British Prime Minister Theresa May calls general election for June 8

Apr 19, 2017, 01:59

This somewhat confusing term highlights the difference between the British and United States electoral systems, and probably has you wondering how British elections work in general.

Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: "We want to see the next government invest in the NHS, invest in maternity services and invest in the welfare and pay of NHS staff so that they can provide safe and high quality services for the people they care for". If the motion is passed, parliament will dissolve in May. Theresa May likely to substantially increase her slim majority.

"If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue", she told reporters at Downing Street.

"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division", she said.

"I am pleased she has made this decision - it will be good to get a firm mandate for when we are negotiating with the European Union over Brexit".

Crawley's Conservative MP Henry Smith said: "The Government's political opponents have been calling for an election, now they should back up their demands by joining the Conservatives in voting for a general election on 8th June".

It is also a risky roll of the political dice.

So that leaves the House of Commons to choose the prime minister.

Corbyn said he would not oppose the call for an election.

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Global trade has fostered "economic miracles" around the world, driving growth and lifting millions out of poverty, he stressed. Its UK growth forecast was significantly boosted from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent this year, slowing to 1.5 percent in 2018.

Mrs May said: "I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8".

But in her announcement this morning, she said the change in date was to "remove the risk of uncertainty and instability", which had emerged in the wake of the European Union referendum.

Despite his poor opinion ratings - a recent poll found only 45 per cent of Labour voters think he would make a better Prime Minister than Mrs May - Mr Corbyn is confident about his message. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is presenting the election as chance to change the country's direction.

The Greek government made the miscalculation of using elections as a negotiating tactic in 2015 when it held a referendum about whether to accept the terms of a painful bailout deal. News and Sky News had blanketed coverage hours after May's statement.

"Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for opposition politicians who want to stop me from getting the job done".

The conservatives have pulled far ahead of opposition parties in consecutive polls.

May officially began the Brexit process on March 29 by triggering Article 50, the legal mechanism needed to begin the divorce process and officially start talks with the EU.

Our interlocutors in the European Union will be looking for any divisions in the British Parliament that might give them an upper hand in negotiations. Whichever party gets the majority of the seats in the House of Commons then becomes entitled to select the prime minister.

The stronger pound helped to push down Britain's main share index, which was headed for the biggest one-day drop since June 27, days after Britain voted to leave the EU.