In a surprise announcement, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for early parliamentary election, ahead of the important Brexit talks with the European Union. May said that the election is needed to bolster the support for her Brexit plan.
The PM said that after thinking “long and hard” during a walking holiday, she decided it was necessary to stop the opposition from threatening her work on Brexit.
May maintains a strong lead in the opinion polls, as the British economy is growing faster than expected. Contrary to some predictions, the voters decision to leave the European Union did not slow down the British economy.
In her announcement May said:
It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond.
Before Easter I spent a few days walking in Wales with my husband, thought about this long and hard, and came to the decision that to provide that stability and certainty for the future that this was the way to do it, to have an election.
General election in the UK was held on May 7, 2015. The ruling conservatives, then led by the former PM David Cameron, won 308 seats. However, after voters decided to say No to the European Union, Cameron, who campaigned for ‘Stay’, resigned from office.
May was then elected to succeed him as Prime Minister in the midst of a political turmoil caused by the referendum result.
Before holding the early election, May must win the support of two-thirds of the parliament in a vote on Wednesday, which looked certain after Labour and the Liberal Democrats said they would vote in favor.
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