Jeremy Corbyn responds to Theresa May's decision to call snap General Election

Andrew Cummings
April 18, 2017

Justifying the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not".

At present, May's governing Conservatives have a small majority, with 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

"They under-estimate our 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".

Her decision is a reversal of policy - since taking over as Prime Minister, May had repeatedly ruled out an early election.

"I've been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing, and have that election in 2020."

"And so tomorrow I will move a motion in the House of Commons calling for a general election to be held on 8 June".

It was Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an natural disaster and the tension rises.

Mr Tusk was referring to a comment attributed to the late filmmaker that a good film "should start with an quake and be followed by rising tension".

Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for snap general elections on June 8 received early backing from British markets. "We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain", he said. Will she try to get a mandate for a harder Brexit or a personal mandate to go soft around the edges of a hard Brexit as she sees fit in negotiations.

Sturgeon also said in a statement that Scotland must be "protected" from a Conservative Party trying to seize control of government for many years to come.

Sterling fell from 0.845p against the euro to 0.851p immediately after the leader of the UK's Conservative Party made the announcement outside No 10 Downing Street at around 11am, before recovering the ground again within minutes.

She's called this election to stamp out all the divisions that she has in Parliament and from parties that accept Brexit is happening.

"This is for our national interest", added Mrs.

Sixty-year-old May, who has been representing Maidenhead in parliament since 1997, succeeded David Cameron as prime minister on July 11, 2016.

Betting odds indicated May's Conservatives had an 80 percent chance of winning a majority while Labour had just a 2 percent chance.

"However, we believe that the Prime Minister's decision to call this election is a cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn's Labour Party rather than the good of the country". Meanwhile, the Labour Party is floundering and divided, while the Lib Dems are hoping to stage a comeback with an unambiguous opposition to Brexit.

"If we do not hold a General Election now, their political gameplaying will continue".

In the run up to the referendum a year ago the country saw a clear slowdown in M&A - especially in terms of inbound investment.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Tories "see a chance to move the United Kingdom to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts" and added "let's stand up for Scotland".

Political observers say May wants to settle once and for all the question of Brexit by going to the country. A fractious election campaign will reopen wounds barely healed after last year's European Union referendum and give voice to those who oppose her strategy of pursuing a clean break from Europe. "I've been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020", May said in September previous year.

Since then only three Conservative prime ministers have called an election while leading by more than five points in the polls: Harold Macmillan in 1959, Mrs Thatcher in 1983 and 1987, and Mrs May in 2017.

The dramatic announcement comes after months of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote.

The British currency climbed 1.2 per cent to $US1.2721 as of 1.57 London, after earlier touching $US1.2730.

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