This move is seen as a reversal since the Prime Minister formerly ruled out the concept of an early election. Through this referendum, May appears to seek a stronger hand in the negotiations of Brexit.
Prime Minister May only wields a slim majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons. Because the logistics of Brexit have proved thornier than expected, she now seeks greater numbers in Parliament who are on her side.
The general election would also benefit the prime minister by creating a distraction, disrupting attempts by the opposition parties and members of the House of Lords to disrupt her plans for Brexit. May told reporters at Downing Street, “If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue.”
She continued, “There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. We need a general election and we need one now.”
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