Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Theresa May calls for snap General Election to ensure Brexit 'unity'

Theresa May calls for snap General Election to ensure Brexit 'unity'

The shock move followed speculation the Prime Minister would call a poll to shore up her parliamentary position as Britain leaves the European Union and given Labour's dire position in the polls.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks back into her official residence of 10 Downing Street in London, after speaking to the media on Tuesday April 18, 2017.

"If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most hard stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election". UKIP appears to be experiencing some weakness, recently having its one MP defecting, and its new leader Paul Nuttall failing to secure what it must have considered to be a winnable parliamentary seat in Stoke, but it remains popular and will regard itself as the guardian of a "true" Brexit. But it is hard to envisage a scenario in which the government fails to increase its 17-seat majority in the House of Commons.

The British leader challenged opposition parties to band together on June 8, a move analysts say is a risky but calculated move for May, given the Labor Party's worst popularity slump in a century.

The vote for Brexit last June brought tensions between Corbyn's team and the more centrist MPs to a head after the leader - a long-time eurosceptic - was accused of sabotaging the campaign to stay in the European Union, the party's official position.

May took office in July following an internal Conservative leadership contest, after predecessor David Cameron stepped down when voters rejected his call to remain in the EU. "Distraction from the urgent priorities of seeking the best European Union deal and improving United Kingdom productivity must be kept to a minimum", she said.

"So she has chosen to call a snap general election to try and stabilise her position and give herself five years in which to navigate these very choppy waters that she has created". She said, "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election".

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A spokeswoman said: "She thinks it is the right thing for the prime minster to do to validate her position". "That hasn't really worked in parliament and I'm not sure it will work in the country", she said.

"Our answer is no", the Guardian quoted a No 10 source as saying when asked about whether the Prime Minister would join any TV debates before the June 8 snap election.

That is highly likely to happen on Wednesday.

He said in a statement: "I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first".

Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said: "Clearly if Labour suffer a big defeat, Corbyn is going to go". He said Labour would fight the election promising a fairer society and economy, and "a Brexit that works for all".

May is capitalizing on her runaway lead in the opinion polls. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon may have labelled May's tactics as "a huge political miscalculation" but she knows she is just as exposed.

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