The United Kingdom was shocked on Monday when Prime Minister Theresa May gave British citizens a second bite at the apple.
May made the announcement at Downing Street and said she wants a new general “snap” election on June 8, in an effort to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations.
The prime minister, whose Conservative Party, also known as the Tory Party, holds a slim lead in the House of Commons, reversed course on having a special election after repeatedly saying there would not be one, CNN reported.
May said a victory for her party in the special election would end the Labour Party’s attempts to stop the Brexit process that will see the UK leave the European Union.
“If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue,” May said.
“There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she told reporters. “We need a general election and we need one now.”
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the news.
I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first pic.twitter.com/9P3X6A2Zpw
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) April 18, 2017
Response on social media was mixed, and May’s move could be all but a slam dunk.
@jeremycorbyn Labour will be annihilated. Your inability to lead a credible opposition has doomed us all.
— Pete Tomkies (@PunkDuck66) April 18, 2017
The General Election on June 8th is not about which party governs Britain, it’s about whether the British or the EU govern Britain.
— Brexiteer (@AmpersUK) April 18, 2017
You have one choice in this election: stop hard Brexit or rubber stamp Britain’s future as a low wage tax haven for the rich.
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) April 18, 2017
— The Pileus (@thepileus) April 18, 2017
— Jeremy Corbyn for PM (@JeremyCorbyn4PM) April 18, 2017
Make Great Britain Great again ?
— awful returns (@samstargazer) April 18, 2017
— Hayley Jones (@HayleyCJones) April 18, 2017
— WelshBrideGuide (@WelshBrideGuide) April 18, 2017
Where have we heard that slogan before?
The prize for best response to the announcement on social media has to go to this woman, Brenda from Bristol, who has had enough.
Obsessed with this woman’s reaction to the general election pic.twitter.com/UlSCZ1OIqF
— I DON’T KNOW HER (@I_Dont_Know_Her) April 18, 2017
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