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Posted On : 18 Apr, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : London 
British PM calls for early general election on June 8
British Prime Minister Theresa May today called for snap elections on June 8 in a surprise move that stunned her allies as well as opponents, asserting that it is the only way to guarantee political stability in the country for years after the UK leaves the European Union.

Prime Minister May, who had repeatedly denied that she would call an election before the next scheduled poll in 2020, indicated that the early general election will help unite the political corridors of the country.

There will be a House of Commons vote on the proposed election tomorrow and May will need Parliament's backing to hold a vote before 2020.

Explaining her change of heart on an early election, May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election".

Speaking outside her Downing Street residence in London, May, 60, accused Britain's other political parties of "game playing", saying this risks "our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country".

"So we need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done.

"I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became prime minister I've said there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and security for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions we must take," she added.

May had phoned the Queen yesterday to inform her of her intention.

Her decision came after a Cabinet meeting at Downing Street wherein she decided to go for early polls this year.

The dramatic move comes against the backdrop of the country's decision to leave the European Union in the last year's referendum.

Britain's next election was due to have been held in 2020, according to a legislation but the law can be overruled if two-thirds of lawmakers in the British parliament vote in favour of early elections.

The House of Commons is expected to dissolve on May 3 and a vote tomorrow requires 434 out of 650 MPs to vote for the early election for it to go ahead.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, welcomed May's decision to hold the snap election.

"Labour will stand up for the people of Britain. 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," he said.

"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," he said.
 
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