LONDON, April 18 – British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union, by this she could get a bracing up support for her Brexit plan.
Outside her Downing Street office, Theresa May said she had been coy regarding the parliament for back up her decision of bringing forward the election from 2020, but concluded that it was necessary to win support for her ruling Conservative Party’s efforts for completing the Brexit.
She has faced opposition from her own party as well, due to some domestic reforms. Even though her party is in leading position in the coming elections.
May is capitalizing on her runaway lead in the opinion polls. The Conservative Party is around 20 points ahead of the main opposition Labour Party.
“It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond,” she said.
“Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for opposition politicians who want to stop me from getting the job done.”
The prime minister’s own personal ratings also dwarf those of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with 50 percent of those asked saying she would make the best prime minister. Corbyn wins only 14 percent, according to pollster YouGov.
May must first win the support of two-thirds of the parliament in a vote on Wednesday. Labour said it will vote in favor of a new election, that means she should be able to get it through.
“The decision facing the country will be all about leadership,” May said.
“It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest with me as your prime minister, or weak and unstable coalition government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats who want to reopen the division of the referendum.”
May sees majority in parliament and give her a new mandate so she could work over domestic reforms in education and health and strengthen her hand in talks with the EU for a near future divorce of Britain from European Union, which will start in June.