British PM May says June election result 'not certain' despite front-runner status
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 12:53
The president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani says he and British Prime Minister Theresa May agree that the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom need to be secured as quickly as possible in Brexit negotiations.
Weston Labour Party vice chairman Dave Townsend said Mrs May did a "massive U-turn" when she made her announcement.
North Somerset councillor Mike Bell said Weston and North Somerset's Liberal Democrats Party "welcomes" the election and looks forward to taking the party's message to the people.
With nearly seven weeks to go until the June 8 election, however, ComRes chairman Andrew Hawkins warned of the risk that Conservatives supporters may become complacent.
Three polls released over the weekend show May's Conservatives around 20 points ahead.
Polls put May's Conservatives on course for a landslide victory but the surprise decision to call an election has forced the prime minister to confront a string of hot-button topics for her party such as taxes, pensions and foreign aid.
If current opinion polling is replicated at the ballot box, the Tories will win 375 seats - nearly double the 189 the Labour Party would win.
The approach has been backed by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who told The Times it was a "red line" issue and that MEPs would veto the Brexit deal if it did not include protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
Unfortunately, the election will strand numerous 48 percent of voters who opposed and, according to opinion polls, still oppose Brexit.
May, Britain's second woman prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political quake unleashed by Brexit.
Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. The Lib Dems have enjoyed a surge while support for both Labour and Ukip has fallen.
"The crowdfunder is something I've used before as it means people from all over can get involved in a campaign", she said.
An early vote is also expected to delay Brexit talks.
"I think the Europeans might have seen that as a time of weakness when they could push us". She is a cautious woman and it is a characteristic that has served her well, but now we know that all of that counted for nothing beside the cold calculation of the statistics.
Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU.
May said that an election will take place in just six weeks' time on June 8, saying it is in "the national interest" to do so. Rather, we expect PM May to stick to a hard Brexit stance.
The election will be held on June 8, almost a year after 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union.