Theresa May Calls General Election To Secure Brexit
Theresa May Calls General Election To Secure Brexit
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William Hague called for an election in March this year
19 April, 2017, 06:55
British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she is calling for an early election on June 8, describing it as the "only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead" as the United Kingdom prepares to negotiate its exit from the European Union.
Labour have stated that they will vote on the side of the government.
The 67-year-old enjoys grassroots support from left-wingers but is opposed by most of the party's more centrist lawmakers, who say that Labour under his leadership is not appealing to the middle classes. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done.
Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, added that the early general election will be an opportunity for voters to "change the direction of our country".
Signs of support from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Scottish National Party, and the Liberal Democrats suggest that there will be enough support for an election in the commons.
The news comes after repeated denials by Number 10 that the PM would call a snap election but also just days after some polls showed Labour at an historic low.
A rift in Parliament will damage the government's ability to make a success of Brexit, she said. She has repeatedly said that the decision can not be reversed, and has pursued a hard line against those who have argued for a phased withdrawal or a loose, continued association with the EU.
"We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain".
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The Conservatives now have a majority of just 17 from the last election in 2015 and some of their MPs have indicated they could vote against the government on key aspects of Brexit legislation.
"Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that". The European Union is considering forcing the U.K.to wait until June for formal negotiations to begin on the terms of Brexit, eroding the time May has to land a deal, according to EU officials.
But May said Tuesday she had "reluctantly" changed her mind.
She added: "We need a general election and we need one now".
Polls give May's Conservatives a double-digit lead on Labour, which is divided under left-wing leader Corbyn.
In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country.
"Let us tomorrow vote for an election, let us put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programmes for government and then let the people decide".
Barnier has said he expects full negotiations to start in early June, although it remains unclear what the British position on that will now be, given the electoral timetable.
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