The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, wants to hold a snap general election on 8 June.
This comes despite repeatedly claiming that she was against the idea of an early vote.
May claimed that opposition parties were jeopardizing her government’s preparations for Brexit, the Guardian reported Tuesday.
“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said. “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”
Why is this unexpected election?
May explained reason of the decision she made in a statement as saying “Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that.”
“Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.”.
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, May cannot call an election directly, but she said she would lay down a motion in the House of Commons that would require two thirds of MPs to back it, the Guardian explained.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, said he welcomed the decision, suggesting his MPs will back the Commons motion.
“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.”
“Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.”
“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”