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#Brexit: Theresa May Announces General Election on June 8, three Years Ahead of Schedule

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Britons will head to the polls on June 8, 2017, three years ahead of schedule, Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday, saying it was the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union.

The pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar as May spoke, reflecting investor relief that earlier rumours of a shock resignation did not transpire. Ten-year British government bond yields rose slightly.

“I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a General Election to be held on the 8th of June,” May said in a surprise statement outside her Downing Street office.

“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.”

She said she would introduce legislation on Wednesday to pave the way for the early election. Under current legislation, the next election was not scheduled to take place until 2020.

Sixty year old May, who has been representing Maidenhead in parliament since 1997, succeeded David Cameron as prime minister on July 11, 2016.

May’s Conservatives, who were split on the issue of European Union membership ahead of last year’s referendum, are currently far ahead of Labour, the main opposition party, according to opinion polls.

May said this was a one-off chance to get an election done while the EU was agreeing on its negotiating position.

She said the government had the right plan to negotiate Brexit, and there would be no change of course.

5 Comments

  1. Mz Socially Awkward....

    April 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I think a good majority of the UK is getting absolutely exhausted with all of these ever growing consequences of Brexit.

    Weak pound, inability to guarantee futures for investors, uncertain bargaining position with the EU, Sturgeon trumpeting for another Scottish referendum….. change is good but this one is making us bone weary (& we never even begin the real change sef).

    Also, I’m not prepared for an election. There’s been no real chance to focus on anything other than Brexit so what’s the probability any reasonable person wants to hand power over to another party while we’re still in the middle of sensitive Article 50 negotiations?

    It means (a) I’m either not going to bother with going to vote or (b) we all get herded to the polls just to maintain the existing status quo.

    Shame on you, Theresa. You lied to the whole country when you pledged last year not to call an early election. Politricks as usual. ???

    • Rainbow

      April 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      My thoughts exactly. I am not going to bother to vote even though I normally do it by post. My personal choice.

  2. Storm

    April 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Wetin concern us? The 2 of you ranting above me should take that mess to a British site

    • "Changing Moniker"

      April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      please sharaapp

  3. Uzoamaka Ugochukwu

    April 19, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Sturgeon trumpeting for another Scottish referendum is actually the crux of this matter. More like how do you folks get out of the sensitive Article 50 negotiations? Such a shame! Oh well, sending my love from the other side of the pond.

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