UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on the eighth of June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following Britain’s exit from the European Union.
There will be a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday to approve the election plan – the prime minister needs two thirds of Members of Parliament to vote in favour to bring forward the next scheduled election date of 2020.
Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said she has concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election. She accused Britain’s other political parties of “game playing”, adding that this risks the country’s ability to make a success of Brexit as well as cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said his Labour Party wants the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts “the majority first”. Sterling rose against the dollar after May made the surprise announcement outside her Downing Street office.