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  • It's one of the most unpredictable and volatile

  • general elections in decades.

  • And it's not just Brexit at stake.

  • Whoever gets the keys to Downing Street

  • has a radically different vision for the country's economy,

  • public services, and the future shape of the UK union.

  • So why are we having this election?

  • In a word.

  • Brexit.

  • Let's get Brexit done and unleash the potential

  • of the whole United Kingdom.

  • The whole point of this general election

  • is to break the Brexit deadlock in parliament,

  • but it's a huge gamble for Boris Johnson, the prime minister

  • and leader of the Conservative party.

  • He needs to come back to parliament with a majority

  • in order to deliver the Brexit deal that he negotiated

  • with Brussels earlier this year.

  • If he doesn't, pro-Remain parties here in parliament

  • could move to try and stop Brexit altogether.

  • That's the Labour party, right?

  • Well, not quite.

  • Jeremy Corbyn's opposition party haven't committed yet

  • to Leave or Remain.

  • But they have promised a second referendum

  • if they come to power.

  • We will secure a sensible deal that protects manufacturing

  • and the Good Friday Agreement, and then

  • put it to a public vote alongside the option

  • of remaining in the EU.

  • The Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Jo Swinson

  • have vowed to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit altogether.

  • But if they don't win the election, which

  • is highly likely, they are expected to also campaign

  • for a second referendum.

  • So if you want to stop Boris Johnson and stop Brexit,

  • vote Liberal Democrat.

  • The Scottish National party under Nicola Sturgeon,

  • the Welsh party Plaid Cymru; and the Greens are all in favour

  • of a second referendum.

  • The two major political parties have dramatically different

  • visions for the UK economy.

  • Labour are keen to get the conversation away from Brexit

  • and talk about what is one of the most radical leftwing

  • manifestos the party has ever seen.

  • Labour's manifesto is a manifesto for hope.

  • They're promising to increase tax and spending

  • and also nationalise some of the key industries in the UK,

  • such as Royal Mail, the railways, and even broadband.

  • The Tories are also hoping to take advantage of low interest

  • rates and borrow more to invest in infrastructure.

  • But instead of going after businesses,

  • they're promising tax breaks for everyday workers.

  • But really, they're keen to keep the conversation

  • on the issue of Brexit with a promise to get it done.

  • There you go.

  • Get it done, Boris.

  • We will.

  • The UK National Health Service, which

  • offers free universal care for everyone,

  • is always a major issue in any general election campaign.

  • Our NHS is not for sale.

  • But this winter the NHS is coming under particular strain,

  • and all the major political parties

  • are promising to spend more money.

  • So what happens if no party comes back with a majority?

  • Well, we'll be left with something

  • called a hung parliament.

  • In that circumstance, the party with the most number of seats

  • would have an opportunity to reach out to the smaller

  • parties and try and form a coalition or a confidence

  • and supply agreement.

  • They could also try and form a minority government.

  • The problem is the Liberal Democrats

  • are so far ruling out using their votes

  • to put either Jeremy Corbyn or Boris

  • Johnson into Downing Street.

  • Because we deserve better than what

  • is on offer from the two tired old parties.

  • And the Scottish National party have said the price

  • for them supporting any minority or coalition government is

  • the promise of a second independent Scottish referendum

  • within the next couple of years.

  • Now, what the smaller parties are saying now

  • and what they would actually do in the event of a hung

  • parliament could be very different.

  • But if no one can come to any sort of agreement,

  • or if no one can rule through a minority government,

  • we might be forced into another general election.

It's one of the most unpredictable and volatile

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