Theresa May calls snap general election

PM to request permission from Parliament to hold general election on 8 June

Theresa May calls snap general election

Theresa May has announced that she seeks for there to be general election on 8 June, reversing on her previous position.

The Prime Minister had previously stated that she would not call for a general election, but now believes that one is required to ensure stability during Brexit negotiations.

However, it is no longer the case that the PM can call a snap election whenever they like. The Fixed-Term Parliament Act, introduced in 2011 made it so Parliaments run for five years. There are two ways in which this fixed term can be interrupted; a vote of no confidence, or winning a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons.

Theresa May has opted for the latter, which although a more elegant solution, does require her to get considerable backing from Labour.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has long stated he would welcome a general election, and reaffirmed that position today, despite his party languishing in the polls by 21-points. However, the reality is that Labour have little choice to but to vote through the general election, as an opposition party refusing the call for a general election is unprecedented.

Should the vote pass, a general election will be held on 8 June.

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