British Prime Minister Theresa May Calls for Snap Election
In a stunning move, May calls for a general election…in two months.
During a quickly arranged press conference outside 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister had this to say.
“I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion…that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and to seek your support for the decisions I must take,” she said. May accused opposition parties of trying to hinder the controversial Brexit negotiations. The Prime Minister wants to increase her political mandate to drive through the break from the E.U.
She added, “So we need a general election and we need one now. Because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done.” Since such an election is not planned until 2020, the move requires Parliament’s approval. However, the election will likely go through given support for the idea from the opposition.
Once given the go-ahead from Parliament, Britain will likely see itself embroiled in a particularly nasty election. Political posturing between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party promises no shortage of battles for control.