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:
I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first pic.twitter.com/9P3X6A2Zpw
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) April 18, 2017
Liberal democrat leader Tim Farron also added: “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.”