Today, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a shock snap general election set for the 8th of June to give Britain the chance to select someone to uphold a “strong and stable leadership” with which to deliver Brexit.
Theresa May must win a vote in the commons tomorrow night, but it is considered to be just a formality with Jeremy Corbyn expected to already back it.
Mrs. May stipulated that any weakness in Westminster would limit her hand in Brexit negotiations with Europe, knowing that a poll election against Jeremy Corbyn could hand her a big Commons majority.
Theresa May has already called out opposition parties that have been trying to cause interfere with a smooth Brexit, and she said she was not prepared to let them “endanger the security of millions of working people”
May made this surprising announcement from No. 10 today, stating that Britain needed strong leadership and insisted that an early poll was the “right approach” and in the “national interest”.
Theresa May also said that every conservative vote would give her a strong hand when she sits down with EU’s Presidents and prime ministers to iron out the Brexit deal. This is quite the swift turn by Theresa May who had repeatedly said she would not call for an early election, saying it would cause instability and even hurt the people of England.
So, why the sudden turn now? We suggest nobody panics just yet, as results from a poll done earlier this week states that when the houses were questioned over who would make a better Prime Minister, Mrs. May has a 100 or more majority in the Commons, and thereby leading over Jeremy Corbyn by more than 30%. Theresa May even discussed her plans for an early election with the Queen yesterday, with her Majesty expected to dissolve Parliament ahead of the poll on May 3rd.
MPs will vote on holding the election tomorrow. Whilst polls suggest that his party will surely crumble in the vote, (and making all of this just a formality), Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he will also vote for an early election.
This means that Britain will go to the polls in seven weeks time, a little over two years after the last election in May 2015. Mrs. May said, ‘Our opponents believe that because the government’s majority is extremely small that they can weaken our resolve and persuade us to change course. I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country. Let us tomorrow vote for an election… and let the people decide.”
Theresa May then added, “If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue as the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most pivotal stage in the run up to the next general election. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. So, we need a general election and we need one now. The decision facing the country will be all about leadership.”
Theresa May went for the jugular on the subject right away in true Theresa May fashion: “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.”
On the other side of things, Mr Corbyn said, “I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS. In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”
What we’re all wondering is why the sudden change of heart about this early election? This is coming a bit out of left field, don’t you think?
All anyone would want at this stage is a smooth Brexit, so let’s hope that this helps Theresa May on her way in future negotiations with the bureaucracy in Brussels and the EU. In May we trust!
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