It came as a shock announcement when Theresa May suddenly requested a general election which would take place on the 8th of June 2017. This was a shock to the British public as we had prepared for a general election to take place during 2020. Obviously the big question on everyone’s mind was why? Why did May call an early election? Well there is one word that many people claimed was the answer…Brexit.
Later that day May made an announcement to the British public.
“Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Throughout the day of the surprise announcement the digital world went crazy. Facebook and Twitter became a wall for debate, discussion and for a lot of people, anger. These social sites soon became huge battlefields in the 2017 general election. It was on these platforms that campaigns for many of the parties had the potential to be won or lost. Many young and new voters not only used Facebook and Twitter as their main source for updates and information during the election period but to create debate and discussion with other users of the sites.