Theresa May asks voters to trust her to deliver on Brexit

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

Even seasoned political commentators were taken by surprise at the announcement which came completely out of the blue.

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

May became the first foreign leader to meet with Trump at the White House when she visited in late January. The British people voted a year ago to leave the European Union.

Parliament will vote at about 2pm on whether to call an election for June 8.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in comments to the Funke newspaper group published Tuesday that "any long uncertainty definitely will not do political and economic relations between Europe and Britain any good". An early ballot will give the next leader more time to implement Brexit before another election.

The German government says that it doesn't expect a British election in June to hold up talks on Britain's exit from the European Union. Since then, she has ruled out calling an early election to get her own mandate.

The British currency, which had weakened before the announcement, was up by more than a cent against the dollar.

Pressed on exactly what that meant, she said: "I've already spelt out the Brexit prospectus, I've already spelt out in the speech I gave in Lancaster House in January this year, we followed that up with the White Paper, that was followed of course by what was put in the letter I sent to the European Union for triggering Article 50, of the sort of relationship we want to have with the EU".

Analysts at ETX Capital say in a note to clients that the election call "adds another layer of complexity to an already uncertain picture for United Kingdom and European assets". The move will require a vote with a two-thirds majority of MPs supporting the measure.

If May wins the election it means she will no longer have to face the electorate in 2020, just as the country has had to make hard compromises to secure a deal, but instead later in 2022.

Current polling gives May's Conservative party a 19 point lead over the Labour Party-the main reason many believe that she called the election.

Although a mainstay of United States presidential elections for decades, live TV debates during UK general elections are a fairly new concept.

May said she has concluded that the "only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election".

May spoke of opposition parties, particularly Labour and the Liberal Democrats, threatening to block the Brexit process.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is planning to call a general election for Thursday, June 8.

Still, the fact that the Conservatives gained a slim parliamentary majority over all other parties at the 2015 general election hampered Mrs May's room for manoeuvre. A resounding win would bolster her mandate in upcoming talks with the European Union over the country's exit.

Mrs May said that if she had not brought forward the date of the election, the Brexit negotiations would have been coming to a head just as the Government was preparing to go to the polls.

The British pound has fallen amid mounting speculation that Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to call an early general election. "There can be no turning back", she said.

Theresa May said on Tuesday she had been reluctant to bring forward an election that was scheduled to take place in 2020, but had decided it was necessary to stop the opposition jeopardising her work on Brexit.

May's office says she will speak at 11:15 a.m. (1015GMT) Tuesday, after the weekly meeting of her Cabinet.

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