Today, Tuesday 18th April 2017, Teresa May called an emergency announcement at 11:15am to inform Britain of her decision to hold a General Election on June 8th 2017.
Speaking outside number 10, Mrs May began, “I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we have agreed to call for a General Election to be held on the 8th of June. I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next, and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election.”
This comes as quite a shock to many, as the Prime Minister has repeatedly enforced that she would not be holding a General Election before the already scheduled 2020 poll.
She continued to explain that “the division in Westminster will continue to risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.”
Having already informed the Queen of her decision yesterday, Mrs May made it quite clear that “we need an election, and we need it now”. During her statement, she indicated that this decision wasn’t one she came to lightly, and only reached her decision over the Parliamentary recess held over the Easter holiday.
It would appear her decision is supported by Parliament, with Senior Tories urging her to call the election, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stating “it will give the British people the chance to vote for a Government that will put the interests of the majority first”.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed her decision, and gave the Conservative candidates his “very best wishes”.