British Prime Minister Theresa May calls for snap general election

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

The sudden call for a snap general election in the United Kingdom on June 8 by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday took the country and the world by surprise.

"The prime minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", said Mr Farron.

"We expect that the PM's gamble is likely to buy her more time as well as room for manoeuvre in the Brexit negotiations as she will depend less on fringe groups in her own party", said Citi's chief global political strategist, Tina Fordham.

Having repeatedly ruled out calling a snap election in the past, Mrs May said she had "reluctantly" taken the decision to go to the country after seeing other parties "playing games" with the process of preparing for Brexit negotiations.

But, of course, there is more than one side in any negotiation, and in Europe, presidential elections in France will be over by the time the British vote proceeds.

The Telegraph reflected the nation's surprise at the imminent election: "May's bolt from the blue".

The Tories will nearly certainly seek to highlight the long record of support for left wing causes by Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell, including their reported backing for the IRA in the 1980s and 1990s. For a politician who has cultivated a reputation as a straight shooter who puts country before party, the about-face on early elections could smack of opportunism.

"Accountability and reliability are more important than ever after the Brexit vote of the Britons", Gabriel told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain in an interview, noting that periods of uncertainty were not helpful for EU-British relations.

"In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union".

May said the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to "hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take". "We have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done. before the detailed talks begin", Ms May said.

The announcement caught British political observers off guard as well as financial markets, which retreated as investors reacted cautiously to May's speech. He said Labour would fight the election promising a fairer society and economy, and "a Brexit that works for all".

"We need a general election and we need one now".

It comes as Mrs May is set to win the backing of MPs in her call for a snap election during a vote in Parliament today.

"I think the Europeans might have seen that as a time of weakness when they could push us".

"That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is pressing for an independence referendum, said May was making a "huge political miscalculation" that would bolster her Scottish National Party. Numerous people who voted to leave the European Union are in traditional Labour blue-collar ridings. Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, introduced under the last coalition government, the next election was not due until 2020.

BY NOW YOU will know that Britain is heading back to the polls for a second general election in two years.

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