Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap General Election to be held on June 8th.
In a statement made outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said that the only way to “…guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take”.
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.”
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron responded by saying the election was “chance to change the direction for our country”, adding that a vote for his party would be to keep Britain in the Single Market post-Brexit.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said he welcomed the decision but added that his party “…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.”
Mrs May and Downing Street officials have denied such an election would ever take place, preferring to wait until the scheduled 2020 date to go to the country.
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