British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will seek an early election, for June 8.
May said she is seeking to strengthen the ruling Conservative Party’s position as the country heads into talks to leave the European Union.
“Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit,” May told reporters Tuesday outside her official residence, 10 Downing Street, in London.
Parliament will be asked to vote for the election on Wednesday, she said.
The proposed vote must win the support of two-thirds of Parliament to proceed. The main opposition Labour Party has said it is ready for a new election.
May, who became prime minister after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the Brexit referendum last June, had earlier ruled out an early election. The next vote was not scheduled to take place until 2020.
She said Tuesday the about-face was “necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership.”
The British pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar as she spoke, reflecting investor relief that earlier rumours of a shock resignation did not transpire.
Source : cbc