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Apart from Brexit, what issues concern voters in the UK election?

William Hague: Well, there are all the normal election issues, the health service, housing, law and order, employment, how to continue the amazing success of the UK in generating millions of jobs over the last decade. And of course, who people want and don't want as their Prime Minister.


David Miliband: What issues apart from Brexit are going to dominate the 2019 general election? Here's the paradox of the first few days of the campaign: The Tories say they want to fight on Brexit, but have managed to put center-stage, over the last two or three days, non-Brexit issues. Senior Cabinet minister made disgusting comments about the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Prime Minister has managed to bury a report on Russian interference in the 2016 referendum. Have you heard of Russian interference before? And today, Wednesday, a cabinet minister, the Secretary of State for Wales, has had to resign because of his entanglement in an aide's intervention in a rape case in Wales. So non-Brexit issues have come forward. Now on the Labour side, they want to highlight issues of health, where they are traditionally strong. I should say "we are traditionally strong," since I'm a Labour voter for the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, in this election, in his constituency. They want to put issues of wealth and income inequality high on the agenda. They want to put issues of crime on the agenda because Labour knows that the Tories are weak on those issues. The striking thing, of course, is that in truth, issues of health, issues of inequality, issues of jobs can't be separated from Brexit because whether or not Britain Brexits is going to have an absolute fundamental impact on the social, economic and political trajectory of the country. So, it's not that it all comes back to Brexit, but that Brexit frames the choices that Britain will have going forward. One final point that I think is important: The prime minister's decision to negotiate the hardest of hard Brexits for Great Britain, with a carve out for Northern Ireland, which will have a soft Brexit, the prime minister's decision to negotiate a very hard Brexit for Great Britain sits directly at odds with his avowed commitment to try to spend more money, heal social division and appeal in a, quote unquote, "one nation way to Labour voters." And I think this is going to get found out in the course of the campaign. The Conservative Party is looking one way on Brexit, towards a hard Brexit, and another way on social and economic policy, towards a more egalitarian or united nation. I think that's going to get exposed in the campaign or it should be exposed in the campaign by a Labour campaign that's worth its salt.

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Ian Bremmer discusses the World In (more than) 60 Seconds:

One week before the US election. What do other world leaders want to happen?

Well, I mean, let's face it. Outside the United States, most of the world's leaders would prefer to see the back of Trump. An America first policy was not exactly made for non-Americans. That was not the intended demographic audience. Trump doesn't really care. In fact, to a degree, it's kind of a selling point that a lot of foreign leaders don't want Trump. It's showing that Trump is strong in negotiations and indeed is doing better for the American people.

That's largely BS, but occasionally it's true. I mean, his willingness to use American power to force the Mexican government to actually tighten up on Mexico's Southern border and stop immigration from coming through. AMLO would have much rather that not have happened, but the fact that it did was an America first policy, that rebounded to the benefits of the United States. And there are other examples of that. But generally speaking, it would be better for the US long-term, and for the world, if we had more harmonious, smoother relations with other countries around the world, certainly pretty much all the Europeans would much rather see Trump lose. The United Kingdom is the significant exception given the nature of Brexit, and the fact that Trump has been in favor of that, like being called Mr. Brexit by five or six Brits or however many did.

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