Britain to vote in a general election in June 201727th April 2017
In a surprise announcement last week, Theresa May has set a date for the new general election which will take place on 8th June this year. Although this will not have an effect on the decision to leave the European Union, it will inevitably decide who will lead the country through it over the next two years.
Britain's two major parties, the Conservatives and Labour, are the main front runners of the election. Both have six weeks to put together their campaigns to convince the public to support them in the coming years. Theresa May is currently tipped in the polls to win the election with already a year's experience and a handful of Brexit negotiations already under her belt.
Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has proven to be a controversial candidate since his appointment, with many in the party calling for his resignation. If the party proves successful on election day, there is still a high possibility of a coalition government with the Lib Dems and SNP, although recent polls show a Tory majority of up to 150 seats.