President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate deal might have been one among several factors that led to Conservative Party's disastrous results in the British election as young voters turned out strongly for the left.
In the campaign's closing days, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn bashed Prime Minister Theresa May's muted response to Trump's June 1 decision, alleging May's "subservience" to the U.S. president.
What they're saying: Two experts in British politics tell Axios that May's handling of the issue likely had an indirect influence by feeding broader sentiment about her. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, said in an email:
"It hurt her campaign. Not because climate was a big part of the race, but rather it was part of a broader absence of the 'leadership' she was campaigning on. Britain's young voters didn't want the U.K. to be seen as embracing Trump and leaving the rest of the world behind."
Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard Reeves told Axios in an email that age played a big role in the election, and that Paris might have been among the swirl of topics that influenced voters:
"Younger voters are indeed much 'greener' on average in the U.K. I think the anti-Trump feeling in general may have been channeled through that issue. Of course, one reason the PM likely held back is because, in preparation for Brexit, she was doubly concerned not to alienate the U.S. It was therefore a sign of weakness."
Flashback: May expressed "disappointment" with Trump's decision, but did not join France, Germany, and Italy in a joint statement that ruled out renegotiation of the "vital" pact.