Incumbent British Prime Minister David Cameron may be planning to declare victory after the national elections on Thursday even before forming a coalition government in the likely outcome of his Conservative Party falling short of a majority.
Provided the Conservatives win more seats than their main rivals Labour, Prime Minister Cameron will lay claim on the right to form a coalition on Friday morning, a senior source has said.
So far, pre-election pollsters have predicted a stalemate between Britain’s two major parties at 33 percent, with some indicating the Conservatives will gain a narrow lead over Labour.
Both parties are expected to fall short of the 326 seats needed for a majority in the 650-seat parliament, meaning the victorious party will be required to reach out to other parties to form a coalition.
Nigel Farage’s eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which has emerged to become the third most popular party in the country, with around 14 percent of support, looks likely to be Cameron’s first choice of coalition partner if the two parties are able to form a combined majority.
However, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has already warned he will call on Prime Minister Cameron to resign if he claims victory under such circumstances and veto the “Queen’s Speech” - the opening of the new parliament by Queen Elizabeth.
Speaking to the Telegraph, an unnamed senior lawmaker close to Miliband said he expects Cameron to resign if he cannot garner enough support in the new parliament to push his bill through.
“Is Cameron going to go all the way to a vote, and then have to resign? That’s two weeks down the line. If he cannot command a majority in the House and get his programme through, and we think we can get our programme through, we’ll take it, basically," the source said.
It is expected that Labour will seek an alliance with current coalition partner, Liberal Democrats, which according to pre-election polls maintains around 9 percent of public support.
Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, however, has indicated he is open to re-joining the Conservatives but has ruled out joining any coalition that includes UKIP and the Scottish National Party, or the SNP, which is expected to take the majority of the 59 seats in Scotland.
SNP head, Nicola Sturgeon, has expressed willingness to form a coalition with Labour even if it wins less votes than the Conservatives, but Labour has been hesitant to unite with the secessionist party which last September organised a referendum calling for Scotland to become independent from the UK.
According to research carried out by The Independent, as much as 71 percent of voters believe the SNP should not have the right to veto decisions applicable outside of Scotland if they enter the next government.