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.