Theresa May calls a snap general election in the UK

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Speaking outside Downing Street this morning, Theresa May has announced that the government will call for a snap general election to take place on June 8th 2017.

Despite having previously said that there should be no general election until 2020, May explained: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

She argues that a strong government is needed before pushing ahead with Brexit talks with the European Union.  “Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country… So we need a general election and we need one now.” she says.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took to social media for a response:

Liberal democrat leader Tim Farron also added: “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.”

 

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