Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Members of Parliament (MPs) in the British House of Commons gave their backing Wednesday to Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap general election on June 8.

Due to the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which is meant to stop elections less than five years apart, MPs had to vote for a no confidence motion in the government by a mjaority of two thirds in order for parliament to be disolved and an election called.

Nicola Sturgeon however said her decision to seek an early election, after repeatedly stating she had no intention of doing so, was purely for party political advantage.

Rejecting the PM's claim that an election is needed to prevent disunity at Westminster undermining a Brexit deal, Mr Corbyn said: "There is no obstacle to the Government negotiating, but, instead of getting on with the job, she is painting herself as the prisoner of the Liberal Democrats". A national election in May 2015 was followed by the June 2016 referendum on European Union membership.

She portrayed the election as a choice between five years of stability and strong leadership under the Conservatives and a "coalition of chaos" under Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Earlier, May said holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, would "deliver a more secure future for our country" as it negotiates its departure from the EU.

The U.K.'s having another election in June, this time to decide which party will be running the country during its separation from the European Union.

May also told the BBC that her political opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process" - even after Parliament authorized divorce talks with the EU.

The spokesman noted that this did not mean there will be a delay in Brexit talks, "because negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the United Kingdom government's decision to call an election on the 8th.".

The president of the European Commission believes "real" Brexit talks will only start after British snap elections called for June 8, an EU spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Conservative Party now has a 21-point lead, according to recent polls.

Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give Ms May an "election landslide" with a majority of more than 100, according to an analysis by The Times.

LONDON (AP) - Britain's prime minister has defended her decision to seek a snap election.

Unofficial electioneering kicked off in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, as May traded barbs with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said he will back the motion for an election, saying in a statement: "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit".

As we now know, Theresa May confirmed that there will be an election on June 8 following a vote in the House of Commons.

Professor Martin Smith, head of the University of York's Department of Politics, said: "With a large Conservative majority, the government will be able to get through any Brexit deal".

"The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up".

No details have yet been released but the debate is expected to take place in early May and hosted by ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham.

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