British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday that she would call a snap general election on June 8th, a move that is largely meant to give her government the political mandate it needs to navigate Brexit while keeping the United Kingdom unified and stable.
In a speech explaining the bold move, May pointed to the fact that the UK has not suffered the doom-and-gloom economic misfortunes predicted by many to be a result of Brexit, and has in fact posted record numbers in jobs, economic growth, and consumer confidence.
â€śWe have also delivered on the mandate we were handed by the referendum result, Britain is leaving the EU and there can be no turning back,â€ť she continued. â€śAnd as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful EU and a UK that is free to chart its own way in the world.â€ť
In order to do so, May said, the country will need to regain control of its currency, strengthen its borders in the face of a European migrant crisis, and negotiate its own trade deals free of cumbersome EU regulations.
While her vision of a post-EU UK is stable, the political climate in London is not.
â€śAt this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division,â€ť she said. â€śThe country is coming together but Westminster is not.â€ť
May pointed at numerous initiatives waged by opposing parties that would exploit numerous legislative loopholes to halt Brexit, claiming that their actions are guided by a belief that Mayâ€™s party only has a slim majority.
The call for a general election must be passed by a two-thirds majority of the House of Commons, and May plans to put the motion up for a vote on Wednesday.