British expats in UAE fear backlash from general election

Published:  12 Jun at 6 PM
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British expatriates in Dubai are fearing an uncertain future after last week’s devastating election result.

The loss of the Conservative PM’s majority in the House of Commons and her decision to align with an Irish party formerly reputed to have been supportive of IRA terrorists has caused massive instability in the UK political system. Worse still, the result came just days before the EU and Theresa May were due to start the Brexit negotiations.

Expats living and working in the UAE believe the PM’s call for the snap election was a serious mistake. In conversation with the Gulf News as the final returns confirmed the devastating result for the Tory Party, expats also noted the unexpected gains made by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party were an unmistakeable sign of the voting public’s concern about domestic issues.

One expat said the result would cause a disaster in Britain, as May was the driving force behind a hard Brexit and will now be weakened due to the unexpected political bombshell. Ian Fairservice, a longstay resident and worker in the UAE, believes May’s election gamble has completely backfired as regards her aim of getting a larger majority before Brexit negotiations began.

He added she’d wrecked a great opportunity by simply gambling on her own and the party’s popularity rather than focusing on the immediate problems facing the UK and its citizens. Corbyn’s concentration on domestic issues and social equality lost her a huge number of votes due to the groundswell of support for Corbyn’s policy manifesto.

Ruth Dickinson, another UK expat, believes the Tory Party was obsessed with Brexit to the detriment of their concerns about demands from the electorate. Social care was a focus for voters, especially following May’s u-turns, gaffes and general lack of connection with the electorate.

Older Britons especially, Dickinson said, need financial stability in their later years as well as a functioning National Heath Service and adequate pensions, whilst younger Brits need secure jobs, a reasonable income and a sense of security in these troubled times.
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