Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

British PM to call snap election for June 8

Britain needs strong leadership, and this election will give people the chance to vote for that leadership, to strengthen our negotiating hand in Europe, and give the certainty the country needs.

"It's a mixed blessing, it's an opportunity for the Labour right to oust Corbyn if he performs badly, but it could be a political disaster and Labour could poll its lowest vote since 1918", political expert and author Eliza Filby told AFP.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap general election to be held on June 8, in order to bring "strong leadership" to the UK before Brexit negotiations are fully underway.

The Lib Dem MP, whose party has vowed to battle against the United Kingdom leaving the single market, also claimed the Conservative Party viewed them as a threat to their seats in the south-west.

The announcement also sent the British pound for a loop. By midday trading in London, it was trading 0.7 percent higher at $1.2658.

Norbert Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and head of the foreign affairs committee, said May's surprise decision marked a 180-degree turn from her previous statements and reflected Britain's "increasing consciousness of its own weakness".

Early reactions from political parties signaled that the motion will receive the necessary 434 votes in parliament.

"So we need a General Election and we need it now".

According to the British leader, the only way of assuring stability during the upcoming years is to organize the snap election.

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"And the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most hard stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would be fighting the election "to win". That's how May was chosen without a national election when previous prime minister David Cameron resigned following the Brexit referendum - instead of citizens voting, the Conservative Party just chose who its new leader would be internally.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the next general election date was to be in 2020.

Two Labour MPs, including former Home Secretary Alan Johnson, have said they will not stand in the general election this June.

The main opposition Labour Party is still in a state of civil war under its leader Jeremy Corbyn who remains estranged from many of his own MPs. She said the political divisions "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit". "These are the factors that paved the way for an early election".

Standing outside her Downing Street office, Ms. "[It] would be going on during the course of what is already a general election campaign".

He said: "It would have been easier to carry on but she has made the correct judgement that we will get a better deal in our negotiations with our partners if she has this mandate".

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), said, 'This is the ideal opportunity for the new Government to take stock of the Conservative pledge to offer 30 hours free childcare to three- and four-year-olds which in its current state is undeliverable.

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