Theresa May Calls General Election


PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has called a general election for June 8. May made the announcement outside 10 Downing Street this morning, saying that it was with reluctance that she had come to the conclusion that one was needed, but that she believes it is in the country's best interests to have a strong and elected leadership in the lead-up to Brexit negotiations.

Citing division within Westminster as a major reason why she feels a general election is vital, May said that while the "country is coming together" in the wake of last June's Brexit result, "Westminster is not". She went on to say that at this moment of enormous national significance, unity is crucial and that the "people must decide".

"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," May began her speech. "Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back, and as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our relationship with Europe. We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. This is the right approach and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

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