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Prospect of Corbyn as next prime minister scary: May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has warned Britons against voting for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the June 8 general election, saying the prospect of his leadership “should scare us all.”

“The prospect of him walking through the door of Number 10, flanked by [Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer] John McDonnell and [Shadow Home Secretary] Diane Abbott and propped up by the Liberal Democrat and nationalist parties, should scare us all,” the PM wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday.

On April 18, May called for snap election in a surprise move in order to bolster her position before going into two years of negotiations with the European Union about the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc.

As the incumbent prime minister, she is faced with tough competition from Corbyn and his party and is not willing to lose the position in the wake of Brexit talks.

The ruling Conservatives enjoyed a wide gap in popularity at the beginning of the campaign but Labour has been able to eat away at the their lead.

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times showed that with 35 percent support, Labour had gotten closer to Tories at 44 percent.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo by AFP)

May warned her party that if they lose as many as six parliamentary seats in the upcoming voteو Corbyn could replace her as the prime minister and lead Brexit negotiations with the EU.

To have a majority in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons, a total of 326 seats are required. Tories won 330 in the 2015 election.

“The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe,” May said.

The premier was referring to a hypothetical position, where her party would only win 324 seats and other parties win a total of 326 seats and form a Labour-led government.

Although Lib Dems have made it clear that they would not strike an alliance with Labour, May has been constantly warning people against what she calls a “coalition of chaos” led by Corbyn.

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