LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party cautioned smaller parties not to stop it implementing its radical manifesto, including nationalisation, if it forms a minority government after Thursday’s election, telling opponents they would get “shredded” if they do.
Britain’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell speaks on the economy in London, Britain, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Britain votes on Thursday in an election which will decide the fate of Brexit and the world’s fifth-largest economy with a stark choice between Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pro-market Conservatives and the socialist-led opposition Labour Party.
Johnson is forecast to win a majority at the election, but he could yet fall short of the 320 to 326 seats he needs.
If Johnson fails, Labour could get a shot at forming a government propped up by smaller parties.
“If we are a minority government we’ll implement our programme,” John McDonnell, the party’s second most powerful man behind leader Jeremy Corbyn, told Reuters.
“I just warn the other political parties, we’ll implement a programme that has overwhelming popular support. If they want to press for a second election, we’re happy to have that.”
Labour wants to hold a second referendum on Brexit next year after negotiating a new exit deal.
McDonnell predicted Labour will form the next government even though they are behind in every opinion poll. He said polling companies were making the same mistakes they did at a 2017 election, when Labour outperformed expectations and deprived the Conservatives of a majority.
“People need to wake up to the subterranean move that is happening now where people don’t trust this prime minister, see the Conservative manifesto is one witho