Theresa May calls for snap UK general election June 8
Since becoming prime minister she has delivered the stability that the country needed, she says.
May says her government has achieved its mandate after the Brexit referendum, adding there can be “no turning back.”
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, and the Liberal Democrats want to bring parliamentary business to a standstill.
She says she is not prepared to allow her opponents to jeopardize Brexit negotiations.
“We need a general election and we need one now … I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion.”
May says she will move a motion in the Commons on Wednesday proposing the election.
“It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your prime minister, or weak and unstable government under a coalition led by Jeremy Corbyn.”
She added: “It was with reluctance that I decided the country needed this election but it is with conviction that I say it is necessary … so tomorrow let the House of Commons vote for an election, let everybody put forward their proposals for Brexit and their vision for Government.”
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