Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Theresa May calls for general election on June 8th


British Prime Minister Theresa May's shock decision to call a snap general election provoked mixed reactions across Britain on Tuesday. Speaking outside her Downing Street residence, May stated that the mid-term election is announced with the view of sorting out various pulls and pressures of the opposition parties on the Brexit issue.

I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet, where we agreed that the government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.

She said: "In David Cameron I follow in the footsteps of a great modern prime minister".

Many are calling for those aged under 25 to use their chance to vote and make a difference, especially after many young voters did not participate in the European Union referendum last June but were ultimately disappointed by its result. At an impromptu press conference outside 10 Downing Street on April 17, May accused Labour of "political game-playing" that will "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit" and "cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country".

"Labour are not a credible party of government nationally, and locally Bermondsey and Southwark voters need an MP again who will concentrate on fighting for the people of our borough all the year round rather than spending huge amounts of time on fighting internal battles in the Labour party", he said.

There will be a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday to approve the election plan - the prime minister needs two thirds of MPs to vote in favour to hold a vote before the next scheduled election date of 2020.

The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union.

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Though his Conservative Party failed to win the 2010 general outright, Cameron led a coalition government with the much-smaller Liberal Democrats that enforced fiscal austerity created to get Britain's public finances into shape following the global financial crisis. "With a large Conservative majority, the government will be able to get through any Brexit deal", he added. "Our base case remains that May will stay in power and negotiate a "decent Brexit" (neither too hard nor too soft), but the probability of other outcomes has clearly risen with today's election call".

"Domestically, a new mandate would give a Conservative government the means to dispense with the more questionable policies contained in the 2015 Tory manifesto, including the "tax lock", which barred rises in income tax, NICs and VAT for the duration of the parliament, and the pensions "triple-lock", the inter-generational effects of which are looking ever more unjust".

"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division".

"I think they're being a bit drastic", he said.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed Theresa May's calls for a snap general election.

He said: "But what she needs is a strong mandate for this negotiation".

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