UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced plans to call an early general election on 8 June 2017. Despite repeated statements that she would not call an election before the next scheduled poll in 2020, May has justified the decision as a reaction to Brexit. “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not”, she says.
Following a motion that the government will put forward in the House of Commons on Wednesday, which the opposition Labour party has said it will vote in favour of, May will be able to invoke an early election. She claims that “the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election”, otherwise other parties will continue to play their “political games”.
This snap election is seen by some as the consequence of May’s unelected prime ministerial position. She believes she can win it, granting her the mandate she wishes and consequently strengthening her hand in negotiations between the UK and Brussels.
May stated: “Let’s put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programmes for government and then let the people decide.”