Britain to hold polls on June 8

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap election on June 8, just two years after the country's last general election.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap election on June 8, just two years after the country's last general election.PHOTO: AFP

In a surprise announcement outside Downing Street yesterday, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election on June 8, just two years after the country's last general election.

Mrs May, who apparently made the decision after a walking holiday in Wales, said the early election was necessary to stop the opposition from "jeopardising" the government's Brexit plans. "We need a general election and we need one now," she said, adding she had come to the conclusion after rival parties kept putting roadblocks that made delivering last year's EU referendum result difficult.

A decisive win for the government at the election would strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations, she argued.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2017, with the headline 'Britain to hold polls on June 8'. Print Edition | Subscribe