The Prime Minister has revealed plans for a general election this summer ahead of negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Theresa May proposed the 8 June vote in a press conference outside 10 Downing Street this morning, having agreed the measure during a cabinet meeting.
The Conservative leader, who last month triggered Article 50 to set the Brexit wheels in motion, made the announcement in light of political opposition to the government’s plan for Britain when it exits the EU.
The Prime Minister said: “At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
She added that “political game playing will continue” if a general election is not held now, “and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run up to the next scheduled election.”