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The British election called by Prime Minister Theresa May for June 8 will transform the outlook for Britain's politics and its relationship with Europe, but not necessarily in the way that a vastly increased majority for May's Conservative Party might seem to imply.First, by bringing forward the British election, May has effectively extended the deadline for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union from 2019 until 2022 . The early election makes it inevitable that Britain will formally leave the EU in March 2019, because May will no longer face even the theoretical possibility of parliamentary opposition. The EU, however, has insisted that during the transition period all of the current obligations of EU membership must continue, including budget contributions, free movement of labor and enforcement of EU legal judgments.As a result, although Britain will formally cease to be an EU member by March 2019, very little will change in Britain's economy or way of life by the time of the next general election in 2022 .By the time of the next general election, most likely in 2022, Britain's internationalist and progressive political forces will have had five years to prepare themselves to oppose May's conservatism and English nationalism.
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