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The Prime Minister has announced her intention to call a  snap general election.

Thursday, 8 June is marked as the day the UK will vote for the next government.

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Theresa May is seeking a mandate for her Brexit strategy.

Labour said it backs an early election.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next general election is fixed for 2020. However, an exception can be made if the House of Commons agree which requires two-thirds of 650 MPs backing the move.

Majority backing for a summer election will be easily achieved with the combined support of Conservative and Labour MPs.

Mrs May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election."

Other political parties oppose the government’s plan for “negotiating our new relationship with Europe.”

She said she has delivered on need for “certainty, stability and strong leadership,” after the UK voted for Brexit.

“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 new relationship with Europe,” she said.

“This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest.

“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.

“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.

“Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union.

“The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.

And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”

The Prime Minister stressed they all under-estimate her determination to get the job done and “I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.”

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: 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.

“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.

“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland.”



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