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The December election: here's everything that you need to know

Election date: 12th December. What's at stake: Our EU membership.

Election time is drawing close, party leaders are polishing their manifestos, Boris Johnson is in Tesco as we speak, buying more bright yellow hair dye, the colour we have all grown to love so dearly. Jeremy Corbyn is ravenously tweeting and Jo Swinson is somewhere in the middle of those two, compromising at all costs. Manifestos are being finalised as we approach the December election. This is the first December election since 1923, as the country is in the midst of a political crisis. Our Prime Minister has said we must be given a choice over our country's future; whether we remain or leave the EU.

The issue is, we are currently in a parliamentary deadlock. We are not moving forward. The Brexit date is being pushed further and further away, now being almost three years since Cameron held the EU referendum. It has been, for want of a better word, exasperating. The British people are growing tired, and Brexit has become a word that leaves a sour taste.

But, we must not let this feeling of despair cloud our judgement this Christmas. Britain is reaching a vital point in political history, and the votes of the students will matter more than ever. As a country, Britain has been renowned for a poor show of voters, particularly from young people. It is partially the reason we are in this mess in the first place if we're being brutally honest.

The 12th of December is the day to make up for lost time; student votes could make a substantial difference.

You must make sure your decision is informed and one you morally align with.

What the Labour Party are promising:

They promise to give the choice of Brexit to the public, and within three months they will come up with a deal that allows goods, services, people and capital to still be able to move within Europe with relative ease. Within six months, they will put this deal forward, along with the option of remain, and then there will be another vote.  They would also put in place a Green Industrial Revolution, creating jobs and sustainable energy sources.

What the Lib Dems are promising:

Want to stop Brexit entirely, to invest in climate change with plans of 80% of our energy coming from renewable sources by 2025. Jo Swinson also wants to put money into mental health services and improve schooling for young kids, by recruiting 20,000 more teachers.

What the Conservatives are promising:

Get Brexit Done with the already proposed deal. The plan is to be out of the EU by January 31st 2020. The deal comprises of a clause which means we will be out of the customs union, meaning there will be a tax on all goods, services, capital and people travelling between Europe and Britain. Also, they plan to give businesses and families economic certainty, create more GP appointments, and make the streets safer.

Why is this election different?

The two main parties are particularly extreme. Boris Johnson's party is 'extraordinarily extreme, economically reckless, socially contemptuous', even by Tory standards. Also, we need to mention the recent, atrocious statement of Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons, saying he believes the victims of Grenfell simply lacked 'common sense', and that is why there were so many deaths. Corbyn's party is on the other end of the spectrum, feared to be even further left than Miliband and bordering communism.

Because of these extremities, many people today feel at a loss with the political situation. This election is therefore different because staunch Labour voters may no longer align with Corbyn and hard Tories may want to remain in the EU. The political lines are blurring, but we need to make sure our people, and particularly students, are as involved as possible because it is our future. Amongst all the despair, democracy must prevail in the hope to have a brighter political future in Britain.

Register to vote here, by the 26th November: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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