British PM Calls For Early Election To Strengthen Brexit Hand
British Prime Minister Theresa May called yesterday for an early election on June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union by shoring up support for her Brexit plan.
Standing outside her Downing Street office, May said she had been reluctant about asking parliament to back her move to bring forward the election from 2020, but decided it was necessary to win support for her ruling Conservative Party’s efforts to press ahead with Britain’s departure from the EU.
Some were surprised by her move – she has repeatedly said she does not want to be distracted by time-consuming campaigning – but opinion polls give her a strong lead and she has faced opposition from her own party for her some of domestic reforms.
The pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar and 10-year British government bond yields rose slightly after the announcement.
“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.” she said.
“Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for opposition politicians who want to stop me from getting the job done.”