UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election on June 8. She said this is the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead after Britain leaves the European Union. She held a Cabinet meeting at Downing Street she said she would go for election to the country this year.
There has to be a House of Commons vote on Wednesday on the proposed election and May thus need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before 2020.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, welcomed May’s decision to hold the snap election.
“Labour will stand up for the people of Britain. 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,” he said.
“Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS,” he said.
Britain’s next election was due to have been held in 2020, according to a legislation but the law can be overruled if two-thirds of lawmakers in the British parliament vote in favour of early elections.