Polling now means avoid­ing the in­sta­bil­ity of an election after the UK leaves the EU

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NICMER EVANS, an­a­lyst coun­try has gone through a tu­mul­tuous two years. June’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union was fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, who had urged the coun­try to re­main in the bloc.

May, a mem­ber of Cameron’s cabi­net, was se­lected as prime min­is­ter after an in­ter­nal Con­ser­va­tive Party lead­er­ship con­test. That has left her vul­ner­a­ble to ac­cu­sa­tions that she lacks a per­sonal man­date to gov­ern. But a more cru­cial fac­tor in the election’s tim­ing is Brexit.

Bri­tain has trig­gered a twoyear exit process that will see its EU mem­ber­ship end in March 2019. May says an election now can give the Con­ser­va­tives a bigger ma­jor­ity, strength­en­ing the gov­ern­ment’s hand in Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. It also avoids an election soon after the United King­dom A streak of light trails off into the night sky as the United States mil­i­tary test fires an un­armed in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile launched from Van­den­berg Air Force Base, some 209km north­west of Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, yes­ter­day. AFP PIC

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