Mixed Reaction To May Decision For Snap UK Election
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 23:42
The poll will be held on June 8. The party with the most lawmakers wins a working majority and is allowed to install its leader as prime minister and implement its manifesto promises.
Well, I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership, come on and show some.
The British currency, which had weakened before the announcement, was up by more than a cent against the dollar. By midday trading in London, it was trading 0.7 percent higher at $1.2658.
May is seeking a stronger mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.
It is believed May was influenced by recent opinion polls that placed her ruling Conservative party 21 points ahead of Labour.
Assuming May's call for early elections gets parliamentary approval when it comes up for a vote on Wednesday, the prime minister hopes June 8 will settle remaining questions.
She said that since Britons voted to leave the European Union in June, the country had come together, but politicians had not. Labour is the main opposition party in parliament. "But the other political parties oppose it", she said.
Just two years after the last vote and three years before the next scheduled date in May 2020, May asked the House of Commons to back her call for an election while standing outside 10 Downing Street.
The Fixed-term Parliament Act introduced in 2011 means calling an early election requires the support of two-thirds of MPs.
That is the view of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which has welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement that she plans to hold a General Election on June 8.
"Whatever the reasoning, the onus is on all parties to demonstrate how they will deliver fair economic growth for businesses in the North East and help the United Kingdom secure the best possible Brexit deal".
"However, she has chosen to put party advantage before the good of the country".
Speaking in Downing Street she said: "At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity in Westminster, but instead there is division".
Britain has changed prime minister 24 times in the past century, half of those without a general election. Her official spokesman told a Westminster media briefing: "There is no change in our position on an early general election, that there isn't going to be one..."
Such statements are generally reserved for major news, such as resignations and election calls.
If approved, the election will take place on June 8, nearly one year after the so-called "Brexit" vote when the United Kingdom elected to leave the European Union.
Britain joins a list of Western European countries scheduled to hold elections this year.