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.
“We 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,” she continued. “And 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.”
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.
“At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division,” she said. “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
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 May’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.