Wood's what if? What if Brexit returns as the sole issue in this election?


Brexit could become the sole issue of the election campaign. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

After the biggest day of campaigning so far yesterday in the West County, today both of the UK's largest parties are focusing on Brexit.

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn looked to keep focus on his key policies of investment in education and the NHS -including his health and education spokespeople at a Bristol rally last night - while Theresa May spent a lot of the day talking Brexit.

Today though they're both talking Brexit. So what if Brexit returns - almost a year after the referendum - as the sole issue in this election?

Crowds at the NHS rally in Bristol lastnight.

Well many assume that would help Theresa May's cause, don't forget that she called this election to strengthen her negotiating hand, but this lunchtime Jeremy Corbyn is trying to play Mrs May at the game she thinks she is winning.

He will make a major speech spelling out his Brexit plan. We know that Labour wants a "jobs first" Brexit, and have as close as possible a relationship with the single market and establish tariff free trade.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn waves to supporters after taking part in the BBC Election Debate. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Theresa May, with one week to go until polling day, will call for Britain to unite behind her leadership and, "use Brexit to build a brighter and better future for our country".

Her speech is expected to be very patriotic in rhetoric, and will say that Brexit can transform the country.

She will say "it is time to act on their decision. To deliver their will. To respect the decision of the British people and take Britain out of the European Union".

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a General Election campaign visit to Cross Manufacturing in Bath. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

The policies from the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP are well known on Brexit - the first two want a second referendum on the negotiating deal, and the latter want to take back control of all powers from the EU and pay no money into the Union at all.

Th Liberal Democrats want a second referendum on Brexit. Credit: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

The way the nation voted on 23rd June last year in the EU Referendum is still sending shock waves around the political world, and politicians believe the way they offer to deal with Brexit is at the forefront of voter's minds.

One poll yesterday that suggested no party will win an overall majority at this election, and it's said there is still a lot of shifting of opinion still amongst voters, with many shifting their allegiances along Brexit lines.

I have to say that is a theme I have noticed in recent weeks as I have traveled across the West Country talking to voters.

There is still a lot of shifting of opinion still amongst voters - especially when it comes to views on Brexit. Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

One last point from me today, it maybe one week until the polls open but for campaigners, realistically, it is six days left.

While campaigning will still happen on polling day, the broadcasters are not allowed to cover any of it. So the political parties have less than a week to get their message across to TV and radio audiences.

Politicans only have six days left to get their message heard by the media. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA
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