Prime Minister announces a snap General Election for June 8 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap general election to be held on 8 June.

In a statement outside No.10 at 11:15 this morning (April 18) Theresa May said that the only way to “guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take”.

The prime minister says she will move a motion for an early election in the House of Commons on Wednesday April 19, for MPs to vote on. This will require a two-thirds majority to be carried.

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She said the she came “reluctantly” to the conclusion that a vote was necessary

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Downing Street always denied a vote would be held before the next scheduled election in 2020

In a speech outside No 10 Theresa May said;

“In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union.

“The Liberal Democrats said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.

“And un-elected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.

“If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue.”