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May turns to June: General election called

19 April 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a general election, to be held on 8 June 2017.

In her announcement yesterday morning May cited the positions of several parties on Brexit as the reason for calling the general elections. May cited Labour’s statement that it will vote against the deal May reaches with the European Union; she said that the Liberal Democrats have said that they want to grind the business of government to a standstill and that the Scottish National party said that they will vote against the legislation that repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union. May also refers to objections from the House of Lords.

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that Labour will vote for the early election. Leaders of other parties have also made statements that the early election is welcomed.

The value of the pound has gone up significantly since May’s announcement.

Polling analyses such as that undertaken by Electoral Calculus indicate that the Conservative party would win a general election.

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