London, Britain. The Prime Minister has in breaking news, made a move absolutely stunning political observers. Theresa May has called for snap elections in June of 2017.
Theresa May has positively shocked the nation by declaring a new United Kingdom General Election. The new elections are set to take to take place on June 8.
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. As a stunned Westminster looked on May said she would go to the country early.
The PMs decision followed a Cabinet meeting. Speaking outside Number 10, the Prime Minister said the Cabinet had agreed to call an early UK general election.
New elections are no doubt a result of the country’s decision to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum. Justifying the decision, May stated, “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
May indicated the “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.” Explaining her change of heart on the early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
May said she was forced to act now because of the opposition in Parliament to the Government’s plans for Brexit. “Our opponents believe because the Government’s majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change. They are wrong,” the PM said.
Commenting on a snap general election, May said “political game-playing” in Westminster would continue and lead to negotiations with the EU reaching their “most difficult stage” in the run-up to the previously scheduled 2020 vote.
“Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country,” she said.
“So we need a general election and we need one now. Because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done, while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.”