‘Not another one!’: UK voters skeptical, hopeful & exasperated ahead of snap general election

‘Not another one!’: UK voters skeptical, hopeful & exasperated ahead of snap general election
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election on Tuesday was greeted with an avalanche of reaction on social media, with emotions ranging from optimism to annoyance all prominently on display.

Before May’s revelation on Tuesday, there was an announcement that there would be an announcement. Rumor and speculation ran rife on Twitter as people offered their predictions.

Online excitement hit fever pitch, however, after May announced that she was seeking a snap election on June 8. Politics and political figures were the dominant topic of conversation on Twitter in the UK, and in other areas around the world, throughout the day.

Many people were quick to point out that May promised she wouldn’t call a snap election and, with the Conservatives flying high in recent opinion polls, questioned the prime minister’s motivations.

Reports that May has apparently refused to take part in a TV debate with other party leaders was also the subject of much reaction.

People who oppose Brexit greeted the announcement as potential opportunity to back out of, or at least water down, Britain's plan to leave the European Union. Indeed, this is something that the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, explicitly mentioned in a statement about the election results.

“If you want to avoid a disastrous, hard Brexit, if you want to keep Britain in the single market, if you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance,” Farron said.

People predicted that the Lib Dems could make huge gains in the election.

Despite Labour performing poorly in recent polls, party leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the election. “I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first,” Corbyn wrote on his official Facebook page. His leadership continues to divide opinion.

As the UK looks forward to a third straight summer of intense political campaigning many seemed weary with the whole process. One voter in Bristol went viral after expressing absolute exasperation with politics.

While others just took the news as an opportunity to post memes.