UK PM calls for early election

Added On April 19, 2017

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election on June 8.
The surprise announcement, comes nearly one month after May officially triggered the Brexit process.
Theresa May surprised the country on Tuesday, saying she will ask the UK Parliament to agree to an early election in June. 
The vote on Wednesday requires a two-thirds majority to be carried.
May has repeatedly ruled out calling for an early election since she took office, but changed course on Tuesday. She cited disharmony and divisions in the Houses of Parliament over Brexit as the reason for her change of mind.
"This is the right approach and it is in the national interest, but the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not.  In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the EU, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the SNP say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the EU and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way. Our opponents believe because the Government's majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course."
May said 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."
Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, an election is not due until May 2020.
Recent polls have put the Prime minister more than 20 points clear of her nearest rival.
Despite this favourability with the British people, May has only has a small majority in the House of Commons. 
Analysts say she is looking to take advantage of this current positive sentiment in order to strengthen her position.
London citizens had a mixed reaction to May's announcement. Some showed support for the election, some indifference, and some outright opposition.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) London citizen 
"I think it’s probably a good thing clearly."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) London citizen
"I think it is a surprise to everyone. I think that she calculates it to be the right time to her, to have the election, to get more votes, that is she hoping for."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) London citizen
"I am completely against the Conservative Party. I am completely against Brexit. I hope at last time maybe do some protest. Might actually kick itself into gear and decide to vote the way it really needs to vote. A lot of things they do in their own pledges, own manifesto, they just take in the control in wrong direction."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) London citizen            
"The thing is the average person in England doesn't actually care. Because basically they think whatever they do, it does not change for them."