News from the UK:
Theresa May calls UK general election for 8 June
Prime minister makes surprise announcement outside No 10, saying she has delivered stability after the Brexit referendum result
Theresa May has called a snap general election to be held on 8 June, despite repeatedly claiming she was against the idea of an early vote.
In a surprise statement outside Downing street, the prime minister said: “After the country voted to leave the EU, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership. Since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that.”
She claimed Labour and the other opposition parties had opposed her. “The country is coming together but Westminster is not. Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach. The Lib Dems have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. Unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”
May said she was laying down a motion in the House of Commons that will require two-thirds of MPs to back it. …
Well ahead in the polls and looking to lock it in before the inevitable Brexit turmoil.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) April 18, 2017
— Tova O'Brien (@TovaOBrien) April 18, 2017
A woman of her word. pic.twitter.com/odFwGGg75l
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) April 18, 2017