British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election on June 8th, to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain’s exit from the European Union.
In a surprise announcement Tuesday morning, May said she would ask the House of Commons Wednesday to back her election call.
She says since Britons voted to leave the EU in June, the country has come together, but politicians have not.
And she says the divisions risk undermining Britain’s position in Brexit negotiations that lie ahead.
Under Britain’s Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the prime minister can call an election if two-thirds of lawmakers vote for it.
The leader of the main opposition Labour Party has previously said he would back such a call.