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British PM calls for snap election — BREXIT

19 April 2017

The decision by Prime Minister Theresa May to call a snap General Election - on June 8 - has been met, perhaps predictably, by different views.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, says he is backing Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call an early general election for June 8 - a decision that will ensure the vote takes place.

In her announcement, May said: "Britain needed certainty, stability, and strong leadership" ahead of its departure from the European Union, which was backed by 52 percent of the British electorate in June 2016.

"But the other political parties oppose it", she said.

The main opposition Labour Party has also committed to carrying out the desire of Britons to leave the European Union, expressed in last year's referendum.

As May said in Downing Street: "Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back".

"Elections are unpredictable and indeed the easy thing for the prime minister to do would be to sit on the majority chairs until 2020 and not take any risk".

Speaking outside Downing Street after officially taking up the position of Prime Minister in July of past year, Mrs May praised her predecessor, David Cameron, for his legacy on issues including same-sex marriage.

"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.

But the move was supported by the Romford Labour party and the Conservative's Romford MP Andrew Rosindell who praised Mrs May. "So the likely outcome of June's election could provide helpful fillips to both certainty about the UK's direction of travel post-Brexit and flexibility in domestic policy-making".

Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said: "Clearly if Labour suffer a big defeat, Corbyn is going to go".

The story on stock markets since the vote for Brexit last June has been more complicated and, for the past nine months, is the flipside of sterling's fortunes. She said a "hard Brexit" must be rejected.

"They are under threat from so many different angles - in Scotland from the SNP (Scottish National Party); from the Liberal Democrats in the cities; the Conservatives and possibly UKIP (UK Independence Party) in the north". She is hoping to win a stronger position in the House of Commons, where her Conservative Party has a small majority.

"Whilst the Labour Party appear to have been infiltrated by anti-semites and then failed to take any decisive action against them whilst the Lib Dems continue to have David Ward on the sidelines; the Jewish community know that in Theresa May and in me, they have a true friend and supporter".

The Brexit secretary insisted the PM had not called for an early vote because it was "comfortable or easy" but because it was the right thing for the UK.

A spokeswoman said: "She thinks it is the right thing for the prime minster to do to validate her position". "We need a general election and we need one now".

Under Britain's Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the prime minister can call an election if two-thirds of lawmakers vote for it.