Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, has just announced from the steps of 10 Downing Street that she is calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June of this year.
It looks as if Europe will have one more election to add to the growing list of 2017 elections. Theresa May has just announced from the steps of 10 Downing Street that she is calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June of this year. Though previously explicitly opposed to a snap election, May has announced that she has only come to this decision recently, adding that it is ‘ the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead’.
May certainly seems to be playing the security card for all it’s worth. In a blunt attack on other parties, May has condemned their ‘game-playing’ as endangering Brexit and, in the words of Michael Deacon, Telegraph’s Political Sketchwriter, ‘Quite explicitly, she’s saying to the public: vote Tory, or Brexit is screwed’ (The Telegraph). In other words, a general election will be a chance for May to cement the position of the Tory party and green-light Brexit with little to no opposition.
There has been no response from Labour yet but Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, has taken to Twitter, posting ‘This is a chance to change the direction of your county’.
Although it is not as easy now for a Prime Minister to call a snap election, there is nonetheless a strong chance for May’s appeal to go through. And if it comes down to it, we can take comfort in the fact that we once more get to make our voices heard – and if anything, life just got a little more exciting.
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[Image: Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement calling a general election for the United Kingdom to be held on June 8. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]