UK Prime Minister Theresa May Calls for an Early General Election

Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain has surprised the country by calling for an early general election, in hopes of achieving a stronger mandate regarding the Brexit negotiations. The Prime Minister is looking for a vote on June 8th.

In a speech May explained her reasoning, “We have also delivered on the mandate we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a U.K. that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders, and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.”

Blaming the opposition May said, “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the S.N.P. say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”

A general election will give the people of the United Kingdom to get involved in the political debate regarding the details that will be included in the Brexit Negotiations. A general election has a chance to sway the parliament in May’s favor, but it is also a political risk. Brexit opponents will have a chance to resurface and gain momentum.  

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