Theresa May calls for snap UK general election June 8

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a UK general election to be held on June 8.

May says she has only “recently and reluctantly” come to the conclusion that a general election is necessary.

“Since I became prime minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded 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.”

May says there should be “unity” in Westminster over Brexit, but there is not. She says Labour has threatened to vote against the final deal, the Liberal Democrats want to bring parliamentary business to a standstill and the Scottish National Party (SNP) want to vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the EU.

She says she is not prepared to allow her…

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