Snap Election: Conservatives Set For Larger Majority
On April 18 British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap general election for June 8. The announcement runs counter to previous statements made to the press by Theresa May and government spokesmen that there would no early general election. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 removed the prime minister's prerogative to request the dissolution of the House of Commons, instead requiring a vote of no confidence or a two-thirds majority in the Commons acquiescing to a vote. PM May will put forward a motion in the Commons on April 19 calling for an early election. In the aftermath of May's speech, leader of the main opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, have all stated that their parties will vote in the Commons for the early vote to be held, comfortably clearing the two-thirds hurdle required.