United Kingdom may reverse Brexit post polls: EU Parliament President
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 20:23
Britain joins a list of western European countries scheduled to hold elections this year.
The broad contours of the electoral debate likely to unfold in coming months began to emerge during Prime Minister's Questions and the debate held just ahead of the vote, as leaders and significant figures across the political spectrum sought to clarify their views.
May became prime minister without winning an election in July a year ago following the resignation of David Cameron after millions of Britons went against his advice and voted to leave the EU.
Brexit negotiations will start as planned in June, after Britons vote in a snap general election, the European Union said on Wednesday.
"The future of its leader Jeremy Corbyn is also at stake", he said.
Parliament will be dissolved on May 2, sparking nearly six weeks of campaigning.
Sterling rose to a four-month high against the United States dollar after the market bet that May would strengthen her parliamentary majority, which Deutsche Bank said would be a "game-changer" for the pound.
But her decision also opens the door to more uncertainty in the region, as it now puts Europe's three most powerful nations - Britain, Germany, and France - into full-throttle election mode.
Last year's vote to leave the European Union split Labour's traditional supporter base, which is divided between typically pro-EU inner city voters, and working-class voters in less affluent areas who voted in favour of Brexit.
Earlier, May had called on the electorate to trust her on her decision to call an early general election on June 8 as it will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations. "What she doesn't have is a Parliament that would vote for Brexit at any cost".
Mr Pawsey won the Rugby constituency seat in 2010 for the Conservatives, after his father Jim represented the town for 18 years, with a majority of more than 10,000.
Theresa May told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday that an early election is in the national interest because it will strengthen the country's position in negotiations to leave the European Union. Recent opinion polls suggest that Conservatives enjoy a huge lead over the opposition Labour Party.
But the country's current leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, won't be debating her case with the other party leaders.
"This is a Prime Minister who promised that there wouldn't be one".
Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an interest ... in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end".
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat Party Leader, has stated that his party is the only one which can hold the government to account, as Labour are now unable to do so.
"The prime minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", he said.