May Calls For Snap Election in June

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 8:50 AM
May Calls For Snap Election in June

British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election Tuesday morning, saying it’s the “only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead.”

The snap election would be held June 8, three years before the next scheduled election.

According to The Sun, May is taking advantage that polls put her Conservative Party about 20 points clear of the Labour party. [...]

She said that since Britons voted to leave the EU in June, the country had come together, but politicians had not. She said the political divisions “risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.”

“The country is coming together but Westminster is not,” May said, according to The Sun.

She added: “Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.”

May said that conservatives’ opponents think their resolve will weaken on leaving the EU, given that they only have a small majority in the House of Commons.

“They are wrong,” she said. “They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.”

She also said if elections are not held soon, “the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.”

The Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn was pleased to hear of May’s call for a snap election, saying it gives “the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.”

"We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain," he added.