big factor in British elections, and being seen to have delivered on a promise — albeit a few weeks late — will be a massive advantage to Boris Johnson.”
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