Theresa May has today called for a early General Election to take place on June 8th 2017 pending parliamentary approval tomorrow.
In a surprise announcement Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a early ‘snap’ general election and will apply to parliament tomorrow for approval.
Tomorrows parliamentary vote will allow the government to override the Fixed-term Parliaments Act of 2011 and allow a snap election. May will need a 2/3 majority vote to formally schedule the election.
The election will take place on June 8th 2017.
May cited Brexit as the primary reason for the early election saying that “there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not”.
She went on to explain that is it only “recently and reluctantly” she realised a general election is on the only way forward after previously ruling an early election out when questioned.
In her statement May claimed that ongoing criticism from across all political parties means she is unable to secure the best Brexit deal with Labour saying they will “vote against the deal”, Liberal Democrats “wanting to grind the business of government to a standstill” and The Scottish National Party saying “they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union”.
YouGov currently has consistently put the Conservative Party ahead in all opinion polls for quite some time and with all other parties significantly behind.
Ongoing disputes over pay restraint put Nurses and other healthcare workers in a powerful voting position and will now start to seek the support of political parties over the issue in an attempt to influence voters. We have approached the RCN for Unison for comment.