UK Prime Minister Calls Snap General Election

April 18, 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to call a snap general election on June 8, with a Commons vote on the proposed election to take place tomorrow [April 19].

A BBC story said, “UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

“Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday – Labour have said they will vote with the government.

“The prime minister needs Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.

Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

A Guardian story said, “Theresa May has said she wants to hold a snap general election on 8 June, despite repeatedly claiming that she was against the idea of an early vote.

In a surprise statement outside Downing Street on Tuesday morning, the prime minister claimed that opposition parties were jeopardising her government’s preparations for Brexit.

“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said. “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”

May claimed the decision she would put to voters in the election, the announcement of which was a tightly guarded secret and known only by her closest aides, would be all about “leadership.”

A Telegraph story said, “Theresa May has called an early general election for June 8 in an announcement that has stunned Westminster.

“The Prime Minister had repeatedly denied that she would call an election before the next scheduled poll in 2020. But following a Cabinet meeting at Downing Street she said she would go to the country this year.

“Speaking outside Number 10, the Prime Minister said the Cabinet had agreed to call an early election.

“The move takes place against the backdrop of the country’s decision to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum.”

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