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British PM calls for early election

DeAnn Orie | April 18, 2017

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, is calling for an early election, seemingly in opposition to earlier policy invoked by the PM, who said she would not look for an early vote. May is now looking for a vote on June 8, in hopes that it will reinforce her role in the negotiations around Brexit.

The British politician was named Prime Minister in July, following the departure of David Cameron, and has since made withdrawing from the European Union a prime focus.

May said a general election would halt the opposition and members of the House of Lords from trying to dismantle Brexit plans. “If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue,” she told reporters at Downing Street.

May is undoubtedly hoping that an early election will mean more support for the Conservative Party as talks around the country’s departure from the European Union continue. May told reporters that Labour lawmakers have recently been threatening to vote against the final agreement the government reaches with the European Union.

“The Liberal Democrats 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,” May said.

Early reports suggest Brexit opponents will not stand in the way of an early election.