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Theresa May calls for snap general election on June 8

Apr 18, 2017, 7:35 AM EDT
British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
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In a stunning announcement, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election on June 8, a decision she described necessary to achieve strong and stable leadership for overcoming the obstacles in Brexit negotiations.

In her surprise announcement, May accused other political parties of threatening to block whatever deal the government strikes with the European Union, writes The Guardian. May added, “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” as she rescheduled the election which was not planned to take place until 2020.

According to opinion polls, May’s Conservative party, which was deeply fragmented over the Brexit referendum last year, currently leads the main opposition Labour Party by a comfortable margin, notes Reuters.

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