May wants a snap election, but it's not her decision

Laura Christensen
April 19, 2017

Charlie Flanagan said he raised the issue in a phone call with Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire following the shock announcement that the United Kingdom would go to the polls on June 8.

"Predictability and reliability are more important than ever after Britain's Brexit vote". The May's motion for the election will need the support of 2/3 of the Members of Parliament to go into effect. May will also be protected by the vote in the Commons to come: Labour, for one, will vote in favour of an early election, so Jeremy Corbyn and his party can hardly attack her for calling it.

Most of Labour's existing MPs support Britain's continued membership in the European Union, but the majority of Labour's electorate, particularly in the northern parts of England, voted to leave the EU.

A snap election is an election called earlier than we thought - in this case, the next one was expected in May 2020. "Drawn-out uncertainty does the political and economic relationship between Europe and Britain no good", said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Leader Tim Farron said Tuesday that only his party can prevent a "disastrous hard Brexit".

The UK looks set to have a general election on 8 June.

The British currency, which had weakened before the announcement, was up by more than a cent against the dollar. A collapse in talks would risk Britain simply crashing out of the Union when that deadline expires, leaving legal chaos.

May's Conservative party now has a parliamentary majority of 17.

She is understood to have changed her mind after taking advice from senior figures including Sir Lynton Crosby, mastermind of the 2015 election campaign.

They say that a government with a stronger mandate could get a better deal for the U.K. However, it could also push through a more aggressive version of Brexit that cuts off business more from the EU's single market. It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your Prime Minister, or weak and unstable coalition government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats - who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum - and Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.

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We haven't had a snap election for ages.

Why call an election now?

With Labour demoralized and divided under left-wing leader Corbyn and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats holding just nine Commons seats, May is calculating that the election will bring her an expanded crop of Conservative lawmakers.

A Downing Street spokesperson told Royal Central that a state opening will "happen on the first day of a new parliamentary session or shortly after a general election".

The ICM/Guardian poll of 1,000 people showed the Conservatives' vote share stood at 46 percent, up 2 points from a poll conducted over the weekend, with Labour on 25 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 11 percent.

Opinion polls show May easily winning a majority. A resounding win would bolster her mandate in upcoming talks with the European Union over the country's exit.

"The heightened risk of a harder Brexit shifts the risks to our long-term outlook slightly to the downside", he said.

But it is not that unusual for prime ministers who have tiny Commons majorities to hold an election to tighten their grip on power.

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