The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced her plans for call for a snap general election on 8 June. She said that Britain needed certainty, stability, and a strong leadership in the upcoming EU negotiations following Brexit. Explaining the call she said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
Any general election ahead of 2020 will need to be agreed upon by the House of Commons, a vote will be taking place on the proposed election on Wednesday and Labour have already said they will be voting alongside the government.
Mrs May has long opposed having a snap election so why the sudden change of heart? According to her it’s because: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
She also accused the other political parties of playing games with Brexit and has said that unless the political parties find some unity then they jeopardise the government’s ability to make a “success off Brexit” and that they will damage the stability of the country both socially and economically.
“So we need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done. I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became prime minister I’ve said there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and security for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions we must take.”
The Liberal Democrats for instance had been threatening to “grind the business of government to a standstill” a petulant response to a democratic result. Labour and the SNP meanwhile were threatening to vote against whatever the final Brexit agreement was, and by doing so would cripple the government’s ability to get the best out of a bad situation. Theresa May will be gambling therefore on increasing the power of the conservatives within the Commons and allow her to push through the Brexit agreement and achieve the best for the UK.
“If we don’t hold a general election now, their political game-playing will continue and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run up to the next general election,” she said.
A snap election is against everything Theresa May wished for, she hoped the various political parties would come together regardless of personal beliefs on Brexit and work hard to push through the will of the electorate but no they decided to play games with the result to further their own agendas, to the detriment of the country. And now Theresa May has been forced to gamble that the British people will punish them for it.
She is challenging to the opposition parties to continue fighting against the government while their job is on the line. Will Labour and Lib Dem MP’s continue fighting against Brexit when they don’t have another 3 years safely at Westminster? Theresa May certainly doesn’t seem to think so.