Prime Minister announces June general election plans

British Prime Minister Theresa May today called for snap elections on June 8 in a surprise move that stunned her allies as well as opponents, asserting that it is the only way to guarantee political stability in the country for years after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in London on April 18. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

The European Union said it did not expect the timeline for negotiations over Britain's exit from the bloc to be affected by the British government's call for an early general election.

May said she wants the election to be held June 8.

"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division".

She said she came to this conclusion "only recently, and reluctantly".

TV debates involving the three main party leaders took place on the BBC, Sky News and ITV before the 2010 general election.

MPs must approve decision to dissolve Parliament part-way through full term.

Signs of support from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Scottish National Party, and the Liberal Democrats suggest that there will be enough support for an election in the commons.

"That clearly would be enough to give Theresa May a quite substantial majority".

May will have to secure a two-third majority in a vote to be held in the House of Commons tomorrow for the election to go ahead. In response to that criticism, the then-ruling coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats passed the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act in 2011 to prevent future snap elections from being used as a political tool. It will give the Scottish National Party, which grabbed dozens of seats from Labour in the 2015 national election, a new chance to reissue its call for Scottish independence.

Theresa May on Tuesday made the surprise announcement for a snap general election as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the EU. He stepped down when the country voted to leave.

But Iain Wright said the Prime Minster was prioritising her own party's political interests.

"Other political parties oppose it".

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that he had had a "good phone call" with May regarding the election.

Urging voters to "stand up for Scotland", Sturgeon said in a tweet that May's Conservative Party see "a chance to move the the right, force through a hard Brexit, and impose deeper cuts".

  • Arturo Norris