The British Prime Minster has announced her plan to call for an early general election on June 8th in an unexpected speech outside 10 Downing Street, this morning.
Theresa May explained her change of heart as she previously said that she would stay in office until the next general election in 2020.
She said: “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded is it the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”
The Prime Minster said an election is the only way to “guarantee certainty and security for years ahead” in the wake of Brexit.
Mrs May believes that it is “necessary to secure a strong and stable leadership this country needs”.
Firstly, May would have to lay down a motion in the House of Commons, where two-thirds of MPs need to back it since May cannot directly call a snap election.
Labour and Liberal Democrats parties have both given their support to the general election.
May took office in July last year after David Cameron resigned when the European Referendum results was announced that the UK population voted to leave the bloc.
Downing Street has stated that the general election will not delay or affect the UK’s Brexit negotiations.