British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced on Tuesday, that Britain will conduct polls on 8 June, three years ahead of schedule.
She said this was the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead as Britain plan its way out of the European Union.
“I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a General Election to be held on the 8th of June.”
“It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond.” May said in a statement outside her Downing Street office.
She would introduce legislation on Wednesday to ensure the early election holds this June.
Britain’s next election was earlier scheduled for 2020 before May’s surprising statement today.
May said this was a one-off chance to get an election done while the EU was agreeing on its negotiating position.
May, who succeeded David Cameron as prime minister on 11 July 2016 has been Maidenhead’s representative in parliament since 1997. She also said there would be no change of course on Brexit.