UK PM Theresa May calls for mid-term elections on June 8

19 April, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Ora Austin

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in London on April 18.

Analysts at ETX Capital say in a note to clients that the election call "adds another layer of complexity to an already uncertain picture for United Kingdom and European assets".

"The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union".

Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: "We want to see the next government invest in the NHS, invest in maternity services and invest in the welfare and pay of NHS staff so that they can provide safe and high quality services for the people they care for".

MPs must approve decision to dissolve Parliament part-way through full term.

Ananyeva pointed out that the Conservative Party has an insignificant majority of six seats in the current House of Commons while some of the Tories actually stand for keeping the United Kingdom's European Union membership.

Another major difference between British and American elections is that the Brits can choose to shorten the interval between their national elections, which is exactly what happened on Tuesday.

She said Brexit only highlighted deeper ideological differences between the anti-globalisation, pro-Brexit working class bloc and the pro-EU, pro-immigration urban voters.

On Tuesday morning Theresa May called an early general election which will be held on 8 June.

"The country is coming together, but Westminster is not", she added.

"So we need a general election and we need one now", she said.

Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country".

It is also a risky roll of the political dice.

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While May has consistently ruled out an early vote since becoming prime minister without an election previous year, her majority of just 17 lawmakers in the House of Commons makes her position in Parliament precarious.

The 60-year-old vicar's daughter is Britain's second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and many commentators have drawn comparisons to the steely determination of the "Iron Lady". Opinion polls give her a strong lead although she has faced opposition from her own party for some of domestic reforms.

Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said: "Clearly if Labour suffer a big defeat, Corbyn is going to go".

Paul Nuttall of UKIP said the party welcomed the "opportunity to take UKIP's positive message to the country", but also called said Mrs May's announcement was "a cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn's Labour Party rather than the good of the country".

Before holding the election, May must first win the support of two-thirds of the parliament in Wednesday's vote.

Shropshire Star readers voted in their thousands on whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was electable or not - with 67% saying that he wasn't.

The Prime Minister has announced that she will seek a snap election for the 8 June.

She added: "Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country".

He said: "The people of Britain spoke very clearly at the referendum about our membership in the European Union and it's important the Prime Minister has a proper majority in the Commons to push through the will of the public".

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "I'm afraid that's a smokescreen".

Just as the early election gives May a chance to solidify her standing, it does likewise for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. But, after thinking "long and hard" during a walking holiday in Wales, decided it was necessary to try to stop the opposition "jeopardising" her work on Brexit.

Polls show May's Conservative Party leading the opposition Labor Party by a comfortable margin.

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