leaves the bloc, potentially a period of instability.
This is being called the “Brexit election”, and Britain’s EU exit dominates the agenda. May’s oftrepeated message is that the country needs “strong and stable leadership” in uncertain times.
May, 60, is widely regarded as a firm and steady leader, but can appear stiff and unspontaneous. Opponents accuse her of running a tightly-controlled campaign that minimises her exposure to undecided voters, and have criticised her refusal to take part in televised leader debates.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a 67-year-old socialist who is adored by his supporters but loathed by many of his own lawmakers, who think his hard-left policies are leading Labour toward electoral oblivion.
Supporters say his anti-elitist rhetoric can connect with voters disillusioned with the political mainstream.
Opinion polls suggest the Conservatives have a lead of as much as 20 points over Labour. Bookmakers agree, giving odds of 1-20 or 1-25 of the Conservatives winning the most seats.
Pollster reputations took a battering after they failed to foresee Conservative victory in the 2015 election and gave mixed signals about last year’s referendum. But even allowing for uncertainty and margins of error, the race does not appear to be close.
Still, election day is five weeks away, and a lot can happen in that time. AP
Prime Minister Theresa May arriving at Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to mark the dissolution of Parliament for the general election in London yesterday.