British PM Theresa May announces snap general election

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election in the United Kingdom in a bid to cement her party’s grip on power.

Ms May made the announcement from the steps of Number 10 Downing Street, following months of favourable polls for the Tories.

The Prime Minister said she would go to Parliament and ask for the national vote on June 8, adding: “We need a general election and we need one now”.

She said: “I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.”

She explained that she had only come to the conclusion an election was needed “recently”, after months of Downing Street denying she would call one.

But the Prime Minister said a strong government was needed before pushing ahead with Brexit talks with the European Union.

Without a snap general election Ms May said “political game-playing” in Westminster coincide with negotiations reaching their “most difficult stage” in the run-up to the previously scheduled 2020 election.

“Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country,” she said.

“So we need a general election and we need one now. Because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done, while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.”