UK general election called for 8 June

UK prime minister Theresa May has called a general election for 8 June.

She has argued that the government’s economic record, despite the Brexit referendum, suggests that it is well placed to continue its current policies.

There will be “no turning back” on the Brexit referendum outcome, she said.

She argued that there “should be unity here in Westminster” at a time when Brexit negotiations must proceed.

She said that the opposition Labour Party would oppose any deal that they felt did not suit the national interest, while the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists would also oppose the Brexit deal being pushed for by the ruling Conservative Party.

May said that division in Westminster, the collective noun for the UK Parliament, needed to be overcome. Thus, a general election is required to “guarantee” stability and security ahead.

She said she would move for a Motion in the House of Commons, where she would require a two-thirds majority in order to obtain the necessary permission to call a general election.

The decision for the country would be “all about leadership” she said, arguing that a “weak” government of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn “propped up by the Liberal Democrats” would be the alternative.

May said it was “with reluctance” that she would be calling on the House of Commons to vote to allow the general election to go ahead.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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