Britain's prime minister to seek early election on June 8

Laura Christensen
April 19, 2017

Sturgeon also said in a statement that Scotland must be "protected" from a Conservative Party trying to seize control of government for many years to come.

May will go to the House of Commons Tuesday to lay down the necessary legislation for the calling of an early general election.

The British currency, which had weakened before the announcement, was up by more than a cent against the dollar.

May is seeking a stronger mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.

May's governing Conservatives now have a slight majority, with 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

And she set out her line of attack against Labour, saying voters would face a choice between "stable and strong leadership, which I hope they have seen, and a coalition of Corbyn supported by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP".

"The country is coming together, but Westminster is not", May said in a sudden appearance outside the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing St., adding that she had "only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion". The opposition Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is still mired in internal party conflicts and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is readying to battle again over Scotland's independence.

Because we are determined not just to get the right deal for Britain with Europe, but to make the most of the opportunities ahead by shaping a stronger, fairer country in which we reward people who work hard, create secure and well-paid jobs, and make sure there is growth and prosperity around the whole country.

The cut is feminine too - she has had layers sliced into the crown that give flattering volume and height to women as they age, and don't signal unkempt disaster should a gust of wind blow them upwards, as happened as Theresa stood in front of No 10 yesterday.

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Since becoming prime minister last July in the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave the EU, May had consistently said she would not seek an early election.

Explaining her change of heart on an early election, May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election". 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. A Commission official said that the EU's negotiating positions and overall strategy would not change as a result of the United Kingdom election, nor would the vote alter the schedule of formal negotiations, long-expected to begin in late May or early June.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap general election on June, 8 following an emergency cabinet meeting.

In March Downing Street strenuously denied Mrs May would call a vote before 2020.

As well as her stated desire to strengthen her hand in Parliament, Ms May took the decision against a backdrop of ever more promising polls.

A general election win would furnish her premiership with an iron-clad public mandate. But on Tuesday, she said she had "reluctantly" changed her mind because political divisions "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit". Theresa May took over as the Prime Minister and has since opposed the idea of an early election.

FXTM Vice President of Market Research, Jameel Ahmad says that "truth be told, nobody is really that aware of what is going on but this uncertainty has caused a reaction".

If the Tories, led by May, win a large majority in Parliament, the prime minister or her chief negotiator, David Davis, would test credulity if they tried to tell their European Union counterparts they could not sell a compromise to rank-and-file followers whom they would clearly control.

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