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Polls apart

In calling her snap election, the PM said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” But no election can change the fact that the country remains split down the middle on Brexit

The Brexit election?

It’s the biggest question, but only for half the country

The Conservatives want to make this a one-issue Brexit election, whereas Labour seems to want to make it about every issue other than that. The voters are somewhere between the two. More people name Brexit than any other issue as the most important consideration in casting their vote—32 per cent of those expressing a preference, compared with just 20 per cent for the NHS and 13 per cent for the o en-dominant question of jobs, prices and wages. Add in the 14 per cent who give priority to the closelyconnected question of immigration, then almost half of respondents give priority to the broad Brexit agenda. But that still leaves roughly half who give more weight to other things.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.