Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UK Prime Minister May to seek early election

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election in June.

May needs two thirds of MPs to okay her snap election, and plans to bring it to a vote on Wednesday.

"If we succeed in getting a bigger majority then Mrs May will have the majority in Parliament that she needs to secure the best possible deal for Britain."Local Labour Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer, however, has welcomed the announcement of an early general election as the flawless opportunity to take the fight to the Conservatives".

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "Brexit is not the only issue the country faces - we will make sure that NHS and social care are on the ballot paper this June".

The European Union said it would not affect the negotiations on Britain's departure. "This is the right approach". At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity but there is division.

Emma Lewell-Buck took to Twitter, writing: "Who is with me?"

Following Ed Miliband's 2015 general election defeat, nominations to replace him opened on 9 June and the result was announced on 12 September.

"We have a Government that is driving our public services into the ground whilst following a needless austerity programme that is only making the rich richer at the expense of the majority".

"It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories' narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future", Sturgeon said.

Theresa May says it is the only way to secure stability ahead of Brexit.

May's spokesman, speaking to reporters ahead of the return of Parliament the following week, said there was "no need" for another general election following the one in May 2015.

Britain's snap election is likely to be judgement day for embattled opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but offers little prospect of resolving the deep-seated tensions tearing the party apart, experts said.

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

"I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion", the PM said.

"Since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that", May said in her statement.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he welcomed May's decision, indicating his party will provide the support she needs under electoral law to hold one.

The government must convince businesses in Swindon that the snap General Election called for by Prime Minister Theresa May today won't scupper vital talks with the European Union over Brexit, the region's largest business organisation said.

The opposition Labour Party, which trails May's Conservative Party in opinion polls, has said it supports such a move.

'Brussels will know she comes as a strong prime minister, not as a government with a small majority and if Labour gets wiped out and the Liberal Democrats are as irrelevant as they are going forwards then all this call for a second referendum will be thrown out'.

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